I find that is true about weight stabilization over the long haul. I used to weigh 100 pounds more than I do now. That was almost two decades ago and the journey has included many periods of weight stabilization at different levels. The weight always wants to come back but I won't let it. That is what maintenance is.
Just from the exerpts posted here, though, I think it is wrong to say blanketedly (is that a word?
) that the basic equation of 3,500 calories less equals a pound. I find that to be right on, personally. The thing is that people burn calories at way different rates and the type of macronutrients eaten affects calorie burn rates in digestion. So time in losing and gaining is indeed a factor and it does take a long time to stabilize.
Hoping I stabilize someday lol.