JD and Ironman, props for losing the weight. My view is that any diet that creates a deficit will work. Your diet did that. Kudos.
BTW if you look at page 14 of AA's second research report, he says that calorie deficit is the most important thing and it is irrelevant whether you do low carb or high provided there is adequate protein. He discusses a survey which was a "monster" in terms of the number of participants and the tight controls (great survey).
Furthermore, energy math is common sense! :razz:
First part is the proof by authority logical fallacy. The deficit has to be in the blood, the actual usable energy the body has absorbed, vs the energy output of all the cells combined. It also has to be a certain amount of time throughout the day where insulin is below a certain level.
Energy math is bollocks. You can't reduce the equation to an addition or subtraction problem. You can't just simplify this to a simple physics theory. There are complex chemical reactions taking place.
Without insulin you can eat millions and millions of calories and it will do fv(k all for you! You will starve to death. How do you think the energy gets stored? By magic? Does it just come to life and burrow it's way into your blood stream? No, moron, you have to have a hormone to make the chemical reactions happen. It can't even get through a cell wall until it breaks the glycerol bond!
Not everything gets absorbed. Input DOES equal output. However output includes taking a crap. So it is the food you eat on one side of the equation. On the other side is exercise just like everyone says. However it's exercise + bowel movement.
F=food E=total energy output P=poop...... let's see....we need heat waste, internal organs..... lets just call it M=metabolic rate. X=fat storage.
F=E+M+P+X absolutely always. X is the only thing that can be 0 or less.
So I have my proof you are wrong everyday when I take a crap.