Do you feel hungry after a workout?
Most people don’t.
Immediately after a workout, whether it be a long run, a speed training workout or a strength training workout, most people find they have no appetite for a while. About 30-45 minutes later, depending on the workout, the appetite returns.
These days, I alternate running with strength training. I have found that as I grow older my running gets slower and my need for strength training increases. Yesterday, I ran a short pace run and today I did a back and biceps workout.
After my workout today (which took just over ten minutes before breakfast) I was not hungry, but about 15 minutes later I was ready for breakfast. Following a strength workout, it’s important to take some protein within about 30 minutes, so I had a protein shake. It tasted great, and made the perfect prelude to a breakfast burrito!
(My wife is out of town at present, but she made me some sausage and egg burritos and left them in the freezer. One of those after a protein shake makes for a quick post-workout breakfast.)
Exercise May Affect Food Motivation
Science Daily carried a report this month entitled “Exercise May Affect Food Motivation”, detailing the results of studies carried out at BYU. The studies report that 45 minutes of moderate-to-vigorous exercise in the morning actually reduces a person’s appetite for food. This is great news for anyone who is trying to lose weight: you get the triple benefit of
- consuming calories while you exercise,
- raising your resting metabolic rate and
- desiring less food!
How Long Does It Last?
According to one of the researchers:
My own experience tells me that the diminished food motivation does persist with consistent long-term exercise. I know that, when running, dragging extra weight around gives a motivation to consume less junk food and focus more on energy-producing food. And strength training builds muscle and makes me more conscious of what I eat: my body demands protein to rebuild muscle fibers.
As a serious runner, you may find that you have no need to lose weight. In that case, I would suggest that you might need to add muscle mass through strength training: I found my upper body, especially, was wasting away during my half marathon training. Contrary to what many think, a weak upper body actually hinders long distance running.