Last week a client of mine asked a very interesting question.
She told me that the other day that she was extremely HUNGRY. She said she ate all her planned meals but was still hungry and ended up eating a lot more than she usual does. She even started the day with eating a bar she got from our facility and was eating it as she was leaving the facility.
Her first question was, she wanted to know WHY she was so hungry and her second question was, is it OK that she kept eating.
First, I answered the second question and the answer is YES! If you are that hungry, and you have eaten all of your pre-planned meals, then absolutely, eat! Your body is telling you something and you need to listen to it.
As for the WHY?
Well there can be many different reasons, but I’m willing to bet it was because of the training she did over the past couple of days that lead to this. This client’s training is planned around her marathon training, and with all that, she needs a lot of fuel to not only get her through her training, but through her day.
I know that when I have a heavy training day, the next day I am starving and when that happens, I eat more.
Now, this does not mean that if you are hungrier on some days you should go to the all-you-can-eat buffet and sit down for 5-6 hours or take advantage of all the sweets in the break room at work, but it does mean you should eat more.
Start by adding some more veggies. Then if needed, add some more fruit. If you are still hungry, add in some more lean protein, all the while drinking more and more water as the day goes on.
There will be days that you will not need the extra food, your body is content with the food you planned out and ate.
But there will also be days where you are going to need that extra food and you are going to want to eat more.
Don’t be afraid to eat more.
As long as you are sticking to whole foods, such as veggies, fruits and lean proteins, you should not feel guilty.
If you consistently have those days where you are feeling extremely hungry, take a look at your nutrition. You may need more food overall for everyday instead of just a day or two.
Remember, food=fuel and your body needs fuel….give it what it wants. 🙂