So tired of eating!

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    Oct 05, 2011 7:21 AM GMT
    I'm definitely trying to add some mass, and I'm an ectomorph so I know I have to eat, eat, eat!. . .But I honestly just get so tired of eating, I feel like I try to get something down at least every two hours, but it's kind of difficult when I'm not remotely hungry.

    Are there any relatively small'ish snacks/meals that pack in tons of (good) calories that won't feel like such a chore to eat?
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    Oct 05, 2011 11:38 AM GMT
    peanut butter
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    Oct 05, 2011 12:04 PM GMT
    7FamarkSo tired of eating!


    THEN STOP.

    kthxbai

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    Oct 05, 2011 12:19 PM GMT
    Helpful.

    Oh right, except that it totally doesn't solve the problem.

    Kaythanksbye.
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    Oct 05, 2011 12:20 PM GMT
    /solidarity.

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    Oct 05, 2011 12:22 PM GMT
    Trail mix! The sugar from dried fruit/chocolate will cause you to secrete insulin, and if you're in a right metabolic state, the protein will go straight to storage.
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    Oct 05, 2011 2:07 PM GMT
    motov8 said
    7FamarkSo tired of eating!


    THEN STOP.

    kthxbai



    That really is the answer. There's NOTHING that says you HAVE to be a certain size, A&F ads not withstanding.
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    Oct 05, 2011 2:36 PM GMT
    I feel your pain. Last year I did a strength/mass building program that had me eating everything in sight for four weeks. It worked really well. I added 20lbs. But I was eating double meals at every meal and my body was working really hard to get through it all. I'd sit at my desk and sweat while doing nothing but digest food. It was pretty gross.

    There's a lot of good nutrient rich food out there that's good for snacking. I like beef jerky, hard boiled eggs, sweet potatoes, almonds, chicken breast and greek yoghurt. If you're really trying to pack on weight though, eating clean isn't always an option. You're going to gain fat that you'll need to cut later.

    To quote Mark Rippetoe: "For weight-gaining purposes, 'eating clean' is not a useful concept. Big Macs are."
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    Oct 05, 2011 3:22 PM GMT
    Kwokpot said
    motov8 said
    7FamarkSo tired of eating!


    THEN STOP.

    kthxbai



    That really is the answer. There's NOTHING that says you HAVE to be a certain size, A&F ads not withstanding.


    well actually there are tons of things that tell us we should look a certain way.
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    Oct 05, 2011 4:57 PM GMT
    Been there, done that, doing it again.
    I get the same way at times trying to shovel in all that food. I eat a lot of eggs so I find scrambled eggs much easier to get down. As well you can add an egg or two to your protein shake or just blender it into a big glass of chocolate milk. That's almost a meal in itself that you don't have to eat. Other than that, lotsa peanut butter sandwiches
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    Oct 11, 2011 10:34 PM GMT
    7Famark said
    Kwokpot said
    motov8 said
    7FamarkSo tired of eating!


    THEN STOP.

    kthxbai



    That really is the answer. There's NOTHING that says you HAVE to be a certain size, A&F ads not withstanding.


    well actually there are tons of things that tell us we should look a certain way.
    ...yet fat people and old people still get laid, find boyfriends, etc. etc. etc.
    If you think something is telling you to look a certain way, you need to rethink how you process information.
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    Oct 16, 2011 1:35 AM GMT
    Me too, well, the amount of food I would need to consume in order to accumulate as much muscle as i'd like....

    So, I think I will buy a blender and just make food-shakes, for meals other than the two a day I can be bothered to cook/eat; win-win

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    Oct 18, 2011 12:29 AM GMT
    Sooooo annoying. I didn't ask for anyones' opinion on whether or not I should want to gain weight. . .that definitely was not the point of the question. I want to be a bit larger and that is my decision and I was merely asking for tips on how to get in enough calories in the day. . .I really don't need the lectures, and I certainly do not need to be told there is a problem with the way I process information. If you have a problem with someone wanting to gain weight. . .then maybe you are the one with an issue.
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    Oct 18, 2011 12:33 AM GMT
    I say try eating smaller meals every two or three hours.
    That way you actually could get hungry again that youd actually want to eat.
    If youre the type who doesnt get hungry alot, drink more water, or a protein shake.
    Hope that helps. icon_smile.gif
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    Nov 04, 2011 4:54 PM GMT
    Peanut butter, avocado and a lot of help from this...
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    One serving of this with milk is 800 calories. I took it twice a day. Be warned it may make you super sleepy at first. Take it an hour before working out and you'll be good to go!

    This stuff helped me gain almost 12 pounds
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    Nov 04, 2011 5:17 PM GMT
    stop doing this?

    7Famark saidI kind of hate that "someone, somewhere in the world is dying of starvation and would appreciate that meal" rationale. . . .so, what? It's not like that food is going to be taken back to the kitchen, boxed up, and sent to some third-world country, it's going in the trash. . . .if someone is full, and do not want to take the food home, that is their perogative. When I go out and have "indulgent" or "cheat" meals. . . .I eat what I want and then do not take any of the rest home because I do not want the future temptation.

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    Nov 06, 2011 11:26 PM GMT
    7Famark saidI'm definitely trying to add some mass, and I'm an ectomorph so I know I have to eat, eat, eat!. . .But I honestly just get so tired of eating, I feel like I try to get something down at least every two hours, but it's kind of difficult when I'm not remotely hungry.

    Are there any relatively small'ish snacks/meals that pack in tons of (good) calories that won't feel like such a chore to eat?

    Only other ectomorphs are gonna relate to the frustration, 7Famark. We've got the body-type that fights against our goal of bulking.

    The one that's worked for me? A bedtime snack of chocolate chip bars and eggnog sweetened with corn syrup. Not good calories - True.

    It kills me to choke this crap down. But this bedtime snack has worked reliably for me.
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    Nov 06, 2011 11:29 PM GMT
    I understand where you're coming from...I feel like puking after every meal
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    Nov 06, 2011 11:41 PM GMT
    I agree, it may be impractical to bulk cleanly. There are numerous articles that tell you it can be done and how to do it, but they all assume you can stomach the amount of food necessary for ectomorphs like us to gain.

    Honestly, I've had amazing results with weight/mass gainers (mixed with milk). Again, they're not recommended by a lot of pros because they are expensive and will "not help you bulk cleanly." But I find that I can consume many more calories this way when combining it with whole foods. AND, I haven't gained an unreasonable amount of fat when bulking this way either. For me, drinking a good portion of my daily caloric intake is the only way I will be able to hold that much food down. In the beginning, I tried consuming 4,500 calories of just whole foods and I felt like I constantly wanted to vomit. Now, I only feel like I want to vomit a little (lol... jk).

    In any case, you might want to look into mass gainers. I know a lot of guys will give me shit for this, but hey, it's okay... I'm very happy with my results.

    Hope you find what you're looking for, and best of luck!
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    Dec 04, 2011 9:32 AM GMT
    ingenious84 saidIn the beginning, I tried consuming 4,500 calories of just whole foods and I felt like I constantly wanted to vomit. Now, I only feel like I want to vomit a little.


    Haha I found that hilarious.

    By now you've probably already figured something out and you must already now that olive oil has a whole lot of calories and fat. Serving sizes are small which is a plus.

    Try pouring it in bread or mix it into whatever you're eating.
    I love peanut butter, but it's really hard for me to eat a lot of it because it does make me feel sick after an actual serving.

    Somebody once told me to add coconut oil to mass gainers, but I always forget to buy it. I might just fuck it and start adding the olive oil. Make sure to get what's labeled as "Extra Light Flavored" olive oil, because that actually has zero flavor to it.
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    Jan 04, 2012 11:37 AM GMT
    I hear your pain. I would try a multivitamin, it tends to open up my appetite. I also like whole milk, very nutricious, although I know it gets mixed reaxions from people on this site.
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    Jan 04, 2012 12:36 PM GMT
    cake, pie, ice cream, and repeat..just kidding. eatting smicon_biggrin.gifaller meals every couple of hours will keep your metabolism up. if i were you i would eat a huge breakfast and a huge dinner with a lot of healthy carbs: WW Bread, Pasta, brown rice, etc.. good luck icon_biggrin.gif
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    Jan 04, 2012 12:44 PM GMT
    I never could stay with diets where I force myself to eat an abnormal amount of food... esp protein. These days I try to keep everything balanced, and instead of worrying about eating a ton of protein, I just add a little extra here and there to whatever I'm already consuming. I'm miserable enough due to my job and how much I have to do; I'm not going to make it worse by feeling like I want to gag every time I eat (which is what was happening). That's why I don't believe in "bulking" .... its gross and then after the fact you have to shed the fat. I've found more success in keeping a lean diet with added protein on the side than with attempts to 'bulk'....
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    Jan 04, 2012 12:54 PM GMT
    Besides the obvious protein powder/shake, for more natural options, go for foods that are energy-dense, which usually means lower water content, i.e. nuts and seeds, dried fruit. Beverage-wise, maximise your calorie and fluid intake by drinking juices, milk etc. instead of water or diet soft drinks.
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    Jan 04, 2012 12:57 PM GMT
    Yeah. It's just chew, chew chew, all day long...icon_rolleyes.gif