After I work out (6-7pm), I eat a post workout meal which will largely consist of low GI carbs (like wholewheat pasta or sweet potato), veg (onions, peppers, tomatoes and spinach usually) and a protein (chicken/tuna/beef). On top of this I'll have a protein shake and an hour after that I'll probably have some cottage cheese.

Around 9.30 I always get hungry again, and because its starting to drift towards bed time I don't like taking in another load of carbs. I'm pretty certain a big bowl of pasta is enough carbs for after a workout, but my body seems to be constantly hungry.

It's worth mentioning that by the time I'm working out I've already eaten 4 small meals, so my post workout meal and cottage cheese are my 5th and 6th meal of the day, well into 3000 calorie intake.

Should I just listen to my body and eat when it's hungry, or should I stop when I've hit my calorie allowance?

I'm 6ft 1, 140lbs ish... so I'm not what you'd consider to be a big guy by any means but my goal is add lean muscle for basketball. In the gym I do 20 minutes cardio interval training and 30 minutes full body workout with free weights and cables.

  • Have you determined that you are actually hungry and not just psychologically wanting more food?
    – DForck42
    Mar 5, 2012 at 22:02
  • How do you determine that?
    – Jaitsu
    Mar 5, 2012 at 22:08
  • Try drinking water when you get hungry and see if it goes away?
    – DForck42
    Mar 5, 2012 at 22:28
  • Hmm, I usually drink a lot of water after my workout (around 1.5 litres in the 4/5 hours after it), i'll keep it in mind though
    – Jaitsu
    Mar 5, 2012 at 23:06
  • @Jaitsu-I have the exact same problem, I am a 22yr old female competitive swimmer and NO matter what I eat, I am constantly starving! I can eat double what the rest of my family eats at dinner and I can still be hungry. I too often have pasta/spaghetti and feel like such a pig if I eat anything else after as I'm sure it has to be carbohydrate overload, yet I just can't seem to ever feel full!
    – Bee
    Jul 4, 2012 at 7:08

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If you're not afraid of gaining weight, then eat and see what happens. If you start to gain unwanted pounds, then adjust (yeah I know it's not that easy, but wait there's more).

You could also try to change when you eat your post workout meals. Maybe just a small bowl of pasta and a little protein right after the workout and the rest of your list: remainder of the pasta, protein, cottage cheese, veg closer to bed time.

Experiment. Break them into chunks, eat them all at once.

btw, you don't mention how many times a week you're doing your 50 minutes, 20 Cardio/30 Resistance, but if it's more than three then you'll need plenty of carbs to sustain that volume.

  • thanks for the suggestions, I'll try that next time... maybe split it into two portions. I'm working out maximum 3 times a week, sometimes two
    – Jaitsu
    Mar 6, 2012 at 20:17

At 6' and 140lbs, you are very thin, so you likely need to eat more in order to gain muscle, but if you want to control your hunger, you need to stop it with the pasta (and maybe the sweet potato).

When you eat a high carbohydrate meal, your blood glucose level raises. In order to bring this back to baseline, your body releases insulin. However, insulin clears from your bloodstream slower than the glucose, so at around 2 hours there is raised insulin in your blood stream while your glucose level is back to normal (or possibly lower). This state causes hunger.

In order to avoid this hunger response, you need to avoid the insulin response. Whole wheat or not, pasta is going to send your blood glucose levels up. If you eat again at 9pm, make it a low carb meal so you don't get hungry again in the middle of the night.

  • Awesome, thanks for the tip... also I'm 154lbs (I re weighed myself tonight and I'm 11 stone exactly), although its still considered to be quite thin. I'll bear in mind what you're saying. What is an idea post workout meal?
    – Jaitsu
    Mar 6, 2012 at 23:02

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