Complete Loss of Appetite on Day 6, Should I Force Something Down?

Answered on November 05, 2013
Created October 31, 2013 at 2:26 AM

I hear this can be common but I want to know if I should force myself to eat or just wait it out? I'm 21, 5' 11", and 241lbs down from 273 (dunno how, ate pizza and fast food everyday). I decided to try paleo since I already lost some weight and recently got diagnosed with Crohn's disease. The first few days were horrible since I'm coming from pretty much the worst diet ever (wouldn't be uncommon to sustain myself for DAYS on Ritz crackers and cheese or something similar) but I was shoveling food down like no tomorrow. I've noticeably lost a few lbs already and suddenly I just don't want to eat anymore. Food goes in my mouth and I chew but I can't swallow it. Vaped a bunch to see if my appetite would go up and nothing. Should I keep trying to eat or just wait it out?

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on November 05, 2013
at 09:46 AM

Thanks for the answers guys. I tried a 24 hour fast and subsequent 16 hour fasts as you suggested and I'm feeling better. I also started a multi-vitamin and it's helping out.

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on October 31, 2013
at 08:08 PM

I'm with @samc - just make it a fast. I was having the same problem for a while and was forcing myself to eat and started to not feel too well. I decided to just not - wait until I got hungry.

That has passed now and I usually get hungry three times a day. If not - I just skip a meal or eat some fruit or drink some kombucha or something so I don't get that silly psychological "WTF Why didn't I eat" thing going.

Also - oddly enough some green tea usually brings my appetite back within about an hour if I really do need food.

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on October 31, 2013
at 07:43 PM

I am a believer in fasting. If it is something you can handle give it a try. Since you aren't hungry, might as well make it part of the routine. Do a 24 hour fast, then go to a 16 hour daily fast and eat during the other 8 hours. It is going to take the mental pressure off of having to eat even when you don't want to. I've read of people who do much better with Crohn's when fasting.


on October 31, 2013
at 05:28 PM

I dunno I lost 95lbs and I constantly ate... Even if I wasn't hungry. I also didn't exercise all that much just jogged 3-5 miles a week. I'm a big believer in maintaining a caloric deficit.



on October 31, 2013
at 12:39 PM

Listen to your body! Why force something down??? Your body is obviously telling you something by not being hungry: that it doesn't want/need food! Helloo


on October 31, 2013
at 11:59 AM

When I first went Paleo my appetite dropped way off. I. Was about 225 pounds and working out 3-5 times per week and barely eating anything, like 1000-1200 calories a day, basically one meal plus a salad and some snacks. This went on for maybe 6 weeks and I lost weight, and eventually my appetite came back somewhat.

I think they loss of appetite was a combination of change in diet, my body burning stored fat instead of food, and the lack of sugar highs and lows that used to drive my appetite. Previously if i had a starchy or sugary breakfast, I would be hungry, like jittery starving, 2 hours later, and often be on a blood sugar roller coaster all day. The Paleo diet avoids this and now I'm hungry only at meal times. Even then, my hunger is a, oh I could eat something or I could wait until later kind of hunger.

Something else you can do to increase appetite is to get a little bit of exercise, even walking around the block a few times will increase your metabolism. Or if you are up for it, lift some weights or do some body weight based exercises. Ultimately that is what will help you lose the rest of the weight and get you back in shape.



on October 31, 2013
at 03:20 AM

could it be related to your Crohn's maybe?

i was just reading that people with crohn's may lose their appetite/do want to eat.

wiki (fwiw) suggests "Eating small meals frequently instead of big meals may also help with a low appetite"

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