protein help for non-typical anorexic

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    protein help for non-typical anorexic

    ok so I have scoured the web for help in finding better ways to add food to my diet. I know to a certain extent that sounds funny, but I weigh 240 and I don't eat. ok so if I were to keep a food diary it would look like this one 8oz cup filled with dry frosted mini wheats munched on over the course of the day, a Bang or possibly a monster ultra, two 24 oz tumblers of water, and possibly 8-16oz of whatever I made for dinner. My two boys being the garbage disposals that they are have no problem eating the rest of my small portion that I already made for myself. Now before I go any further, YES I am in therapy. Yes, I know I have a problem, one that I have been battling for almost 30 years now. And Yes at one point I was a typical Anorexic that weighed next to nothing, however as I put on weight people assumed that I was getting better.

    Ok so now I don't eat and that is pretty much established. My doctors all want me to eat, well accept for my GP she still wants me to loose weight and doesn't care how I go about it, she is still advocating for a calorie limiting diet and extreme exercise. But my Psych, and Therapist have both suggested adding small protein drinks, as 1: I don't drink enough, and 2: I don't eat enough. Is there a protein drink or powder out there that I can add that will not make me gain weight but will still help me get to a point that I'm eating? and if so is there a way that without starving myself to loose the weight. keep in mind I have a hard time eating, and have a very small stomach content before feeling full. My boys will not adhere to any of the meal plans I've tried to make subtle changes to their diets as well but they are uncooperative at best.

    #2
    Oooh, that sounds complicated. I'm no expert, but it appears to me that you need to increase the quantity of your intake, but also the quality. Frosted mini wheats are mostly sugar as far as I'm informed - is there anything you could replace those with? The energy drinks (I'm assuming Bang is an energy drink, I've never heard of that) also are not the last word in healthy nutrition, as I'm sure you're aware. Are there any possible replacements that may do what the energy drinks do for you, but are more nutritious? Iced coffee with milk? Would milk be too much?
    You're asking about protein powders that won't make you gain weight. Losing weight is all about a calorie deficit, so whatever type you drink, as long as youre energy expenditure is greater than your intake, you'll lose weight. If the difference is smaller, it will take longer - but you'll be establishing healthier habits. From where I'm standing, protein is a good idea - you need that to maintain muscle mass. As you also have a problem with fluid intake, you may want to experiment with how "strong" you make your protein drinks. I would expect that for someone with your history, a regular protein drink might be too intense (they tend to have a kind of thick consistency that may make you feel like you're eating rather than drinking). Also by using more water, you'll increase water intake.
    But I'm sure other bees have other good ideas. Good luck and welcome to the Hive!

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      #3
      I think you should consult a registered dietitian. They can come up with a plan that will get you eating more, gradually, and then loosing weight.

      Originally posted by KitCensored View Post
      My doctors all want me to eat, well accept for my GP she still wants me to loose weight and doesn't care how I go about it, she is still advocating for a calorie limiting diet and extreme exercise.
      Your diet is already calorie limited. I would say too limited, and you will need more calories to make the loosing weight happen. You will also need exercise (talk to an exercise physiologist) for a better body composition, but it does not have to be extreme. The Bringing Sexy Back way is more realistic and practical. Consistency is going to be KING.

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        #4
        Might be an idea instead of water and whatever, get a juicer and juice vegetables and some fruit.

        http://www.rebootwithjoe.com/weight-...SAAEgJ55vD_BwE

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          #5
          I don't really want to plug for any particular product, but I know from experience that Premier Protein is a decent, lower calorie protein drink that doesn't have a weird texture. That would certainly help with the protein and some fluids, but I'm not sure lower calorie is what you need. To me it sounds like your body may be clinging to weight because of how little intake it's getting. Also the quality of your intake, from a nutrient standpoint, could also be affecting you. Obviously I'm not an expert, and I think meeting with a licensed dietician (if you haven't already) could be helpful.

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            #6
            Second the idea of talking to a dietician! You could get a plan and specific recommendations for protein shakes or the like. And perhaps even some advice on how to incorporate meal planning when the rest of the family might not be on board. I don't know if you've considered getting another GP who may work better with your goals and understanding your history- but even the one you have already may be able to send you to a dietitian who would be able to work with you to get something that will fit better with your daily life.

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              #7
              Most "pre workout" powders contain protein + caffeine. You could replace your bang energy drink with this, maybe? To get some better nutrition w out changing your routine/freaking yourself out.

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