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Do you feel hungry all day after HIIT sessions such as Tabata?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created March 30, 2012 at 3:09 PM

Hello. My normal workout routine is either cycling or crossfit but I have noticed that on days where I do a Tabata workout of 4 minsx 4 intervals. I spend the whole day starving.

I know HIIT workouts burn less calories but higher overall daily calories but I am always starving on tabata days as If I had run a marathon or something.

Anyone else?

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on June 15, 2012
at 01:27 PM

Plus one because you take ice cold showers.

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on May 02, 2012
at 07:55 PM

Not a very helpful answer. Vague at best.

43428c01f702e646fee341ae53d06e61

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on March 30, 2012
at 06:14 PM

I mean hunger and crazy depletion "omg I'm drained and exhausted" feeling. I rarely get DOMs (I'm not complaining !). Do you feel that way only when doing Tabata intervals or do sprints make you feel that way as well ?

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on March 30, 2012
at 05:21 PM

When you say you won't recover do you mean DOMS or hunger?

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on May 02, 2012
at 08:08 PM

Insulin levels are elevated after intense (glycogen-depleting) exercise. This helps replace glycogen stores quickly, but it can result in low blood sugar without dietary carbohydrate, as gluconeogenisis may not be sufficient.

For most of us, hypoglycemia=hunger.

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on May 02, 2012
at 08:18 PM

I find that I get pretty darn hungry after HIIT, not only that, but my intervals are quick, I tend to get "delayed onset SWEATHOG MODE ENGAGED. I won't sweat while I workout, I'll walk back up to my hotel room (I only do HIIT when suffering through hotel gyms), and then come the waterworks.

Follow that with an ice cold shower (to try and curb the sweats) and I am even more hungry.

C0fcb48d7da4f76fac17318efd2cd6b8

(4069)

on June 15, 2012
at 01:27 PM

Plus one because you take ice cold showers.

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on March 31, 2012
at 01:34 AM

One of the supposed appeals of HIIT is that it increases your metabolic function and keeps your body burning calories throughout the day. I haven't seen any research to back this up, so I'm slightly skeptical still, but it could be part of the reason you're so hungry.

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on June 15, 2012
at 05:27 AM

This used to happen before I started paleo; I would be ravenous for the rest of the day. But after a few weeks of paleo my hunger is much more even. I think this is probably largely due to lowered sugar consumption. I'd just go with it and eat as much as possible, but try not to have too much sugar. I'd stay away from larabars because I've found they tend to make my hunger levels bounce around. I usually have some almonds and some fruit right after my HIIT.

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on March 31, 2012
at 12:00 AM

Sounds like your not eating enough.

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43428c01f702e646fee341ae53d06e61

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on March 30, 2012
at 04:56 PM

It depends what time of the day I do intervals... If I do them on an empty stomach in the morning or early afternoon, I stuff my face right after or I won't recover at all and I know it. If I do them at night, all I wanna do is drink buckets of water, shower and go to bed.

5759bd89db5f73cabe0a6e8f8e6e1cb9

(1467)

on March 30, 2012
at 05:21 PM

When you say you won't recover do you mean DOMS or hunger?

43428c01f702e646fee341ae53d06e61

(98)

on March 30, 2012
at 06:14 PM

I mean hunger and crazy depletion "omg I'm drained and exhausted" feeling. I rarely get DOMs (I'm not complaining !). Do you feel that way only when doing Tabata intervals or do sprints make you feel that way as well ?

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on August 15, 2013
at 10:11 PM

Yes, I'm hungrier after A HIIT workout. I do my workouts early in the morning, same time everyday and eat the same amount of calories everyday. After a HIIT workout I'm hungry all day and keep looking at the clock so I can eat my morning and afternoon snacks. By 5:00 p.m. I wanna eat my own arm!!! You do burn more calories throughout the day..you just HAVE to!!!

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on May 02, 2012
at 07:25 PM

stop being a sugar burner, re-examine what you are eating.

5759bd89db5f73cabe0a6e8f8e6e1cb9

(1467)

on May 02, 2012
at 07:55 PM

Not a very helpful answer. Vague at best.

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on April 18, 2012
at 06:34 PM

I've experienced this. The first time I did tabata sprints I had this unbelievable craving, I guess I wouldn't even call it hunger, for sugar. Unfortunately I indulged it with probably the worst possible cheat you could ever have - General Tso's chicken. Nasty. Now I make sure I have plenty of sweet potatoes around for afterward.

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on April 04, 2012
at 05:29 PM

Stop being gay and get on with it. Eat, train, sleep SIMPLES!

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072199b25e845a2706ee52ddc45b73d8

on April 04, 2012
at 05:27 PM

Stop being gay and get on with it. Eat, train, sleep SIMPLES!

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