I meant to post this a few weeks ago, but never got around to it. I did some experiments to confirm that post-dinner exercise has special effects.
Here’s what I found over the course of a few experiments. If I exercised before breakfast in the morning (fasted), then I would end up eating more later in the day, effectively canceling out the effects of this exercise for weight loss.
But, if I exercised after dinner, and after a normal day of eating, then this exercise would create a calorie deficit so to speak when I went to bed. The obvious next question was, did I eat more the next day to counteract this previous deficit?
The answer is no. If anything, I would end up eating a little less the day after my previous evening exercise. Why, I’m not sure but I will speculate. If you exercise post-dinner and then don’t eat, your body is forced to burn fat. So when you wake up the next morning, your body is still in that fat-burning mode (of course you would burn some fat when sleeping anyways, but this seems like an extra gear).
I remember Taubes writing about how exercise doesn’t lead to weight loss. I think it can, but it depends on when you do it. If you exercise after dinner (after your feeding window), you create a deficit with no food coming until the next day.
This equals weight loss from exercise! Try it if you don’t believe me.