I already know the answer to all of my weight/strength problems is to eat more. However, I am in need of some practical advice.
I am 19 years old, 6 ft. tall, and a Pre-Architecture student. I have Hypothyroidism and fairly severe IBS. To lessen the numerous symptoms, I take a handful of pills every day. Since starting my medications approximately two and a half months ago, my weight has increased from 123 lbs to my current weight of 143 lbs. Beginning at the same time, I have been following Starting Strength.
In that time my lifts have slowly but steadily improved, particularly my squat which has increased by 50 lbs. However in the last month my weight has plateaued along with my lifts. Obviously this is because I am only able to down somewhere between 1k â?? 2k Cal each day. Thus I am convinced my short term gains were due to my medications. My long term goal is to hit 175 lbs. by this summer.
I am however a determined perfectionist with my academic and musical schoolwork. I am well aware of the hard work and dedication it takes to achieve something great. Living amongst out of shape and overweight friends and relatives, few people take me seriously as of yet with regards to fitness. Along with everyone else on this site, I want to be huge â??yesterdayâ??.
So I find myself in the cafeteria near my dorm room, and it offers everything. Problem is, itâ??s very inconsistent. Some days there are no meats at the salad bar, or nothing but tofu burgers at the grill. What is consistent is the sub sandwich bar and the omlette/quesadilla grill. Following advice from this website, I know itâ??s most important at this point to eat as much as I can of whatever I can. I know olive oil is great, but what can I take with me to eat at class and in my room? (Shakes are really out of the question at this point as my parents think Iâ??m â??fineâ??) I donâ??t have a car for grocery trips, and all the nearby shops just sell junk food and pop.
New Problem: Because of my over-reactive digestive system, I get full after just a five-inch sub and a half glass of 2% milk. And I stay full for hours, due to the bloating. As a result, I never eat breakfast and that leaves only two meals a day. (with a bunch of wasted meal credits after the week) Even though my body is being stubborn, I refuse to let this continue. I donâ??t know if itâ??s possible to reverse my bodyâ??s chemistry, but I do know I can find ways to cram more calories in the food I am able to down.
All in all, Iâ??m a little overwhelmed and itâ??s causing me to make some bad eating choices. Eating enough is my biggest concern, but how? Be brutally honest. If you need more specific information, just ask.
Thanks in advance for your help!