Do these two situations get you the same net-worth?
Eating 500 calories + normal life-style calorie expenditure (no "purposeful" workouts)
Eating 1200 calories + purposefully exercising to the tune of burning 700 calories
If I sound disgustingly like one of those kids who asks why the sky is blue or if purple paper tastes like grapes, please shoot me. I'm just curious about the trade-off benefits of each situation.