Why not ask quelsen about starving and ending up 400+lbs.
Female, 5'3", 50, Starting weight: 163lbs. Current weight: 135 (more or less).
I can squat 187.5lbs, press 75lbs and deadlift 200lbs
HHMI Bulletin: Leptin's Legacy
In your thought experiment, you would have to hand-pick everyone for similar metabolic systems. If your compound was filled with young men who had just successfully completed the Marines Basic Military Training the outcome would surely be different than if you just picked random high school graduates.
Last edited by Gorbag; 12-29-2012 at 10:40 AM.
You also say "as much tea, water, or coffee as they want".....again this is another variable that will dictate a different response in each person based on 1.) how much they consume (since you leave it up to them) 2.) their metabolic and adrenal health and response to whatever amounts they decide to consume.
Even in your thought experiment where you have concentration camp type control there are variables that will change the outcomes on an individual basis.
Last edited by Neckhammer; 12-29-2012 at 12:01 PM.