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Excessive hunger after dinner

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created July 21, 2012 at 7:41 PM

I've been on paleo for little less than 3 months now - living almost 100% with an occasional "fall of the wagon" moment here and there.

I workout 3-4 times a week - mostly crossfit mixed with some fitness boxing and weightlifting. I'm 5.8 tall, weigh 160lb and fat % around 11%.

I do 3 meals a day with snacks in between (almonds, bananas, red peppers etc.)

Here my problem - sometimes I get extremely hungry at night (9-10pm ish) even after consuming a giant dinner with loads of lean meat and veggies and the feeling of being absolutely full a couple of hours before.

I don't understand it - I thought it might have something to do with my glycogen levels are too low after a heavy workout, but the hunger also comes after days without exercise.

eating another meal when I get hungry at night do help. But I'd rather know why than just eating dinner twice - I do admit that the hunger sometimes turns into cravings for candy, cake and other poisons.

Have any of you experienced anything similar?

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on July 21, 2012
at 08:47 PM

Just be aware that a small subset of people feel edgy on L-glutamine. If you get that response, probably wise to discontinue.

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on July 21, 2012
at 08:02 PM

I actually don't know why I wrote lean meat - today I just had 450grams of juicy pork and I'm still experiencing the cravings. but I'll try coconut butter and the L'glutamine Thanks!!

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C9d4e3a7bece817317f273ac69e6b8eb

on July 21, 2012
at 07:54 PM

Why lean meat? You need fat - animal fat especially. I call ahead to my butcher to order extra fatty cuts of grass-fed meats (because the regular cuts are way too lean).

The fat will help satiate you through the night.

You could also try a tablespoon of coconut butter when you get that nighttime craving (and it may also help you sleep).

Finally, (not my favorite option, as it's not food), you could try supplementing with some L-glutamine, which has been shown to cut cravings, especially sugar cravings.

Fbbda40bdb93a03f824829e22ed36412

(10)

on July 21, 2012
at 08:02 PM

I actually don't know why I wrote lean meat - today I just had 450grams of juicy pork and I'm still experiencing the cravings. but I'll try coconut butter and the L'glutamine Thanks!!

C9d4e3a7bece817317f273ac69e6b8eb

on July 21, 2012
at 08:47 PM

Just be aware that a small subset of people feel edgy on L-glutamine. If you get that response, probably wise to discontinue.

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on July 22, 2012
at 12:37 AM

I think you had it right with this: "I thought it might have something to do with my glycogen levels are too low." Throw some more carbohydrate into the mix. Roots & tubers are what you're after; broccoli and zucchini are not going to cut it.

The other option of course is what was mentioned above: animal fat.

People really don't seem to do very well without both saturated fat and starch. (And therein lies the fatal flaw of Loren Cordain's original 'Paleo Diet.')

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on July 21, 2012
at 09:33 PM

If I get late cravings I typically reach for a piece of fruit, night time is a good time for fruit. The sugar crash happens as your CR drops, which prevents additional cravings.

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on July 22, 2012
at 12:09 AM

I get hungry about 1 1/2 hours after dinner. My magic pill seems to be my ever present apple. It fills me up and it satisfying. Really works well.

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on July 22, 2012
at 09:34 PM

Have a whey shake & a banana. Works brilliant for me.

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on July 22, 2012
at 01:43 AM

Wow tons of lean meat and vegetables- cannot imagine why you would not be satisfied. I kid, I kid.

It could be either a glycogen depletion issue (as PA mentioned) or a leptin resistance issue. Either way, starch is the answer because it boosts leptin and insulin (satiety hormones) and replenishes glycogen (if you're insulin sensitive, which you probably are).

Personally, I can deal just fine with being deprived of calories, but I have a helluva hard time being deprived of (macro)nutrients. Even when I'm cutting. Try eating a normal amount (not tons) of meat and vegetables. But, before you start chowing on those, have an appetizer of potatoes (sweet or white) drizzled with a little extra fat of your choosing (coconut, olive, duck, butter, etc).

If you don't like the idea of eating root vegetables for some reason, try eating 2 rice cakes with honey either pre or post workout, whichever suits you....or 1 pre and 1 post.

One of those strategies should help you feel better.

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