My workouts during the "work week" always occur in the late afternoon. I eat lunch around noon, and my workouts are around 4:30 and 5 PM. My body is on a pretty regular schedule, and when I get home from work around 3:00 PM, I do eat a small snack, typically a bowl of cereal so I have some easy to digest carbohydrates and it helps fuel my workout. If I wait too long though, my body is ready for something more substantial and I'm pretty ravenous before I even begin. During my workout, my appetite is pretty suppressed once I get myself lathered up, whether is lifting heavy, which I do four days a week, or cardio, which I partake in the other three days of each week. When I get home from the gym, I am absolutely famished and having to pick up my 2 year old son from the childcare and taking him home to cook him dinner and get myself something to eat can be pretty torturous. When my wife works, this is even more difficult because I'm all alone in watching him and trying to find meals for us both, but if she is home, it does make things a bit easier.
Working out itself doesn't necessarily make me hungrier, but I don't like working out with much of any food, especially when I do interval training, so I workout on a nearly empty stomach and come home ready for a good hearty meal. The key for me is always having portions under control after the gym. Even if I'm absolutely the most hungry I have ever felt, I grab a sensible portion of whatever I'm eating, and I eat it slowly and replenish fluids. By doing it this way, I avoid plowing through my dinner and grabbing something extra that leads to overeating. I don't always win that battle, but more often than not, it helps.
1/6/13 3:43 P
No I don't feel more hungry after exercise. Actually, I have the opposite reaction. Exercise suppresses my appetite.
A lot of times people trick themselves into thinking they are more hungry post workout because they feel like they've worked hard or burned a lot of calories. I'm not saying this is you, but it is common. Then people go eat away their workout efforts.
As mentioned previously, it IS okay to eat post workout. Depending on how hard you're working, when you last ate, etc., should all help determine what your post workout meal should be. If I were you, I would just plan my next meal/snack for when I'm done working out. Then you'll kill 2 birds with one stone! ;)
1/6/13 8:50 A
I did at one time, but I guess I just got used to it or something, because it doesn't any more. Or, when I do get hungry after exercise, I eat healthier foods than I used to eat.
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434 1/5/13 6:10 P
A definite YES to that, but after exercising, I feel so much better about myself that I eat better foods than when I'm slouching on the exercising, so it's still a win-win for me! I do find that one good habit leads to another and carries over into about every area of my life!
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Can't say that it does...have been hungry going into exercise and it goes away...
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1/4/13 10:12 P
Most definitely! I just got back from my nutritionist who bumped my calorie intake by 300 on days when I do exercise! Especially good so your body doesn't eat it's own muscle!
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254 1/4/13 3:45 P
Definitely get hungier on workout (i.e., running and weight lifting) days. I usually plan my post workout snack into my spark menu ahead of time to try to keep within my calorie range, but it's hard.
1/4/13 3:32 P
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2,312 1/4/13 12:49 P
Yes I am ravenous after exercising, I try to just eat enough protein to make up for how hungry I am and it helps me stay full on fewer calories
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1/4/13 11:14 A
Working out makes me a lot hungrier, but if I plan my meals sot hat I eat right after I workout, it doesn't make me go over my calories for the day.
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1/4/13 10:42 A
Yes, strenous exercise ( like jogging)makes me more hungry than none, or easy, gentle exercise (yoga).
You can be certain that when I come home at 7 AM after a five mile run I am starving and ready to eat a big breakfast! Then I have a moderate lunch, and light dinner most days that I run.
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1/4/13 10:37 A
I've long noticed that for me it depends on intensity of exercise.
e.g If I walk 5 miles I get hungry
If I run 5 miles hard then it suppress my appetite.
I have seen athletes be sick after a hard session - it seems that the stomach contracts and blood flow diverted to other areas of your body.
I have also noticed this with weight training. If I have a light session then I'm hungry. If I push it then I'm not hungry for hours.
Try upping your regime a bit...
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1/4/13 9:54 A
No. I find that I am actually not any more hungry than usual. I find that in general, I am more energetic, but not hungrier. When I exercise frequently, I also have less time to sit around snacking.
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1/4/13 9:49 A
no I have so much energy food is the last thing on my mind.
I am trying to live a healthy life for me and my family. I have changed my eating habits and I feel great.
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377 1/4/13 5:39 A
Not usually, but I worked longer yesterday and did feel a bit hungry
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1/4/13 4:56 A
Some does depend on the workouts that I do that day. Most of the time I know that I will be hungry after working out, so I try to eat a light healty snack before going to the gym. Then after when i am starving, just give in to the fact that you are and eat healty snack again.
Carido will help you burn calories, lifting will help you build muscle. Eating well will help you lose weight. Make sure you have lots of healthy foods around to eat on those workout days. Fresh veggies and fruit, meats and healthy fats. You are rebuilding your body after a workout, real whole foods make a beautiful body.
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I find myself much more hungry on the days I workout. On those days I really try to aim for 5 smaller meals. Best of luck to you
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46,222 1/3/13 8:25 P
When it comes to our bodies we are all an experiment of one, therefore, what happens to one person may or may not happen to another. That being said, refueling after exercise is an excellent time to replenish your glycogen stores and begin the repair and recovery process. So it's OK to have something to eat (a little protein and some carbs) after your workouts.
I have asked around about this, but nobody seems to have this happen. It happens to me all the time! I get so hungry after exercising that I feel like it kind of sabotages my efforts. And of course if I don't exercise, I notice that it's much easier to stay in my calorie range.
Does this happen to anyone, and do you have any tips? I want to do both :)
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