Hating food

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    Sep 09, 2007 9:29 PM GMT
    OK, I've gotten from fat to skinny, and now I want to build up to muscular, but I've forgotten how to like food. Everything makes me feel nauseous. I've been living on protein shakes and vitamin supplements for a few years now, and I'm trying to normalise. Has anyone else gone through this? How did you cope?
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    Sep 10, 2007 9:39 AM GMT
    Bother. I used the word 'nauseous' when I meant to say 'nauseated.' Apologies, grammar gods
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    Sep 10, 2007 11:31 AM GMT
    Without discussing the merits of how you got where you are, Colm - let me suggest that you take the same approach anyone would coming off a starvation situation:

    Begin with simple, bland foods. Poached eggwhites, cream of wheat or oatmeal.

    Progress VERY slowly into more solid proteins like chicken and fish. Avoid things that are particuarly fatty.

    Make sure you get enough fiber in your diet by gradually adding in fibrous vegetables like green beans - but they will need to be very well-cooked. You would probably do well to avoid broccoli and similar vegetables which are known to cause intestinal gas.

    Let us know how it goes for you.

    Joey
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    Sep 10, 2007 11:45 AM GMT
    Thanks, Joey, but I think I overstated things a little. I'm used to eating about 150cals in raw veggies a day for fibre and antioxidants, so I haven't been completely starving myself, but I find when I sit down to a proper meal, I just feel really sick. I'm trying to build up to about 2000 cals a day, which seems to be about average for a person, and then possibly up it a bit more when I get the hang of that much
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    Sep 10, 2007 1:27 PM GMT
    hi colm, may i suggest you take at look at this:

    http://www.myprotein.co.uk/your-goals/muscle-and-size/?article=diet

    it's pretty sound advice. 'average' kcal intake is really no use to you when you are bulking, you need to know what's right for your weight.


    also reading your profile i see you are not a fan of free weights, well i'm afraid your're gonna have to force yourself. and cardio is your enemy right now. try stopping for a couple of months. you can always come back to it.

    stick to compound exercises, 3-4 sessions a week, that's all, rest is vital to build. if you do these difficult exercises properly you'll be hungry after. make sure you have a protein drink directly after training in the 'golden' half hour.

    if you need encouragement you could always post pics of your improvement. i know the guys on here will give you all the encouragement you need.

    best wishes.
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    Sep 10, 2007 1:30 PM GMT
    dak is spot-on. this is a huge subject....
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    Sep 10, 2007 3:29 PM GMT
    ... or maybe you could try moving to Italy?
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    Sep 10, 2007 3:33 PM GMT
    Sunshine and wine? I think I could live with that
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    Sep 19, 2007 9:42 AM GMT
    dont try and up the whole hog from day one its as bad as rcashing down when losing the wieght.

    Workout out what your calories allownace is now thn increase it by 200 a week.

    Your stomach will have shrunk as its not getting the food to digest so as like muscle you need to retrain it.

    Go for calorie density as opposed to volume for now and that doesnt mean fat laden. Until you can getthe stomach up to par of handling th food, then liquidise the oatmeal as you'll be able to handle more if you do that

    And as stated get hittin those free weights and the machines and tailor the running back. From where you stand at the second any calorie increase you make will result in muscle growth as yuor metabolism must be as dead as a dodo
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    Oct 08, 2007 6:22 AM GMT
    At 6'1" and 135, and after having read your profile, my view is that you see a professional who can help your sort it all out.

    It seems you've gone from one extreme to another, and, I'm not sure this is something that you can handle on your own.

    See a pro.