I used to eat a lot before we started running. It wasn’t that long ago that both my hubby and I could pack it in like it was our last meal on death row. We were eating far too much. Huge portions were the answer to everything. “Why eat one burger when we could each have two?” For some reason eating reasonable amounts of food was impossible.
Last night we had a night off from running, but we went to the park anyway for an impromptu picnic since the weather had cooled off a bit, offering us a temporary reprieve from the Summer heat and humidity.
We sat down and prepared the food, napkins, forks, etc. While it was a lovely evening with a cool breeze and the sound of families nearby also partaking in the glorious weather, I was rather surprised when we didn’t eat but half the food we had brought. I had packed what I thought was just enough for both of us. Instead, the remaining half will be dinner tonight.
When I was doing research about running, around the time we first hit the pavement in running shoes, many websites and so-called “experts” warned against running as a method to lose weight. Many claimed that the high-intensity of running would actually entice us to eat more, thereby making running a bad choice if we wanted to lose weight.
I weighed this carefully in my mind. What didn’t make sense to me was that all exercise makes you expend more energy, so why single out running as a sport that will make you want to eat even more than the rest? Wouldn’t all exercise do that?
Despite what people say about running and its effectiveness for losing weight, we are sticking with it and the scale seems to contradict what the “experts” say.
What is surprising me on a daily basis is how little we eat. We aren’t trying to starve ourselves. Sure, we watch our caloric intake, but we are not intentionally skimping on meals. We are eating less because we physically don’t want it, and in some cases can’t eat more. It’s a weird scenario for 2 former chubbies who used to eat, until very recently, way too much at most meals.
I don’t know why running has suppressed our appetites, I just wish it would suppress cravings for pizza and chocolate, too. We may eat less, but I still sometimes just want to eat the things we aren’t supposed to eat.
How does running affect your appetite? Do you eat more or less?