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Why can't I eat as much as I used to?

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Last Updated: 11/27/2021 at 10:16am
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Anonymous - Expert in Eating Disorder
March 16th, 2015 7:00am
Sometimes after long periods of going without food your immune system gets used to less food so when you beging to try to eat again your body rejects it with can cause you to throw up or just be full sooner so you might consider trying eating smaller portions it may help that's what I had to do
- Expert in Eating Disorder
May 4th, 2015 3:27am
Honestly, there can be a wide variety of reasons why you aren't able to eat as much as you used to. It can be as simple as your hunger has subsided, or to the opposite end of the spectrum (depression). You can try to think about what is potentially causing this to happen. Try to think back to when it began and go from there!
Anonymous - Expert in Eating Disorder
May 26th, 2015 5:51pm
Maybe your brain is struggling against something and it doesn't working properly. That's why you don't feel hungry.
- Expert in Eating Disorder
September 24th, 2016 12:46am
When you only eat a small amount frequently over a long period of time your metabolism can be affected and / or your stomach shrinks. This happened to me, by eating gradually larger amounts your stomach will eventually become larger again and your metabolism grow
June 17th, 2015 8:42pm
Sometimes you can subconsciously develop an eating disorder without even knowing or wanting to. These types of eating disorders are generally associated with current or remembered traumatic events. The best way to figure out what caused your level of eating to diminish is by consulting a professional therapist.
- Expert in Eating Disorder
November 10th, 2016 9:06pm
Many things cause this, such as stress, anxiety, and depression. I suggest seeking a doctor's help..
October 27th, 2016 12:02pm
your stomach may have shrunk, from eating less than you usually had, resulting in you now being able too eat less in general.
December 1st, 2016 4:19pm
You may have been eating less recently, so your stomach might have shrunk. If you have't been feeling hungry, you obviously will have eaten less than normal, so you can't expect your stomach to be able to be the exactly the way it was before.
October 16th, 2016 2:32am
As we age our bodies slow down, we are no longer kids, we no longer burn so many calories and do so many things. our metabolisms slow down as we age, its completely normal, just try and balance what you eat with exercise and you should be good
October 1st, 2016 11:25am
There can be loads of reasons for loss of appetite. You might not be well physically or mentally. It's okay if sometimes you don't feel like eating much. If it persists then it will be helpful to find out what has been troubling you.
January 1st, 2017 11:53am
This could be caused by many different reasons. If you are anxious/despressed, your appetite may decrease. This could happen too if you are recovering from an eating disorder. Or perhaps this could be from another underlying health condition, so is important to make an appointment soon with your doctor about this.
November 14th, 2016 7:55pm
If you have starved yourself before or just simply didn't eat as much, your stomach may have tightened a bit. When we eat lots of food, over time if we overeat our bodies get used to it and can handle the food without feeling pain. And for not eating as much food, our body learns that and so it learns to accept a smaller ammount.
August 12th, 2017 3:13pm
This can happen from losing weight and your stomach can not hold as much food anymore. A lot of the time if you have high anxiety your brain will consciously forget about eating and make food seem unappealing.
November 6th, 2015 3:10am
Appetite really depends on your body functions. If you are a person who takes medications then lost of appetite can be caused by the side effects of that medication. If you gain weight faster than you used to then you will loss appetite as well.
November 5th, 2016 1:19pm
If you once started to eat less your stomach started to shrink, you cam build up to eat more by adding small porportions! I hope this answer helped you.
December 9th, 2017 10:38pm
i think you have anxiety or depression i used to have the struggle with that too remember to breathe
February 15th, 2016 11:28pm
Do you feel a loss of appetite? That sounds like a medical problem that needs to be checked out ! Also if it's more like you don't want to eat because you have feelings associated with food or think that you are fat (perceive your body that way) and that's why you don't want to eat.. then that hints at an eating disorder in it's nascent stages. It would be best to get medical attention ASAP.
April 27th, 2018 1:32am
If you have been eating less your stomach gets used to it and it gets smaller so when you try to eat more food it is harder. Also if you have been excercizing less then you burn less of the calories from the food and as a result are usually less hungry.
October 27th, 2016 5:03pm
It's most likely that your metabolism as well as the amount of physical activity you participate in have changed.
March 10th, 2017 8:37pm
Maybe you are in a stressful time period of your life. If you are starving yourself this is not healthy. Talk to some body right away and tell them how you are feeling. If you are truly not hungry then talk to your doctor about what is going on.
January 15th, 2017 11:28am
This could be answered in many ways, depending on your context. If you're feeling down, you may lose your appetite. If you're being told to eat less by a health professional, you may need less energy each day than you're currently consuming. If you're approaching a ripe old age, your digestive organs may be less functional and you can't digest as much food anymore.
June 24th, 2017 1:46pm
I think it depends your appetite on how much you can is possible that when you eat less your appetite is reduced too
November 29th, 2017 7:50pm
Some people find it hard to eat the same amount every day. This can be due to the fact that your stomach size has shrunk. It could also be because you are dealing with personal stress which can cause you to not want to eat
November 9th, 2017 8:05am
Could be for a variety of factors. These are not just mental issues and can be physical and biological as well including slowing down of puberty or growth. Less exercise or activity or changes in stress levels
January 4th, 2018 7:37pm
There could be a number of reasons, as I've found out. You could be feeling a little more down than usual and not feel inclined to eat. Maybe you've lost weight and therefore your stomach has shrunk? There could be any number of reasons, but you should consider yourself as a person and what you've been through recently.
June 11th, 2018 9:38pm
Analyse what has changed in your life- are you stressed about something? Are you feeling down? Identify what the main factor is and think of a way to address it.
March 15th, 2017 2:29pm
It could be for any number of reasons, from stress to your activity levels. Don't worry about it unless you get to a point where you feel that it is dangerous- if you stop eating completely- then go see a doctor.
July 20th, 2017 11:43am
It may simply be that your appetite has changed for whatever reason. Our appetites can change when we're feeling stressed, depressed, or anxious. Trying to eat small amounts throughout the day instead of big meals is one way of overcoming this problem.
August 13th, 2017 7:29pm
Sometimes you can't eat as much as you used to because your eating habits may have changed. Emotions can alter appetite levels and if you are not eating that much your body starts not asking for a lot of food.
June 3rd, 2017 3:55pm
I added 20 kgs a few years back and did my best to lose them. I went through several diets and trained my body accordingly to eat smaller portions and do without a certain type of foods and I now can't eat as much as I used.