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.
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! ;)
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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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!
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.
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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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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