For anyone suffering from loss of appetite, hence is unable to gain weight, we strongly recommend they first visit a physician to get a complete checkup and make sure there is nothing imbalanced in the digestive system.
Once this has taken place, there are some nutritional strategies can be followed that can help support the rebalancing of appetite hormones. Here are some great suggestions for kick-starting a healthy appetite.
1# 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.
2# Eat Less Fiber
Fiber-rich foods can be extremely filling, so it may be best to eat such foods like brown rice or pasta and wholewheat cereals only in moderation when trying to increase your appetite.
This should only be used as a short-term solution, however, as fiber is essential for healthy and normal body function.
3# Avoid Eating Alone, Make Meal Times Pleasant
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. Light some candles, put some music on, or watch your favorite TV show while eating.
4# Increase your Zinc Intake
Zinc is a very important mineral for body-builders – it strengthens the immune system and stimulates testosterone production. Some foods which contain high levels of zinc include: oysters, chicken, beef shank, pork chops, wheat bran, cashew nuts and pumpkin seeds.
5# Restore your Body’s HCl Levels
HCl is an important substance for increasing your appetite when body-building. You can naturally increase your HCl levels by drinking a glass of fresh lime juice diluted in water first thing in the morning.
6# Take B Vitamins
Certain forms of B vitamins help to increase appetite – namely, B12 and Folic acid. You can take these vitamins in tablet form.
Certain herbal teas have also traditionally been used to increase appetite, in particular peppermint, anise and licorice teas.
7# Always Eat Breakfast
Eating a healthy, balanced breakfast kick-starts your metabolism after a long night of not eating and gets your body ready for the day.
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8# Eat Small, Frequent Meals
it is a great way to build towards a healthy appetite. Moreover eating smaller meals can also help you to feel less bloated and sluggish after eating, which is the reason many people with small appetites don’t enjoy large meals. Try eating 4 to 6 small meals a day to avoid feeling overly full.
Eating Healthy Snacks can help when you have trouble eating much food at mealtimes. The small quantities can be less daunting, while frequent snacking can help get you into the correct mindset when it comes to eating.
Just remember that snacks are not meant to be eaten instead of meals, but in addition to them. So avoid snacking too close to meals times, otherwise you might ruin your appetite.
9# Drink Enough Liquids
You should aim to drink between 6 to 8 glasses of water or water-based drinks a day. Drinking a glass of water an hour before and an hour after a meal can help with digestion and ensure that there is not too much food in the stomach at any given time.
10# Keep a Food Diary
Keeping a food diary is a great way to identify the best times and foods for you to eat, so you can maximize your appetite. In addition, keeping a food diary will allow you to track your progress to see how far you’ve come, which can be a great confidence boost.
Finally, regaining appetite should be supported by a regular exercise program. Exercise should include both cardiovascular exercise and strength training. Only through strength training can a person increase their bone mass density and lean body mass. The very act of engaging in these forms of exercise should also increase a person’s appetite.