Hunger Fueled by Workout
In this morning’s spin class, we were nearing the end of our workout, about to head into the cool down, and my instructor said she couldn’t wait until her post-workout cup of coffee.
She said she looks forward to her post-spin coffee immediately after spinning, but her appetite for actual food is no where to be found. Several other ladies nodded in agreement, but then I chimed in.
I’m always hungry after spin! Workouts definitely stimulate my appetite.
I was in the minority.
It seems there’s two camps of people in regards to this topic: those whose appetites are suppressed after a workout, and those whose workouts stimulate their appetites.
What I think about during yoga. Kidding Maybe some waffles, though!
Obviously, I’m in the latter camp. I workout in the morning, either with BCAA powder mix or a small snack (fruit) in my stomach only, and afterward I can’t wait to eat breakfast! Maybe it’s just because I’ve always been a breakfast person and love breakfast foods, but I find I definitely look forward to post-exercise nourishment.
If for some reason I don’t have a stimulated appetite after a workout, and wait it out, then I proceed to be ravenous the entire rest of the day. It’s not pretty when I’m stuck at work, ravenous, and have run out of snacks for the day. Anyone with me there? I know you are!
My situation seems a bit contrary to a recent study from the Journal of Applied Psychology that says the fitter you are, the less likely you are to crave food after exercise. However, I’m sure there’s many factors involved in this study though, as the food enticing the groups were cheeseburgers and ice cream sundaes.
I don’t necessarily want a juicy cheeseburger after my workout, but a juicy smoothie? Now that I want immediately.
A bright greeeeen one today! Since I already had 1.5 cups of coffee, I omitted the instant coffee (and the cocoa powder) and just went with a banilla green smoothie.
Coconut milk, coconut oil, spinach, guar + xantham gum, vanilla protein powder, frozen banana. Still yummy! But I did miss the cocoa kick (or should I say kocoa kick?)
Off to seize the day! Err…work! Have a good one, friends
What about you? Do workouts tend to stimulate or suppress your appetite?