Simple ways to increase your appetite

The following steps are the easiest way to increase your appetite

Where some people continuously get into a rigorous diet to minimise their food intake, some people struggle to eat more.  It is not because they are picky eaters or fussy about their food but because of their lack of appetite. While it may seem to be a blessing for others, people going through it often face serious health conditions like malnutrition, low blood pressure, iron deficiency, etc. That is why it is necessary to have a proper appetite and achieving it needs some restriction, some dedication and a lot of focus. Like weight reduction, weight gaining also needs a lifestyle change. Here are some simple ways to start with it.

Eat frequently but in small proportions

The best way to increase your appetite is by eating at intervals. Try to have smaller meals but frequently. Eating three full meals might seem like a challenging task when you don’t have a healthy appetite but these smaller meals will make it easier for you. It is also healthy for your gut as it helps in less acid formation and proper digestion. Have five or six smaller meals per day instead of three large ones. Once you see some improvement slowly increase the proportions.

Eat more calories

If you want to gain weight and improve your appetite then you will be needing calories to build the mass. And one of the easiest ways to do that is by cooking your food with calorie-dense ingredients like butter, nut butter, olive oil or whole milk.

Include fewer fibers in your meals

High fiber diets often make us feel full and thus decrease the amount of calorie intake. While in most cases high-fiber foods are recommended in a balanced diet, in case of increasing appetite it may do more bad than good. High fiber foods take a longer time to digest and thus keep you feeling full for longer. So, it is recommended to have a low-fibre diet.

Drink your calories

Sometimes the long process of eating food makes us bored and full. So to make it more interesting, try to drink the calories. It doesn’t mean literally making a shake of your meal but rather replacing some of your meals with nutritious, high-calorie drinks. Smoothies, milkshakes and juices can all be good meal-replacement drinks. You can also buy protein powders to make it easier.

Exercise More

While most people think only weight loss is all about exercise, weight gaining needs a bit of exercise too. It is a very wrong conception that people exercise to lose weight, exercise is for all and it keeps you healthy and flexible, just the types of exercise may differ according to the purpose. During exercise, our body burns calories to sustain energy levels. Thus physical activity can make you feel exhausted and hungry. Apart from that physical activity can influence several processes in our body that have been shown to stimulate hunger which includes increased metabolic rate and muscle mass, as well as changes in hormone production.

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