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Old 09-02-2011, 02:21 PM
 
Location: Arizona
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I get cravings for salty, cheesy, high caloric foods a few hours after my workout (like about 3-4 hours after).

Why does this happen?
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Old 09-02-2011, 02:46 PM
 
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Probably because you're hungry. You really shouldn't go more than that amount of time before eating something anyway. Go ahead and have a slice of cheese and then drink a glass of water. If you like crunchy have a handful of almonds. Just stay away from large concentrations of carbs as they have a way of making you hungry again sooner. If you're going to eat a bunch of carbs do so before you work out.
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Old 09-02-2011, 09:30 PM
 
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You might consider what CAV said about limiting your bigger carb intakes to your pre-workout hour. And also, I'd suggest having some protein within a half hour after you've finished your workout. A little carbs is fine, if it's just a "placeholder" for your proteins. Such as - a tablespoon of peanutbutter and half a sliced banana on a piece of wheat bread. Or half a rye bagel with chopped liver smeared on it (it's an acquired taste but don't pooh pooh it - some of us love the stuff). Or a fresh made steak taco from an authentic taqueria with no extras (just cilantro and onion and little cubes of seasoned steak). Or the ever-popular smoothie with protein powder, strawberries, yoghurt, ice, bananas, and whatever other fruits or veggies your fitness club thinks is fun to shove in a blender.
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Old 09-03-2011, 12:22 PM
 
Location: in your dreams
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Or the ever-popular smoothie with protein powder, strawberries, yoghurt, ice, bananas, and whatever other fruits or veggies your fitness club thinks is fun to shove in a blender.

Ohhh I love these. Make them at home all the time!


OP- If you are sweating alot during your exercise, it's your body's way of telling you what it needs to replenish itself.

Gatorade is great for its electrolyte and sodium (etc.) content.
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Old 09-03-2011, 08:28 PM
 
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Gatorade is great for its electrolyte and sodium (etc.) content.
But not so great for its high sugar content. Most people don't need gatorade and would do better drinking water.
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Old 09-03-2011, 08:32 PM
 
Location: Santa Cruz, CA
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I'm thinking that the craving for salt is an electrolyte imbalance / deficiency.
Drink plenty of water before and after your workout and use something like emergen-c replace electrolytes lost.
I think that the high carb craving is a need for quick energy.
Consider eating a protein bar before your work out ... one that has a good balance of protein, carbs and fats.
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Old 09-06-2011, 08:24 AM
 
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But not so great for its high sugar content. Most people don't need gatorade and would do better drinking water.
But if the OP is craving & consuming high calorie snacks afterwards, something like Gatorade (or emergen-c, as jaijai suggested) can easily replenish what's lost with a significantly lower caloric intake.


*If sugar content is a problem, a quick fix for that is mixing 1/2 Gatorade with 1/2 water. Or the low calorie Gatorade G2.
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Old 09-10-2011, 08:10 AM
 
Location: Colorado
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I always crave roasted, unsalted peanuts. About a handful usually does the trick. Sometimes I'll add some raisins to it. My workouts are light these days because I'm in my "lazy" mode. I have no excuse for it. It is what it is.

But even after a 20 minute walk I drink tons of water and have a handful of peanuts. I think the trick is to eat your munchie right away while your body is still in the "burn" mode. If you wait longer, your body might not want to burn it off as quickly. Just my thoughts on the matter.
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