Gaining Weight The Healthy Way

Because our society is extremely focused on being thin, it is easy to find information on how to lose weight. It is easy to forget that some people have the opposite problem-they are too thin. Gaining weight can be very tricky for some people, whether it is be because of health problems or just an extremely high metabolism. Just as being overweight increases your risk for chronic diseases and health complications, being too thin can put you at risk for heart failure, organ dysfunction, or cancer. Women who are underweight also tend to suffer from osteoporosis and bone fractures while men are more apt to have erectile dysfunction.

Contrary to popular belief those that have trouble gaining weight should not just eat whatever they want. Eating junk food and greasy foods may help you gain some fat but it can be just as unhealthy as being too thin. In order to gain weight it is better to increase your calorie intake by eating more meals throughout the day. Eating five meals per day which are well balanced is a good way to start. Your meals should contain healthy carbohydrates such as whole wheat bread, whole wheat pasta, or brown rice. Protein will also help you put on the pounds-try fish, legumes, lean meats, nuts, organic eggs and seeds. 

Exercise is also an integral part of weight gain, although those specific to weight gain should be focused on. For example lifting weights, doing lunges & squats, and other exercises which will increase muscle mass will help you gain weight. Aerobic exercise such as running, aerobics, or biking will decrease your body mass.

Gaining weight in a healthy way is just as important as the weight itself. Make sure to discuss with your doctor ways that you can gain weight without putting strain on your body. Using a food diary as well as monitoring your workouts closely should ensure you gain weight appropriately. Also, have patience. It will not happen overnight and you probably will have to wait about 4-6 weeks to see any real results.