I recently came across a section in Houston-based Masters Coach, Emmett Hines’, new version of “Fitness Swimming” that talked about why you get hungry directly after you swim. Emmett says:
“It is true that most swimmers tend to hungry after workouts. The same is true in nearly every sport. But the timing of after-exercise hunger is more directly related to body temperature than the type of exercise. You are less likely to be hungry when your core temperature is far above normal resting levels. Runners and cyclists generally have elevated body temperatures for longer periods after their workouts, postponing hunger. Swimmers, on the other hand, generally spend enough time in cold water after intense training to lower their body temperature enough that hunger seems more directly linked to the workout.”
I always wondered why I always craved a turbo-burrito after swim practice.