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Do your friends address you with funny names because you are underweight? Jokes apart, are you looking for ways to gain weight? If so, you can get the solution from Ayurveda!
While most people struggle with reducing weight, even increasing weight is an equal struggle! Ask those who are underweight and face problems. However, gaining weight is not impossible!
The Internet is flooded with plenty of information regarding health risks of being overweight or obese. But note that being underweight can also open doors for some serious health issues. And that’s why you need to maintain optimum weight. Most of the time, the cause of being underweight is poor nutrition and unhealthy eating habits.
Recently, Ayurveda expert Dr Dixa Bhavsar Savaliya shared some healthy ways to gain weight in her Instagram post. According to her, we need to focus on four major criteria for weight gain.
Check out her post here:
Gaining muscle mass is the healthy way to gain weight instead of putting on excess fat in the body. Dr Bhavsar says exercise or weight training is the best way to build muscle mass. In fact, yoga, jogging, and walking can also help you improve your metabolism rate and help you gain weight safely.
You will be able to gain weight only if your metabolism is optimum (that is not too poor nor too strong). Poor metabolism and stress can give you disorders such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), diabetes, hyperthyroidism, auto-immune diseases, etc which won’t let you gain weight. The same thing is with excessive strong Agni which doesn’t let you absorb essential nutrients from the food, in turn, it can result in weight loss.
Dr Bhavsar says you need to eat healthy or nutritious food to gain weight. You cannot binge on excessive processed, sugar or non vegetarian food that can disturb your metabolism and might lead to disorders like cholesterol, excess fat, bloating and even disturbed sleep.
So, always opt for healthy food for gaining weight like:
1. Protein: All beans and legumes especially black gram (urad dal) and chickpeas (chana).
2. Milk products: Ghee, milk, curd and all other milk products homemade works best and best for vegetarians.
3. Carbohydrates: Yes they are the main source of energy, so opt for complex carbs like rice, wheat, buckwheat, potatoes & sweet potatoes, etc.
Note: Opt for these foods only if your gut health is optimum. Otherwise these foods won’t get digested properly and in turn can make you feel bloated and irritable. Also do not opt for random protein powders without consulting the doctor. It might cause you more harm than good as not all of them suit your body.
Dr Bhavsar says, “I believe all the magic in the body happens while you sleep so it’s the most important part of weight loss. Having a good sleep will definitely help you digest the food you’ve eaten and build enough muscle mass with the help of regular exercise.”
Now here comes the most important thing which is STRESS. Stress wouldn’t let you gain weight despite following a healthy regime. It will take away all your nourishment and make you feel weaker and depleted.
1. Cinnamon: It contains hydroxychalcone which is known to increase appetite.
2. Cardamom: It can help in increasing appetite because of its fragrant odour.
3. MCT oil (Ghee or coconut oil): MCT helps to release the hunger promoting hormones ghrelin.
Also, for weight gain avoid drinking water immediately before the meal. Drink water at least 30 minutes before every meal.