Not Hungry When You Compete? Here’s Why and What to Do About it.

April 14, 2022 by
Photo Credit: CrossFit Games

As the multi-day CrossFit competition ecosystem continues to grow, more athletes will experience the confusing phenomenon of the missing appetite in the heat of battle.

Intuitively, this doesn’t make a lot of sense. If anything, appetite should be higher as a result of the intensity and activity. The reality is, the opposite is true for most people most of the time.

If an athlete is competing in a short event, like a 5-10 kilometer race or 2-hour basketball game, the impact of low hunger signals is not likely to impact performance. For longer events, such as multiple day CrossFit competitions or long endurance events, not eating properly can have a massive impact on performance and placement.

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