Controlling Hunger while Triathlon Training

Appetite is very important, especially for athletes. Appetite is the body’s built-in mechanism to regulate food intake, and it does its job by giving you the drive to eat enough to meet your body’s micronutrients and energy needs. The appetite mechanism under normal circumstances works very well and, obviously, it would never be able to survive for millions of years of evolutionary testing if it did not do anything to benefit our health.

 

Modern Times

Today’s lifestyle usually does not constitute the normal circumstances in relation to the environment in which the evolution took place. Moreover, out appetite is not entirely reliable when we want to make sure we do not overeat and get fat.

The crux of the problem is a lot of the processed foods nowadays, such as fatty cheeseburgers, are far more dense in terms of calorie amounts, compared to natural foods, such as carrots. This only means that we can eat 500 to even 1,000 calories in just one sitting if we dine on cheeseburgers, compared to what we can gain from munching on vegetables such as carrots.

 

 

Appetite

Appetite is not instantly satisfied when you swallow your food, and it usually takes 10 to 20 minutes before it gets satiated. Because of this, it is possible to eat more calories than you really need, when satisfying your appetite. In essence, the modern diet is capable of fooling our appetite control mechanism.

Exercise is the best solution in to counterbalance this problem. Exercise increases your caloric usage more that increasing your appetite. So when you work out regularly, excess calories from processed foods do not end up being stored as fat. As a triathlete, you have the advantage of controlling your body weight more than the average couch potato.

Take Control

However, a lot of triathletes still struggle in reaching, or maintaining, a satisfactory body weight that would maximize triathlon performance. A recent survey has shown that out of 3,000 endurance athletes, only 54 percent were satisfied with their current body weight. This shows that there is still a need for triathletes to control their appetite and calorie intake.

 

 

Eat a Big Breakfast

Lots of studies have shown that individuals who eat heavy breakfasts before noon, actually eat less total calories all through out the day. It only means that eating healthy during mornings greatly reduces the appetite in the afternoon and evening.

Why not take a look at improving that most important meal of the day!

Happy eating!

Terry

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