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Old 07-19-2007, 08:34 PM   #1
Shawn Taylor
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I have been searching thru some old posts, and found a lot of diet reccs, questions on hard gainers, etc. I did not quite find the exact type of thread I was looking for. I am mainly looking at techniques some of you use for not letting your appetite get out of hand.

For me, high intensity exercise equals a high intensity appetite. I do not mean hunger. I do not mean cravings for a comfort food or a favorite food. Those are pretty will power controllable. I mean intense appetite. The kind that makes you jealous of the wolves ripping flesh off an elk on the nature channel. Sort of a primal level urge that does not really want to listen to reason.

I am new to here, and not entirely sure if this should be on the starting or nutrition forum. But I took a guess and went here. I am sorry if it is not quite right for here.

I have been doing Crossfit for almost 15 weeks, and am having the most massive appetite that I have had in years. I have had it before in the past.

In my teens and early 20s I did a very crossfit type exercise regimen with way too much running added and some regular weight training. I had a super massive appetite then, but the metabolism where I could not gain fat.

Then, until my mid 20s I did a decent amount of running with a serious amount of weights. Again, a massive appetite, but no serious fat gain.

From my mid twenties to early thirties I did way too litte aerobic, some high intensity powerlifting type weight training, had a massive appetite, and turned into a fatty. Very strong, but a fatty none the less. When I started doing more aerobic, and watching the caloric intake, I realized the metabolism was not what it used to be! I was now prone to gaining.

I quit the heavy lifting, continued with some regular weights and running. I got rid of a lot of the fat, but lost a lot of strength and lean size. For the past few years I was stuck on the moderate intensity, moderate run typical exercise regimen. I had cravings for bad food like anyone else might, but not a beastly out of control appetite.

The crossfit intensity, plus the extra running, rowing, and bag work I have been doing makes me need a ton of sleep and have a mega appetite. I am taking in sound proportions of protein and fat, so it is not the typical USA processed carbs diet hunger. I have gained 10 pounds in the past 15 weeks. My waist is not larger, but my goal of decreasing body weight/ body fat does not seem to be working out.

My main question,
How many of you also have a massive appetite doing Crossfit?
and, for those of you that do-
If you also are faced with a prone to gain metabolism, and cannot cosume all you want without fat gain (yeah, I miss those days),
how do you control your appetite?

I have been drinking tons (not alcolhol, just non caloric fluids like water), and that is not helping.

Any and all hints and types would be welcome,-
I hope to hear from some of you with similar situations
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Old 07-20-2007, 07:00 AM   #2
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I have been trying to eat well for about 7 months and have been successful. Down to 12% from 24% BF. I eat a ton of food as well. It seems that as soon as I grocery shop it is gone. (Much like my pay cheque.)

I would recommend the zone eating style. It works for me and I consume a ton of food. Especially salads. A head of lettuce is only one block and you are very full after eating that. Have two if you are still hungry. JK!

I find that the zone really fuels me and at the same time allows for fat loss. On a the zone you are eating 5-6 meals a day. That really helps curve hunger.

Do a ZONE/Dr.Barry Sears search and you will get some great info.
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Old 07-20-2007, 08:30 AM   #3
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I made a very simple paleo guide to eating here
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Old 07-21-2007, 07:39 AM   #4
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Shawn,you might want to check out the warrior diet off pavels website. I have the ebook, I did the diet for about a year, but then switched because I couldn't cook for myself anymore (college). I was very happy with it though, and it sounds like it might work well for you. You can read the details for yourself, but I will say I've never been so satisfied by a meal, when you eat on the warrior diet, you don't just get full, you actually feel like you've given your body everything it needs to be healthy.
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Old 07-21-2007, 10:01 AM   #5
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"How many of you also have a massive appetite doing Crossfit?"

Yep, that's me! I recover a lot faster when I eat more, so I usually eat a little more than my BMR and I still feel fairly deprived. I gained about 10 lb doing CF-like workouts over the last 8 months or so. I'd say it's about as much fat as muscle. My performance is a lot better, so I'm not too worked up over the fat.

My only suggestion is to try and eat as cleanly as possible. Might try Steve's suggestion also.

I read the numerous posts from folks eating very tight diets around here and really wonder how they do it and still recover from their workouts.

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Old 07-21-2007, 10:53 AM   #6
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Thank you for the responses. I have been using the zone proportions but cannot get in enough meals a day.

I did high protein, but simply had no energy to work out.

overall reduced calories on the typical american diet with no luck either.

I used to by default end up on something similar to the warrior diet, (zone proportion snacks/bars during day work with a meal at night), and had the best results on that. I have had my best results when ending up on that.

I am going to definately get that book and maybe try it on purpose instead of by default!
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