Loss of Appetite- At what point do I force myself to eat?

Answered on September 12, 2013
Created September 12, 2013 at 1:27 PM

This last week I have completely lost my appetite. It coincides with two events: a heat wave, which I find always decreases my appetite a bit, and an increase in training, which theoretically should increase my appetite. Besides the loss of appetite I have not noticed any negative changes. I suffered from adrenal fatigue about 5 years ago and it is not something I want to repeat! I have been forcing myself to eat all week, including 1-2 pieces of fruit per day, but my food intake is still down overall. I am trying to pay attention and take a easier/rest day if I feel tired. I haven't weighed myself or noticed any obvious loss of weight.

I am a little nervous about IF due to the past adrenal gland issues so should I just keep making myself eat and wait for my appetite to return? Or, is it no big deal and I should just wait until my appetite returns? Suggestions?


I am a 29 year old female with an athletic build(not sure of weight)

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on September 12, 2013
at 03:21 PM


says lack of B12 or Mag or Zinc can lead to loss of appetite


says lack of iron could cause lack of appetite

might want to check your diet to see if anything is missing? iron could always be an issue in women i guess. just food for thought, not sure how credible those sites are or how likely a deficiency would be to cause something like this. have no experience or knowledge about this issue, aside from anecdotally hearing lack of zinc could cause loss of appetite.

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