Too hungry to work out!

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Posted: 09 May 2012, 18:56
I need some help. My diet is making me hungry, which means I'm doing something right, but what can I do to not stay hungry during my workout. I don't like protein bars or shakes, but I stop working out early because I'm hungry. I need something to quench that so I can work out longer?

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Posted: 09 May 2012, 19:18
You shouldn't be hungry all the time. You probably need to add more veggies to your diet to help fill you up without adding a lot of calories. Salads and veggies go a long way and if you add them in addition to what you are already eating, you won't be adding a lot of extra calories, but will fill up more. Depending on when you workout - you should consider having a light snack 30-60 minutes before eating. If you are working out first thing in the morning, then you could consider just shortening your workout. If you workout when you get home at night, then you should consider a small snack before and not in the middle of your workout. It really depends on what foods you like - fruit, yogurt, nuts, cheese. I would probably stick to something light and maybe around 100 calories. You don't want to have too much on your stomach if you are doing intense cardio cause you could barf!

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Posted: 09 May 2012, 19:33
If your diet is making you hungry then you're doing something wrong. Being hungry is not sustainable. Eating reasonable portions of quality, nutritious foods is a much better idea.

We can't see your diet calendar so we can't be more specific.

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Posted: 09 May 2012, 21:51
Definitely shouldn't always be hungry, and if you are cutting your workout short due to hunger, you might have to up your calorie level or make sure you are eating enough protein/fats.

Do you eat a lot of processed foods? I find when I do that I am much hungrier. You get less bang for the (calorie) buck.

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Posted: 09 May 2012, 21:54
Hard to help if your not logging your food intake. But I agree with the others, you dont have to be hungry to diet.
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Posted: 10 May 2012, 04:33
HUNGRY? that would certainly put me of whatever you are doing!! Think...if you are hungry, you are starving your system! I work out 5 times a week, some workouts are really intense like Kettlebell, doing that on a full stomach is a no go but doing it hungry + impossible. try some porridge 2 hours before. works for me. good luck.

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Posted: 10 May 2012, 07:10
Ditto with the other comments, you should NOT feel hungry to the point where you feel you are unable to continue exercising if you are dieting correctly.

As Hoser said for one it's unsustainable and at some point even if you have the will power of a Jedi Knight, the Hunger will get the better of you and you'll end up over-eating or eating something unsuitable to compensate and appease the hunger pangs.

As Tina said porridge is a great source of slow release energy as are other complex carbs such as wholegrain cereals if training post breakfast or things like wholewheat pasta, brown rice if training later in the day.

Avoid training/exercising on empty it can not only be dangerous but in some circumstances can have the opposite effect to dieting, Google Sumo Dieting for more info.


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