You may have experienced constant hunger pangs after running a few miles. If you don’t wish to undo that calorie burn and want to know what nourishment your body really needs, it’s important to understand the root cause of your hunger. Here are some reasons which may be causing this unexpected craving:
Running is a vigorous form of exercise where you burn a lot of calories. Burning of calories is co-related to feeling hungry. Running is an exercise, which can lead to massive calorie burn. You burn more calories in a run than walking on a treadmill or stationary bike.
People who feel hungry after a run are usually the ones who are dieting. The calories in your body are already in a deficit, therefore, this added calorie burn after a run can stimulate your hunger pang.
Many of us confuse our thirst with hunger. People who do this end up stuffing themselves and remain dehydrated. Even the practice of having water to curb food hunger is wrong. Learn to differentiate between your thirst for water and food hunger.
Some of you think about your hunger psychologically. “I need to eat more if I ran more” or “I ran more, I must be hungry”. This should not be the case. Eat when you are hungry and not on the assumption that you are hungry.
Different exercises affect your hunger differently. Running, being a very vigorous form of exercise, makes you burn a lot of calories and thus, makes you feel hungry. But the case is not the same for everyone and every exercise. For example, a study reveals that workouts like short HIIT actually suppress hunger.