solution to sugar craving after cardio

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    Jun 02, 2011 4:18 AM GMT
    So every time I do any form of Cardio exercise, I always crave processed sugar. Its so bad I cant help but run out to the store and get some runts to eat. Does anyone else have this problem and if so how do you deal with it?
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    Jun 02, 2011 4:19 AM GMT
    Stop doing cardio. icon_razz.gif
  • TheAlchemixt

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    Jun 02, 2011 5:08 AM GMT
    Try "nature's candy" aka fruit! Yummy!icon_biggrin.gif
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    Jun 02, 2011 5:09 AM GMT
    Eat fruits with honey instead? It's better than processed sugar / refined carbohydrate.

    How long is your cardio? If it's too long, then your blood sugar drops too low, then of course you are craving sugary stuff after your cardio.

    Are you hydrating enough during your workouts? Just stuff to think about.
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    Jun 02, 2011 5:09 AM GMT
    paulflexes saidStop doing cardio. icon_razz.gif


    Paul I swear to god if you keep up these smart ass comments Im gonna smack you with my dick.
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    Jun 02, 2011 5:10 AM GMT
    cityaznguy saidEat fruits with honey instead? It's better than processed sugar / refined carbohydrate.

    How long is your cardio? If it's too long, then your blood sugar drops too low, then of course you are craving sugary stuff after your cardio.

    Are you hydrating enough during your workouts? Just stuff to think about.


    I usually do HIIT for 15 minutes (includes warm up and cool down) after weights and on off days.
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    Jun 02, 2011 5:10 AM GMT
    Eat some complex carbs, like rice or oatmeal. Because you've just worked out it will stimulate insulin just enough to switch your body back to an anabolic state. Try to not eat sugar, even from fruits.
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    Jun 02, 2011 5:12 AM GMT
    i chew on gum, i know what youre talking about, theres 2 days in the week where i do cardio for an hour, and after im done im craving everything i see!!
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    Jun 02, 2011 5:19 AM GMT
    Chainers said
    cityaznguy saidEat fruits with honey instead? It's better than processed sugar / refined carbohydrate.

    How long is your cardio? If it's too long, then your blood sugar drops too low, then of course you are craving sugary stuff after your cardio.

    Are you hydrating enough during your workouts? Just stuff to think about.


    I usually do HIIT for 15 minutes (includes warm up and cool down) after weights and on off days.


    .....and your cravings are worse on the days you lift weights right? Your muscles have used up all the glycogen in your body.

    How many days do you do HIIT in a week? Might be too much. You know who's the best person to answer these questions? MuchMoreThanMuscle would be the best guy to ask. A., where are you?


    hazardous saidEat some complex carbs, like rice or oatmeal. Because you've just worked out it will stimulate insulin just enough to switch your body back to an anabolic state. Try to not eat sugar, even from fruits.


    Yeah...complex carbs would better than fruits. That's true. But fruits replenishes glycogen the fastest though, no?
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    Jun 02, 2011 5:21 AM GMT
    Dude...sugar free hard candy or gum...it's a life saver....BUD
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    Jun 02, 2011 5:22 AM GMT
    cityaznguy said
    Chainers said
    cityaznguy saidEat fruits with honey instead? It's better than processed sugar / refined carbohydrate.

    How long is your cardio? If it's too long, then your blood sugar drops too low, then of course you are craving sugary stuff after your cardio.

    Are you hydrating enough during your workouts? Just stuff to think about.


    I usually do HIIT for 15 minutes (includes warm up and cool down) after weights and on off days.


    .....and your cravings are worse on the days you lift weights right? Your muscles have used up all the glycogen in your body.

    How many days do you do HIIT in a week? Might be too much. You know who's the best person to answer these questions? MuchMoreThanMuscle would be the best guy to ask. A., where are you?


    I end up doing it about 2-3 times a week because I get lazy, but yes I would love to hear MMTM opinion on the matter.
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    Jun 02, 2011 5:32 AM GMT
    Dude, processed sugar is actually ok to eat after a workout because it's fast digesting and your body needs the energy to recover. Sugar eaten after a workout doesn't exactly add to your waistline but is actually helpful. Just don't eat sugar right before bed.
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    Jun 02, 2011 5:36 AM GMT
    Fat free yogurt with some fruit (I use bananas)
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    Jun 02, 2011 5:42 AM GMT
    I eat something quick but not crappy (fruit) and usually a bottle of coconut water (which is really just electrolyte replacement without all the added processed sugars or sugar replacements) in that 30 min glycogen window after a hard workout and then I get back to standard paleo diet stuff as soon as possible (meats, veggies, some nuts/seeds/fruits, oils, etc.)

    But yeah the carb cravings can be pretty over the top. Did martial arts, riding, and parkour and gymnastics tonight and was drinking water and coconut water and eating fruit in order to keep blood sugar and electrolytes up.

    In extended bouts like that, I find I can't stick with pure paleo stuff as the meat doesn't process well. I've been following more of the protocol from "Paleo Diet for Athletes" which gives a bit more guidance on this stuff and have been having pretty good consistent blood sugar and energy output results from it.

    Good luck.
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    Jun 02, 2011 5:57 AM GMT
    ^ Wow you learn something new everyday. Thanks MMTM. icon_biggrin.gif
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    Jun 02, 2011 6:07 AM GMT
    try eating some fruit and yogurt at least an hour before working out. also water, not sport drink. also try to eat a 400 - 500 calorie meal every 4 hours 5x a day minimum (2,000 cals min). your cravings are screaming for specific nutrients but they may be curbed by diet and planning.

    otherwise go have some beer with a workout buddy after the gym. icon_twisted.gif
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    Jun 02, 2011 6:07 AM GMT
    Chainers saidSo every time I do any form of Cardio exercise, I always crave processed sugar. Its so bad I cant help but run out to the store and get some runts to eat. Does anyone else have this problem and if so how do you deal with it?


    I assume you crave processed sugar, because you consume processed sugar on a normal basis.

    Cleanse your body of sugar and in a few months you'll find in fruits all the sweets you can crave and the junk sweets(candies, chocolate) way too sweet to enjoy any longer.
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    Jun 02, 2011 6:22 AM GMT
    you can slap me with your dick icon_biggrin.gif
    and sugar afret a work out is ok your body could use it to recover icon_razz.gif
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    Jun 02, 2011 6:42 AM GMT
    MMTM is dreamy. :]
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    Jun 02, 2011 8:31 AM GMT
    a banana. Or sweet potatoes
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    Jun 02, 2011 11:34 AM GMT
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    paulflexes saidStop doing cardio. icon_razz.gif


    Paul I swear to god if you keep up these smart ass comments Im gonna smack you with my dick.
    You promise? icon_biggrin.gif

    PS. I eat a banana after working out, so if you slap me with your dick after a workout I might think it's a banana and bite it.
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    Jun 02, 2011 7:26 PM GMT
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    Chainers said
    paulflexes saidStop doing cardio. icon_razz.gif


    Paul I swear to god if you keep up these smart ass comments Im gonna smack you with my dick.
    You promise? icon_biggrin.gif

    PS. I eat a banana after working out, so if you slap me with your dick after a workout I might think it's a banana and bite it.


    Yes I promise, and I thought u werent into oral paul?
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    Jun 02, 2011 7:28 PM GMT
    Chainers said
    paulflexes said
    Chainers said
    paulflexes saidStop doing cardio. icon_razz.gif


    Paul I swear to god if you keep up these smart ass comments Im gonna smack you with my dick.
    You promise? icon_biggrin.gif

    PS. I eat a banana after working out, so if you slap me with your dick after a workout I might think it's a banana and bite it.


    Yes I promise, and I thought u werent into oral paul?
    I said I'd bite it - not suck it. icon_razz.gif
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    Jun 02, 2011 7:29 PM GMT
    Either way, the dick is in your mouth.
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    Jun 02, 2011 7:38 PM GMT
    van_can said
    Chainers saidSo every time I do any form of Cardio exercise, I always crave processed sugar. Its so bad I cant help but run out to the store and get some runts to eat. Does anyone else have this problem and if so how do you deal with it?


    I assume you crave processed sugar, because you consume processed sugar on a normal basis.

    Cleanse your body of sugar and in a few months you'll find in fruits all the sweets you can crave and the junk sweets(candies, chocolate) way too sweet to enjoy any longer.


    This is the best advice here. The body becomes dependent on sugar the same way it does on caffeine, nicotine, or any other substance that raises endorphins or causes the body to have a chemical high. 5-7 days is sufficient to cleanse it from your system and reset your body to not have a desire for it anymore. It's hard because its in almost everything processed and national brands on the market, and you have to be careful not to replace it with fake or genetically altered sugar molecules that say "sugar-free." Eating raw vegetables, fruits, proteins, and complex grains like oats will seriously change your entire outlook. A whole new world opens up when the body isn't craving its next sugar fix. Even water starts to taste sweet.