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Managing my increased appetite after training? I've never been so hungry in my life!

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created August 09, 2012 at 7:37 PM

I've noticed that after heavy lifting, my appetite skyrockets. For instance, yesterday afternoon I did a heavy combination of deadlifts, chin ups and rows. I PRed on my deadlift, which I was very happy about, and, being hungry anyway, ate as soon as I got home. Half a kilo of ground beef with turmeric, capsicum and mushrooms. Right before bed I felt peckish so I had six eggs, not wanting to wake up in the middle of the night ravenous (it's happened before). Regardless, I woke up at 4AM needing food. I felt that hunger in my soul. Currently eating a curry consisting of half a can of coconut cream, spices, mushrooms and two chicken breasts.

I have a background in anorexia, so initially this hunger was alarming, but I've decided that my body is telling me that it needs the fuel and to satisfy it with good Paleo food. However, the amount of food and fat that I'm eating looks, to me, disproportionate to how much my body needs. After training days, I can eat twice as much (literally, twice as much) as I do when I haven't trained. I am eating until I'm full, but it has me wondering whether my appetite could be too high? Surely it doesn't take this much food to repair? Has anyone else experienced this?

I have been having trouble sleeping over the past week, so that may come into it, but I have had this hunger even on a good night's rest. I'm 17, female, about 61kg and 172cm.

Thank you!

2006ccb2b60f9cc5ba5e8eff8a7abc46

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on March 16, 2013
at 11:55 PM

s around that can be demanded to do things beyond its own safety! its a beautiful complex system that is life and the ability to create life. make sure you are getting a full range of animo acids after working out and keep your fat % high, you will feel fuller while eating less, you should add some extra fat to your beef. and yes your appetite COULD be too high, if you find this the case try some different forms of exercise, gentle body weight stuff like yoga,. if you still feel out of balance you might want to really dig deep to see if you don't need some therapy, ED's linger..

2006ccb2b60f9cc5ba5e8eff8a7abc46

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at 11:51 PM

your going to have a super increased appetite because you are already super lean and your body does not have any fat stores to pull from when you are exercising. you need to honor that, and also honor your bodies hunger. hopefully you have already realized that you might actually gain MUSCLE weight with this routine, I would suggest taking measurements and also photos Instead of focusing on the number on the scare. make sure those measurements include your energy and emotional state! you really need to be diligent in keeping things in perspective, your body is not some thing your head drag

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on August 10, 2012
at 05:19 AM

There's nothing not primal about some starchy tubers. Since she's obviously having some problems as is, it's pretty apparent she needs some carbs. I'm not saying she has to go insane and eat 300g of carbs, but a moderate about may be a great benefit.

193f00d53ebcb13940c7a55afc78ad17

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on August 10, 2012
at 03:01 AM

So for me, at 155 lbs, squatting 300 lbs over 5 mins will burn 218 calories. Which is a crazy amount for only 5 mins of work. That's about the same as a 20 min run.

193f00d53ebcb13940c7a55afc78ad17

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on August 10, 2012
at 02:58 AM

Sigrid, you can roughly calculate it by using the formula: (body weight + bar weight) * 0.096 * (time in mins for all sets). It's just an estimate, but not a bad one.

3ab5e1b9eba22a071f653330b7fc9579

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on August 09, 2012
at 10:42 PM

I agree, when I first started lifting I was ravenous. People are still amazed at the amount of food I can put down and still "stay so skinny." Just eat what you think you need to and make sure to get plenty of protein

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on August 09, 2012
at 10:40 PM

Carb loading post workout is not necessarily a good thing. While it might make her feel better initially, the insulin blunts growth horomone release since they are on competing pathways, growth horomone has all sorts of benefits for muscle growth and weight loss. Better to just stick with a normal primal meal.

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at 10:11 PM

You'd burn half that just sitting on the couch. And you're hypocaloric from you appetite. Forget calories. It's about quality, not quantity.

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at 09:30 PM

Does lifting burn a huge amount of calories? Regular activity calculators tend to give a number of 350 calories an hour for vigorous lifting of free weights. I'd love to be told that it's more than that.

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193f00d53ebcb13940c7a55afc78ad17

on August 09, 2012
at 07:55 PM

Lifting burns a huge amount of calories, and it elevates your BMR for roughly 24 hours post workout. If your goal is to put on mass then don't worry about it; the hunger is good. If you are trying to lean out, I'd still not worry about it until you can be sure that you are packing on weight (consistently gaining over a 30 day window). The fact that you only have this hunger on workout days suggests, to me, that it is in fact due to increased exertion.

If you are new to paleo, it'll shock you how much you eat sometimes, and how you still seem to do better than before.

5e5ff249c9161b8cd96d7eff6043bc3a

(4713)

on August 09, 2012
at 10:11 PM

You'd burn half that just sitting on the couch. And you're hypocaloric from you appetite. Forget calories. It's about quality, not quantity.

21b36b3de8ff31b0d41e7f0f4b5c1e03

(1688)

on August 09, 2012
at 09:30 PM

Does lifting burn a huge amount of calories? Regular activity calculators tend to give a number of 350 calories an hour for vigorous lifting of free weights. I'd love to be told that it's more than that.

3ab5e1b9eba22a071f653330b7fc9579

(2262)

on August 09, 2012
at 10:42 PM

I agree, when I first started lifting I was ravenous. People are still amazed at the amount of food I can put down and still "stay so skinny." Just eat what you think you need to and make sure to get plenty of protein

193f00d53ebcb13940c7a55afc78ad17

(1260)

on August 10, 2012
at 03:01 AM

So for me, at 155 lbs, squatting 300 lbs over 5 mins will burn 218 calories. Which is a crazy amount for only 5 mins of work. That's about the same as a 20 min run.

193f00d53ebcb13940c7a55afc78ad17

(1260)

on August 10, 2012
at 02:58 AM

Sigrid, you can roughly calculate it by using the formula: (body weight + bar weight) * 0.096 * (time in mins for all sets). It's just an estimate, but not a bad one.

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5e5ff249c9161b8cd96d7eff6043bc3a

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on August 09, 2012
at 10:09 PM

Eat some starch post workout. Try a sweet potato with butter. I think your appetite skyrocket has to do with your glycogen stores being depleted.

5e5ff249c9161b8cd96d7eff6043bc3a

(4713)

on August 10, 2012
at 05:19 AM

There's nothing not primal about some starchy tubers. Since she's obviously having some problems as is, it's pretty apparent she needs some carbs. I'm not saying she has to go insane and eat 300g of carbs, but a moderate about may be a great benefit.

3ab5e1b9eba22a071f653330b7fc9579

(2262)

on August 09, 2012
at 10:40 PM

Carb loading post workout is not necessarily a good thing. While it might make her feel better initially, the insulin blunts growth horomone release since they are on competing pathways, growth horomone has all sorts of benefits for muscle growth and weight loss. Better to just stick with a normal primal meal.

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on March 16, 2013
at 11:34 PM

Team Oberg brings up an interesting point on the pathways of hormone release however this is a female so i am not too sure on if its the same significance in inhibition at age 17. i would say a sweet potato is fine only on days after a workout. dont eat them everyday. i feel my performance increases with the tuber. i recover faster and i havent noticed any slowed growth. after eating only meats for while and then reintroducing the tuber back into my diet, i prefer the benefits of the tuber. however, it doesnt really stop me from cleaning out the fridge, which is why it was suggested in the first place.

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on March 16, 2013
at 10:37 PM

Omg, I have totally the same problem, but I am 21 years old now... I have the anorexic background too, and now I am totally devastated, since I began to gain weight with these overeating periods :( I hope that you found the solution up to now and share it with me! By the way I am not surprised about my gaining, since some nights I could eat a complete beef, and about a half kilos of walnuts or almonds... By the way, I totally feel the same irrationable hunger when my eyes just open at the middle of the night and feel that I have to EAT now.

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