Oh, the irony. Struggling to eat ENOUGH.

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    Feb 16, 2009 9:39 PM GMT
    My trainer has me eating a diet of 2500 calories a day. I aim for a daily balance of 40% carbs, 40% protein and 10% fat, and try to eat 70% of my calories (and all my complex carbs) by my third meal. (I eat breakfast, second breakfast, lunch and dinner - each between 400-600 calories, then fill in as needed with my snacks).

    I gotta tell you - even though I used to be able pack in 3-4k calories a day when I was eating crap, now that I just eat good stuff, it's a real struggle to get it all in. Protein shakes (Isopure) and bars help, but of late I spend much of my day feeling full, bloated and uncomfortable. I've already learned that just eating less than my target keeps the weight on - I'm only losing when I hit my calories, but Ireally struggle with it.

    Have some of you guys dealt with this? Does it just get easier with time? Any tips for healthy foods that will help me reach my calories without eating as much? I appreciate your feedback - this site, and the forums, have been a huge motivator to me as I work to get myself healthy again :-)
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    Feb 16, 2009 10:26 PM GMT
    Certain 'healthy' foods cause more gas and sit in your stomache a lot longer. Just take note of everything you put in your mouth and how bloated you feel afterwards. Baked beans for breakfast makes me VERY bloated, as do do hard to digest things like granary and muesli.

    If you're eating more, you'll need to go to the loo more. I felt very bloated in my last 12 week programme... I had to quietly burp and run off to fart once in a while.

    Liquids from protein shakes also fill you up quite a bit, I use as little water as I can get away with and always mix it with a fork.

    Good luck!
  • DCEric

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    Feb 16, 2009 10:39 PM GMT
    tommo said I had to quietly burp and run off to fart once in a while.


    Are you kidding? Time your release right and get it blamed on someone else.'

    Seriously though, one of the things I do is snack. I snack constantly, but only have three small meals a day. By constantly snacking, I can eat enough, and I don't feel miserable. This may only work if you have a desk job, and few meetings to interrupt you.

    /And a office mate that is tolerant of constant Om nom nom.
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    Feb 17, 2009 12:00 AM GMT
    this is my favored source of calories:
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    Feb 17, 2009 12:03 AM GMT
    DarkMatters saidthis is my favored source of calories:
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    I prefer Ben & Jerry's "Chunky Monkey"
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    Feb 17, 2009 12:14 AM GMT
    Dark please share, i've been asking for a long time now!!!! and tommo, just let t out and be proud!!! Scream YES THAT WAS ME WHO JUST FARTED, AND IT FELT GOOOD!!!!! thats what i do. as for the op.... small meals, lots of snacking. Foods with fiber, fat, protein all sit in your stomach longer, due to extra steps in order to break it down to a usable structure. Your daily balance looks good though, it's nice that you are not neglecting one type of Calorie source, just make sure your fats are your MUFAs, PUFAs and Omegas. Best of luck to you.

    oh and for the bloating, try mixing your high fiber foods with some carbs, that way you eat less of them (fibers) at a time, but still get satiety effects from them, should help on the bloated feeling a bit
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    Feb 17, 2009 12:21 AM GMT
    Haha, I once had a healthy dinner with way too much soy in it, and afterwards I went out to the bar. Later that night, a cute guy was hitting on me and I totally ripped one out. He beat a hasty retreat and as I started to laugh. I look back on the hilarity of the situation more fondly than i would have a hook up.
  • Timbales

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    Feb 17, 2009 12:36 AM GMT
    I've been eating 5 meals a day now for over 5 months, and there are times where I really am not hungry but I still have to eat. It is odd to think that eating more can help you lose weight, but it's true. I've had co-workers comment to me that it always seems like I am eating, but they can see me losing the weight.
  • jlly_rnchr

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    Feb 17, 2009 12:45 AM GMT
    Yes, I am right there with you. I have put on approximately 20 lbs in the past nine months or so, which is great. But the amount of food I consume always makes me feel uncomfortable and bloated and gassy. Not fun.

    I blame it on the amount of fiber I eat. 100% whole wheat bagels, omega-3 enriched 100% whole wheat bread, apples, clif bars....this is probably the culprit. I fill breakfasts and lunch with that stuff (plus protein sources), and it hits pretty hard by the end the day. Unfortunately, the alternative is to eat little debbie and her ilk, and I don't even like straight up sweets anyways, so I deal.

    Try eating yogurt with some of your meals, I think the bacteria is supposed to help digestion.

    Also, I think a good little proteinous snack is low fat string cheese. Not really filling, but it's got like 9g of protein and 20-25% of your calcium in three bites.
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    Feb 17, 2009 3:24 PM GMT
    Thanks guys. Some great tips in the topic stream. Much appreciated! icon_smile.gif
  • nv7_

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    Feb 26, 2009 2:42 AM GMT
    DarkMatters saidthis is my favored source of calories:
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    It's not what you eat, but how you eat it that we enjoy oh so much. icon_cool.gif
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    Feb 26, 2009 2:45 AM GMT
    Here you go:
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