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Anyone else notice this with their diet?

  1. Nov 3, 2008 #1
    I go to the gym 6 or 7 days a week from 45 to 90 minutes at a time. On those days I usually eat between 1800 and 2400 calories. For breakfast I'll eat french bread with some jelly. For lunch I'll eat an apple with peanut butter. For dinner I'll eat whatever I can get my hands on.

    Today my legs were too sore to talk to the gym so I decided to take a break. Unfortunately today so far I've eaten: my normal breakfast, spaghetti for lunch, an apple with peanut butter, over a litre of Sprite, half a pizza, and some chips with salsa. Far more than what I normally eat.

    This seems to happen every time I don't workout. What's the deal? Shouldn't I be more hungry on the days I workout?
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  3. Nov 3, 2008 #2


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    Maybe you're eating out of boredom, or to make up for something missing (excercise) the same way someone eats more when giving up smoking.
  4. Nov 3, 2008 #3
    Holy crap dude! I usually only eat 1500 calories a day and I still can't lose weight! I think whats happening is your body has been losing fat and muscle and its trying to recover some of that. This does happen to me at times but I have some to get used to being hungry 24/7 so I have sort of gotten use to it.

    Seriously, a LITER of sprite! You have to stay away from that stuff. Even if your not on a diet.
  5. Nov 3, 2008 #4


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    I find that immediately after working out I'm not as hungry as I might be... I think it's like the contrapositive of how eating a lot makes you tired; when your body can't afford to be tired, you don't eat a lot. I'm basically just making this up though
  6. Nov 3, 2008 #5
    If you honestly work out as much as you say, you need to eat more than that.
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    That happens to me, too. My appetite is suppressed after working out - at least for a couple hours.
  8. Nov 3, 2008 #7
    your body is replacing glycogen it lost during the workout. but really, you should eat more protein, especially right after the workout and the next 24 hours.
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