Today I started my day off great, an early morning run and stretch session that left me feeling like a fitspo goddess. Five hours later and the good work is quickly being undone. It’s not even lunch time and I have already eaten two pieces of toast with scrambled eggs, corn chips, a pear, a chia/nut homemade cookie and gallons of water – and I am still hungry. Just the smell of other people’s morning tea is making my stomach growl like a bear woken up to early from hibernation. Why is it that after a morning workout I am so hungry all day?
There are a few reasons, some of which aren’t my fault and others well…they are. Our body is basically a car and we need to refuel it, yes I know you have heard this but bear with me.
Studies have shown that the more intense you work out the less ‘ghrelin’ aka the hunger hormone that you produce. In other words, a long low-intensity session is why you are starving and could eat a horse.
It also comes down to the age old ideal that when you have worked out you deserve a treat (guilty!) Some studies have found that the more fit you are, the less likely you are to reward yourself with food after a work out. So, it might not be that you are hungry – it might all be in your head.