There’s a difference between “dieting” and “your diet”
like I said, if you stuff your face after working out, then “your diet” is impeding weight loss.
if you maintained your pre-exercise diet (whatever that consists of) and then exercised, you’d lose weight very effectively, without any dietary modifications (ok, ok, so long as your excess calories ingested per day are less than what you’re expending exercising)
however, reducing your diet to a level that replicates the caloric expenditure through exercise (let’s say 2800 calories a week, 4x @ 700 cals per exercise) equates to a reduction in 400 calories a day. people are extremely bad at estimating caloric contents of foods, people get cravings to eat specific foods, people interact in a society where food/calories is the primary social driver (going out, having a drink, etc. etc.) . so what’s easier and more effective? figuring out how to trim 400 calories a day, while never, ever exceeding your caloric intake once a day from your diet or hitting a gym 4 times a week for a specific amount of time.
but yea, comparing rural Nigerians who are miles away from a ho ho and who perform physical exertion as their mode of transportation to urban Americans is real good “science”
but here’s your take-away from this article: “More research seems to be needed, however, as the new finding conflicts with other studies”