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Jul 30, 2016

Struggling to Gain Weight! Start NOW on these easy tips!



Despite an obesity epidemic, some children, teenagers and even adults are underweight. Being underweight is not the same as being thin or slim. Some people have a naturally slim build and maintain it with a well-balanced diet and physical activity. However, true underweight may be a sign of dietary, health or emotional problems. This is a concern, because being underweight can be just as bad for your health as being obese.

If you are concerned about being underweight, consult your physician first. Assuming you have no underlying medical concerns, the idea will then be to encourage weight gain in a healthful way. Empty calories from foods high in fat and added sugars might add a few kilos but they will not provide the essential nutrients needed to build strong bones and a healthy body. If you are underweight, make sure that you take a nutrient-rich diet.

What is Underweight?

Being underweight is defined as having a body mass index (BMI) below 18.5. This is estimated to be less than the body mass needed to sustain optimal health.

Being underweight can also impair immune function; raise your risk of infections, osteoporosis and fractures, and cause fertility problems. People who are underweight are also much more likely to get sarcopenia (age-related muscle wasting) and may be at greater risk of dementia.

Causes of being Underweight- Thesemay besome of the reasons for being underweight. However, it is best to see a doctor to find the real cause.


Eating disorders- This includes anorexia nervosa, a serious mental disorder.

Thyroid problems- Having an overactive thyroid (hyperthyroidism) can boost metabolism and cause unhealthy weight loss.

Celiac disease- It is the most severe form of gluten intolerance. Most people with celiac disease don’t know that they have it.

Diabetes- Having uncontrolled diabetes (mainly type 1) can lead to severe weight loss.

Cancer- Cancerous tumours often burn large amounts of calories and can cause someone to lose a lot of weight.

Infections- Certain infections can cause someone to become severely underweight including parasites, tuberculosis etc.

Few Homemade Tips For Weight Gain-

1.     For Increased Appetite- Take ½-tsp ginger juice, 1 pinch black pepper, 1 tablespoon Organic raw honey. Add all these together to form a mixture. Take this twice a day an hour before food.

2.   Do this- Take 1 cup milk, 1-tsp Shatavari Powder (asparagus racemosus), 1-tsp Ashwagandha powder (Withania somnifera), quarter tsp dry ginger powder (saunth), quarter tsp cardamom (elaichi) powder, 1 tablespoon misri/whole brown sugar, ½-cup water. Heat all these ingredients together. Bring to boil. Let it cool. Filter and take this mixture once in the morning and if possible, once in the evening.

3.    Aloo ka Halwa- Make aloo (potato) ka halwa and eat every day for weight gain. Boil potatoes. Peel the skin and mash them. In a pan, add 1 tablespoon of ghee, fry the mashed potatoes in the ghee for few minutes. Add ½-cup milk and 1 tablespoon sugar (or according to taste) and stir the mixture for a minute. Add nutmeg powder and elaichi powder for flavour.

4.   Dandelion Root- Even though this herb is bitter, it leads to incredible increase in weight. It stimulates  digestion and enhances hunger pangs. Due to the presence of potassium, iron, zinc, vitamins C, D, A and B complex.

Additional Tips-

1.      Get quality sleep. Sleeping properly is very important for muscle growth.

2.    Don’t smoke. Smokers tend to weigh less than non-smokers and quitting smoking often leads to weight gain.

3.      Don’t drink water before meals. This can fill your stomach and make it harder to get in enough calories.

4.     Focus on improving your strength. Lift weights to make sure excess calories go to your muscles and not fat cells.

5.   Avoid processed junk food. Instead eat a lot of energy-dense, high-protein, high-carb, high-fat food like almonds, walnuts, peanuts, raisins, dates, prunes, whole milk, full-fat yogurt, cheese, cream, chicken, red meat, potatoes, sweet potatoes, avocados, peanut butter, coconut milk etc.

6.       Never eat fruits on an empty stomach, as it will shed your weight.

At the end of the day, changing your weight is a marathon and not a sprint. It can take a long time and consistent inputs if you want to succeed in the long run.

(NOTE: It is always recommended to take advice from your healthcare provider or naturopath before starting on any natural remedy to find out the real cause of being underweight.)





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