Most dieting articles I've read claimed that if you want to lose 1 pound of fat, reduce (or expend) your cal intake by 500 a day and you will lose a pound of fat by the end of the week (7x500=3500, ~1 pound fat). The same is also said about gaining weight, but the reverse.
Unfortunately, in both situations, it doesnt work. Maintenace calorie intake for me isnt a set point as some authors make it seem to be, but rather a zone. At least that's what I've come up with to try to explain how I could be eating 1500cal/day surplus and not have the scale budge in either direction. In times when I would be on a cutting phase I would also notice that simply cutting by 500 wouldnt make a difference either.
Has anybody else noticed this about themselves? Or am I the only one this thing doesnt work for?