What do you do/eat when you have no appetite, but need to eat in order to gain mass.

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    Jun 01, 2010 7:15 PM GMT
    So here's the situation, I've been in the off season for a month or so now and been working on putting on lean mass, my problem is that due to some family and friend oriented issues, I've become mentally strained and sometimes depressed. I have the ill fate of losing my appetite 9 times out of 10 when this happens and sometimes to the extend of severe nausea when I eat solid foods. So I have been resorting to just drinking as much gainer as I can in these situation, but am worried if this continues and need to find a healthier alternative. Suggestions, tips, or advice would be greatly appreciated guys. icon_smile.gif
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    Jun 01, 2010 7:50 PM GMT
    Hey, I now what it's like. It happens to me too. I try to keep it up with the few things that I can stomach, like protein drinks and meal replacement drinks, fruit juices, toast with peanut butter. Sometimes half a glass of wine with dinner can help my appetite and take away some of the the stress or nausea. Also, creatine can help maintain muscle mass when your diet is a little off.
  • Abc123456

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    Jun 01, 2010 8:45 PM GMT
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  • DCEric

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    Jun 01, 2010 8:59 PM GMT
    Instead of growing meals, try snacking. That worked to bring me from ~140 to ~160.
  • calibro

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    Jun 01, 2010 9:53 PM GMT
    protein shakes, nuts, and fruits

  • Jun 01, 2010 10:25 PM GMT
    A can of tuna or chicken breast. Just chop it up and eat it quickly.
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    Jun 01, 2010 10:31 PM GMT
    Feeding tube?


    Nah, jjk


    The snacking thing is right though.

    If i ever have snacks around, somehow by the end of the day I end up eating the whole box even when I'm not hungry.
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    Jun 02, 2010 12:01 AM GMT
    Ginger helps with nausea and stimulates appetite.

    http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art7837.asp


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    Jun 02, 2010 2:30 AM GMT

    protein shakes and 5 or 6 small meals instead of three larger one.
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    Jun 02, 2010 2:34 AM GMT
    I have an appetite the nano instant I wake up until the second before I fall asleep, despite eating constantly throughout the day. The more often you eat the more often you'll be hungry.
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    Jun 02, 2010 2:49 AM GMT
    During college, when I didnt have enough time to eat or was too stressed to eat, i'd down an odwalla chocolate protein monster (don't get the super protein unless you want a pure soymilk one) 33 g of proteins, 400 calories, doesnt fill you up for as long as a regular protein shake and costs 3 bucks... saved my ass regularly
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    Jun 02, 2010 2:49 AM GMT
    I'm just envious. I don't know what it's like not to be hungry except a few times when I'm on meds. And I'm small so I have to keep the weight OFF or I balloon. Blast you!
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    Jun 02, 2010 3:00 AM GMT
    rugger88 saidSo here's the situation, I've been in the off season for a month or so now and been working on putting on lean mass, my problem is that due to some family and friend oriented issues, I've become mentally strained and sometimes depressed. I have the ill fate of losing my appetite 9 times out of 10 when this happens and sometimes to the extend of severe nausea when I eat solid foods. So I have been resorting to just drinking as much gainer as I can in these situation, but am worried if this continues and need to find a healthier alternative. Suggestions, tips, or advice would be greatly appreciated guys. icon_smile.gif


    A fan of EAS Mass Factor chocolate here.

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    Jun 02, 2010 3:09 AM GMT
    Currently I'm taking MHP Up Your Mass as my mass gainer, and Gold Standard Whey protein. Thankfully the liquids stay down no problem. I'll try the ginger and have been trying to eat high density caloric foods that I normally would avoid such as fried foods when I am hungry... ugh. On the bright side, I've leaned up a little. haha.

    I have also been snacking when possible, but sometimes it just doesn't work after one bite. I'm starting to wonder if there is something with the pH of my stomach from the increased volume of protein, but am unsure since normally the body takes care of it.
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    Jun 02, 2010 3:18 AM GMT
    GAMRican saidGinger helps with nausea and stimulates appetite.

    http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art7837.asp


    Best of all...natural!


    Does ginger ale count?
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    Jun 02, 2010 3:24 AM GMT
    F*ck all the eating advice.

    Figure out how to relieve your stress. If you don't eating will do nothing because your body wont' be in the right state to assimilate the nutrients properly anyway. PLus, the stress you're putting yourself through is more important to relieve because of all the other effects stress can have on a body and mind.


    So, things to help deal with stress:
    - don't think of things as obstacles versus opportunities to learn
    - maintain a joyous outlook
    - gets lots of sleep
    - focus on the things that make you happy each and every day
    - be thankful for the things you have and good things going on in your life
    - don't watch TV, especially the news or reality (bullcrap) TV
    - listen to good music to dance to and relax
    - surround yourself with people that lift your spirits

    Once you can successfully deal with your stress, your appetite will be back
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    Jun 02, 2010 3:44 PM GMT
    EastCoastNAZ saidF*ck all the eating advice.

    Figure out how to relieve your stress.
    That's the best advice I've seen in a long time!
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    Jun 02, 2010 3:48 PM GMT
    Ditto the above. Your bigger issues are centered around how you handle/manage stress. You're attacking the symptom in hopes that it will cure the disease. It won't.
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    Jun 02, 2010 4:21 PM GMT
    Well, part of the stress may be due from undernutrition. So ideally both should be tackled at the same time.

    I sometimes find that having food by the computer works because I can eat it little by little while I am distracting myself with the internet.
  • rnch

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    Jun 02, 2010 4:27 PM GMT
    i wish i had your "problem".


    (well, the no appetite one)
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    Jun 08, 2010 7:27 AM GMT
    I still struggle with this. Eating when you're not hungry is harder than avoiding food, IMO. I second everyone that said eat more often. Cereal and granola bars are life-savers when nothing sounds good. Avoid soda or carbonated stuff that will make you feel full.

    Weed is the only real cheater way to give yourself a gainer appetite, but it does make it really hard to want to work out. So it's a double-edged sword, and not the best solution unless you just wanna expand your stomach with some really unhealthy eating.
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    Jun 08, 2010 8:21 AM GMT
    lots of lean protein and grilled veggies (for the fiber and carbs) .(:
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    Jun 08, 2010 8:44 AM GMT
    Agree with some of the other posts- your mental health is just as important as any other facet.

    Don't worry about the big gains for the moment, just make sure you manage your stress and mental health.

    Planning your day might help make things manageable, setting smaller but achieveable goals. Once your stress is managed and you feel you have more energy you'll be ready to start increasing.

    Good comfort food is definitely warranted icon_smile.gif