Post # 1
I’ve posted on this before… but anonymously.
Bees, I need help. I’m quite active. I train at a bootcamp a minimum of 4 times a week to a maximum of 6 times a week. These clases are a lot of strenght training infused with a bit of cardio.
My history… I am 26, and 5’3″ and currently weigh 109.5 lbs. This is my problem… Ive never been diagnosed but i never feel hungry and am self diagnosing myself with an eating disorder. I say this because in a day i will usually only eat one meal which consists of a palm sized serving of Salmon (sometimes chicken… These are healthier types of protien) I will usually have 2 servings of veggies (usually grean beans, corn or asparagus), a cooked slice of a portabello mushroom and very seldomly do i have carbs.
I dont want to be like this… I really dont. I like the taste of food etc, but I just dont feel hungry… the meal i listed above can fill me for over 24 hours :(.
I spoke to my personal trainer and i really want to gain muscle… I want to be toned and have a firm body… he advised me that for that I would have to start eating a minimun of 5000 calories a day… and right now… including my drinks… I wouldnt be surprised if i’m eating less than 1000.
How can I start eating more calories without feeling so full. please help.
My goal is to increase my weight to 115 lbs but more of muscle weight. I cant take protien shakes or bars because they make me feel sick.
Please dont judge me… Im really looking for help on this and I want to get better.
Post # 3
BTW… i also have stomach problems and about 25% of the time my food makes me sick and i know that i dont get any nutrients from it… and I’ve always been a light eater… even when i was little. I believe this has been progressing for years and years.
Post # 4
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
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 # 6
@nber0815: I do have hashimotos disease but usually the only symptom i feel from it is low energy levels. my dr is surprised i’m not an elephant because of it too. I am taking synthroid and essentially its a high enough dosage to cover my thyroid if it stops working all together.
Post # 7
@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
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
@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
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 # 11
@HobbyLobbyist: I have been tested for everything… Crohns and Colitis, IBS, Ive had digestion tests and they cant find anything… I ve thought that maybe my stomach problems have given me an adversion to eating but ‘m not sure why i havent looked into it further… maybe because the doctors havent found anything (i’ve been like this with my stomach problems since i was born).
Post # 12
@lightmist: I dont eat int he morning… for some reason a lot of breakfast foods make me sick.. the same way that those protien shakes do… I get an acidy feeling in my upper stomach… my stomach feel so bloated and i;ll feel like i want to vomit (never do but thats why i dont usually eat breakfast… I’m afraid of it. lol)
Post # 13
@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
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.
Post # 15
@DomesticDiva: Ya, ive been talkign to a lot of people and if my thyroid isnt working at all practically… everyone is surprised i havent ballooned out yet. i’ve always been small though. my max weight was 126 (which is when i started eating a bit healthier and working out) and at this time i was working in a mall where i was eating mcdonalds daily… sometimes even 2 times a day…
I’m disgusted with myself because you can start to see my ribs and my shoulders are so bony…
Post # 16
@DomesticDiva: Also… i’m not sure exactly what acid reflux is… but i get many different types of tummy aches… some feel like a burning vomity feeling in my upper stomach… and others feel like someone is trying to gut me from the inside and it sends me running to the bathroom every 5 minutes for an hour.