I love exercising first thing in the morning! But sometimes it can make me so hungry ALL day and I just can’t stop eating. Here is how to keep hunger under control!

1. Eat Carbs The Night Before

If you know you’re going to be doing an intense session the next morning, make sure you have some type of carbs for dinner to give your body the fuel (glycogen) that it needs for your workout. If not, you’ll be fatigued and feeling like you need to eat LOTS of food (I’ve made this mistake!).

If you’re just going to be doing something light in the morning such as a power walk or yoga, then there’s no need to fill up on carbs the night before. Oh and I should mention you don’t need to do a full on carb load. Just eat some form of carbohydrates.

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2. Go To Bed Early

I made this mistake this week. I had a super intense boxing session planned for one morning and the night before, I went to bed late. I woke up really tired, went to boxing, and then spent all day struggling. I felt lethargic, lazy, ate worse than normal and felt sorry for myself.

When you are lacking sleep, the hormones that control your hunger increase (and the hormones that control your feelings of fullness decrease) – meaning you will feel even hungrier. So if you’re planning an early morning session, make sure you get enough sleep! 7-8 hours minimum.

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3. Have A Nutritious And Filling Post Workout Meal

After your workout is the best time to eat carbs. But I don’t mean that you should be eat everything in sight. Have a balanced breakfast that contains carbs to refuel, protein and fiber. A high fiber breakfast will help keep you feeling full all day. My favourite post workout breakfast is a protein smoothie. I put in frozen fruit (banana and berries), protein powder, chia seeds and almond milk – it’s the best! Another favourite is a piece of whole meal bread with an omelette. Check out my best breakfasts for fat loss here.

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4. Stay Hydrated

First of all, being dehydrated before your workout can impact on how you train, not to mention how much more dehydrated you will be afterwards. Make sure you drink plenty of water the afternoon before your workout. And also drink as much water as you can beforehand and during your workout. And then the most vital part – make sure you drink LOTS of water during the day after your workout. If not, you will most likely end up dehydrated with a killer headache (I’ve made this mistake too!). Read up on my tips to help you drink more water.

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Rachael is an Australian born certified personal trainer and nutritionist who holds a Bachelor degree in Science.

After struggling for years to find an exercise and diet program that is tailored to women striving for lean and toned body with no bulk she designed her Lean Legs Program. This program is tailored to each body type and focused on helping women get toned but feminine bodies, without getting bulky.

Her mission is to empower women and help them stay in shape in a healthy and balanced way.

5 Responses

  1. Hi!! I want to lose fat so I need to eat healthy and at a calorie deficit but I always feel like eating. I can’t tell if it’s because I’m actually hungry or if it’s just because I feel like eating. I don’t know what to do! Please help! Thanks in advance!

    1. Hi lovely,
      I would suggest starting with healthier alternatives to sugary foods and sticking to a balanced diet that will have enough nutrients so you don’t over eat.
      You could also download our free 7 Days Slim Legs Diet. It’s full of balanced and highly nutritious meals that should help you overcome your sugar addiction and substitute processed food with healthy ingredients.

      The meal plan consists of smaller portions, but you can combine them if you have to (breakfast or lunch with snacks).
      Sometimes we over eat because of boredom, so it’s good to keep yourself busy throughout the day. :)

      For more helpful tips please have a read of this blog post:


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