Ha! Welcome to what is known as ‘compensation’. Some call it hedonic compensation…implying that it’s some form of psychological phenomenon. I disagree. I think it’s a lot more basic than that. Exercise makes you hungry & unless you really freakin’ pay attention you compensate calories expended working out with extra calories consumed.
I don’t have a good solution!
But there is some research out there.
For me, the best way to lose weight is to do very little and sleep a lot. That makes it easier to stay in caloric deficit. I’ve also had luck doing a low intensity depletion-type workout in the morning (like 90-120 minutes Z2 or less), having a normal lunch, having a normal dinner, eating a biggish salad with minimal dressing @6:30p. Do that every weekday. Don’t eat Saturday. Normal eating Sunday.
I’ve never had any luck loosing weight while maintaining a workout schedule with any intensity in it.
When I was competing I walked around at 120 to 125 kilos. I’ve been sitting around 83 to 86 kilo for many, many years now. So, unlike many who talk nutrition, I’ve actually done it.