Of course if you can stick to the calories you're supposed to while exercising more than that's the fastest way to lose weight. But that may or may not be possible, depending on how man calories you burn. In the example I gave, staying within calories on days I'm exercising is definitely doable. On the other hand, what if I burned 1000 calories in a day? Then there's no way I'm going to be able to limit myself to the same number of calories I eat on days I don't work out.
Back when I was on SlimFast (a diet I can't say enough bad things about, even though it worked) I had to stop dieting on the weekends. I went dancing on Saturdays, and the first time I tried doing it after having only eaten my SlimFast diet that day I felt like I was going to pass out. These days I think SlimFast does acknowledge exercise in its recommendations, but it didn't a decade ago when I was on it.
For me the choice was dieting or dancing, which at the time meant it was a choice between dieting or exercising since that's the only exercise I got.
The points I earned from exercising on WW were always less than the actual calories I'd burned. So even though I was earning points that I usually traded in for food, I was still burning more calories than I took in.
This is way more than I meant to write. My main point is that while there are things I didn't like about WW, I thought that for the most part the earning points for exercising bit mainly made sense. My only complaint is that as far as WW was concerned that was just as good as staying on points without exercising. I like that SP encourages exercise in all cases.
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