Need To Gain Weight?
While most people have problems losing weight and combating obesity,
a great number of people also want to, and need to, gain weight.
Impossible! those of you who struggle to lose a kilogram
a week might say. Why would anyone want to gain weight?
No, its not impossible, or improbable, that a fair number
of people are very thin and are desperate because they aspire
to look attractive with well defined muscles and sexy curves.
Causes of being underweight
Very rapid metabolic turnover, very high stress levels, problems
with absorption, hyperactivity, excessive exercise, eating disorders
such as anorexia and bulimia, hyperthyroidism, depression, wasting
illnesses, eating too little, unbalanced eating patterns and eating
too much of only a few foods are some of the reasons why someone
might be underweight.
Rapid metabolism: If youve been born with a rapid metabolic
turnover, then you need to increase your daily intake of healthy
foods to compensate for the rate at which you burn energy. Make
use of six or more smaller meals a day, increase your intake of
carbohydrates to provide the energy you are burning, and if necessary,
take a carbobooster formula. If you need to gain weight, youll
need to make sure youre following the basic rules for healthy
Again, this means eating regularly; something starchy at each
meal (bread, pasta, potatoes, rice, cereals, etc); plenty of fruit
and vegetables; daily servings of pulses, nuts and seeds; and
a regular source of vitamin B12.
Increasing the amount of energy dense food will help
using oils, sprinkling or blending nuts and seeds in dishes where
appropriate, and consuming other relatively calorie-dense foods
such as dried fruit and avocados, can also help. But remember
that eating junk food in order to gain weight is not a healthy
idea. Ensure that your diet
is healthy and nutritious.
Very high stress levels: If youre constantly exposed
to very high stress levels and anxiety at work or at home, then
you should try and address the underlying problem by consulting
a clinical psychologist to help you cope.
Problems with absorption: There are a variety of clinical
conditions that can cause poor absorption of food. Patients suffering
from coeliac disease, cystic fibrosis or steatorrhoea (inability
to absorb fats from the gastrointestinal tract), are often underweight
and have trouble gaining weight.
Such patients need to be treated by a doctor who will prescribe
the required medications, such as enzymes, to aid digestion. Because
of the complexity of such absorption illnesses, its always
a good idea to consult a clinical dietitian wholl work out
a balanced diet that compensates for the absorption problems.
Hyperactivity: Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
(ADHD) is one of the conditions that can make gaining weight a
problem for children. The reason is that such children are so
physically active that they burn up energy at an alarming rate.
It is essential to ensure that these children eat a balanced diet,
and plenty of it. ADHD kids need snacks between meals, especially
in the late afternoon when they often go into a total dip because
their blood sugar levels are at rock bottom. Dont tell such
children to wait till teatime. Give them a healthy snack when
they say theyre hungry. Youll find that theyll
be much calmer afterwards.
Excessive exercise: Exercise is good, but some tend to
overdo it. They push themselves mercilessly until they reach a
point of exhaustion and if they dont ensure that they are
putting back the energy theyve used, theyll struggle
to gain weight.
March 1, 2010