Gain Weight The Healthy Way
Fat has a bad reputation for causing people to be overweight and obese. However, not all fat is bad. In fact, breaking down and storing energy (calories) as fat is good. It’s just one of the many ways the body uses food to function, heal, and grow.
Stored energy from fat helps you get through a strenuous job or workout. It plays a key role in brain development, and in preventing inflammation (swelling) and blood clots. Fat contributes to healthy hair and skin as well.
You can determine whether you are underweight by using our Body Mass Index (BMI) calculator. This online tool considers your weight, height, age, and gender to calculate a score. If your BMI is less than 18.5, you are underweight. Your doctor also can help determine if you’re underweight based on your height, weight, what you eat, and your activity level.
Your doctor may put you on a weight gain program if you are underweight. However, this is not permission to go crazy with junk food. Healthy weight gain requires a balanced approach, just like a weight loss program.
Eating junk food may result in weight gain. However, it will not satisfy the nutrition your body needs. Even if the fat, sugar, and salt in junk food doesn’t result as extra weight, it can still harm your body.
For a healthy weight gain, the following tips can help:
- Choose healthy choices
- Eat a lot of mini meals
- Strength training
- Nutrient dense diet
Some underweight people are physically healthy. Low body weight is due to causes, such as:
- High physical activity
Why Mental Well-being is Important
Our mental well-being affects every part of our lives.
Severe body image fears and distortions can lead to eating disorders.
If you’re suffering from damaging emotional issues, talk to your doctor.
He or she can help you get the care, assistance, or counseling you may need.