I agree completely.
Like many people I have on CICO diets before I discovered Keto.
I lost 100 lbs on CICO over a period of 10 month. Great right ?
What people on (or promoting) CICO fail to notice is this:
When I first started my 100 lbs weight-loss journey I could consume 1900 calories and was losing rapidly.
But then my BMR adjusted to 1900 (from +/- 2500) and the weight-loss stopped.
So I reduced to 1700. On the next plateau I reduced again to 1550, then to 1400, then to 1300.
You can obviously guess that my life revolved around my next meal or collation. I was constantly hungry.
After reaching my goal weight, I “stopped” the diet. But I was careful to keep my calorie intake to a ‘normal/low’ level: 1900
6 months later, I had regained 50 lbs and my metabolism was still in the tank.
Then I met Keto. I don’t know how many calories I consume everyday… because I don’t count and do not care.
I feel better than I ever did, I’m losing weight and I’m never hungry.
I eat awesome and tasty food until I’m satiated.
(not to mention all other greats benefits I feel: inflammation pains gone, Blood pressure WAY down, etc)
So, yeah “it’s not a license to gorge on keto food”, but DO eat to satiety and you will:
a) Help you metabolism recover from the damage left from CICO (if, like me, that is your case)
b) Eventually see the results you seek on the scale, or learn to disregard the scale (as I’ve come to)
c) Find it VERY easy and unrestrictive and tasty and satisfying
d) Might have other great health benefits