I need some help and I know that the fellow members of the T-Nation can help. I was talking to the head trainer of my gym today (the kind that puts everyone on the same training program) and we were discussing diets. He told me that low carb diets only work because people that go on them end up restricting total calories so much that they lost weight. “After all”, he said, “a calorie is just a calorie.” I agreed with him that the average person probably does restrict calories too much when dieting, but told him that low carb diets do work for losing body fat WITHOUT restricting calories. I discussed the thermic effect of food, insulin effects of carbs and several other pieces of information that I?ve read in t-mag. Of course he countered saying that there is ample research to support “a calorie is just a calorie” and that I should get my research straight. So the first thing that I did was log on to t-mag and look up several articles that are related to this topic. I have found footnotes siting research studies, but I don?t know where to look to find the abstracts or bodies. Can anyone help me in my efforts to educate a ?trainer?? It may not be worth the effort, but I figure I will learn something along the way.