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Delayed-Onset Hunger?

Monday, August 06, 2012

Ok, I've heard of and experienced delayed-onset muscle aches (am in fact living that right now). But is there such a thing as delayed-onset hunger?

On Saturday, I participated in a 9-hour endurance event that involved lots of running, swimming, and throwing, among other things. During the event, I didn't feel terribly hungry, and I pretty much just ate normally (breakfast, lunch, dinner, and two snacks). I did have some energy gels to keep me going in between.

Sunday I wasn't terribly hungry, and again just ate normally. I didn't log, but I think my calories were actually a little low for the day.

Today, however, I am eating everything in sight. I'm at 1050 calories eaten so far, and still have 9 more hours before bed. I just can't seem to convince my brain that I've eaten enough.

Has anyone else experienced this? How do you stop it?
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    I haven't heard of delayed onset hunger per se but have heard that extreme cardio triggers hunger and cravings. Mainly because all the exercise triggers a heavy hormonal (mostly insulin) response. And your body in turns thinks it's hungry.

    Hope you made it through the day without too much damage. ;)

    2141 days ago
    I'm no expert either but I have heard your body going into starvation mode can cause this and it kinda goes along with what ISAHLIA says. So maybe all that exercise on Saturday did this! I've also heard stress can do it.
    2141 days ago
    Now I'm not an expert I'm just gonna make a wild guess... That being said you used a lot of calories on Sat, and Sun (muscle repair) and you've been depleting your fat stores (good) but our bodies don't like that and it's pretty good at telling us we need more energy when it's feeling depleted. You might try drinking room temp water, helps to fill you up (cold water hydrates better and moves quicker through your body). You might also increase low calorie foods like veggies and fruits.
    2141 days ago
    I can't say I've heard of delayed onset hunger, but I've had days where I feel more hungry than others. Might be something as simple as what you ate to start your day that lead to you wanting to eat more.
    Might be best to ask the experts on this one. But try to drink more water to see if it helps curb your appetite.
    2141 days ago
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