I like having hard rules to follow, makes cheating less of a slippery slope.
I agree that if your going to over eat or underestimate calories ... starch will be the enabler.
I think I'm at the point where I'm not looking to loose any more mass, dropped from 230lb-200lb at 6'4". Now I'm finding that its a lot more work to build muscle than it is to lose weight.
When I was in middle years I lost weight fast. I ate very small portions of what ever Mom was making and was excercising and lifting weights. Lost 65 pounds in about 4 months. Managed to keep it off until I went to university, gained some back and then started doing the same thing and lost the weight again. I started my professional job and for the first two years of work I was buried and ate too much and did too little. 10 years later I was the heaviest I ever was. I started the Dukan diet in late Fall and lost a little weight and then fell off the wagon. I tried it again in February and really tried to stick to it. I am down nearly 40 pounds.
The wife still eats starches and so I still get cravings. I really crave fruit, pineapple, apples, and bananas.
Grains are for poor people.
I read somewhere that the longest living group of Americans are Seventh day adventist women.No meat or Dairy,lots of fresh fruits & Veg.Complex carbo's like brown rice & potato's.Beans in abundance,most meat substitutes wt.soy bean base.Many beans that cultures use are packed wt. nutrition just a few all stars Soy,Garbanzo,black eyed peas.
I raced bicycles in my younger years.Liked the race uphill fr. sealevel to 10,000 feet top of Haleakala,race called cycle to the sun.Did 3 of them in my late 30's.Had a girlfriend who was a health nut.Read a book she had laying around called Fit For Life.Ran track & cross country in high school,Surfing was all my excercise after that.Working in Banquets & drinking too much beer decided to start riding bikes to help lose weight.Found was a natural climber even in my late thirty's.
When I trained for that race mornings before work esp. month before race tough rides alot of hill work much out of the saddle.Was working full time + Ice carving accounts with other hotels.Was moving early morning till late night,sleep like a log.
Ate lots of fresh fruit & vegetables,almost no dairy except butter on my baked potato's,brown rice,whole grain pasta.Fish.Never even caught a cold or get sick with this heavy activity usually over 3 months training.Like those Roman legions you need complex carbo's to fuel the muscles for the long march.Thats why fad diets like Atkin's fail.Didn't that guy die already?