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Old 01-18-06, 11:54 AM   #1
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Eating everything in sight?

I am wondering if this is a symptom of overtraining or my body just being wierd but I can't seem to get enough to eat these last couple days.

Lunch yesterday was huge, dinner consisted of a chicken breast sandwich, a bowl of granola and a bowl of grapenuts. Later in the night was some whey protein (because I was craving chocolate and the only thing chocolate that I had around was whey).
Breakfast this morning was a bowl of oatmeal, half a grapefruit, egg whites and a bagel with peanut butter.
Midmorning snack of cottege cheese. I just had a huge lunch of a huge chicken burrito (that I made, none of this chipotle or taco bell crap) and a bowl of granola with milk, and another slightly smaller with yogurt.
What is my body doing?? The calorie totals for all of this is pretty huge, but I still seem hungry, or at least wanting to eat.
If it's any help I am 20 years old, working on a tri-training plan, found here.
http://www.trinewbies.com/tno_18wOly.asp
I add some weights into that.
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When I was your age, I ate 7000 calories a day and gained not one ounce. I was very active because I had the time to be active. I would eat an entire chicken for supper with greens and biscuits; I weighed 140lb.

I don't think you have a problem but as you get older, and slow down on the exercise, you will gain weight. I'm watching my son-in-law eat like there's no tomorrow and he and his wife need to do some push-outs and get some exercise.

Just keep eating the healthy stuff and avoid the fast food garbage that I ate at 20 and you should be fine.

Some things to try when you eat include slowing down, chewing everything very thoroughly(some people say to count the chews). Drink lots of water with your meal. Maybe count to 10 or 20 or 30 between bites. When you eat, there's a timer in your brain that starts. When it dings, you feel full. So if you eat less, the "I'm full" bell will ring and you won't have eaten as much.

But at your age and your training level the food amounts don't seem abnormal.
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When I was your age, I ate 7000 calories a day and gained not one ounce. I was very active because I had the time to be active. I would eat an entire chicken for supper with greens and biscuits; I weighed 140lb.

I don't think you have a problem but as you get older, and slow down on the exercise, you will gain weight. I'm watching my son-in-law eat like there's no tomorrow and he and his wife need to do some push-outs and get some exercise.

Just keep eating the healthy stuff and avoid the fast food garbage that I ate at 20 and you should be fine.

Some things to try when you eat include slowing down, chewing everything very thoroughly(some people say to count the chews). Drink lots of water with your meal. Maybe count to 10 or 20 or 30 between bites. When you eat, there's a timer in your brain that starts. When it dings, you feel full. So if you eat less, the "I'm full" bell will ring and you won't have eaten as much.

But at your age and your training level the food amounts don't seem abnormal.
7000 calories? You must have been riding 100 miles on a daily basis if you were burning that many.
Are you sure that you got your calculations right?

Anyway, if you find yourself "starved to death" all of a sudden and you are working out religiously, then it could be that you have been going for a long time not getting enough calories on a daily basis and your body is trying to "snap back". Have you been losing weight lately? I wouldn't worry about "eating too much" if you are monitoring your weight and not gaining any.
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7000 calories? You must have been riding 100 miles on a daily basis if you were burning that many.
Are you sure that you got your calculations right?

Anyway, if you find yourself "starved to death" all of a sudden and you are working out religiously, then it could be that you have been going for a long time not getting enough calories on a daily basis and your body is trying to "snap back". Have you been losing weight lately? I wouldn't worry about "eating too much" if you are monitoring your weight and not gaining any.
I usually monitor my calories to make sure I am eating a minimum of 2800-3000 calories a day. I have been eating like a horse for a couple days now, and no weight gain so far. I wouldn't be adverse to putting on a pound or two. I am 6'4" and about 155 pounds or so. I just don't seem to be able to put on lean weight. I put on a little weight in the form of fat over christmas, went up to 158 or 159ish, and now I am just right back down. I wouldn't mind being at 162 or so, with more muscle.
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