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Work out then REALLY want candy?


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Ok everytime I work out I want to eat candy really bad. Does anyone have a suggertion about how to control these cravings and why they happen? Thank you so much.

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drink tea, brush your teeth, chew gum, etc.

Eat some fruit and some nuts, cheese, or milk.  You probably need sugar and protein.

make sure you're having good food before and after the gym. you don't have to chug shakes in the parking lot or anything, but you might just not be eating correctly and your body is wanting a burst of sugar energy. my favorite pre-workout foods are egg whites with toast, 1/2 bagels with hummus, bananas (or any fruit for the sugars!), and cereal with yogurt. these all seem to give me enough energy without sitting too heavily in my stomach (avoid anything fatty directly before). i usually have small snack-like portions before the gym and then a good-sized satisfying meal after that with a balance of protein, fat, and carbs. for example- i love tuna sandwiches, pasta with chicken and veggies, and beans and rice dishes post-gym. it doesn't have to be immediately after if you don't feel like eating right away, but let too much time elapse and you'll be hungry enough to crave whatever fits in your mouth.

working out used to make me so ravenously hungry, but after getting more used to the activity and eating nutritiously, it started helping me control cravings for sweets and taught me to hunger for those foods that do your body good. :) i'm not a candy person, more into rich baked treats, but i couldn't scarf down tiramisu after a workout. if you're eating right, working out should not make you want candy.

Since I exercise in the evenings, I don't like to eat anything too heavy afterwards.  But I really enjoy a nice, cold, yummy glass of chocolate milk after a good workout.  Mmmm...chocolatey. :)  It's about the only thing I give in to for my sweet tooth.

I think Suddenblue is right. I think Im missing something because what I want the most is reeses peanutbutter cups. I think ill try a tuna sandwich after or the like. Thank you all very much.

yeah, i was the same way when i worked out at night. nowadays i always do in the morning or early afternoon.

Try eating a piece of dark chocolate like Hersheys miniatures. Just have a couple.

I like to reward myself with a 100 calorie ice cream bar after my workout, they're a pretty good size and really yummy! Try that(:

Original Post by suddenblue:

working out used to make me so ravenously hungry, but after getting more used to the activity and eating nutritiously, it started helping me control cravings for sweets and taught me to hunger for those foods that do your body good. :) i'm not a candy person, more into rich baked treats, but i couldn't scarf down tiramisu after a workout. if you're eating right, working out should not make you want candy.

This is so true!  When I started swimming regularly last April, I was always STARVING after each workout.  Now, I'm swimming longer distances, but I don't have that feeling anymore that my stomach was trying to eat itself. I was trying to figure out why that was, and semi-worried that it meant my metabolism was slowing down or  becoming super-efficient or something to accommodate the added exercise.  Not a candy person either, my usual temptations are chips and salty stuff, and yes, cakes and pastries.

To the OP: after a workout, what helps me a lot is a banana.  I eat a banana and drink lots of water.  And it tides me over for an hour or so, and then I have a nice balanced meal.

i always try to work in my sweets cravings into something nutritious, so if you want reese's, maybe make some oatmeal with 1 tblsp peanut butter (YUM) and chocolate protein powder. i forgot to mention oatmeal as an amazing pre-gym breakfast.

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