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Increase Appetite to Increase Weight

Updated on November 7, 2014
One of my preferred looks at the buffet
One of my preferred looks at the buffet
A beautiful Farmer's Market display at the Denbigh Agricultural Show, Jamaica
A beautiful Farmer's Market display at the Denbigh Agricultural Show, Jamaica

Increase appetite to increase weight. This does not sound like the average thing that people seem to be clamouring for. However, the truth is that there are many people who want to increase their weight, whether for increasing muscle mass associated with professional bodybuilding, or for the simple reason that they are underweight and want to do something about it. This article will seek to help people who are in similar situations, by introducing some simple tricks.

Start Your Meals Early; Don't Skip Breakfast

You might think that not skipping breakfast and ensuring that you actually start eating early in the morning is obvious if you want to gain weight, but the fact is that many of us tend to skip breakfast as we delve into our daily activities at the rising of the sun. However, for someone trying to gain weight for whatever reason, it cannot be overstated that breakfast IS the most important meal of the day. If you are having difficulty with actually feeling hungry in the morning, try eating foods that you normally love to eat.

Eat Food Faster

Once you have established (and stocked up on) the things that you love to eat, you will find that eating the food faster than you normally would, also helps significantly. This is because the brain takes a certain amount of time to determine that the stomach is full. If you've ever been eating and stop to have a conversation, only to realize that you no longer want to complete your meal, you will understand this concept. The more you get ingest is the more you have to add to your body mass, naturally. However, it is important to try to avoid too much fibre as this tends to make you feel full quicker and for a longer time.

Fruits Open Appetite

Despite usually being fibre foods, fruits do help in opening your appetite, and a few even increase weight. There is a variety of fruits to choose from, once you monitor your intake. With any luck, you'll love the fruits which really help with the breaking down of food, to let you feel hungry again in no time. If all else fails, drink orange juice or similar fruit juices. Drinking a lot of liquids also helps in weight gain efforts. A little practice of mine when I am at buffets is to eat my fruits before and after eating my main course meals, but that's if I am going to be eating a lot at once.

Peppermint Tea Increases Appetite

The habit of drinking peppermint tea with your breakfast and at least one other time during the course of the day will also increase your appetite. If you absolutely don't feel hungry in the morning, drinking peppermint tea will help in this regard. Likewise, the smell of the peppermint being brewed helps to increase your appetite. Coincidentally, smelling herbs and spices (and foods you love) will also help to increase appetite. When I was in high school I realized that if I didn't feel like having lunch, all I had to do was go to the cafeteria and I would feel like I am starving almost instantly!

Drink Protein Shake and Take Supplements

Protein shakes are not just for people who want to increase muscles, or want the benefits of working out. They tremendously help with any need to increase weight; especially when consumed with meals and as directed by your trainer or the label. They will also help in providing the required amount of protein and supplements when you are not consuming the amount of food or protein which is desired or required. Additional supplements that help in bodybuilding include vitamin B12, Zinc and Folic Acid.


Contrary to popular belief, exercising also helps to increase appetite and therefore by extension, increases weight. Even after performing light exercise, your body will realize that it needs to be replenished. This will be achieved by the energy you get from eating. Exercising therefore works well for increasing appetite and for building muscles, once the correct food is being consumed.

Good Luck

So there you have it! Now you know that you are not the only one who wants to increase appetite and that there really are those among us who want to increase our weight, contrary to popular belief. I hope this will help in your efforts.

Mango Rice Pudding being enjoyed at Jewel Paradise Cove
Mango Rice Pudding being enjoyed at Jewel Paradise Cove

Overcoming Being Underweight

Have you struggled with being underweight or not having any appetite? How did you overcome it?

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Mangoes can be quite fattening for fruits!
Mangoes can be quite fattening for fruits!
A delectable honey-roasted shrimp and festival dish, Port Royal-Jamaica
A delectable honey-roasted shrimp and festival dish, Port Royal-Jamaica


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    • Keisha Hunter profile imageAUTHOR

      Keisha Hunter 

      3 years ago from Kingston, Jamaica

      Thanks for the tips PeachPurple. Thank goodness these days I am within my BMI. Some folks want to keep the eats clean though, therein lies another challenge.

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      3 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      if you are underweight, potatoes, rice and cheese could put you on weight. I am below my BMI level, so I had burgers to fill in the gaps


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