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    Loss of appetite

    hello! I am brand new here.

    I do not always use supplements but at the recommendation of my trainer have started using a couple, including protein powder.

    I generally work out first thing in the morning. I have been using 1st Phorm's protein powder and Ignition but I am finding I have zero appetite now. I recently lost a lot of weight in part because of diet/exercise but also stress. I really cannot afford to lose more weight but I also cannot force myself to eat either.

    My goals right now are muscle/weight gain. I know I need calories. But it's almost noon and so far I've managed to get down a handful of walnuts.

    Any thoughts? Any been there, done that?

    FWIW, I am 5'6" and about 120 lbs. About two months ago I was closer to 135.
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    That's really not good, you have to find a way to eat If your appetite is so bad you can't get in more than a handful of walnuts by noon, you may need to talk to a doctor. Especially if this happened suddenly, and recently. Shakes can help get more protein, and calories, but you need fats, and vitamins, and minerals too.
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    Do you dislike what you're eating and wish you were eating something else or is it just not wanting any food at all?
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    I've never had that problem and I'm not sure what's causing it or how to fix it, but I do have a short-term suggestion that could help you get more calories in. Nut butters are very calorie dense (and delicious ) so you could try incorporating that into your diet to get more calories in. You could even eat protein peanut butter to help keep protein intake up. I've tried p28 almond butter and it's good. There are other types of protein peanut butter out there too.

    Maybe giving your body more energy will help kick-start your appetite so that you can start eating more food and a wider variety of it.
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    Drinking calories is generally easier than eating them. If you have protein shakes, I'd add a nut butter, blend in a banana, use whole milk if you drink milk.
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    why do you have no appetite, that's the main question. do you feel nauseous? stomach pain? are you anxious? if you are drinking a protein shake after your morning workout is it making you feel too full to eat? (if this is the case ditch the shake and eat real food!)
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    Thanks for all the quick replies. I know it's not good, it's certainly not my intent. I just feel so physically full after the protein powder (just mixed with water) that I have zero appetite.

    I will acknowledge a high level of stress/anxiety right now due to a recent diagnosis for one of my kids. Its going to be okay, but trying to manage her care has definitely created stress.

    It wasn't until I started drinking the protein powder that I just have zero appetite in the AM.
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    Originally Posted by MrsDunamis View Post
    It wasn't until I started drinking the protein powder that I just have zero appetite in the AM.
    Switch to something less filling then. There are plenty of other ways to get protein. For maximum appetite I recommend bacon, the candy of meats.
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    Definitely quit the protein powder. There's no need for it. You'd do much better getting real food in.
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    Drop the protein powder. It's possible that the volume in it is just taking up space in your stomach. And it's not like it really makes a difference whether you get protein from whole foods or processed powder anyway. Either way, it's just protein that helps you hit your macros. If you want to use it up, instead of mixing it with water, mix it with whole milk, or make a sludge with full fat yogurt, ice cream, or peanut butter (thin out the peanut butter-protein mixture with a little extra oil or you'll have a grainy mess on your hands).

    Soy lecithin granules do wonders for your appetite. I take 2 tablespoons per day pre-workout for the phosphatidic acid content. Ever since starting them, my appetite skyrocketed. I can put down a loaf of bread and jar of peanut butter for breakfast, no problem. (I *haven't* done so in a while, because it was making me fat, but that doesn't mean I don't *want* to). May be a bit of a weird suggestion, but if you absolutely run out of options, it could be worth a try. Plus they're 50 calories of fat per tablespoon.

    Also, I hate to say it, but being fit isn't always about being comfortable. You know how sometimes you're tired, but if you want to see changes, you have to force yourself to go work out? The same thing happens with food...sometimes you're full, but if you want muscle badly enough, you'll figure out a way to get in the calories, even if it means force feeding yourself. If fitness isn't enough of a motivation for you, do it for your kid. Whatever that diagnosis is, if you drop weight to the point where you end up sick and lethargic, you won't be able to be there for your kid.
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    Thank you all. A lot of common sense that I should have been able to come to on my own but for whatever reason was being a bit oblivious to.
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    If drinking protein kills appetite drink the stuff before bed, then it wont.

    But I'd drop the protein IMO, protein powder isn't calorie dense (the whey I use 1 scoop is 122 cals) if you don't eat more than choose a mass gainer from some supp store so you drink more like 350+ cals (I drink oat powder coz it's cheaper and I'm ghetto like that)
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    My profile says otherwise but, I'm in my mid 40s too, and I had to ditch the whey. I am lactose intolerant and was in major denial my whole life. You could be too. I even tried whey isolate, but lactose intolerance gets worse as you age. Here's what I eat now instead of a scoop of protein. It's fast digesting and you can throw eggs in a pan on low, and multi task for a short while.
    2 eggs 12 g
    4 tbs PB 14 g
    1 cup lactose free milk 8 g
    Total 34 g
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