Yesterday I was feeling a little hungry before getting on the bike for a Z2 ride, and I found it actually nuked my hunger. I wonder if maybe this isn’t because a bit of relatively light exercise liberates fat stores into the blood stream?
Has anyone else experienced this?
I have heard that high intensity workouts can make you want to not eat for a while, but this is probably a different mechanism entirely.
I am almost never hungry after a ride or training session. The longer/harder the ride, the less I have appetite to eat afterwards. After my long saturday rides, I typically force down a recovery drink, lay down for a bit (sometimes a nap), and then have a meal a couple hours after the ride is over (and that is still a bit forced). The next day, I’m looking to eat everything. After a long endurance race, it can be 4-5 hours before any food is appealing. It makes me the anti-social one on my cycling team since many of my teammates will grab lunch at the end of a long ride. Before a ride/race, I can eat anything and usually not have any stomach issues. Exception - a really hard crit in the heat one time where I got to re-swallow a bit of greasy taco that I wasn’t expecting.