Have you ever trained for a big run, only to be hit by massive runger (hunger from running) pangs like a ton of bricks? Such pangs can undo all the doing you’ve done in the last hour-and-a-half of running as you fall victim to overeating.
However, Pip Taylor, professional triathlete and nutritionist, says there are a few helpful runger pain tips that can help you know the differences between real hunger and what your body tricks you into believing is actual hunger.
Check out a helpful tip from Ben Greenfield, NCSA-certified trainer, about why understanding your own body provides a useful measuring stick that helps you fight off irrational runger pangs from now on:
Know Your Lows
Even apart from cravings, it’s important to know how to discern between what’s legit hunger and what’s too-intense-for-your-benefit hunger. When you’re lacking in nutrition, you can feel it: it can rear its ugly head through dizziness, severe irritability, mental fogginess, or even sleepiness, says Greenfield. When you have a combination of such symptoms, that can be all the more dire: it often means you’re well overdue for the benefits of complex sugars, with hypoglycemia (aka low blood sugar) often being the primary culprit.
On the other side of things, if you still find yourself “burping up your pre-workout meal or you’ve been stuffing your face with gels and sports drinks during your workout,” you should probably wait at least an hour or two after you’ve finished before you can properly gauge your actual hunger levels, Greenfield says. That’s because this will help prevent “bonking,” while still helping you to avoid the sensation of needing to eat at that moment. If you’re really supporting your training regimen, you’ll eat to adequately refuel and recover, meaning those slumps can no longer hit you without warning.
If you’d like a more personal nutrition plan, think about speaking with a sports nutritionist so you can figure out your actual caloric needs.
Always remember to consult your physician or chiropractor before taking any health advice.
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