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Are you really too thin? Use our BMI calculator to find out. Many people envy thin people. But there is an increasing number of people who are too thin or underweight, through no fault of their own, because of illness or a predisposition. They know how difficult it can be to put on weight. Here are some diet tips to help you gain weight.
Eat a balanced diet if you are underweight
You also need to choose your food carefully, so that you eat enough carbohydrate, protein, fat, vitamins, minerals, fibre and phytochemicals.
Fruit, vegetables and wholegrain products should form the basis of a nutritious, balanced diet. Reduce the amount of meat and meat products you would normally eat and replace them with milk and dairy products. Eat fish at least twice a week. Make sure you go for the full fat option when it comes to yoghurt, quark and cream cheese, or enjoy some whipped cream with your dessert.
Also, be sure to increase your intake of high-quality oils containing valuable unsaturated fatty acids. Oils are good, e.g. for dressing salads or vegetables. Nuts can also help you to gain a few pounds. They are high inenergy as well as being very good for you.
Eat regularly to stimulate your appetite
Eat often – 6 to 8 meals a day is the ideal way to avoid feeling full. Above all, have an energy-rich late-night snack, such as muesli, a full-fat yoghurt, cheese and olives, or a milkshake. Make sure this snack is not too heavy though, so as not to jeopardise a good night’s sleep. Playing sport regularly or going for walks in the fresh air are also good ways to stimulate appetite. Conjure up a vision of your favourite dish, even if you don’t have the right recipe or you don’t cook it yourself. Get your mouth watering even more with fresh herbs and spices. Read about how to do it in our article “Stimulate your appetite – the easy and natural way”
Food supplement drinks for people who are underweight
Food supplement drinks such as the NUTREN range are a blessing for people who, despite their best efforts, cannot put on weight or who lose weight too quickly. They can be reconstituted as a drink or as a thicker purée. A food supplement drink contains essential nutrients and provides an additional calorie boost to help people gain weight. Try NUTREN OPTIMUM for a dairy and gluten-free option.