Why do I get more hungry on rest days rather than days I lift weights?

It’s quite normal to feel a lot hungrier on rest days. There are quite a few things happening in your body that relate to appetite regulation. These things include: –

  1. Resting metabolic rate
  2. How much muscle mass you have?
  3. Changes in hormones that control your appetite

When we exercise, all of the above appetite regulators are stimulated. When we experience some energy deficit, because of the amount of weight we lift, or the duration of our training, the hunger regulating hormones seem to trigger us to eat more as a response mechanism.

Sometimes there is a delay in compensation responses to the exercise and volume we’ve previously completed. This isn’t something that can and will happen to you regularly, and a lot of people don’t experience this at all. Your responses to this relate back to the regulatory consumption of food during the day, or if you are the kind of person that eats only when they are hungry (and not on a meal by meal data plan)

When our bodies store of glycogen is depleted from exercise, it’s a priority for our bodies to restore those levels back into the body (for use next time) This increase in hunger can be your bodies indication of the restock necessity.

It’s very normal to feel hungrier, or less hungry on a regular basis. The most beneficial thing you can do is to pay attention to these signals and adjust your eating accordingly. Keep those extra macronutrients within reason. Your body may be hungry to replenish lost glycogen, and it’s your duty to feel it correctly. This is why we exercise after all.

Remember as well that now we are all under restrictions of where we can go, it’s important to make sure you stick to your diet and drink plenty of water – should you feel the need to eat without actually being hungry

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