8 Ways To Increase Your Appetite

8 Ways To Increase Your Appetite When people talk about getting a proper diet
and maintaining a healthy lifestyle, the emphasis is usually placed on avoiding things such
as counting calories and making sure you don’t eat too much. But what if you have the opposite problem,
where you find yourself eating too little? After all, undereating can also lead to a
variety of health complications and problems, such as unwanted or severe weight loss and
malnutrition. Of course, if you’re currently struggling
with a diminished appetite, then not eating enough in a day might not be your fault. Still, for people who are underweight or struggling
to maintain their daily nutritional needs, a loss of appetite can be both frustrating
and harmful to their health. Luckily, there are a few things you can do
to help increase your appetite and maintain a healthy meal plan. Are you hungry for more videos like this one? If you are, be sure to subscribe to Bestie
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8 ways you can increase your appetite and get the most out of your mealtime. Eat Small Meals More Frequently
As you can probably imagine, trying to eat three full-course meals in a day can be a
serious struggle for anyone experiencing a loss of appetite. According to Arlene Semeco of Healthline,
a better way to motivate yourself to eat enough in a day is to split your usual daily food
intake into five or six smaller meals instead of three big ones. Keep your portion sizes small to start; as
your appetite starts to improve, you can potentially start increasing these portion sizes or adding
ingredients in order to maximize the calories that these meals provide. By slowly building up your hunger this way,
you can hopefully train your appetite to improve gradually over time. 2. Get The Most Out Of Your Food If you’re eating less than what is considered
a normal food intake throughout the day, the least you can do in order to stay healthy
is make sure that what little food your body does receive is as nutritious as possible. This means staying away from junk foods which
are high in empty calories but low in any actual nutritional value. Instead, it’s recommended that you concentrate
your efforts on foods that are both high in calories and in nutrients, in order to maximize
the nutritional value of your meals. If getting enough calories to fuel your body
is the main concern, there are also ways you can add additional calories to your meals
by using extra ingredients that are dense with calories: some useful ingredients in
this department are and peanut butter, butter, milk, olive oil, avocados This will help you
increase your calorie intake throughout the day without having to sacrifice important
vitamins and minerals. 3. Make Mealtime Enjoyable One other way you can make sure you’re eating
enough is by making your mealtimes something worth looking forward to. One of the easiest ways you can do this is
by turning your meals into a social activity. According to Semeco, “Cooking and eating
a meal with others may help stimulate your appetite more than eating alone”. By inviting friends over for dinner more often,
you take your brain’s attention away from the food, which weirdly enough can potentially
cause you to eat more than you normally would. But maybe your friends are busy most nights,
or you just don’t have that many friends in your area (hey, no judging!). In that case, the next best thing you can
do as a substitute is eat your meals while watching TV. According to a study performed at the Glasgow
Caledonian University, eating with friends can apparently boost your food intake by 18
percent, while eating in front of the TV can increase your food intake by 14 percent. Semeco also writes that turning meals into
something you look forward to, either because of socializing or entertainment, might lead
to you enjoying your food more, which can, in turn, increase your appetite and hunger. So kind of like how Pavlov trained his dog,
but like…backwards, I guess? 4. Use Larger Plates
Have you ever heard the expression “your eyes are bigger than your stomach”? Well as it turns out, sometimes the reverse
is also true. If you’re currently struggling with a loss
of appetite, seeing a big portion of food on your plate can be a little overwhelming
and might discourage you from eating much. So what can you do? Well, you could reduce your portion sizes…or
you could simply trick your brain into thinking the portions are smaller by serving them on
a larger plate! According to multiple studies, increasing
the size of your plating can encourage you to eat more, even if you’re not even a fan
of whatever it is you’re eating. In one of these studies, researchers in Philadelphia
determined that moviegoers were more likely to eat larger amounts of popcorn if it was
served to them in a large container, even compared to people who received the same serving
size but in a smaller container. With this strategy in mind, you can potentially
outsmart your poor appetite and trick your brain into eating more without feeling overwhelmed. 5. Plan Meals Strategically For most people, mealtime doesn’t usually
require that much forward thinking. People are motivated to eat by hunger, so
when someone gets hungry, that’s usually when they clue in that it’s time for a meal. However, if you find yourself with a loss
of appetite, that hunger might not be as prominent, and as a result, you might end up accidentally
working through or skipping meal times because your hunger failed to remind you. If you find this happening frequently, you
might need to start taking extra measures to make sure you don’t forget to eat; scheduling
your meals for specific times and setting reminders for each mealtime can be an efficient
way to make sure you’re still managing to eat on schedule. Not only will this help make sure that you’re
eating regularly, but it will also potentially stimulate your appetite by keeping your body
on a regular meal schedule. While we’re on the subject of planning out
meals, you should also remember to pencil in enough time for breakfast every morning. While many people feel inclined to skip breakfast,
eating a meal early in the morning can be essential when it comes to keeping your appetite
on track; in fact, skipping breakfast might even lead to you eating less throughout the
day as a result. In addition, breakfast also helps what’s
known as your body’s thermogenesis effect, which can help you to burn more calories over
the course of the day. By burning more calories, you’ll also be
more likely to feel hungry. So in a sense, eating breakfast every day
might be exactly what you need to give your appetite a much-needed jumpstart in the morning,
so make sure to include it in your meal schedule! 6. Eat Less Fiber Fiber has a ton of necessary health benefits;
heck, we’ve even done a couple of videos on the topic already! But everything should be enjoyed in moderation,
and if you find your appetite has taken a hit recently, it could be that you’re eating
too much fiber. High-fiber diets can be an effective weight
loss tool, since foods that are high in fiber leave you feeling full for longer amounts
of time and therefore make you less likely to overeat, however, overdoing it means that
fiber can also slow down your body’s digestion process and kill your appetite as a result. With this in mind, you might want to be mindful
of your fiber intake and make sure you’re not getting too little or too much. It’s all about balance, folks. 7. Make Use of High-Calorie Drinks If you don’t have the necessary hunger to
eat your calories, maybe you can try drinking them instead. Nutritious, high-calorie drinks can be a practical
way to supplement meals and make sure you’re still getting enough calories and nutrients
to get you through the day. Good choices for ways to drink your calories
include smoothies, milkshakes, and juice made from real ingredients such as fruits and vegetables. Additionally, you can also increase your protein
intake with drinks such as whole milk and protein shakes. 8. Exercise More Calories are the body’s main source of fuel. When we exercise, our bodies burn calories. When we burn calories, we start to feel hungry
again as our bodies try to replenish the calories we lost. Therefore, increasing your physical activity
can also improve your appetite by increasing your levels of hunger. In one study, participants who took part in
a strict workout regime over 2 weeks were found to have a greatly increased food intake,
and as a result, they were able to replenish 30 percent of the calories they burned during
exercise from all the extra food they consumed. In other words, working out can make sure
that you maintain a healthy appetite, in addition to a number of other more obvious health benefits
that come from exercising. So there you have it. If trying to finish a meal is an uphill battle
for you, try employing some of these strategies, either to increase your appetite overall or
simply to make sure you’re meeting your body’s necessary nutritional needs every
day. Was this video helpful or informative for
you? Do you know any other strategies that can
help shake a loss of appetite? If so, be sure to let us know in the comments
section below and help us keep the conversation going. And as always, thanks for watching!

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