Though most people struggle with how to decrease and reign in their crazy appetites, there are definitely some people out there who struggle with increasing their appetite and putting weight on. If you’re one of those people who are starting to get sick, losing too much weight and have no appetite, then you know just how important it is to turn the situation around and start boosting your desire to eat. You can try forcing the food down, but if first-hand accounts have ever been any indication, then it’s safe to say that this isn’t a good idea and could even make the stress of losing weight even worse. Luckily, there are a handful of tricks that you can try to start increasing your appetite. Whether you need these tips for yourself or for a loved one, we encourage you to give them all a read through and see which one’s work for you.
Trick 1: Eat Small but Frequent Snacks
Instead of trying to force feed yourself a giant plate of food at every meal, why not give eating smaller snack-like meals more frequently throughout the day? Having to stare down a plateful of food could just take whatever appetite you had away, and there’s much less to be daunted about when all you have to eat is half a sandwich and possibly some vegetables. Some other small meal options you can try is a cup of soup, a handful of nuts with your choice of cheese, a cup of fresh fruit and a small serving of oats. You can start small, but try making your way up to 6 or 7 small snack-sized meals a day to make sure you’re getting enough calories in.
Trick 2: Get Creative with Flavoring Your Food
Now this might not be true for all of you, but sometimes, a lack of appetite all boils down to not being able to taste your food or maybe not liking the way your food is being seasoned. In these cases, remember that herbs and spices are your best friends. Not only do they give your tongue pleasing sensations if you’re the kind of person who can’t taste anything, but they’re also great at enhancing the natural flavors of your food without having to add too much salt. One of our favorites to give bland food a kick is Tabasco (Sriracha comes in at a close second), but powdered spices like cinnamon, cumin, turmeric and ginger are also great additions to a lackluster meal.
Trick 3: Stock Your Pantry with Foods You Love
There’s no arguing that it’s much easier to eat when you actually enjoy what you’re eating. That being said, if you need to boost your appetite and find ways to increase your food intake, then one of the surest ways to accomplish that is by keeping food that you delight in around the house. Your entire pantry and refrigerator should be stocked with foods that you love to much on or indulge in so that you up your chances of eating enough food in a day to help you gain weight. Well, what if you’re the kind of person that just doesn’t enjoy going to the grocery? Listen, eating disorders or prolonged loss of appetite isn’t something that you should try and tackle alone. You can always reach out to someone in your family or a close friend to help you out. There are also several great grocery delivery services that you can look into to make the process easier.
Trick 4: Go for Food Items that are Energy Dense
Similar to the earlier trick, when you’re stocking your pantry and refrigerator, it’s also a great help if you go for food items that are energy dense. What does that mean? Well, to put it simply, calling a food energy dense is just the nice and polite way of saying that something is high in calories. It’s especially important to choose foods that will give you more bang for your buck, in a manner of speaking, if you’re eating smaller but more frequent meals throughout the day. Some great energy and calorie dense foods to add to your pantry or snack stash are nuts, nut butters, cheese, avocados and legumes. Another easy way to boost your caloric intake in small servings is by adding your favorite sauces, melted cheese, butter, gravy or creamy dressings to your carbs. We’ve never met a person that’s said no to ultra-creamy mashed potatoes drenched in a spectacular gravy.
Trick 5: Save Your Water for Between Meals
We always tell people who are trying to lose weight that it’s absolutely crucial for them to drink tons of water before a meal and throughout the meal. It’s only common sense to flip this advice around if you’re trying to gain weight. Instead of drinking water throughout your meal, try to cut back on it and save your water intake for between your meals instead. If you drink water with your meal, there’s a high likelihood that it will cause you to cut back on the volume of food you consume. If can’t get through a meal without a drink, then try to take a small sip every now and then so that you can really focus your attention on your food.
Trick 6: A Liquid Meal is Better than No Meal at All
There are really going to be days that you really just can’t get anything down no matter what trick you try. In these cases, remember that a liquid meal is better than no meal at all. Try drinking meal replacers that aren’t loaded with sugar or try blending up your favorite frozen fruits with your choice of milk. To add more calories and to give you the boost of protein that your body will need, you can also add a tablespoon of your favorite nut butter or a scoop of your go-to protein powder. Some other additions that can bring up the nutritional value of your smoothie are chia seeds and flax seeds.