Losing appetite

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    Jul 07, 2011 5:49 PM GMT

    I've been going through a problem with eating lately that's bothering me. For the past several months I've been trying very hard to gain some weight, by eating more and adding more supplements to my diet. It hasn't worked, my weight fluctuates up and down... but I've been sticking with it.

    Lately, like over the past months or so, I've had a really small appetite. I'll get hungry but have no appetite... if that makes sense. To put it another way, my stomach will growl and I know I need to eat but nothing at all appeals to me. Even if I have a packed lunch at work, when it's time to eat it, I have to force myself and have a very hard time finishing the portion I made based on my diet. This happens mostly at lunch and dinner time... not so much at breakfast or during small snacks.

    WTF happened to my appetite. It's tough enough consuming the calories I need to, and now I practically have to force myself to eat.

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    Jul 07, 2011 7:23 PM GMT
    Try fasting for a whole day...nothing but water.
    The next day you "should" be hungry enough to resume normal eating habits.

    PS. This is only a suggestion. I have no idea if it will work or not, but it seems plausible.
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    Jul 07, 2011 8:33 PM GMT
    paulflexes saidTry fasting for a whole day...nothing but water.
    The next day you "should" be hungry enough to resume normal eating habits.

    PS. This is only a suggestion. I have no idea if it will work or not, but it seems plausible.



    Is that a serious suggestion, Paul? Not that I don't take you seriously... but your humor sometimes flies over my head.
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    Jul 07, 2011 9:30 PM GMT
    try adding something you like to eat to the meal you're supposed to eat.

    That is what I do. I love eating ice cream so if there is something I have to eat but do not enjoy eating I just add ice cream to it.

    taking vitamins... yuck!... put it in ice cream... yum!
    broccoli... bleh! put it in ice cream... yyum!
    brussel sprouts... ice cream!!!
    hairy ass... ice cream!!!

    you get the point.
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    Jul 07, 2011 9:37 PM GMT
    I noticed the same problem when my diet was high in protein. I would be hungry but wouldn't want to eat anything that was on my diet.

    If this is the case for you, I would make the diet less stringent for awhile (i.e. have one or two days a week where you eat whatever you feel like) until your body is more used to your diet plan.
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    Jul 07, 2011 9:40 PM GMT
    personally, a day of eating very little (including very little protein) usually fixes that for me - though i generally have the opposite problem.

    on a more general note, us humans tend to get bored of eating the same thing over and over - so keep changing things up.

    also, as has been suggested, sometimes, eat what you want. i tend to eat what i want (within reason) on sundays.
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    Jul 07, 2011 9:50 PM GMT
    I loose my appetite when I'm under a lot of stress, particularly at work. Maybe that is it..?
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    Jul 07, 2011 10:02 PM GMT
    I use to be in the same situation as you when trying to gain some pounds.

    Having small appetite is equal to someone who has a big appetite that is trying to lose weight. You have to ignore that feeling of not being hungry and put into your mind that you want to gain weight so you will want to finish your food or eat as much as you can. I have a set amount of protein that I consume in a given day and I look for foods that are high in protein.

    Just don't listen to that feeling of small appetite, keep in mind that you want to gain weight! That's it! that simple! icon_razz.gif
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    Jul 07, 2011 10:04 PM GMT

    Great thoughts from everyone. I am eating a LOT more protein than I used to, and also have been having some stress... although I usually handle that pretty well, I wouldn't rule that out.

    I also like the idea about adding even more variety. I do tend to stick to the same kinds of things, because they're easy and I know they're in my nutrition plan. I have to work on that.

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    Jul 08, 2011 12:56 AM GMT
    DJBoston said
    paulflexes saidTry fasting for a whole day...nothing but water.
    The next day you "should" be hungry enough to resume normal eating habits.

    PS. This is only a suggestion. I have no idea if it will work or not, but it seems plausible.



    Is that a serious suggestion, Paul? Not that I don't take you seriously... but your humor sometimes flies over my head.
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    Yep...totally serious. Can't vouch that it will work, but that's what I will try if/when I stop getting hungry.
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    Jul 22, 2011 12:46 AM GMT
    DJBoston,

    Same issue with me. I think the responses were good. Mine is partly due to meds, but stress and the other comments are right. I hope we all regain our appetites and calm.
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    Jul 22, 2011 12:48 AM GMT
    one note: fasting is not good for some people. I need food for my meds, plus I react badly if I do not eat for long periods of the day.
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    Jul 23, 2011 5:02 PM GMT
    Stress, state of mind (eat less if I am sad), and at this moment the heat (I eat less in really hot weather). All cause me to eat like a bird.