Gaining weight the healthy way

BY: Anita Bannerman
Instead of junk foods, go in for a balanced variety of nutrient-rich foods

There’s now a lot of attention on being overweight or obese – and this is a good thing. It’s a serious health concern which increases the likelihood of developing type 2 diabetes, hypertension, and stroke, among other health conditions.

Many individuals are therefore on a mission to lose weight – from using “trendy” diets to a professional diet plan or “magic” weight-loss food products to exercising in your most suitable way.

With this possibly being an unending “battle” for some of such persons, being too thin may seem like a good problem to actually have.

And many can’t imagine that there are people who really would like to gain weight. However, being underweight can lead to just as many and serious health problems as weighing too much.

This doesn’t allow the permission to go crazy on junk foods though. Healthy weight gain, just like any professional weight loss programme, requires a balanced approach.

Putting on a few kilos can, therefore, be a real challenge, especially if it’s to be done healthily – but this is the best way and totally possible. This article is all about how to gain weight healthily.

Firstly, let’s note that the storage of energy as fat in the body is, in fact, good. It’s one of the many ways the body uses ingested food to function, heal and grow.

However, we know that too much of everything isn’t good. This can be applied here, as with excessive weight gain.
Primarily, to gain weight, more calories must be consumed than what is burned off by the body.

Knowing your Basal Metabolic Rate, or simply the number of calories your body burns daily while at rest, aids in determining how much you would now need to consume for weight gain.

Let’s now define what underweight really is. Generally determined by using the Body Mass Index (BMI) formula, which considers your weight and height to calculate a score, und