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Does Strength Training Fuel a Paleo Appetite?

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Updated October 19, 2014 at 3:05 AM
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I've noticed that many of the people I've tried to turn on to paleo claim that they just don't like to eat much meat. I've also noticed that heavy strength training always makes me crave more meat. I wonder if the lack of a desire for meat in these individuals might be a result of them not getting enough appropriate exercise to turn on the "meat craving."

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120 · October 10, 2010 at 11:19 PM

I crave red meat after an extreme workout with heavy weights. a normal workout does not stimulate that reaction in me for some reason.

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865 · October 10, 2010 at 3:27 PM

I'm the same about craving protein post-workout until I get enough. Fat and carbs alone won't cut it.

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20787 · October 08, 2010 at 4:54 AM

Well... I think some of it is habit. When I was in my teens, I liked meat and ate a lot of it. Later in college, I decided I needed to eat 'healthy' and tried to cut out eating much meat as it was 'bad for you.' I ate more rice and carbs. Soon I was addicted to rice and carbs and didn't miss meat much. I lost my taste for meat. I also gained a lot of weight. I assumed the weight was because I was getting old and ate too much. If I exercised more, then my appetite would increase and the thing I wanted to eat more of was.. carbs! (not meat)

It wasn't until much later that I learned about low carb and decided it give it a shot. I knew I would be missing the pasta and bread so it was a hard decision at first. But I really wanted to do something about the extra weight. After a while on the diet, I lost my addiction for carbs and at the same time, regained my taste for meat. Instead of craving carbs, I craved meat. But the difference was that I would crave an appropriate amount of meat and then was satiated. So I lost weight. My suspicion from n=1 experimentation is that addiction to carbs supercedes taste for meat. Combine the carb addiction with everyone telling you that meat is bad for you, and you have an easy recipe for people losing their taste for meat.

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22913 · October 10, 2010 at 11:17 AM

I've craved and eaten meat regardless and independent of strength training. When I was fat and didn't exercise, when I was a kid and did chronic cardio, I ate meat instead of the recommended carbs(except pizza...)

I don't think the type of food directly relates, however the Macros do. Protein with heavy resistance I'm sure we do. If I workout and don't get protein. I continue to crave.

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120 · October 10, 2010 at 11:19 PM

I crave red meat after an extreme workout with heavy weights. a normal workout does not stimulate that reaction in me for some reason.

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865 · October 10, 2010 at 3:27 PM

I'm the same about craving protein post-workout until I get enough. Fat and carbs alone won't cut it.

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