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creseis 01-26-2013 04:16 PM

Big workouts and hungry for carbs
Yesterday's workout was very intense for me. It was a 2 hour trainer workout using a combination of strengthening and high heart rate drills. I had eaten my normal amount of calories and had the carbs below 30g all day, I did my workout from 7:30-9:30pm, after dinner. After my workout, I had this insane craving for carbs and I got sooo hungry. I broke down and heated up a bagel that was in the freezer.

Today, I went cross country skiing for 4 hours with a lot of climbing, pretty intense, but not terribly difficult. I was starving when I came home and I heated up a bunch of meatballs with a little tomato sauce and cheese, probably higher carb than a normal meal, maybe like 20g. However, after I have eaten this, I am soooo hungry still and I just want carbs--really craving ice cream or cookies!

Fortunately I live in the middle of the woods and I'd have to drive 10 or more miles to get said treats and it's stupid cold outside so there's no way I'm getting back in my car (drove 3 hours today already).

BUT, what I'm wondering, is if this has something to do with the workout--glycogen supply gets low and I'm probably not 100% ketoadapted yet (only in week 3), and although I have eaten a ton of fat and protein, my body doesn't really know what to do with it and just wants some sugar.

Fortunately, it took me a while to write this message, and now I feel ALL BETTER and full even!

I guess the solution is to distract yourself until the cravings go away, but I'm hoping in a couple of weeks I won't have cravings like this as my body is able to use the ketones more quickly?

Flake 01-26-2013 07:06 PM

This has happened to me also.

I don't have an answer for you but can tell you that on big riding days I will pack lots and lots of food with me and I will eat some extra carbs too, although never more than say 30 or 35 currently. I think keeping up with your food is key here.

When You're out skiing, mtbing rct....think of the calories you're burning. Tons!!!! It aint easy to eat that much food which is good because that's how we lose but maybe you're underestimating how much you need to eat, before and during.

I went for a long ride the other day down near SAC and made a couple little ziplocks with almond butter/coconut oil for during the ride. It kept me sane after and I made the 90 minute drive home without even stopping for something.

Did at any point did you feel your energy drop from lack of food?

creseis 01-26-2013 07:21 PM

You know, I completely forgot about eating! I only remember when my bf is there to remind me. I definitely have to remember, but it's such a great point. I will bring food with me on my ride tomorrow and maybe set an alarm so that I remember to stop to eat!

creseis 01-27-2013 07:48 AM

So today I woke up feeling like I have a bit of a sinus issue, but I'm supposed to get a 4 hour mtb ride in. It is supposed to be slow and easy, no pushing. It is still very cold outside and there is no snow--yesterday I drove pretty far to find snow and I don't want to do that again today!

I could barely eat anything for breakfast. I made 2 burgers with goat cheese and I ate half of one, saved the rest for later. Why am I not hungry at all? I know I need to eat. I found a pack of power gels in my camelback and I tossed them into a secret hiding place. I don't really want to start with sugar because my body does not like sugar. I also somehow gained 3 lbs overnight, probably from that bagel I had the other day. I know it's all water, so I'm drinking as much water as possible.

I am bringing some dark chocolate and nuts on the ride. I don't know if my sinuses will allow me to complete the 4 hours, but I really need to get time on the saddle because my races start in April. I will also take some dayquil to see if that helps. I don't feel sick at all, just clogged sinuses.

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