what I eat in a typical week:
wednesday - sunday:
"fast" until somewhere between noon and 3, shift meal of usually a root veggie hash with eggs, chorizo, and goat cheese, cobb salad w/ranch and poached eggs, or scrambled eggs w/salmon, goat cheese, onions, and potatoes. Occasionally a Chipotle burrito bowl w/double steak or barbacoa, black beans, lettuce, pico, and guac. Unfortunately all of this is soaked in canola & soybean oil because I'm at the mercy of restaurants.
dinner is usually something involving pulled pork, beef, brisket, or chicken breast, whipped sweet potatoes w/butter, chicken stock, and garlic, plus a BAS (or hot sauteed equivalent of a BAS) and goat cheese or feta. I include white rice, black beans, lentils, potatoes, pao de queijo and/or corn tortillas on workout days.
Monday: mostly the same things, except I get up early and make breakfast for the girlfriend because I'm awesome.
Tuesday: cheat day! insert embarrassing amounts of ice cream, rice pasta, iced mochas, and booze here.
Monday and tuesday flip flop depending on which one falls on a lifting day.
Disclaimer: I'm nowhere near my goal physique, but have lost about 30-40 lbs (hard to pin down due to carb cycling) in the past several months with this routine and heavy lifting.
In regards to calorie counting vs. low carb vs. high carb, it's all one big false dichotomy. Once you've met your base protein and fat needs, you're free to choose whether you want to go ketogenic, isocaloric, high carb, or whatever. A reduced calorie diet necessitates reducing carbs. But it really all boils down to the same process if you're successfully mobilizing fat stores.
I'm a big fan of carb cycling in conjunction with workout and rest days. That plus IFing is a killer combination for insulin sensitivity and fat adaptation, without having to indefinitely deprive yourself of certain foods.
“The whole concept of a macronutrient, like that of a calorie, is determining our language game in such a way that the conversation is not making sense." - Dr. Kurt Harris