"To be clear, the argument was whether or not the spike in metabolism food creates can be manipulated for weight loss or not."
And the study quoted, as discussed in its conclusion posted here, shows that yes, it can. I'm sure your diversion was unintentional but either way the angle you're on now wasn't even the discussion to begin with.
Not only that, protein synthesis and the regular intake of aminos to support it is the topic you are currently challenging, or were, I guess.
On that note, what is your dieting protocol? Because every bodybuilding diet I've ever seen has advocated a frequent and regular intake of aminos, however delivered, including IF diets geared to weight training.