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HELP - Eating after exercise

Thursday, July 05, 2012

I need your help, please.

I think my hiking is making me fatter, not thinner.

I'm doing 6-7 mile hikes now -- hard to believe a year & a half ago 15 minutes around the block nearly killed me -- but as soon as the hike is over I am STARVING to death so I'm eating mass quantities of food.

On Saturday after my hike I was so hungry that I WANTED to get onion rings or a shake to go with my teriyaki chicken sandwich but I was good and only got a salad with it. I continued to eat healthy things the rest of the day but I ate a LOT.

Any suggestions?
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    Within a short period after a workout (20 minutes to 2 hours, I think is what I've read) is one of the best times to eat, but planning what to eat is important. Personally, that's when I plan my protein smoothie because it provides an easily digestible protein and quickly digested carbs.

    Focus more on the quality of what you eat right after and you may reduce the need for quantity.

    This SparkPeople article has some good pointers:

    3234 days ago

    Comment edited on: 7/5/2012 5:47:48 PM
  • WINNIE1978
    The same thing happens to me the day after my running days. I feel like I cannot get full. Make sure you are eating stuff that'll really fill you up... lean protein, whole grains, and lots of veggies.
    3234 days ago
    I understand! Same thing happening to me lately. Lately, I've been running more. Eat breakfast before I run, breakfast after I run. I end up eating lunch, dinner, snacks...and going over my calorie range.

    Are you eating before your hike? Maybe one reason you're so hungry is going without food for so long...

    I came up with a couple ideas: half breakfast before exercise, half after. (this would work with something like oatmeal or PB & J sandwich... emoticon emoticon

    Another idea: a small snack before your workout/hike and a small snack (like nuts, or trail mix--a handful) during the hike... and a regular meal after

    Another idea: Small snack before, after

    I think eating a little at a time may keep your hunger at bay...

    Also, what you eat is important. The salad was a good choice and you can have a lot of it, feel full for not too many calories...So, choosing foods that are full of fiber but not as high in calories may help.

    I also feel really hungry before, after runs or if I swim (swimming makes me soo hungry)

    Keep up the awesome work! Great job on your hikes and keep working to find what works for you! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    3234 days ago
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