Hunger. The physical kind. (Not, like, metaphysical or spiritual or vampire or anything.)
January 7, 2009 6:42 AM Subscribe
What does it mean that on days when I'm not exercising I'm constantly hungry?
posted by Rudy Gerner to Health & Fitness (8 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
I run every other day. For example, one day I'll run 3 miles, the next day rest, the next day run 4 miles, the next day rest, the next day 3 miles, etc. On days when I run I am not so hungry--I mean, moderately so at the normal times. On my rest days, it's like I have a hollow leg and can't get enough food in me. I presume this means that I'm not eating enough of something but I'm not sure what. I also am not sure if that presumption is accurate.
The way I eat now, as point of reference: I tend to graze throughout the day (3 meals plus 2-3 snacks between). My diet now is lots of vegetables and fruit, whole grains (oatmeal and tortillas mostly; I rarely have rice or bread); a good amount of fish, some chicken/turkey. I try to eat good fat (nuts, avocado, etc.) but my guess is I'm not getting enough of that. In general I try to eat as much unrefined and unprocessed stuff as I can.
Thoughts or feedback? Any suggestions on healthy but filling (and yummy!) snacks would be great. I don't think I've found a great way to toe the line between maxing out on calories and undoing my exercise and getting enough of what my body wants/needs.