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2/5/13 11:16 A


Because you have anemia, it wouldn't hurt to call your doctor and ask their opinion. One thing you have to consider is what is different now that wasn't different a month ago. Have you been under any unusual stress ? I know that when I'm stressed out, I don't have much of an appetite. So, if you're feeling emotionally stressed out with school, home, work or relationship, that would cause a lack of appetite.

Have you increased the amount of exercise you do ? It hasn't happened to me (exercise tends to increase my appetite), but exercise could cause a lack of appetite in some people.

Definitely give your doctor a call and ask their opinion. Doesn't hurt to give them a ring.

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2/4/13 10:02 P

I would also be inclined to ask your Dr for a referral to a Registered Dietician. Take with you some random printouts from your Nutrition Page so that she can see exactly what and how much you eat. She will then be able to better help you to move forward.

One thing I will ask you to think about - what sort of foods were you eating previously? Often people eat a lot, but don't realize that the food they are eating doesn't have a lot of nutritional benefit other than calories. Also, Often when changes are made, they may not realize that they need to include/increase protein/iron/calcium containing foods and include healthy fats. Just "food for thought!" Eating a nutritionally reduced diet can also interfere with the brain's ability to realize that you are hungry. This isn't uncommon with elderly people and can also affect those younger. Below are a couple links that MAY help you

These are ONLY to give you an idea - your Health Professional is your best source of information.


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2/4/13 5:26 P


Since this is something new and you have a history of anemia, you may want to contact your doctor and let him/her know.

Food is a big driver of our metabolism. Just like your car needs gas to get you from one point to another, your body needs fuel. Not eating enough may sound like a great way to speed up the process, but remember your body is constantly in need of calories just to sustain normal biological functions (fighting off illness, regulating body temp, blood pressure, heart rate, even growing new cells). If your body does not get the fuel it needs from food to keep your body functioning, it will begin to breakdown a larger percentage of lean body mass (muscle, bone, organ and connective tissue) which in time may further slow your metabolism.

So long story short, with your medical issues, I recommend that you talk with your doctor.

Coach Nancy

LITTLEMISS28 Posts: 11
2/4/13 4:45 P

I have a question that hopefully you can all help me with! I have been eating healthy and exercising for a little over a month now, and I find that lately I'm not very hungry. There's been more than one day where I've logged my food on SparkPeople, and realized that I didn't even hit my minimum calories for the day, because I haven't been hungry enough.

On the one hand, I was excited about this because usually I am obsessed with food, and after eating one meal I'm already planning the next one. So, it makes me happy that I'm dealing with stress by means other than eating. However, I've been barely losing any weight for about 6 weeks now, and I'm worried that this is because of a slowed down metabolism. How can I know for sure? And if so, how can I jumpstart my metabolism again? I exercise 6 days a week with one rest day, alternating days between strength training and cardio.

If it makes any difference, I'm anemic and have had to double my iron and b12 supplements recently because they weren't helping at all. If my blood work doesn't improve in a month, we are looking into doing b12 and iron injections to see if I absorb those better. :( Could this have anything to do with it?

Sorry for all the questions! Hoping someone out there can help me. :)

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