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The last year (more like two years, now) has been pretty hard on me. I've been depressed due to losing someone I love and cared about more than anyone else on earth and as a result of that I've lost a lot of weight. I want to gain some back and also become stronger. I've been out of my apartment maybe 7 times since September. I don't eat much and I can literally feel my body eating away at my muscles as we speak. So, I need some advice on how to trick my body into wanting to eat more, and what to eat to gain weight healthily, and perhaps when to eat in order to get the most out of what I eat. I don't want to turn into a beefcake, I just want to be lean and somewhat strong. My skeleton is probably not being done any favors, either, so I definitely want to address that as well. I've always struggled with gaining weight even when I wasn't depressed and I don't know why so I would appreciate any advice I can get.
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How far down are you? Go for lean,and I do mean lean, proteins, think skinless chicken, fish, the occasional Fillet Mignon, egg whites, and lots of fruit and veg.
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billamj;99531 Wrote:How far down are you? Go for lean,and I do mean lean, proteins, think skinless chicken, fish, the occasional Fillet Mignon, egg whites, and lots of fruit and veg.

I don't have a scale but I'm guessing somewhere between 120 and 130. I have a protein powder mix, should I avoid it? Correction, I have a whey protein mix and a hemp protein mix.
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topsykretts;99532 Wrote:
billamj;99531 Wrote:How far down are you? Go for lean,and I do mean lean, proteins, think skinless chicken, fish, the occasional Fillet Mignon, egg whites, and lots of fruit and veg.

I don't have a scale but I'm guessing somewhere between 120 and 130. I have a protein powder mix, should I avoid it? Correction, I have a whey protein mix and a hemp protein mix.

Damn. How tall are you? From what I've been told, the whey protein is good to go, don't know a lot about the hemp protein.
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Seriously? Log off the puter, pull your pants up, get over yourself and go for a F'ing walk.
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billamj;99534 Wrote:
topsykretts;99532 Wrote:I don't have a scale but I'm guessing somewhere between 120 and 130. I have a protein powder mix, should I avoid it? Correction, I have a whey protein mix and a hemp protein mix.

Damn. How tall are you? From what I've been told, the whey protein is good to go, don't know a lot about the hemp protein.

5'9". Someone told me it isn't good to take whey protein by itself (ie with no other nutrients to help the assimilation of the protein) so I stopped. Never really looked into if a multivitamin is good enough or if that was even true though.
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I have a problem with keeping on weight. If I really commit to it, I can gain about 15-20 pounds in a few months. But then I lose it just as quick if I drop the ball. I guess you could say I have the opposite problem of most people.

Anyway, the way I do it is to eat like I normally do, but add small snacks between each meal. Try to make the snacks at least 300 calories. Things like instant oatmeal, toast with peanut butter, trail mix, yogurt, bagel with cream cheese, etc.

Also, drink LOTS of milk. Anytime you would normally drink water, drink milk instead. And WHOLE milk. It's very calorie dense, and goes down easy, even when you're not hungry.

Lastly, make a shake before bed every night. Not one of those powder protein shakes. Get a shaker bottle (you can get them at GNC or some grocery stores) and throw in 3 raw eggs, 1.5 cups of whole milk, 2 tbsp peanut butter, and some chocolate syrup. You now have a delicious shake that cost about $1.25, and is a massive 800 calories. This also goes down easy, even after eating a meal. You don't even taste the eggs, it just tastes like creamy peanut butter chocolate goodness.
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topsykretts;99542 Wrote:
billamj;99534 Wrote:Damn. How tall are you? From what I've been told, the whey protein is good to go, don't know a lot about the hemp protein.

5'9". Someone told me it isn't good to take whey protein by itself (ie with no other nutrients to help the assimilation of the protein) so I stopped. Never really looked into if a multivitamin is good enough or if that was even true though.

Either of those would only be a supplement and probably best taken with a small meal. You need to be very careful since you've been essentially starving yourself. If you have a decent health plan you might want to see if they can help you find a nutritionist who can get you moving in the right direction. I can guarantee that is 1000% better than taking advice from a bunch of guys online.
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topsykretts;99542 Wrote:
billamj;99534 Wrote:Damn. How tall are you? From what I've been told, the whey protein is good to go, don't know a lot about the hemp protein.

5'9". Someone told me it isn't good to take whey protein by itself (ie with no other nutrients to help the assimilation of the protein) so I stopped. Never really looked into if a multivitamin is good enough or if that was even true though.

That someone is wrong. There's nothing wrong with whey protein by itself, except for the fact that it tastes like shit and is expensive. See my above post for a better alternative.
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