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What kind of diet should be followed if the person is underweight ?

To gain weight and be healthy, you need to consume more calories every day from healthy foods and choose the right types of exercise. Being underweight can result from eating disorders, chronic diseases.
While being overweight or obese is a well-known risk factor for chronic diseases, being too thin may also increase a person’s risk of dying from diseases such as heart failure and cancer.

– Increase the daily intake by of calories. Remember the weight you gain should be a healthy combination of muscle and fat.
– Make sure that the diet includes adequate protein. So while you have the liberty of including at least one food high in carbohydrates, fat and sugar (chocolates, pastries, cakes, pizza, burgers and sandwiches) daily, you will need to balance these with healthy food such as cheese, curd, pulses, chicken, fish, nuts and seeds.
– Eat raisins/dates, fresh fruit juices and energy dense fruits such as banana, mango and chikoo which are usually forbidden.
– Add these in your daily diet and regular meals or as snacks between meals. Increase the additional intake gradually to avoid gastric discomfort.
– Eat five to six meals i.e. three main meals along with two snacks and a glass of milk at bedtime regularly.
– Add a small amount of flax seed oil and some psyllium powder to add some omega-3 essential fatty acids and extra fiber.
– You should not skip any meal.
– Eat at meal times even if you are not hungry.
– Make dishes which you enjoy. Sit down at table for your meals.
– Make the dining area lively by putting plants, flowers and colorful pictures.
– Put some soothing music.
– Relax and eat your meal properly.
– Increase the speed of your eating but chew the food well.
– Start having vitamin and mineral supplements after consulting your doctor.
– Exercise regularly and become more active. It will help in building up your appetite and aid digestion.
– Join a gym and train under expert guidance 2-3 times a week.
– Resistance training exercises such as lifting weights will help to increase your muscle size.
– It can take a while to gain the weight you need, but be patient and continue to choose healthy foods until you reach your goal weight.

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