More calories will make you lose weight?
It seems counterintuitive! You need to be in a calorie deficit in order to lose body fat, it's just the truth. But, sometimes if your calorie deficit is too strict, then you don't have enough energy to properly fuel your training and your life. Slowly adding back in calories (AKA reverse Dieting) can actually allow you to begin melting away body fat. Your training becomes more effective, your strength and muscle increases and suddenly your metabolism is running strong. Instead of laying on the couch after work and your workout, you're doing more errands and more general physical activity. You're still in an overall calorie deficit, but one much more sustainable.
The BCAA's (branched chain amino acids) I prescribe to people who are intermittent fasting. More on that topic later.