Today, I decided to run an experiment; after finishing a 10 mile jog, I came home to a 2100 calorie breakfast of various meats (steak, bone-in ham, chicken breast). There were virtually no carbohydrates in this meal, and despite its caloric girth, I've been freakin' starving all day, and only for dense, sugary carb sources.
Given this, can I assume that I've failed to meet my body's glucose needs in the context of my activity level, and that if I hope to achieve satiety after these epic bouts of exercise that I should eat carbs immediately following the workout? Or is there some other puzzle piece I'm missing?
i've been having this same issue, and for this reason am looking into the perfect health diet. i think the additional glucose in the diet should be useful, especially in light of a really active lifestyle.
ya know, this is such a coincidence - I had a similar experience. I had a MAJORLY intense strength training workout yesterday, and my after workout meal basically consisted of green veggies and protein. Even after eating about 2K of Calories, I still felt like a bottomless pit!! In addition to what I ate, I just kept on eating until I was full but even when I KNEW I was full, I had a CRAVING for for something. I fixed myself a bowl of white rice, and the cravings vanished...
Yeah, no surprise, you drained your glycogen reserves both in your muscles and your liver most likely and now need a carb refeed. You can get some via neoglucogenesis, but the process is expensive, so that's why you crave carbs.
A sweet potato or a banana will do the trick.
This is why chronic cardio is not helpful in weight loss in the conventional wisdom sense. You'd get all ravenous for carbs and you'll wind up eating a lot more calories than you've just burned, and wonder why you're putting in hours a day on the treadmill or running and yet still are gaining fat.
Worse, since you're only using fewer muscles, your body will catabolize the rest to convert to glucose. You'll also burn through your stem cells and damage your heart.
Stick to resistance training and occasional sprints instead.
my nutrition therapist told me that moderate protein consumption has been found to be ideal because excess protein transforms into glucose - so blood sugar can become destabilized.
maybe try the experiment with less protein and more fat next time.
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