The concentration on losing weight is so heavy that the focus on healthy weight gain is quite rare. In this article, Dr. Chiraag Kotecha – the Lead Specialist at Refine Skin & Body Clinic explains how you can put on some healthy pounds.
Eat more frequently
When you are underweight, you may feel full faster. Eat five to six smaller meals during the day rather than two or three large meals.
Choose nutrient-rich foods
As part of your overall healthy diet, choose whole-grain breads, cereals, fruits, vegetables, dairy products and lean protein sources like nuts.
Try smoothies and shakes
Don’t fill up on diet soda, coffee and other drinks with few calories and little nutritional value. Instead, drink smoothies or healthy shakes made with milk and fresh or frozen fruit, and you can sprinkle in some ground flaxseed. In some cases, a liquid meal replacement may be recommended.
Watch when you drink
Some people find that drinking fluids before meals blunts their appetite. In that case, it may be better to sip higher calorie beverages along with a meal or snack. For others, drinking 30 minutes after a meal, not with it, may work.
Make every bite count
Snack on nuts, peanut butter, cheese, dried fruits and avocados. Have a bedtime snack e.g. a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, or a wrap sandwich with avocado.
Top it off
Add extras to your dishes for more calories such as cheese in scrambled eggs, and fat-free dried milk in soups and stews.
Have an occasional treat
Even when you’re underweight, be mindful of excess sugar and fat. However, an occasional slice of pie with ice cream is OK. But most treats should be healthy and provide nutrients in addition to calories. Yogurt is a good choice.
Exercise, especially strength training, can help you gain weight by building up your muscles. Exercise may also stimulate your appetite.
Dr Kotecha also explains that there are a number of Solutions available at Refine Skin & Body Clinic located at Forest Mall, Block B, GF4 that will help you achieve the shape you desire like Body Fillers, Sculptra Butt Lift, Breast Lifts and many more.