You have experienced and also heard it from many people that they lost appetite. You know you need to eat more to gain the weight back or, at least, maintain your current weight, but you just don’t feel like eating anything. Your lost appetite may have many causes, but it can be cured.
Ways to improve your lost appetite and eat more
So here are some simple ways to curb your lost appetite. Flip through the slideshow to learn more. This advice is also good for caregivers who are trying to get a loved one to eat a bit more.
A healthy breakfast is necessary to kick start your body after it has been without food overnight. For best appetite-enhancing results, include a variety of fruits, yogurt and wholegrain cereals. Think of your body as an engine. It needs good-quality fuel, or food, to function properly and, by burning this fuel, you use up energy, which makes you feel hungry again.
Eat little and often
Big meals take your body longer to digest. It can also make you feel bloated and lethargic. Because it will make you less likely to feel hungry. Eat small meals regularly throughout the day. This will make it easier for your body to digest the food and burn it as fuel. And with your body burning smaller amounts of fuel more often, you are likely to feel hungrier sooner.
Eat less fibre diet
As a short-term solution, try eating fewer fiber-rich foods, such as brown rice and bread, pasta and oats. Fiber is an essential part of a healthy diet, but if you need to increase your appetite quickly, slightly reducing your intake can make you feel hungry more often. A high-fiber diet makes you feel full for longer because it is processed slowly by your body.
Choose your favorite foods
Eating more is easier when you eat foods that you actually enjoy. Put some time and preparation into buying and planning out meals and snacks that you like, that way you should never end up not eating just because there’s nothing in the house that appeals to you.
Use herbs and spices in cooking
On the other hand, foods that have a very pleasant or fragrant smell can be very appealing and might be just the thing to get your tummy rumbling. Try adding herbs or spices to your favorite foods to create wonderful aromas and add interest to food. You’ll no longer be put off by bland and boring foods. Cinnamon is one spice that is often said to naturally stimulate your lost appetite. Add it to baked goods, sprinkle a bit on buttered toast or add a little to a hot cup of cocoa to appreciate its warm and spicy aroma and flavor.
Make meal times pleasant
Eating can be a much more enjoyable experience when you put some effort into creating a pleasant atmosphere at meal times. Light some candles, put some music on, or watch your favorite TV show while eating. Also try to avoid stressful topics of conversation at the table, especially if your lost appetite is a symptom of anxiety.
Doing some light exercise can really help to stimulate your lost appetite. Your body crave for more energy from food after burning calories. Because of that, you’ll always feel hungrier after exercising. You don’t need to put in a strenuous work-out at the gym for this to work. Just a brisk walk outside in the fresh air half an hour before a meal can help to stimulate your lost appetite.
Avoid eating alone
It is a lot easier to skip meals or avoid eating what’s on your plate if you frequently eat alone. Arrange to eat family dinners or invite a friend over to eat with you. You will enjoy the experience more and may even forget that you’re eating. Having other people around is also a good idea. They can offer you encouragement and hold you accountable for the food you fail to eat, if that’s what you want.