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Thalassemia Minor and under weight. Suggest diet to gain weight and for conception?

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I have Thalassemia Minor. I am under weight as per height ratio. Height is 5 feet 7 inches and weight is 56Kgs. I am thin so What all I need to do and take(diet) to gain some weight and plan for family(baby) as well.
Posted Sat, 14 Jul 2012 in Diet Plans
Answered by Grace Abraham 19 hours later
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Welcome to XXXXXXX

According to your height and weight, your Body Mass Index (BMI) is 19.4 which is normal, but your ideal body weight for your height is from 65- 70 kg.
In order to increase your weight your diet should be high in protein which helps to increase the muscle mass and stamina in the body. Eating foods XXXXXXX in protein includes whole pulses, legumes, milk products, soya products, peanut butter, nuts and dry fruits. Take foods like fruit milkshakes, dry fruit milkshakes, lassi, buttermilk, whole milk, Flavoured soy milk, tofu ( soy paneer ),groundnut chikki/ burfi, green banana and you can try using protein supplements like ENSURE or RESOURCE HIGH PROTEIN which can be taken along with milk twice a day.
Try avoid taking junk foods like oily fried foods, highly saturated sweets, carbonated drinks and alcohol which will eventually suppress your hunger. Along with dietary modifications exercise is also a factor which has to be taken and stay hydrated.

Don't add calories to your meals by choosing unhealthy fried foods such as french fries, chicken nuggets and fish sticks. Choose foods that are prepared with cooking methods like baking, poaching, and stir-frying. Remember that it can take a while to gain the weight you need, but be patient and continue to choose foods that are good for you until you reach your goal weight. Here are a few tips to get you started:
•     Have an extra slice of whole-grain toast with peanut butter at breakfast.
•     Add extra cheese to an omelet.
•     Slice an XXXXXXX and serve with almond butter.
•     Stir chopped nuts into plain yogurt and top with honey.
•     Serve yourself larger portions of starchy vegetables like potatoes and sweet corn.
•     Add calories with a nutritious beverage such as milk, 100% fruit juices, or vegetable juice.

Hope I answered your query.

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