Weight Loss Support - Anyone else limit exercise due to not being able to control their hunger?




abbysue715
07-12-2011, 10:39 PM
I have increased my exercise a ton in the past few days and I could eat everything in the house. I feel ravenous! Is this something that I will get used to? Will it go away? Or should I cut back on the length of time that I exercise and see if that helps. I still ate a healthy dinner but I inhaled it. I have been trying to actually take time to eat and I had been doing well until yesterday and today.


sheramama
07-12-2011, 10:44 PM
It's just your body needing more calories for fuel for what your expending. Try eating some more protein. It helped me stop raiding the fridge.

Purrfect
07-12-2011, 10:44 PM
I get alot hungrier when I exercise too, but what I found very helpful is to eat a protein within thirty minutes of stopping. I usually use a very low or no carb shake, and it really helps. I also use tall glasses of fiber, fiber you mix into water...it's very filling, great for your colon, and helps keep things moving through your system.

It is GREAT you are working out, it helps so much more than just weight loss. I would keep going.


skellycoin
07-12-2011, 10:51 PM
When I was experiencing lots of hunger when I changed my diet, I literally just had to push through it. I was hungry constantly, and it was just my body adjusting. Though like others have said, you might want to eat a bit more to sustain yourself since you're putting out a lot more energy.

berryblondeboys
07-12-2011, 10:53 PM
Yep, protein and fat are your friends!

berryblondeboys
07-12-2011, 10:56 PM
Have any of you tried this? I bought it today at the natural food store and tried a teeny bit... (Got the chocolate flavor)... not sure I'll be able to eat it. http://www.betternpeanutbutter.com/index.php THat's one thing I hate about trying new health/diet foods. Half the time I think they are barfy! And 100% of the time, they're expensive. WOnder if I can use it in cooking or something because dipping an apple in it will not be the way I'll want to eat it. I know that now.

abbysue715
07-12-2011, 11:10 PM
Yes, I have tried it and NO I do not like it!! I hate spending all that money too! Its worth it when you find the good stuff though! Just not a fun process trying new things. I wish they had like a tasting once a month at the healthfood store. It would probably benefit them too because a lot of reason people dont buy the stuff is that they dont want to spend the money on something they dont know that they will like.

Suzanne 3FC
07-12-2011, 11:41 PM
I tried the Better n Peanut Butter once and thought it was awful.

About exercise, I think you'll be fine after a few days and might see the opposite happen. Exercise is an appetite suppressant for many people. It works for me, plus I think it has the added psychological effect of not wanting to undo the good I just did :)

luckymommy
07-12-2011, 11:53 PM
berryblondeboys, I don't know if your health food store does this, but ours lets us return items that we try and don't care for either for a store credit or to get our money back. I had no idea I could return something just for not liking it, but I think they make so much money that they'd rather let people return something and keep coming back then having them not try things. Just a thought.

RJ 1980
07-13-2011, 12:19 AM
Yes, and this is actually the reason I don't exercise. I realized that 90% of the time I worked out (and we're talking low intensity elliptical work, 20-30 minutes), I would binge later. I tried timing my meals and all that, adding lots of protein, but still- even if it was hours later, I'd start to feel empty and starving.

I do understand the importance of exercise, and I'm not giving up on it forever... but right now, in the middle of me trying to change my lifestyle and eating/binging habits, it's just a trigger for me. I am taking a break from it until I am stronger in my plan and better at resisting binge cravings.

alaskanlaughter
07-13-2011, 12:46 AM
yes i limit my exercise because it makes me hungry...not only hungry, RAVENOUS...and i also lose all willpower when i get that hungry....i used to work out hard in the mornings and then munch the day away on whatever i could find to eat...and lots of it!...now i'm focusing more on eating low carb, eating smaller portions, and the only "real" exercise that i do is biking in the evenings, with a small protein shake afterwards, and then bedtime....that seems to work...but i also count as "movement" the hours i spend cleaning, watching kids, cooking, laundry, etc since i'm busy all day long anyhow

ElleHolla
07-13-2011, 12:52 AM
I started my "official" attempt of losing weight about two months ago, and since then I walk every morning, and lifted weights. Well since I've began to build muscle, I have added more weight to lift, and have noticed that I've been SUPER hungry. And like everyone else has said, protein has helped TREMENDOUSLY. And I try to jazz it up every once and a while. I"ll throw some protein powder, blueberries, bananas and ice into a blender... YUM (:

tuende
07-13-2011, 12:02 PM
Hmm, I seem to be the minority here, but for me exercise is definitely an appetite suppressant. I know I should get some protein in after a hard workout, but I usually just don't feel like it. And this is the ONLY time of day I don't "feel like" eating. It's like there's so much going on in my body, eating just seems like a chore. I think there's a mental component to this too because the exercise really focuses me on exactly what it is I'm trying to accomplish and how good it makes me feel to be doing it. Honestly, if I go "off plan" with what I eat, it's almost ALWAYS on a rest day.

But maybe I'm just weird like that ;).

berryblondeboys
07-13-2011, 12:05 PM
Hmm, I seem to be the minority here, but for me exercise is definitely an appetite suppressant. I know I should get some protein in after a hard workout, but I usually just don't feel like it. And this is the ONLY time of day I don't "feel like" eating. It's like there's so much going on in my body, eating just seems like a chore. I think there's a mental component to this too because the exercise really focuses me on exactly what it is I'm trying to accomplish and how good it makes me feel to be doing it. Honestly, if I go "off plan" with what I eat, it's almost ALWAYS on a rest day.

But maybe I'm just weird like that ;).

On another thread the majority who piped in were like you (and me) that exercise suppresses appetite. And, like you, I'm more likely to eat more on a rest day because I'm hungrier. I guess we all are so different in every way.

TapasLover
07-13-2011, 12:07 PM
ABSOLUTELY. Yet I fall on both sides of this issue.
For me, the routine, consistency and mental benefits of exercise are very important, aside from associated weight loss benefits.
however, I found myself gaining weight and was at my heaviest when I was exercising the MOST. at 180 lbs I was training for a marathon and found it impossible to control my eating on 15+ mile running days.

Moderation equaled success for me! I currently run quite frequently-- sometimes up to 6 days a week, but NEVER more than 6 miles at a time. And I walk. Everywhere I can. This adds in extra movement I don't "count" as exercise. Walking to work, to the store, to see friends--- these are easier things to do in New York City than some places, I know-- but I could take a cab or the subway and whenever I can, I choose not to. The walking doesn't "feel" like exercise to me in the same way running does, and thus hasn't impacted my ability to control my eating quite as much.

I think consistency of diet is 80% of the weight loss equation, and exercise helps with the mental focus, physical strength and determination to make it the rest of the way. Treat it as a gift, a break, a "Recharge" opportunity-- not as a chore. And don't over do it!

Best of luck:)

IsabellaOlivia
07-13-2011, 12:17 PM
I'm having the same problem as OP. I feel so hungry after those days I work out. When I only do ripped in 30 by Jillian, then I'm okay. But on the days I do the video + run c25k I have wolf hunger.

Should I add some protein powder?

lin43
07-13-2011, 12:34 PM
yes i limit my exercise because it makes me hungry...not only hungry, RAVENOUS...and i also lose all willpower when i get that hungry....i used to work out hard in the mornings and then munch the day away on whatever i could find to eat...and lots of it!...now i'm focusing more on eating low carb, eating smaller portions, and the only "real" exercise that i do is biking in the evenings, with a small protein shake afterwards, and then bedtime....that seems to work...but i also count as "movement" the hours i spend cleaning, watching kids, cooking, laundry, etc since i'm busy all day long anyhow

Your approach is almost exactly what I do (minus the kids and the protein shake --LOL!). I have been trying to do one hour of some kind of activity each day, but not "formal" gym-type exercise. I'll ride my bike to the store and back (30 minutes), do deep cleaning on a room in my house (30 min. - 1 hour), take my dog for another walk (20 minutes), etc. If I tried to do a gym-style workout on top of that, I would be even hungrier than I am!

As for the OP, when I feel hungry I try to ride it out. In the past, it was almost as if I was afraid of hunger, as if I would just die if I didn't eat something immediately. However, I've learned that when I get hungry, if I can ride out that feeling for 30 minutes or so, it usualy passes (especially if I get involved with something else). If it persists and is really bad, I'll eat a little something that I know will satisfy me until dinner (e.g., a small piece of bread w/ cheese---combining carbs, fat, & protein seems to help me tremendously with hunger).

xxkaleidoscopic
07-14-2011, 03:36 AM
Yes, and this is actually the reason I don't exercise. I realized that 90% of the time I worked out (and we're talking low intensity elliptical work, 20-30 minutes), I would binge later. I tried timing my meals and all that, adding lots of protein, but still- even if it was hours later, I'd start to feel empty and starving.

I do understand the importance of exercise, and I'm not giving up on it forever... but right now, in the middle of me trying to change my lifestyle and eating/binging habits, it's just a trigger for me. I am taking a break from it until I am stronger in my plan and better at resisting binge cravings.

I've decided to do the same. Exercising just requires me to eat way too much, and I find it hard to control myself. Once I get down to my goal weight, I plan to start lifting weights (free gym at my school!), so I can be ripped, and not just skinny. ;)

UrthWurm
07-14-2011, 03:49 AM
Hmm, I seem to be the minority here, but for me exercise is definitely an appetite suppressant. I know I should get some protein in after a hard workout, but I usually just don't feel like it. And this is the ONLY time of day I don't "feel like" eating. It's like there's so much going on in my body, eating just seems like a chore. I think there's a mental component to this too because the exercise really focuses me on exactly what it is I'm trying to accomplish and how good it makes me feel to be doing it. Honestly, if I go "off plan" with what I eat, it's almost ALWAYS on a rest day.

But maybe I'm just weird like that ;).

High five to the lucky minority! :high: I always find that exercise suppresses my appetite and gives me a tremendous amount of energy. In fact it makes it a lot easier to eat so few calories and stay on plan. It also helps curb my cravings. I really only find myself craving or feeling hungry on rest days as well. I guess everyone's body is different though. :shrug:

indiblue
07-14-2011, 04:53 AM
More protein and more fat!! Fewer carbs!!

I'm on around 1200-1300 and even on days I run 9 kilometers (about an hour) I don't get too hungry... though I do add another 100-200 cals to my usual total. I get no more than 150 g of carbs a day usually, and try to get to 80-90 g of protein.

Also, my "go to" meal that leaves me feeling STUFFED is: 3/4 c of oatmeal, 1 scoop protein powder, 1 tbs peanut butter. It is delicious and keeps me from wanting to eat for hours. It's something like 400 calories, 30-35 g of protein, 15 g of fat I think :)

ChickieChicks
07-14-2011, 07:59 AM
Initially, a good workout will make me not want to eat afterwards, but if I don't add a little something to those days, I get crazy hungry. I worked out for a month without adding extra calories, and it was torture.

Now I drink a fat-free, high protein shake (190 cals) after super-awesome workouts. Like I won't "get" the shake unless I burn at least 200-300 cals, preferrably more. Adding this is hasn't stalled my weight loss, and does help me work out more and sustain my energy.

I say keep working out!!! You don't want to lose a bunch a weight and then be skinny-fat, where you have no muscle tone and still have an unhealthy body fat %.

fight2winthis
07-14-2011, 08:19 AM
yeah, working out hard put me in an eating frenzy but when i took it down a notch and currently workout only three times a week i crave less and only remember to eat when i'm really hungry unlike before when i exercised like a maniac I thought about food all day. Plus i'm losing more weight! I wish you all the best!

fitwayoflife
08-02-2011, 01:28 PM
Yes, yes, yes! I used to exercise for an hour or more a day, but it would make me hungry and binge and think about food all day. I exercise 30 mintues a day now, and I feel great and don't binge. One or 2 days a week, I might exercise 50 minutes, but 30 minutes is what I aim for.

H82Sweat
08-02-2011, 01:57 PM
Right after I work out I have absolutely no appetitie. So if I plan my day appropriately, I can use my workouts to avoid going over on calories.

That diet PB looks just nasty. Look what they have done to it. All the processing and additives. Ugh :( Why? PB is perfectly healthy and quite easy to fit into a reduced calorie diet. My philosophy is to just eat the real deal and work my numbers to accomodate it.

lin43
08-02-2011, 03:18 PM
PB is perfectly healthy and quite easy to fit into a reduced calorie diet. My philosophy is to just eat the real deal and work my numbers to accomodate it.

I agree completely. I love all natural p.b.---no sugar, no salt. One of my favorite breakfasts is eating p.b. on whole wheat toast with a tsp. of fig jam (bought from Whole Foods). Yum! And it's filling and satisfying.

JohnP
08-02-2011, 04:59 PM
Since we're all sharing ... :D

Light exercise has no effect

Moderate tends to make me hungry but not that much

Heavy exercise makes me hungry but not ravenous

Heavy + intense exercise totally blunts my hunger for a couple hours. Can't eat. Don't want to see food. Eventually I become ravenous.

Generally speaking I'm hungry all the time though. :D

christine123
08-02-2011, 05:08 PM
Exercise kills my appetite for a couple of hours. Then I become starved. I exercise only in the evenings for this reason. By the time I'm starved, I am too tired to worry about it and go directly to bed.

nina125
08-02-2011, 05:17 PM
I get ravenous no matter how hard or little I work out. So I eat a light dinner when I get home from work, work out, and then shower and sleep right away. This way I sleep though my hunger.

QuilterInVA
08-02-2011, 05:38 PM
Better than Peanut Butter is nasty stuff - loads of sugar.

abbysue715
08-02-2011, 06:00 PM
I should try to workout right before bed and see if that helps.