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.
Conversely, over 25 is considered overweight and over 30 is considered obese.
Being underweight can be just as unhealthy as being obese — if not more. People who are underweight are at risk of osteoporosis, infections, fertility problems and early death.
Several Things Can Cause Someone to Become Underweight:-
There are several medical conditions that can cause unhealthy weight loss, including:
It’s very important to eat mostly healthy foods even when you’re trying to gain weight.
The most important thing you can do to gain weight is to create a calorie surplus, meaning you eat more calories than your body needs.
If you want to gain weight slowly and steadily, aim for 300–500 calories more than you burn each day according to the calculator.
If you want to gain weight fast, aim for around 700–1,000 calories above your maintenance level.
The single most important nutrient for gaining healthy weight is protein.
Muscle is made of protein and without it most of those extra calories may end up as body fat.
If you’re trying to gain weight, aim for 1.5–2.2 grams of protein per kilogram of body weight. You can even go above that if your calorie intake is very high.
High-protein foods include meats, fish, eggs, many dairy products, legumes, nuts and others. Protein supplements like whey protein can also be useful if you struggle to get enough protein in your diet.
Eat plenty of high-carb and high-fat foods if weight gain is a priority for you. It is best to eat plenty of protein, fat and carbs at each meal.
To gain weight, eat at least three meals per day and make sure to include plenty of fat, carbs and protein.
Using plenty of spices, sauces and condiments can help with this. The tastier your food is, the easier it is to eat a lot of it.
It may be a good idea to avoid eating a ton of vegetables if gaining weight is a priority for you. It simply leaves less room for energy-dense foods.
It’s very important to lift heavy weights and improve your strength. This will help you gain muscle mass instead of just fat.
Here are more tips to gain weight:
It can be very difficult for some people to gain weight.
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