A request of my fellow meat and vegi eating buddies:
Please, stop saying "calories in / calories out" as if it were some smart thing to say.
I thought this was a paleo forum and we all knew it was white-carbs driving fat accumulation; lower your carbs to 50g and you lose weight no matter your calorie intake or calorie expenditure.
I agree that junky carbs are more fattening than high quality natural whole foods. I'm all for a high fat low carb diet too but if I eat too much, no matter what it is, I gain weight. Of course that's not the same as saying "calories in = calories out" which is what CICO really means. That all food calories for all people are equal. That's BS and any halfway intelligent person knows that.
Your body isn't a bomb calorimeter and it handles and partitions the food you eat differently depending on your individual body chemistry and the types of foods you eat. Still, if the body has a surplus of energy or gets enough from food so that it doesn't need to tap into it's fat reserves you'll stall or gain fat. IMO it's energy storage/expenditure and hormones/biochemical processes that contribute to body composition. Not one or the other.
I guess if you ignore the billions of lean people who get the majority of their calories from carbs, sure. Oh, and the fact the fattest nation on Earth has the lowest carb consumption. Oh, and then there is myself:
http://i.imgur.com/mLpUv.png (bad DMV picture, but you get the point)
6'3 150lbs 400g of carbs a day minimum. A lot coming from that dreaded white sugar.
Tired eyes, like our tired lives
You're a day late, I believe April Fools is now officially over in all time zones...
ETA also Mark Sisson even stated that calories DO still matter. And that was reiterated during one of his posts last month.
it's never linear though in terms of weight lost
I've seen people eat 1500 calories a day for a week, working out every day, lose no weight. Mostly these people had already lost a significant amount over a few months. They should have lost but didn't.
None of the calorie counting gurus, like 'Bob' and 'Jillian' from The Biggest Loser, have ever managed to explain how someone loses no weight in seven days when clearly in calorie deficit. Certainly not a satisfactory explanation. I guess body composition measurements would help but clearly weight loss is not a simple linear effect - at least, not ALL the time