The pasture looks greener on the other side. This statement works for both: skinny as well as obese people and each aims to cross the border.
Both conditions are bad but somehow the skinny (not necessarily underweight) wants to put on weight. The technique remains the same for all skinny people. We show you how to gain weight fast and that too safely.
Who Qualifies to be an Underweight?
If you believe in Body Mass Index (BMI), a value below 18.5 is skinny, above 25 is overweight and above 30 is obese. It includes only weight and height and ignores the muscle mass.
Many people are skinny and underweight but perfectly healthy. Even if you put this into the BMI scale, it does not say you have some health problem.
It is better to cross the border and remove the underweight tag. You will save yourself from many worries.
As underweight, what problems you are likely to face?
Obese people often frown at the skinny. Whom do you think is at less risk? We find out.
Many studies indicated a 50% chance of early death for obese whereas the underweight and men, especially had 140% chance of early death whereas women, on the other hand had only 100% chance.
All studies indicate those underweights are more likely to suffer from:
- Impaired Immune Function
- Risk of Infections
- Osteoporosis & Fractures
- Fertility Problems, and
- Dementia and Sarcopenia (age related muscle wastage)
Clearly, the obese people win.
It will not be out of place to study what conditions lead to become underweighted!
Medical Conditions that can force someone to become Underweight
Many a time inherent medical conditions lead people to become underweight. Often they are not themselves aware of any ailments. They are:
Mental condition called Anorexia Nervosa, where the patient refrains from eating normally.
Hyperthyroidism boosts metabolism to very high levels causing unhealthy weight loss.
Gluten Intolerance is something that denies putting weight on the body.
Diabetes cannot tolerate glucose and the lack of it results in tremendous weight loss.
HIV/AIDS works adversely on the body and it loses weight rapidly.
Cancerous Tumors often consume large amounts of calories from within the body depleting glucose levels which results in weight loss.
It is always advisable to consult doctors and remedy the ailments so that the body can proceed to normalcy.
If despite all efforts you can’t seem to put on weight, it is better to seek medical attention.
The term “Right Way” is important because if you binge and put on a lot of weight quickly, diabetes may set in. Leaving one medically bad condition and embracing another deteriorating condition is never the right way.
The Best way for Underweight people to Put On Weight
One should systematically proceed to get balanced amount of Muscle Mass and Subcutaneous Fat (and not just put on belly fat).
It is essential to maintain a healthy lifestyle and eat healthy foods so that you march on to a recovery path.
Now let us look at how you can gain weight fast while still maintain a healthy body.
Start Weight Training At Once for Improved Strength
Quit your sedentary lifestyle and join a gym. Have a warm up cardio session and get ready to lift weights. Initially it may hurt but soon your body will oblige and your workouts would be a success.
Whenever you increase the weights, you will fall short of energy.
This time your body tells you to eat more calories. In simple terms, “You need to eat more calories than you can burn”. This will help your body store the calories and you will end up with increased weight.
Eat Protein for Increased Weight Gain
Healthy weight comes from protein, which turns into muscles whereas excess calories get stored as body fat.
You need both: Protein and Carbohydrates (glucose) because protein is a double edged sword. Protein no doubt fills you quickly; it also reduces your appetite considerably. This results in fewer calories, and less energy.
For proper weight gain, eating up to 2 grams per kilogram of protein is essential. Though natural foods can do the job, having Whey Protein with a measured scoop is recommended. Weight gainer supplements are also useful if you cannot eat fruits or have allergies with milk products.
Focus on Wholesome & Nutritious Foods
Cut junk food out and include nuts, dry fruits, cream, cheese, whole milk, sweet potatoes, meat, chicken in your diet. Have at least 3-4 meals and drink plenty of water.
Allow plenty of sleep and take sufficient breaks in between your workouts.
Do not break the Rhythm and Be Consistent
Your body is on to a new routine of both food and exercise. It will take some while before getting the hang of it and respond. Be consistent and soon you will get the body you always wanted. Good Luck!