You will feel hungry when you are training for a marathon, a feeling commonly called “runger” within running circles. However, if you feel hungry all the time, it’s time for a dietary change.
If hunger is an issue, ask yourself these questions:
• Are you getting enough protein?
Protein is important because it helps you feel fuller longer and it is the structure of muscles. You can find it in poultry, legumes, fish, milk
• Are you eating enough before a run?
Running on an empty stomach can often lead to sluggish workouts and clawing hunger later in the day, and you will empty your endogenous stores and not uses your body to the marathon strategy.
• Are you eating often enough?
If you are hungry after eating three meals, try spacing out the same amount of food into five smaller portions instead. Think a handful of nuts, a banana, other fruits or an energy bar if you have to train after, or protein bar for a snack.
Dott.ssa Annalisa Faè, R&D ProAction