So you decided to go on a fat loss journey. You lowered your calories and started exercising. Things were going great then you hit a plateau. You decided to do even more cardio and reduce your calories again. No change so you did even more. No change. This sound like you?
In this situation sometimes more is not always better. I know this is hard to believe for some people, and at times I have to fight a real battle with some of my clients to emphasise this. Clearly at this point something needs to change and you would think you need to do more to make more progress.
Let me give you a different way of looking at it. You are driving to Leeds and your petrol is starting to run low. Your options are to reduce your speed to try and reduce the amount of petrol you are using or stop off and fill up. Either way you need to A) reduce the amount of energy you are using or B) put more energy in to make more progress. It may take a little longer than you first planned to get to Leeds but you will still make it.
If we relate this to fat loss the rules are the same. Maybe you need to reduce your output (gym sessions) or put more energy in (calories). Perhaps this may slow your progress down a little but you will still reach your destination in the end.
While I am a believer of calories in and calories out, most of the time there are times when it isn't quite so simple and more is definitely not best.