I've noticed that when I'm not riding much — which is to say, when I'm riding less than ten miles a day or so — I not only feel hungrier more often, but I crave foods that aren't part of my normal rotation.
This strikes me as weird — kind of backwards, really.
Why is it that when I'm "training" (or even just putting in a lot of fairly slow and easy mileage), I want meat and salad and veggies and pasta, but right now, I want cupcakes and bread, and I seem to have lost the 'off' button for my appetite?
Maybe it's just that I don't bother paying attention, beyond certain minimum standards, when I'm riding a lot. I find it almost impossible to overeat while training. I don't feel pestered by my appetite because I feel it's justified, and I tend not to feel hungry in the immediate hours following a ride — so between a morning commute, a lunch ride, and an evening commute, that takes up most of the day. I do usually want to eat whole cows when I come back from my long rides — I could've eaten a cattle ranch after my accidental half-century, washed down with about 600 gallons of chocolate milk. Very un-Kosher, but there you have it.
Suffice it to say I'm really looking forward to ramping the mileage up again. I miss my 3,000kcal/day training diet :)