Hunger

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    Feb 28, 2009 12:44 AM GMT
    Does anyone here have a problem with hunger? I know that to gain weight I need to eat more than I burn, but what if I there's not enough hunger?

    And there's the "shake vicious cycle":

    1. Not enough hunger --> meal is replaced by a gainer shake
    2. Liquid meal --> reduced stomach
    3. Reduced stomach --> less hunger. 3h later, you need another meal. Back to #1

    I have a "normal" hunger, but I need to eat more than I'm already eating if I want to have any gains from now on. Does anyone know of a good drug or technique to increase it?
  • Timbales

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    Feb 28, 2009 2:01 AM GMT
    If you're not already doing it, try breaking your meals into 5 smaller ones a day that are packed with protein. It will help you add the muscle you want, plus you won't be chowing down huge portions.
  • Bunjamon

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    Feb 28, 2009 3:31 AM GMT
    I am always hungry. No matter what I eat, 2 hours later I am hungry. I eat two breakfasts, two lunches, and a large dinner, and on training days I have two shakes, too (only one shake on days off). Plus, I feel like if I were eating any less, I'd be LOSING weight. You should see my grocery bill.icon_eek.gif It's nuts.
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    Feb 28, 2009 3:32 AM GMT

    Definitely try eating five or six small meals per day - each one with some protein in it.

    If your doctor is concerned about your weight, he could prescribe something like prednisone, which is a pretty potent appetite stimulant. But it has a bunch of side effects, not least of which is some immune suppression. I was put on prednisone several years ago to control cluster migraines. It worked well for the headaches, but I got chicken pox in the bargain, which was pretty unpleasant.
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    Feb 28, 2009 4:24 AM GMT
    Thanks flies, but that sounds like a high price, don't you think?

    I have 6 meals a day. The more meals you have, the less hunger you have, so I'm not really getting everyone's logic... I do include protein in some of these meals, but I still don't get what it has to do with hunger...

    I've tried mirtazapine (an antidepressant) and it increased my hunger tremendously, but I felt groggy 24/7 with it.

    Seems like decreasing one's hunger is way easier... icon_confused.gif
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    Feb 28, 2009 4:44 AM GMT
    Maybe it's the way you look at hunger. I've always read that you should not eat to satisfy hunger, but to prevent it
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    Feb 28, 2009 4:50 AM GMT
    I use to be in your same position. Eat more even when you aren't that hungry. You need to stretch your stomach. Eat past satisfaction; eat until you're full. Eventually you'll notice that you get hungrier and can eat more each meal.
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    Feb 28, 2009 7:46 AM GMT
    A little hunger in the belly is not necessarily a bad thing. I think it keeps you a little on the edge - a little bit more awake - on your toes.

    I can always tell people who have lost that 'inner hunger'.

    Why fight it? Embrace it.

    R