I have noticed in the past week or so that my appetite has really decreased. I'm not as hungry. I tend to get full sooner and feel uncomfortably full with less food. I'm grateful, but I don't understand why
this is happening.
I would expect this to happen if I was on a strict diet with portion control. I have noticed my stomach shrunk (for lack of a better term) to an extent when I was consistently eating less food. But this past couple of weeks I have been barely restrictive at all. A lot of my food choices are pretty good, but some are down right horrible. In fact, I've noticed that I'm eating more out of habit vs. real desire.
As an example: The other day I made three medium sized breakfast tacos (though not large) with eggbeaters, a bit of cheese, and salsa in a high fiber, low calorie tortilla. On a "diet" I would have only made two. I could eat three no problem normally. I ate one and I was satiated. I didn't need the other two.
Normally I would eat three times a day and a lot of times want a late evening snack besides. The past week I could be okay with eating twice a day.
I'm overjoyed at this development and hoping to take advantage of it, but I really would like to know why
it is happening. I'm hoping someone has some perspective on this.
I have some thoughts on some things that have changed.
It is spring and getting warmer. In the wintertime when it is colder and darker I have more of a desire to eat and be less active. I know the improved weather is a contributing factor regardless, but that hasn't significantly changed my appetite to this extent in years past.
I've been under a great deal of stress and pressure the past six years (arguably more). My job is stressful (and that hasn't changed) but, I've finally graduated from college. I've spent the past six years either working and taking classes or working and dealing with my own or a family member's major medical problems.
I've been actively trying to change my own body image. I might not be skinny, but I'm relatively healthy in the grand scheme of things. There are beautiful things about my body. I've been trying to really appreciate what I have and not wait to appreciate my body when I'm at my personal "ideal". This likely is lessening my anxiety about food and creating less tension/stress regarding food choices.
I know that Cortisol (stress hormone) is closely related with weight gain and I likely have less in my body. But could it really be having that dramatic of an impact? Has anyone else experienced a sudden drop in appetite? If so, do you know why?