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comment How does calorie burn affect appetite?
I just finished reading that book, thanks for the recommendation! I don't think Taubes argued that exercise doesn't help weight loss because it affects appetite, but because the body will adapt (long-run) to the energy requirements and because exercise doesn't affect the mechanism that burns fat for energy (but insulin does, and carbs affect insulin levels). But I think you're right (at least if Taubes is right) - diet is much more important than working out.