Yes, relentless calorie counting and exercise logging counts as a restrictive diet! And while I’m not going to gainsay anyone who decides they’re happier doing that (and/or performing pathological volumes of exercise) than restricting carbohydrates or doing a Whole 30, I don’t believe it creates any moral high ground to lecture from.
Umm, straw man? Maybe I missed something, but I don’t see who is arguing “relentless calorie counting and exercise logging” as the only alternative to “restricting carbohydrates or doing a Whole 30.”
Anyways, I was just gonna let that comment go. But I’m looking to find a book that has a more well-rounded approach to wellness (not just diet, not just exercise, etc) and I happened to come across this in the description of Chris Kresser’s forthcoming Your Personal Paleo Code (emphasis mine):
Chris Kresser uses the Paleo diet as a baseline from which you can tailor the ideal three-step program-Reset, Rebuild, Revive-to fit your lifestyle, body type, genetic blueprint, and individual needs. … Best of all, you only have to follow the program 80% of the time; there’s room to indulge in moderation while still experiencing dramatic results.
Go figure! Can’t wait to see the reviews from the “just-say-no” crowd ;).