Please Help… But dont judge.

posted 3 years ago in Fitness
Post # 4
720 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

I’m not an expert, but it sounds like there could be a medical reason (rather than psychological – which is what an eating disorder is) as to why you’re not hungry. In high school, I lost like 10+ lbs. over a couple of months without trying to – just like you, I was never hungry. I had just started a new medication, so my mom and I assumed it was a side effect of that. When I went back to my doctor for a checkup a couple months later, he was shocked – he said that shouldn’t have been a side effect of the medication. Turns out, I had an undiagnosed thyroid problem that made my appetite go away almost completely. Might be something you want to see a doctor about!

Post # 5
24457 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

I think he is going overboard saying that you need 5,000 calories. I am bigger than you and to maintain I only need maybe 2,500 calories. Just try to increase your food intake a little at a time to ease yourself into eating more. Also, break it up throughout the day. When I eat smaller meals, I feel full a lot faster but eating small things throughout the day helps me to eat more.

Post # 7
398 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@Pappy8:  I think it’s awesome that you want to make changes to your eating habits! I would recommend that you find a dietician (not a nutritionist) in your area who has worked with people with disordered eating. In the meantime, I would start a food journal so you can show them exactly what you are consuming.

You mention stomach issues. Have you ever been tested for anything? IBS, Crohn’s, etc.? You may have developed an aversion to eating because you have physical problems when you have big meals.

As far as not feeling hungry, you may have a very low metabolism as a result of eating so little. That would explain why you don’t feel hungry despite how much you work out.

Post # 8
2562 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

Don’t ask your trainer for help with your diet when it’s as spare as it is now. They probably only know the basics of eating healthy and while they’re interested in your health, may focus only on the muscle gain you want to acheive.

Have you seen a nutritionist?
They might be able to help you devise a ramp-up eating plan that slowly integrates more food into your diet.
Ask any nutritionist you see (look up reviews, find a good one!) to work with you in “steps,” because you’ll find it hard to eat a large dieat all at once.

I think it may be harder for you to eat a major amount of calories when your stomach is used to such small portions.
It’s not healthy for your to eat that way, but your body adapts to what it gets and over time, those small meals you eat become the “norm.” You can eat more, but you need to let your stomach get used to it gradually.

Make an appointment with a nutritionist, it’s at the very least a good start to a healthy diet.

Post # 9
1416 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

@Pappy8:  are you eating in the morning? I get this way sometimes too only eating one meal a day but ive noticed if i at least eat a banana in the morning it gets my hunger going for lunch 

Post # 10
4513 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@nber0815:  +1.

I don’t think that people with eating disorders normally stop eating because they aren’t hungry. They have a totally different issue going on. If you’re just simply not hungry it sounds like it is a medical problem. Maybe your medication suppresses your appetite?

Post # 13
2209 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@nber0815:  +1

@adoc86:  I take the same medication and wish it suppressed my hunger…LOL.  Meds definitely have different effects on different people, though.

@Pappy8:  Very odd that you haven’t gained weight since being diagnosed with Hashi’s.  Something to definitely ask your doctor about.

I would second @lightmist:‘s suggestion to eat breakfast – it gets your metabolism going for the day!

My sister had an eating disorder, and she found that she needed to eat more than was comfortable for a while to put weight back on.  It was difficult for her to do, but it worked.  Thankfully, she’s much better now…it was scary there for a while.

ETA:  Saw your update.  Do you have acid reflux?

Post # 14
628 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2012

A couple months before my wedding i was losing weight and i thought it was because of stress and thats why i wasn’t hungry. i droped probably 12 to 15 lbs from aug to jan – and then we came back from our honey moon and i got horribly sick…and dropped another 20 lbs turns out – I had crohns disease… if you have tummy issues from eating and are never hungry get checked out by a Gastroenterolgist. but it doesn’t seem like you are eating enough… you should try to eat at least 3 meals a day and i second the food diary you should also right down what upsets your stomach as well.


Good luck!

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