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Help increasing appetite

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created August 13, 2012 at 11:59 AM

I have been eating paleo for about three months now, and have been keeping my carbs to a little less than 50g a day. I lift weights, and my strength coach just put me on a hypercaloric diet which comes out to be about 200 calories above my maintenance. (He said he will increase it more eventually) When I was eating a lot of carbs, I was able to add and subtract calories from my diet with ease. The only problem I ever had was making sure I didn't over eat. Now I'm having the opposite problem. I eat a big breakfast in the morning, and then I seem to lose my appetite completely until about 6-7 hours later. Whatever I eat during that time is a struggle, and I have to force myself to eat anything at all, let alone the calorie dense fats and proteins that my diet requires.

Does anyone have any advice on how to increase my appetite so taking in my required calories and macros isn't such a struggle?

E3474e4efbcc6c1deab28e268ad6eb01

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on August 14, 2012
at 07:00 AM

Good call on the "fat bomb smoothie". I already drink two shakes a day, and I always heard that two should be the limit. I never thought of beefing one of them up like that. (so to speak...)

E3474e4efbcc6c1deab28e268ad6eb01

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on August 14, 2012
at 06:56 AM

So true, JayJay.

E3474e4efbcc6c1deab28e268ad6eb01

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on August 14, 2012
at 06:54 AM

You guys were right on the money. I looked at my macros after reading these suggestions, and realized that my breakfast is practically zero carbs. (bacon and eggs) This morning I added a handfull of raspberries to my breakfast, and it seemed to give me my appetite back earlier in the day. I must have just needed a little bit bigger of an insulin spike to start my day. Thanks a lot, guys!

3846a3b61bc9051e4baebdef62e58c52

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on August 14, 2012
at 03:31 AM

This. VLC does in fact blunt appetite (or perhaps just normalizes it). Either way higher carb is easier to eat more on. Funny thing is that nobody will deny this, but if you make the opposite recommendation for the opposite circumstance your cabphobic. LOL.

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on August 13, 2012
at 06:54 PM

Any particular reason you're eating less that 50g carbs/day? 50 g/day certainly isn't Paleo.

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on August 13, 2012
at 02:30 PM

It's generally easier to drink extra calories, rather than eat them. You could google 'fat bomb smoothie' to get Richard Nikoley's recipe over at Free The Animal for a good example.

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on August 13, 2012
at 01:13 PM

Some ideas for that: smaller serves of raspberries, blueberries, kiwifruit, apples, pears or roots: parsnip, lotus root. (There might be other medium starch tubers, but the general idea is if you want to increase your carbs, you need to _slowly_ ramp it up, not jump in the deep end)

Bb3d1772b28c02da2426e40dfcb533f5

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on August 13, 2012
at 01:08 PM

You may be right, I am not sure. I am no expert on hunger and insulin is involved in hunger. But you dont want to go from under 50 grams a day, to a bowl of icecream, or a plate for of sweet potato. If you want to increase carbs from low carb start with low sugar fruit, or lower starch root veges in small portions, and gradually increase.

Bb3d1772b28c02da2426e40dfcb533f5

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on August 13, 2012
at 01:05 PM

^ If you do that, do so very slowly over time.

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on August 13, 2012
at 12:32 PM

Increase your carbs.

Bb3d1772b28c02da2426e40dfcb533f5

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on August 13, 2012
at 01:05 PM

^ If you do that, do so very slowly over time.

3846a3b61bc9051e4baebdef62e58c52

(18635)

on August 14, 2012
at 03:31 AM

This. VLC does in fact blunt appetite (or perhaps just normalizes it). Either way higher carb is easier to eat more on. Funny thing is that nobody will deny this, but if you make the opposite recommendation for the opposite circumstance your cabphobic. LOL.

E3474e4efbcc6c1deab28e268ad6eb01

(341)

on August 14, 2012
at 06:56 AM

So true, JayJay.

Bb3d1772b28c02da2426e40dfcb533f5

(5381)

on August 13, 2012
at 01:13 PM

Some ideas for that: smaller serves of raspberries, blueberries, kiwifruit, apples, pears or roots: parsnip, lotus root. (There might be other medium starch tubers, but the general idea is if you want to increase your carbs, you need to _slowly_ ramp it up, not jump in the deep end)

Bb3d1772b28c02da2426e40dfcb533f5

(5381)

on August 13, 2012
at 01:08 PM

You may be right, I am not sure. I am no expert on hunger and insulin is involved in hunger. But you dont want to go from under 50 grams a day, to a bowl of icecream, or a plate for of sweet potato. If you want to increase carbs from low carb start with low sugar fruit, or lower starch root veges in small portions, and gradually increase.

E3474e4efbcc6c1deab28e268ad6eb01

(341)

on August 14, 2012
at 06:54 AM

You guys were right on the money. I looked at my macros after reading these suggestions, and realized that my breakfast is practically zero carbs. (bacon and eggs) This morning I added a handfull of raspberries to my breakfast, and it seemed to give me my appetite back earlier in the day. I must have just needed a little bit bigger of an insulin spike to start my day. Thanks a lot, guys!

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on August 13, 2012
at 01:26 PM

If you can swing an ice bath or a dip in a cold pool, I've found that to be a huge help. 8 minutes in a tub of ice water or a ten minute swim in a cold pool (not sure where you live). I prefer swimming for the exercise as well, and ten minutes is always right up on my comfort level. If you want to milk it a little while longer, get up and move around afterward rather than showering or throwing on lots of warm clothes. I'll usually do my cooking prep right after the pool, then shower. By the time I'm out the hunger comes on pretty heavily.

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Bb3d1772b28c02da2426e40dfcb533f5

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on August 13, 2012
at 01:09 PM

Everyone seems to find nuts irresistable and they make you eat more. IDK if yours is a VLC thing or not, but you could try some salted macadamias?

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