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How do I increase my appetite?

Motivate yourself

Contrary to what many of us may believe, eating does require great degrees of motivation. Underweight people must understand that a minimum amount of body weight is required to remain healthy. Everytime you get up and face the mirror, say it to yourself: I am going to EAT today!

Concentrate on food

There is an interesting fact worth mentioning here. Everyone of us must have seen a sumo wrestler, at least in magazines and newspapers. These people have a daily caloric intake of 5000 Calories to 7000 Calories (compare with the diet of an average person: 2500 to 3000 Calories per day). Eating is a very important part of a sumo wrestler's daily schedule.

They are taught to concentrate on food as they eat it. Thus, they are able to engulf great quantities of food which we can't even imagine! Concentrating on eating at every mealtime can greatly improve the diet.

Eat what you like

Everyone may not like the same food. Malnourished people should positively identify the foodstuff they like very much, and take increasing quantities of them in their daily diet. It is important, however, to take other foodstuffs too, in order for the diet to be a complete diet.


Exercise leads to expenditure of energy, thus leading to decreased glucose levels in blood. This stimulates the appetite center in the brain, thus leading to increased appetite.

Regular exercise is definitely going to increase anybody's appetite.

Medical check-up

If the appetite does not increase even after regular exercise, please visit your doctor. Anorexia (diminished appetite) is a well defined symptom of many medical disorders. Get yourself checked.

Try appetite stimulants

There are some medicines available in the market which claim to stimulate the appetite. Please consult your doctor for which drug will suit your requirements. Although we do not endorse the use of drugs for stimulation of appetite, their use may be justified when nothing else is working.

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October 15, 2003