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Old 02-20-07, 12:53 PM   #1
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appetite on rest days

Does anyone else experience increased hunger on rest days? It seems that I can't stop eating on these days, often ingesting between 3500 to 4500 calories (I am only 71 kg in weight), far in excess of what I should consume given that I am not exerting myself. Is it just me?, is it a common phenomenon?
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Old 02-20-07, 01:00 PM   #2
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It is for me - I have learned to control by drinking liquids. I suspect partly it is the need to replensh liquids.

If you don't have much extra weight - you may be needing to eat that much - if you aren't gaining, it might be right. I tend to overeat the next day - and still drop weight too.
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Old 02-20-07, 01:01 PM   #3
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I can sometimes get it too......I just listen to my body and eat. A big mistake people will make, particularly on regeneration weeks, is cutting back their caloric intake because they're riding less/not nearly as hard. You need to keep up with the calories so the body can repair itself.
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One last comment - I find I am not very hungry on days I ride hard. I eat, but there is no way I eat enough.
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It happens to me all the time. I rode 124 miles in the past three days and today I am constantly hungry. I try to drink more water and eat normally.
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Old 02-20-07, 02:42 PM   #6
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I do liquids like TreeDude and also say no to large portions of food.
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That's a message from your body. It means feed me.

My weekends usually consist of about 6-7 hours of riding. Given that amount of riding, I usually fail to keep up on nutrition. Monday is a rest day, but I still eat a lot, as I want to hit those intervals hard on Tuesday.

I would caution, then, against cutting back on food just because you didn't ride that day. Your body is still repairing, and often still working to replenish glycogen stores.
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I agree that I probably need to maintain my caloric intake, but the problem is that I often eat MORE than I even do on my cycling days. Too much of this, and I think I'm gonna go beyond repair and replenishing to simply packing on the pounds.
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On workout days try to get a greater percentage of your calories from carbohydrates. This will help with recovery and reduce cravings.

On rest days increasing the fat % can help increase satiety relative to a given amount of calories (eat nuts etc). Furthermore, if you find yourself eating/craving salty foods it may just be the salt your body wants; eat a pickle instead of chips.
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yep i am just the same your body needs to repair
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I believe you are more hungry on your rest days because as an active person you have a high metabolism. So your body is burning fuel at a high rate and wants more fuel. drinking a lot of fluids should help. also will tiny little snacks, like carrying a bag of almonds in your pocket and nibbling on them.

I think the reason you're less hungry on active days is because when your heart rate is up your body converts fat to glucose that you can use and your brain sees the glucose rise in the bloodstream and thinks that you ate already.
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your body converts fat to glucose
In using fat for fuel it is generally impossible for your body to convert fat to glucose. Fat goes straight to aceytl CoA and into kreb's cycle, and cannot (under normal conditions) go in the reverse direction though glycolosis.
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I think the reason you're less hungry on active days is because when your heart rate is up your body converts fat to glucose that you can use and your brain sees the glucose rise in the bloodstream and thinks that you ate already.
It is because exercise is an appetite suppressant. I can ride all day and hardly get hungry, but a few hours or so off the bike and watch out! On Mondays after successive full riding days, I eat everything in sight. For example, this weekend I rode about 220 miles, and on Monday I ate about 2000 cal for breakfast.
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Old 02-22-07, 02:46 AM   #14
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also its because if im not riding im normally refuelliong for the next session thus my bod thinks any non riding time is time to eat!
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In using fat for fuel it is generally impossible for your body to convert fat to glucose. Fat goes straight to aceytl CoA and into kreb's cycle, and cannot (under normal conditions) go in the reverse direction though glycolosis.
oops i stand corrected.
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