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

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Last Updated: 10/07/2020 at 9:09pm
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June 28th, 2018 3:06am
Eating habits change over time for a variety of reasons. Someone that used to eat barely anything could suddenly be hungry all the time.
June 10th, 2018 2:31am
There are many reasons for this. It would require knowing your personal situation; however, I will give some possible answers and hopefully one will help. If you are suffering from depression or another mental illness, one symptoms is loss of appetite. If you are not hungry, you may not eat as much. Being anxious can also make it difficult to eat. If you stopped eating/were restricting, your body may not be able to handle large amounts of food right away. Start slowly but still eat healthily.
June 1st, 2019 7:45pm
I completely understand how you feel and I understand this can be really frustrating. Maybe you can't eat as much as you used to because there is something bothering you at the moment. Some people when they feel sad, they try to avoid people and stay to their bedroom doing nothing, which means that they do not eat properly. Then, they get used to it and they don't want to eat as much as they used to in the past. A good idea is every day to increase the amount of food you are eating. Moreover, make sure to eat breakfast, lunch, dinner, and lunch.
August 3rd, 2019 4:30pm
The cause varies: probably you were younger, healthier and your system demanded more food; or you are now wiser and decides to control your eating habit or you are ill and do not have regular taste for food like before - stomach discomfort, serious tooth ache et cetera. Other things that may cause you lack of appetite are; depressive tendencies, worries, relationships, employment or business interests - investment (business) failure and financial set back. Environment Changes, reduction in income, poor salary, lack of good food, loneliness, insufficient fund. Some people are unable eat as much as they used to when traveling and while the travel lasts. Lastly, one may eat less than usual due to faith, spiritual or religios obligation. I believe an item in this list may be the cause!
August 16th, 2019 5:41pm
it can depend on lots of things. if you're used to underrating, like due to certain kinds of eating disorders, then your stomach isn't used to processing a higher volume of foods. if you're anxious, that can sometimes cause a decreased appetite and make you not want to eat. if you're depressed, sad, or grieving, that can also cause a decreased appetite. if you're losing a lot of weight because you can't eat as much as you're used to, some things that can help are drinking your calories, like through smoothies or juices, as well as gently encouraging yourself to eat more (pushing yourself a bit, but not to the point where you're super uncomfortable). good luck!
December 16th, 2017 3:27pm
Stress and depression as well as other hardships in life can cause you to lose your appetite. Other factors such as environmental or health conditions as well as other factors such as dieting, again, and sicknesses can also contribute to a change in eating habits
March 7th, 2018 8:17pm
Sometimes as we start developing our bodies change and you won't eat. Just remember to try eat even if not hungry get 3 meals a day.
September 21st, 2018 5:15am
Well, as you get older, your metabolism slows down, therefore you don't require as much calories as you did as a teenager! This happens due to the fact the you stop growing and around the age of 35 you start losing muscle. .
February 15th, 2018 2:57am
There are a lot of factors that can go into apatite changes. Some possibilities include stress, changes in weight, medications etc,
May 23rd, 2018 11:44am
There could be quite a few reasons for this: has your diet changed in any way? Eating food heavier than usual could mean you're eating lesser. Stress or anxiety might also be decreasing your appetite.
June 1st, 2018 10:08pm
You may be stressed or worrying about a specific thing. You could also have anxiety about something.
July 24th, 2018 12:39am
It might be stress just making it hard/undesirable to eat food. It has happened to lots of people I talk to, but hopefully decreasing the source of the stress will help you.
March 24th, 2019 12:50pm
Ohh. I’ve been there. In my personal experience, I think it was stress. But it’s a very tricky situation. Stress can last for a bit longer than we’d expect. It can even turn into something close to anxiety. And being constantly stressed and/or sometimes anxious can affect our eating habits in a long run. It can even cause an eating disorder. In my personal experience, the issue lasted for a couple of years. Good thing was that I acknowledged the risk of anorexia and decided to seek for help before my health was seriously damaged. I’d advise anyone to do the same thing if you find yourself in a similar situation. Reach out for help, contact a licensed professional, find a community that can offer a support system, even here on 7 Cups.
September 22nd, 2019 5:51pm
This doesn't has to be a Eating Disorder, it can be the change of the weather or something else. At summers most people experience less hunger when it warm outside. The other thing is, that your body doesn't always need the same amount of food, sometimes it's more, sometimes it is less. Third, you might feel a little bit unwell, sometimes the body decides that it doesn't need food when it's starting to feel unwell. Atleast it can, but doesnt has to be!!!, an ED. But out of nothing eating less, isn't logical with and ED.
October 17th, 2019 2:50pm
As we get older, our bodies need fewer calories to be able to do their jobs, and so we often don't need to eat as much of the same kinds of foods as we did when we were younger. Sometimes this can feel frustrating, because food is delicious! No need to worry that something is wrong with you, because it sounds like you are going through something that every person goes through. Your doctor or a dietician/nutritionist can help you figure out what kinds of food and how much food your body needs to be able to go about your daily activities well!
October 30th, 2019 3:18am
Your stomach shrinks the less you eat so that may be why. It also could be just a naturally shrinking appetite, sometimes that does happen. You also could be sick, the worst possible outcome being that you have some sort of tapeworm or parasite that is eating away at your stomach lining which is not good. I am not a trained doctor or medical professional but I can tell you that you may want to see a dietarian about that as they usually can tell you about it or maybe consult your normal doctor. You may have just a genetic disease.
July 7th, 2020 10:56pm
physically: sometimes if our portions decrease, our stomachs can shrink, and then we can't eat as much as we used to. the opposite also applies, if we eat a lot, we can stretch out stomachs, and eat more. emotionally: sometimes when dealing with stress, our bodies cope in unique ways. some people stress eat, and some people can't eat when they're dealing with others things. we are all unique in this way. ultimately, medical attention is sometimes needed if you notice a drastic weight loss without trying. hope whoever is reading this is having an awesome day, and can hopefully address this situation. much love
April 7th, 2018 9:03pm
Beening depressed and sad. Having a eating disorder. Being anxious about things and worry about things.
May 31st, 2018 8:35pm
it could do with various factors, such as puberty, an illness or a dislike of particular foods. puberty related lack of appetite is normal, but if not dealt with mindfulness can lead to something more complex. a cold or upset stomach might be a reason too. if you see other changes with lack of appetite, a doctor should be consulted. the most normal of all reasons is dislike of certain food that you encounter lately. if an open mindedness to new foods doesnt work, talk to a parent or guardian about food options. if you suspect yourself as developing an eating disorder, it should not be taken lightly
September 26th, 2018 9:01pm
Depending on your circumstance you might not be able to eat due to several reasons one being maturity. Maturing as we all do comes with its challenges, one of these challenges is that our metabolism is starting to slow down as we get older. Metabolism one of the components to breaking down what we eat slows down over time for some of us. when this happens the breakdown process that allows us to stay our shape takes longer then it used to when we were younger, therefore we tend to see the weight or what we eat shows on us more then it did before. but this is but a brief description, there can be many other reasons that speaking with your healthcare professional would be able to assist in.
November 7th, 2018 1:14pm
It is totally normal for people that their appetite fluctuates. Sometimes we feel hungrier or not so hungry. Also stomach can grow or shrink so it might be just because your stomach has shrinked. People can experience loss of appetite from many reasons, stress or physical illness for example. Women can even lose their appetite due to hormones, sometimes you may feel hungrier or less hungry depending on your cycle. Remember! if you eat and feel good, I wouldn't stress about it, and if something concerns you then maybe you could talk with someone about it. Parent, school nurse, therapist, friend, i.e.
December 5th, 2018 11:16pm
You can't eat as much as you used to for various reasons. It could include social/mental issues that are present in your life at the moment. If you are feeling sad, it helps to talk to someone about it. If you are feeling stressed, deal with the stress directly or find the source. Stress comes from many factors, which could be from school, home, or any other place. If people bully you for your weight, or have in the past.. don't listen to them. The outside of the person does not matter only the inside. I hope this answered your question. Have a great day!
December 18th, 2018 5:31pm
There are lots of reasons for that. I personally deal with an eating disorder and have learned to study my hunger cues like Sherlock Holmes. It could be a physical thing. Maybe you aren't using up as much energy as you used to and don't need as much food for fuel. You could be sick and your body is busy fighting the sickness inside. It could be mental. Stress can trigger a loss of appetite. Distraction or overworking yourself can also cause someone to eat less just because they don't think about it. I encourage you to take a step back and think about what is going on in your life right now that might have triggered this or if it just came naturally with a change in your body. The human body is amazing, truly. It tells you what you really need, so listen to it. You might find the answer there.
January 2nd, 2019 6:34pm
There certainly are different reasons for this specific issue. First of all, the metabolism, which is responsible for how much calories our body requires on a given day, slows down as we grow older. As a result, we can't eat as much as we used to. But there are also mental and emotional aspects that should be considered. Our daily encounters, thoughts, emotions, sensations and moods influence our appetite in different ways. Stressful times at work, having to finish a personal project, or going through a rough time with your family or friends might also suppress your appetite.
December 13th, 2019 1:29pm
Maybe it's because of the period of the year... like some people eat too much in summer but not in winter. it depends on it sometimes... and also most probably you have too much to think about, or things to do around you and those things not letting you to eat as much as you used to while ago. you should find the difference between this period when you were eating normally and for now. and try to solve it, if it isn't because of the period of the year.
January 23rd, 2020 9:29pm
Because of stress or if you’re suffering of depression you lose appetite which is a common problem or you feel like you have to lose weight to be perfect and have to fit in because of our society or the only way you can have control in your life is when you control what you eat and then it becomes a habbit and suddenly you have the force to keep going and it gets worse and you want to loose even more weight because you feel like just if you are skinny you will be liked by others and you never feel skinny enough
February 7th, 2020 5:06am
i have fallen back into my eating disorder habits and have now been restricting for at least 13 hours almost every day. my parents are going through a rough divorce and my sisters hate my mom and my eating and weight is the only thing i feel like i can control right now and this is how i’m coping. i also want to lose weight but i’ve never learned how so every time i try to lose weight whether i start off healthy or not i always restrict my eating and do anything to not eat or to get rid of the calories after i do eat. my mom knows and i told her there’s nothing she can do about it, i don’t even know if i want to try and get over my disorder, i have so many times but it’s getting harder and yeah.
February 26th, 2020 11:09pm
The reason you may be having trouble eating as much as you used to may be because , you are experiencing some sort of "mental block". First you should come to the conclusion you have a "mental block". Next you should identify the root cause of your "mental block " a listener could help assist you with that. Then, you should work through this issue once you have identified the root cause. For example your root cause may be because, you are to stressed on your personal life to be able to consume as much food as you have had in the past. Here's something to remember your mental health effects your physical health and vise versa so its good to work on a healthy balance between the two. I hope this helps!
April 9th, 2020 7:11pm
it can differ between each person but some common reasons why you may not be able to eat as much as you used to is because when you aren’t consuming the proper amount of food your body needs your stomach can “shrink” so you become fuller faster. another common reason why you may not be able to eat as much as you used to is because of mental health reasons, such as depression, recovery is a vigorous journey and can take a toll on mental health causing you to eat less as a side effect of depression. i hope this helped and stay strong with your recovery journey i believe in you!
June 11th, 2020 10:20am
When you get stressed, your body reacts as if it’s in danger. Your brain releases chemicals, including adrenaline, that make your heart beat faster and slow your digestion. That can curb your appetite. This is called the fight-or-flight response, and it lasts only a short time. If you're stressed over a long period, your body releases a hormone called cortisol, and it makes you hungrier, especially for high-calorie foods. When you’re sick, your immune system kicks into high gear. It releases chemicals called cytokines that can make you tired and not eager to eat. It’s your body’s way of telling you to rest so it can get the energy it needs to fight what’s making you ill. But eating a little something can give your immune system a boost. Try a bowl of chicken soup: Research shows that it helps with inflammation, and that can make you feel better