TP isn't completely off. Yes, calories in versus calories out does matter.
What type of calories being taken in also matters!
I don't care if you eat 3,000 calories of donuts or 3,000 calories of steak and veggies. If you need to be taking less than 2,000 calories to lose, you're not going to lose either way! Obviously, one way is healthier and better than the other. But calories do matter.
As for TP's results on the Cheat to Lose diet, he's not the only one who experienced the same thing! I have heard feedback from others with similar results.
Sorry, but "fad diets" don't work in the long run. You have to learn to eat properly in the long run. I agree that Cheat to Lose, the Velocity Diet and others are a nice "quick start" to fat loss, but they are just that...a quick start to something you need to take control of and learn how to properly use for long-term success.