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Why do I crave sugar when I exercise?

National Academy of Sports Medicine
National Academy of Sports Medicine
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Your body has two primary energy reserves; carbohydrates and fat. When you burn through your carbohydrate reserve it is natural to feel hungry and crave sugar. This craving for sugar is your body's natural need for more energy. The trick is to satisfy these craving with healthy foods such as fruits, vegetables, and whole grains versus refined carbohydrates such as chips, cookies and pastries. Eating healthy carbohydrates will provide your body with essential vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and maximizes your weight loss efforts.

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