Paul Jaminet on why “eat less, move more” can backfire:
- On a malnourishing diet, “eat less” means even greater malnourishment. Less of a bad diet is a worse diet.
- Excessive exercise may over-stress the body and harm health. In diseased people, the volume at which exercise becomes excessive may not be that high.
On the other hand, ultimately some form of “eat less, move more” is needed if optimal health is to be attained. …
So the challenge in weight loss is two-fold: It’s necessary to adopt a healthy diet in which malnourishment doesn’t occur despite calorie restriction, and to find a healthy level of exercise that improves health without overstressing the body.