The major reason I no longer come to this site is the lack of compassion shown towards others here.
I was once one of those who could have been assumed to be "sitting on the couch all day stuffing my face". Many of you would have judged me as you judge other "fatties", yet your assumption would have been far from the truth.
The CICO believers here have already told me repeatedly that I must be lying (or stupid), but the truth is that I did not lose weight with a CICO approach. It was only when I started eating a diet of primarily protein and fat that I began to lose the weight I had struggled to lose for many years.
I spent a good deal of my life following the recommendations of the government and my doctor, staying within caloric guidelines for my height but eating low fat/high carb (i.e. "healthy whole grains"). I also exercised. I frequently went hungry, sometimes painfully so.
You don't believe me, I know -- but I don't think I am a "special snowflake" as someone on here already stated -- actually I think there are possibly many, many more like me who struggle to do what is recommended with low or zero results. My body still reacts this way BTW: if I have sushi or a piece of French bread, I can be assured that I will see a 3 lb gain on the scale....and it will take 3 weeks of vigilance to lose that gain.
Through all the years of struggling with this and finally finding what worked for me, I managed to earn 2 college degrees, hold down a senior administrative post, get married, have 2 children, own a business, publish a book, etc. -- all the while knowing that I frequently wasn't valued for my accomplishments but judged by my weight.
The meanness in our society towards those who weight is over the "norm" is well demonstrated in this thread. Perhaps you could develop some compassion for those who aren't as lucky as many of you have been in the area of metabolism.
Starting Weight: 197.5
Current Weight: 123
Lost 75# eating low carb (20-40 g) and then MDA primal low carb. Tried many other options but only LC helped me lose weight and improve health. Now at a good weight, I find my body can tolerate a few more carbs but rarely go over 100 g.