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Hungry after a fast

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Created July 14, 2010 at 4:50 PM

I recently did a 20 hour fast, which I broke with a sprint session followed by about another hour or so of fasting. My appetite was so bigger than normal after the fast. I had about 5 3/4 palm size pork chops, and then I had a 6th one about 2 hours later with a handful of almonds. After another 3 hours or so, I had 15 slices of bacon and 3 eggs. I normally have a decent-sized appetite, but this feels a little extreme.

Has anyone else had a similar experience?

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on July 15, 2010
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I am trying to avoid all starches for a while. However, I agree, I should have had some veggies.

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I am not one to use fitday. I really don't like spending time calculating my food's macronutrients. I add better to the pork chops for some added fat.

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on July 15, 2010
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Yes, I think appetite will build up and become cumulative. I always "overeat" (relative to normal) after some fasting. Hunger and general preoccupation with food does not really abate until my body is satisfied it has enough kcal even if my stomach is full.

The guys in Ancel Keys starvation experiments were hungry for weeks afterwards even when they were bloated with food (which was most of the time):

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on July 22, 2010
at 04:53 AM

you broke your fast with sprints? That's not breaking the fast, that's exacerbating it!! And then you didn't eat one hour after high intensity intervals, which are known to spike hunger?

I'm thinking the problem's right there. 24 hours is probably too long anyway. Try 16 hours. And if you're going to do sprints, either have a meal sometime before or consume 10g BCAA (this is straight from Martin Berkhan). The thinking there is that workout out totally fasted may not be the best.

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on July 14, 2010
at 08:59 PM

Did you put these foods into fitday or otherwise calculate the macronutrients? Looks like a LOT of protein in those meals versus fat. Maybe if you increased saturated fat consumption the hunger would decrease.

I've gotten to the point where it seems irrelevant to call "not eating" a "fast". I just don't eat, from breakfast to breakfast, for about 2-3 days a week. I can get slightly peckish around 3 PM but since I'm at work I ignore it easily. The next day's breakfast, I eat to my heart's content but really not much more than I do on non-fasted days. Of course the fat content is very very high so satiety comes quickly.

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on July 15, 2010
at 08:41 PM

I am not one to use fitday. I really don't like spending time calculating my food's macronutrients. I add better to the pork chops for some added fat.

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on July 15, 2010
at 01:43 AM

I usually eat a bit more after a fast. That said,; what you ate does seem a little bit much. I would suggest getting more variety than just meat. Vegetables seem to fill me up a bit better than straight meat. And a little bit of paleo starch makes my stomach declare full much faster.

And I agree with garymar. I usually eat two meals a day, and if I skip one it's not a fast. A fast starts at 24 hours and usually goes 36 to 48 hours. I only do this 2-3 times a month. A skipped meal happens 2-3 times a week.

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on July 15, 2010
at 08:46 PM

I am trying to avoid all starches for a while. However, I agree, I should have had some veggies.

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on July 14, 2010
at 05:52 PM

I've experienced this off and on after doing a 24 hr fast. I then backed it off and settled in on about 16hrs and fasted from dinner to late morning after my workout. I did that a bunch of times. I recently did another 23hr fast and it was fine. I really think it was mental focus and staying busy that got me through that one, and knowing I had to stay in some kind of control when I ate again...

Here's an interesting article that someone sent me...

http://articles.elitefts.com/articles/interviews/intermittent-fasting%E2%80%94to-feast-or-not-to-feast-an-interview-with-martin-berkhan/

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