Stimulating a senior’s appetite can help them gain their health back. Having a normal appetite keeps seniors staying active and mentally capable. Certain tips and tricks can motivate seniors for increasing their appetite.
Stimulating a Senior Loved One’s Appetite
The following lifestyle and dietary changes may help some senior’s increase their appetite naturally:
During exercise, your body burns calories to sustain your energy levels. Physical activity can increase your appetite to replenish the calories burned. In fact, one study put 12 people through 16 days of continuous training. After this period, they burned 835 extra calories a day, on average.
Additionally, they increased their food intake and were able to replenish 30% of the calories they had burned during exercise.
However, your appetite is more likely to improve after several days of exercise, not after just one day. Also, physical activity can influence several processes in your body that have been shown to stimulate hunger. These include increased metabolic rate and muscle mass, as well as changes in hormone production.
Proper planning can help people consume enough calories each day, which can be done by:
- Consider eating six to eight small meals per day, instead of three large ones
- Identify the time of day when appetite is greatest, and eat at that time
- Try to eat meals and snacks at the same times each day, even when not hungry
- Encourage regular snacking by placing fruit, nuts, and other nutritious foods around the house
- Ask someone to help in the planning and preparation of meals
Knowledgeable Of Food Choices
Avoid filling up with high fiber and low calorie foods at each meal. Adding sweet fruit to milkshakes and desserts to boost flavor and nutritional content. Drinking some calories each day, in the form of smoothies, protein shakes, or special high calorie nutritional supplement drinks Try eating proteins 1 hour after taking them out of the refrigerator because some people prefer the taste of protein foods at room temperature.
Creating Delightful Experiences
Many seniors are left to their lonesome due to losing a partner, so make mealtimes more enjoyable for them by choosing tasty foods – Add flavor with herbs, spices, sauces, and marinades. Brighten the plate by using garnishes and colorful foods to make it look appealing. Change up what’s being eaten, so the chance of getting bored isn’t there. Playing music or watching your favorite television show can make preparing food more fun.
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