When you’re running for long periods to train your body for endurance, does that mean you can pretty much eat whatever you want afterwards?
Unfortunately, the answer is no, as you’ll find if you speak with any marathoner who has put on weight while training. But if that’s the case, how should you deal with those inevitable “runger” (hunger created by running) pains that set in the next time you run 15 or 20 miles in one training session?
Pip Taylor, professional triathlete and nutritionist, offers some valuable runger pain advice that can help you better discern between real hunger and what you think is hunger. After all, there’s got to be some simple ways to help you properly assess when you should– and shouldn’t– eat more, right? Check out Taylor’s advice on keeping your irrational runger pangs to a minimum from here on out:
Food for Thought
The next time your ravenous hunger inevitably sets in, understand that our bodies don’t properly register that we’re full in those situations, Taylor offers. This means it’s easier to overcompensate and chow down on extra calories in the process! If you want to avoid this, try pairing tougher workouts with a greater food intake right before or after your exercises, instead of simply making your base meal bigger. Here’s an example: eat a banana before or while you’re working out for additional fuel, or make a light recovery smoothie immediately following, so you don’t end up downing an entire buffet’s worth of food instead.
Much like how some coaches suggest increasing just 10 percent in mileage each week at most, Ben Greenfield, NCSA-certified trainer, suggests increasing your calorie intake between just 10 or 20 percent each week. If you’re worried about weight gain, think about staying on the smaller end of the spectrum, while also remaining mindful of your energy levels along with how your body responds.
Always remember to consult your physician or chiropractor before taking any health advice.
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