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Can't Seem to Eat Enough!


#1

I don't know if this is a common problem but I'm struggling to eat enough whole foods. I lift 3 times a week doing a ppl split and like everyone, I want to put some muscle. I'm trying to get 2700 calories a day but I'm struggling to get it down me! I've lost 25 lbs over the last few months with a calorie restricted diet and exercise but now I want to focus on building some muscle. I'm hitting my calories and macros but largely from shakes which I know isn't the best way but really can't force enough whole foods down! I have things like chicken and sweet potatoes most days but can't seem to eat enough of it!

Even unhealthy stuff like pizza is a struggle to finish off! I use protein powder, oats, bananas, peanut butter, Greek yogurt and oatbran along with Creatine and L Glutamine in my shakes so they aren't unhealthy as such but not the best way to get most of my calories! This wasn't a problem when losing weight but now I want a bit of an excess it's a bit of a concern! Even if I leave it till I'm really hungry I can't finish of a plate full of food! Anyone have any tips or advice?


#2

What exactly did you eat today. Not usually eat, exactly.

PPL is 6 days a week (usually), not 3. Get on a full body. Chad Waterbury has quite a few of those.


#3

I agree it would be helpful if you post a day’s food intake.

It seems odd that you can’t get 2700 calories down from whole foods if you’re eating nutrient dense stuff, never mind pizza. Do you eat red meat?


#4

[quote]Dave_70 wrote:
I’m trying to get 2700 calories a day but I’m struggling to get it down me![/quote]
Are you still Carb Backloading? That’s relevant, and could be the issue.

[quote]JFG wrote:
What exactly did you eat today. Not usually eat, exactly.[/quote]
^ This!

Dollars to donuts (pun intended) an honest and accurate answer will shine a ton of light on the situation.


#5

Yesterday I had A high fiber cereal with low fat yogurt on waking up, 40g protein and 60g oats preworkout. 4 rashers of bacon with 4 whole scrambled eggs with 2 slices of wholemeal bread along with a shake made up with the stuff I mentioned in my first post after workout. That came to around 2000 calories. The other 600 cals came from another big shake before work and a small one before bed.

My weight is pretty stable at the moment (I weigh myself everyday) at around 197 so I know I need to up the calories a little more to gain but I’ve been increasing them gradually after losing weight. I take vitamin supplements ect and a powdered veg drink when I can afford it!


#6

[quote]Chris Colucci wrote:

[quote]Dave_70 wrote:
I’m trying to get 2700 calories a day but I’m struggling to get it down me![/quote]
Are you still Carb Backloading? That’s relevant, and could be the issue.

[quote]JFG wrote:
What exactly did you eat today. Not usually eat, exactly.[/quote]
^ This!

Dollars to donuts (pun intended) an honest and accurate answer will shine a ton of light on the situation.[/quote]

No not carb backloading, couldn’t get my head round how it would fit in with working shifts! Just been getting in my calories/macros and not worrying about the timing too much. Only thing I do is have a few more carbs before bed when going to the gym soon after waking up.

I stay away from junk (no donuts! lol) I track everything on MyFitnessPal so I know what’s going in and pretty strict with myself!


#7

screen print from MyFitnessPal


#8

Make smaller calorie jumps. Same with the shakes, pick one shake, replace it with real food. Let it stick for a week or two, move to the next shake.

Or just suck it up and be disciplined, that food which sucks balls to eat now will seem like nothing in a month.


#9

That’s not gonna help, but you have far too much liquid “food”

You have to chew what you eat


#10

digestive enzymes -take at start of a meal, will push back the feeling of indigestion/fullness for 10-20mins and sort of stimulates appetite. Now foods ones are good.

Look up Kigbeefs thread/templates -have good amount of volume which should stimulate appetite, same for this…


#11

[quote]RampantBadger wrote:
digestive enzymes -take at start of a meal, will push back the feeling of indigestion/fullness for 10-20mins and sort of stimulates appetite. Now foods ones are good.

Look up Kigbeefs thread/templates -have good amount of volume which should stimulate appetite, same for this…
https://www.T-Nation.com/workouts/531-beach-body-challenge[/quote]

I’ve just got some digestive enzymes so giving them a go :slight_smile:


#12

[quote]tontongg wrote:
That’s not gonna help, but you have far too much liquid “food”

You have to chew what you eat[/quote]

I’m not disagreeing with you, just playing devil’s advocate here but why?


#13

[quote]Dave_70 wrote:

[quote]RampantBadger wrote:
digestive enzymes -take at start of a meal, will push back the feeling of indigestion/fullness for 10-20mins and sort of stimulates appetite. Now foods ones are good.

Look up Kigbeefs thread/templates -have good amount of volume which should stimulate appetite, same for this…
https://www.T-Nation.com/workouts/531-beach-body-challenge[/quote]

I’ve just got some digestive enzymes so giving them a go :)[/quote]

great, keep us posted