Eating protein powder to get more protein is kind of like eating sugar with a spoon to get more carbs. It gives you the numbers, but it defeats the purpose of the requirement. When they say you should get X amount of protein, the protein is only half of what they really mean. When you eat FOOD with protein, you're also getting vitamins and minerals and other nutrients whose names we might not even know. Protein powder is a food with all of those other nutrients taken out.
And protein powder still has calories. People tend to forget that; they think it's like a vitamin and just take it on top of everything else they're eating, and end up gaining weight without understanding why.
If you read through this forum, you'll find a lot of threads where people ask how to get more protein in their diet. Things like chicken, pork loin, tuna, beans, tofu, milk, yogurt, etc will give you protein for roughly the same number of calories as protein powder, but you'll be getting things like magnesium, thiamin, phosphorus-- all those things you don't normally count. Getting enough protein from FOOD makes it pretty automatic that you get enough of all those things. Using powder doesn't give that same guarantee.
You don't say why you have trouble eating. If you'll give us more information about that, we can make suggestions that will help get around that. But it makes a difference whether the problem is physical like trouble swallowing, or whether it's an issue of time or money.
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