Stress = loss of appetite (and I'm an ecto). Help!

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  1. Falconer

    Falconer OT Supporter

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    Hey,

    I haven't really posted much in F&N. I'm an ectomorph. At 5'10" the most I've ever weighed was 173 (@ ~9% bf). Usually I hover around 160-165. Right now I'm like 155. I eat a lot. I've been lifting for 6 years or so. About 18 months ago I competed in a PL meet @ 160 (I got a cold a week before the meet and lost some weight).

    So here's my problem. I have a very difficult time adding/maintaining weight, and when I get stressed out (work, gf problems, etc.) my appetite basically disappears. I have no motivation to go to the gym. I have to force feed myself and I'm usually nauseous. Sometimes my stomach will even actually be hungry, but I won't feel like eating and it will take me like an hour to finish a sandwich or something :wtc: It's like I just want the day to end so I can go to bed, and then when that time comes, I realize that I've hardly eaten anything at all all day.

    I know some people eat when they're stressed out, but I completely lose my appetite.

    Anyone have any advice for dealing with this?
     
  2. AaronOC

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    motivation to be bigger is a good thing
     
  3. Vito_Corleone

    Vito_Corleone New Member

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    Just eat, force yourself to. Appetite has little to do with when/what I eat.
     
  4. Genghis.Tron

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    Problem : not eating enough
    Solution : eating more
    How is that complicated again ?
     
  5. Falconer

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    The problem is that psychologically I kind of shut down. I understand the concept of eating and gaining weight. Thanks. That's not what I was asking about. I thought I alluded to that in my OP.
     
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    Well if the problem is your appetite, stop eating according to your feelings. Count cals and eat enough caloriess according to your goals.
     
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    I have the same problem when I stress - however, there is never a time I can't drink another protein shake. For the times when real food is just too tough to eat - mix up some protein and maltodextrin. The days you dont eat any real food make sure to take a multivitiamin.

    Remember with stress, deal with the root of the problem and it won't reoccur ;)
     
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    I have that problem as well. I dont have a problem eating when Im not hungry, but sometimes I just cant keep the food down. :hs: Thats a bit of a problem.
     
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