Welp… thats a lot of info to ponder, folks.
Just to add my $0.02, I will say that when I was obese, consuming lots of fat with a lower amount of protein worked really well to lose weight.
Once I dropped below 200 pounds, I had a long stall.
Now I am much leaner I have had to dial back the fat and make up the calorie deficit with more protein to stay full and still lose weight.
So far this strategy is working, I presume because losing 100 pounds has reset/ normalized my metabolic process. Also, my 187 pound body burns fewer calories per day than my 287 pound body did (duh).
I think the take away here really boils down to self experimentation. What works for me may not work for you.
What we can all agree on is this:
Some people can eat whatever they want and never gain weight. Other people see a billboard for McDonalds on the highway and gain a pound right then and there. Most of us fall somewhere in between. There are too many variables to determine exactly 100% what human beings should be eating, so we follow guidelines. It’s okay to adjust those guidelines to fit your needs, as long as you are getting healthier along the way.
Keep in mind, nothing here is written in stone!!
Great debate, by the way. Very informative.