How come I get this strong urge to overeat when I don't exercise for the day?
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I recently committed myself to losing weight and I noticed that when I do exercise, I hardly even reach my calorie goals (always under the goal). But when I don't, I tend to overeat and go way above my daily calorie goal, sometimes even reaching 400-600 + calories. My friend told me it's normally the other way around and that you overeat when you exercise but it doesn't work that way in my case. Please explain. Thanks!
I came to the conclusion that a lack of exercise causes me to overeat. If I don't exercise I am more likely to eat junk food. Exercising reduces boredom and stress. It also causes your body to release endorphins. If you don't exercise you are more likely to overeat and it will probably be comfort food.
It is not overeating if you need the food. Overweight people keep telling me I eat too much because I eat a lot. If I was actually overeating I would not be skinny. Exercising causes me to eat more but it does not cause me to overeat. It reduces my junk food cravings. Sometimes I burn over 1,400 calories during a workout.
so it's the boredom that makes me do it? But I get really hungry when I don't exercise and tend to eat bigger portions. In my case, I have restricted myself to 1200 calories per day and when I don't exercise, I tend to go over this limit.
Well 1,200 calories is not enough to being with...
Victoria Anne, that was my daily calorie goal according to myfitnesspal.
If you are eating more food on your rest days it is because your body is recovering. Food is energy. Sometimes you need to eat more to make up for the previous day. The main problem is that you are restricting yourself to 1,200 calories per day.
So going as low as 1,200 calories is wrong after all. Thanks for your help mikejhca!
Is it happening the day after you exercise, or even two days? It could be your body trying to recover and restore itself from a hard workout. If you are restricting your calories too much (to 1,200 a day for example) you aren't properly nourishing yourself and your urge to "overeat" (400-600 is not a lot..) is probably a sign you are deficient in something.
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