Eating less on hunts?

5MilesBack

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Curious, do you guys not eating as much drink a lot of water? Im downing a minimum of 1.5 gallons a day including water for meals.
I average about 170oz a day when elk hunting, and that's hiking in and out every time from base camp or the truck......which adds more hiking miles each day for me.
 

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I do drink a ton of water but it sounds like you just might need more food than me? Idk im pretty average size, 6ft 180lbs. I did keto for 2 years and intermittent fast periodically so maybe it has something to do with it, i always chow down enough dinner for at least 2 people at night and barely eat during the day year round. All ive eaten today is a perfect bar and i had coffee this morning. After a long run or workout i drink a protien shake tho
 

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My appetite definitely decreases and I start eating later in the day, I sort of force myself to eat so I don't bonk. Once I get off the mountain my appetite comes screaming back for a couple days

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Curious, do you guys not eating as much drink a lot of water? Im downing a minimum of 1.5 gallons a day including water for meals. I like hot breakfasts, coffee, and dinner.

Imagining how much weight I could cut if I didnt eat or drink as much lol.
I drink about a gallon a day. The key is eating foods that are filling to trick your body into thinking you're full.
 

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IMO, when hunting you get to use more energy, and it's just right that you replace them with the right quantity of calories.
 

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While hunting I tend to eat less.

Same. Usually consume about 2500 calories a day in the field, my Suunto said I burned like 8500 the day my buddy and I killed our Blacktails on Kodiak this year a few miles from camp and all I had was a packet of oatmeal and some raisins. Actually felt great that day TBH. Lost about 6 pounds over the week we were there.

Crushed probably 5000 calories a day the week after I got back.
 

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I think that the content of your food is more important than the calorie # and at home you may be eating foods that trigger wanting to eat more than you need.

A healthy non processed/non refined sugars diet is the best way to go no matter where you are.
 

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Same here...I eat less and definitely higher quality food.
 

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I think that the content of your food is more important than the calorie # and at home you may be eating foods that trigger wanting to eat more than you need.

A healthy non processed/non refined sugars diet is the best way to go no matter here you are.
This is a great point that i didn't think about. I eat almost no junk food or refined sugar year round ever, and while hunting i eat extra clean, mostly fat and protein with a bit of clean carbs
 

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Stick with it if it works for you. I wish I could do the same but I need 3500 cals a day minimum. I packed for 4 days and only made it 3. Could have survived the 4th day but I was done there anyway. I can easily hit two peak refuels during just a day hunt, starting with a good breakfast and some snacks in there too. I wish I could pack less. Maybe I can if it's just Ribeyes, butter and olives.
 

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I'm less hungry at altitude and have to force myself to snack during the day...although I do house my dinners in camp

It's science...according to Google.

1. Traveling to higher altitude increases leptin levels, which suppresses hunger. Even going from 6-7k to hunt at 10k can have this effect.

2. Higher elevations = less oxygen. Less oxygen = body produces more red blood cells, that increase can suppress hunger as well.
 
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I am not hungry when I hunt, but to keep from crashing I take lots of jerky. It's light, packs all the energy I need and along with PLENTY of water I make it to camp where I'll always down a big ass steak (and potatoes, etc.). No breakfast, but most times a burrito (red or green chili) which I'll eat off of several time a day-- between jerky. Also pack Emergency packets for the night cap- no cramps.
 

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hey fellas. Science partners and I have been studying the energy requirements (and health benefits) of backcountry hunting. If you haven't read our studies...it's right up this topic's 10-ring:



 

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I have to force myself to eat while hunting. I just get tired at night and want to sleep. Therefore, I eat far less when hunting.

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Everyone's "engine" is different; if you've done enough trips and the calories you consume doesn't leave you tired or unable to get the miles in- then you're good to go

3000-3300 calories/day is pretty close to optimum for me, still at a significant deficit (figuring 7-8000 cals burned a day), but I can sustain my energy for multiple days with that amount.

I find that eating small amounts regularly throughout the entire day is pretty important for myself. I usually don't go more than a couple of hours without downing a bar or other calories.
 

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There are some days that I doubt I'm getting 1000 calories up there, but I've never experienced the "crash" I always hear about. Perhaps my body is just used to a daily 18 hour fast year round. I eat dinner around 6pm most days, and then I don't eat anything until lunch around noon the next day........every day. Coffee in the morning, and coffee after lunch.
 

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I have a hard time making a conscious effort to eat food when I'm out in the woods. I feel like I'm wasting valuable time. Best thing for me is quick snacks I can shove down my gullet without taking too much effort
 

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There are some days that I doubt I'm getting 1000 calories up there, but I've never experienced the "crash" I always hear about. Perhaps my body is just used to a daily 18 hour fast year round. I eat dinner around 6pm most days, and then I don't eat anything until lunch around noon the next day........every day. Coffee in the morning, and coffee after lunch.

If it works for you, it works- no need to change anything. I can just be jealous as I'm carrying 1.5 lbs/day and you're probably in the .5-ish lb range :D
 

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If it works for you, it works- no need to change anything. I can just be jealous as I'm carrying 1.5 lbs/day and you're probably in the .5-ish lb range :D
I don't carry much food, but always start out with at least 3-4L of water. That's a lot of weight. I figure if we can survive 3 weeks without food, and only 3 days without water......I know where my priorities are. But I can only survive about 1/2 day without coffee, and after the dehydration headaches kick in from lack of water.........I wish I was dead. So I gotta have water......and coffee. :)
 
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