The Problem Of Binge Eating After Exercise & The Long Slow Run
Do you ever get the urge to eat everything in your house after you’ve finished a run? If so, you’re not alone.
Binge eating as self-sabotage.
If you continually sabotage your efforts by eating piles of junk food after a workout, then you’ll risk gaining weight and becoming out of shape. This might not be noticeable at first but if you persist with it, it can make running more difficult.
When I lived back in Northern Ireland I’d go out on a Sunday for a long run. I fell into a bad habit of always ordering a large pizza as a reward for completing it. My weight plateaued and even increased in this period as I was overestimating the number of calories I was burning and underestimating my intake.
After finishing the pizza I always became hungry for something else. I was never satisfied and my lack of willpower frustrated me.
Once in a while I think it’s OK to have a feast, but if you’re doing it on a weekly basis then not only will you tire of your routine but you will also struggle to make progress.
Towards the end, eating the pizza didn’t even please me. It was a suffocating habit that I couldn’t seem to break.
What made things even worse for me was that I’d carb-load for every long run. My idea of carb-loading involved drinking a shit ton of Cider and having bags of Haribo the night before. I was constantly fighting a losing battle to stay in shape but I thought I was ‘winning’ because I was eating what I wanted.
At the same time I never seemed to be getting any faster.
Nowadays I try to wait for a few hours after my long run before eating anything. It’s in my best interests to try to record a small but significant calorific deficit in order to help keep in control of my weight.
If I don’t eat enough after a long run then the chances are I’ll wake up hungry at midnight and eat absolutely everything. That’s why I have to be very careful to try and strike a balance.