“Middle age is when you’ve met so many people that every new person you meet reminds you of someone else.”
One of the few beefs I have against an otherwise fantastic book, Good Calories, Bad Calories, is Gary Taubes’s apparent dismissal of exercise as an adjunct to a sensible weight loss/weight management program. But I do get his point, though, and to be fair, his work is intended to be a purely scientific look at the causes of fat accumulation. The book was never intended to be a “how to” manual. We all know that even a not-so-vigorous workout increases your appetite, and that one must fuel themselves properly (i.e., in a Paleo way), or chance amplifying an already dismal eating pattern.
When someone overcompensates for a drawn-out, low intensity workout — a workout that results in very little muscle/liver glycogen depletion — with excess carbohydrate calories, any dreams of resultant weight loss will be stymied. Why can an athlete like Lance Armstrong get away with shovelling-down platefulls pasta (not that it’s healthy), and still maintain a svelte body? Because he continually depletes his glycogen stores via intense workouts. Moderate exercise does not deplete glycogen stores in this fashion, therefore, any carbohydrate (especially refined) overcompensation — which is quite easy to do — will result in weight gain, or at least a much diminished weight loss.