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Underweight. Need tips on gaining weight in healthy way. Not interested in protein powders

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Dear Dr's,
I am 26 Years old Male, Height:159 cm, Weight:47 Kgs, am deficient from under weight , am not interesting to use Protein Powder as number of Dr's suggesting not to use ,so i would like to know the most effecient way of gaining weight and pls suggest best Hospital for the same in Bangalore to consult? And also no one in my family suffering from Under weight, am Under weight from the last 8 Years, average weight from last 8 years is 0.75 Kg only? So please let me know the efficient & healthiest way of gaining weight?
Posted Sat, 5 May 2012 in Weight & Lifestyle
Answered by Dr. Shainaz Arif Kaware 1 hour later

Thanks for posting your query.

Proteins are building blocks of our body and help in formation and development of body muscles. If you don't want to take Protein powder then you need to increase the dietary content of protein. To increase the weight you should do few dietary adjustments and increase the calorie content of your daily diet. Inclusion of milk, butter, cream, cheese, nuts, and soya beans, and if you are a non-vegeterian then egg, chicken, meat will help to increase the protein and fats in your diet. Increase in intake of sweets, potato, corn and starch XXXXXXX food will increase the carbohydrates.

For a proper diet you may get it prescribed by a dietitian if you feel it necessary. You can also consult a dietitian on our website. We have experienced dietitians who can design Personalized Weight Management Program with Diet Plan and Exercise at this link: WWW.WWWW.WW
Do regular exercises for building up your muscles. Toning of muscles will lead to increase in weight.

There are many causes of being underweight:-

a. Malnutrition
b. Genetic
c. Diseases or medical conditions like:

- Hyperthyroid, tuberculosis, anorexia nervosa, problems of liver and intestines (leading to improper absorption and assimilation of food).

Consult a doctor get examined and if needed investigated to rule out any possible medical condition responsible for being underweight.

As for a best hospital you can consult a Physician at a multispecialty hospital like Apollo Hospital, Fortis Hospital and get yourself evaluated.

Hope I have answered all your queries. In case you have any other question I will be available for help. Please accept this answer if you do not have any further queries.

Take care.

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Follow-up: Underweight. Need tips on gaining weight in healthy way. Not interested in protein powders 56 minutes later
Dear madam,
Your answer is as usual, everyone explained to maintain deitry plan & to consult nutritionist as like you. And also i as many of Doctors suggesting not to use like weight gain product but you are adviced to have? Is't correct? Please i would like to best efficient & result oriented answers to gain weight? Ok if protein powder will not cause adverse effects, which product better to have(either whey Protein r something), Please let me know the best product manufacturer? Yes my intake of corbohydrates is normal on daily basis, as how much i can have .
Answered by Dr. Shainaz Arif Kaware 1 hour later

Thanks for reverting back with your query.

I am sorry if my last answer was not convincing. Let me try again

Weight of an individual is predetermined by genetic composition. It is however modified by diet factors, hormone/endocrine factors and other external factors. If you already been to a doctor, I am sure your doctors would have evaluated you for any coexisting medical causes of underweight.

If no correctable cause is found, the only scientific and medically advised method is improved nutrition. A strict diet containing proteinaceous supplements is absolutely essential. As your other doctor suggested, I do encourage you to consume a healthy diet to improve your health and weight.

As for protein powders are concerned, it is not a replacement of a healthy diet and I did not suggest them in my previous reply too. Protein supplements are to be avoided in some medical illness such as hyperuricemia, renal disease, so if your physician has advised you against use of protein powders, then do not take them.

However if there are no restriction to its use, then you may use products such as B – protein or protinex. Even a company called Amway manufactures protein under the name of Nutrilite. The body mass increasing products like whey proteins which are distributed or sold in gymnasiums are not prescribed by doctors.

Apart from these options, some health trainers do suggest weight gain pills, creatinine supplements, steroids or appetitizers for rapid weight gain. These are associated with multiple side effects and hence not recommended.

The bottom line is,
1.     Healthy diet is must for weight gain. You may get a personalized diet plan prepared for your needs through an experienced dietician. This is the best and effective way to increase weight and gain health.
2.     Protein supplements are not replacement to healthy diet. They are contraindicated if you have associated renal disease or hyper uric acid levels (hyperuricemia)
3.     If you do not have any associated risk factors, you may use the protein supplements. I would suggest you the use of B-protein or proteinex (commonly prescribed by doctors.
4.     Though other form of treatments are available for rapid weight gain, they are not recommended as you may have multiple side effects from them.

Hope this information is useful and satisfactory. Let me know if I have missed out any other concerns. If you do not have any more queries, do indicate by accepting the answer.


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Follow-up: Underweight. Need tips on gaining weight in healthy way. Not interested in protein powders 16 hours later
Dear madam,
Thank you for your technical information, And yes, am accepting should maintain a strict diet plan first if still wont get result after a two months of diet & followup of same , will you recommend to me go first diet plan or to consult Doctor for the health examine? I came to know that to increase a calories of intake referral to current, i.e. for the current Weight:47Kg, should need to have 1500Kcal without exercise, to get normal Weight:57kg, 1900Kcal should consume but my query is how can we calculate this Kcal in the normal food intake (am Non-veg) Eg.Bf,Lunch & Dinner , snacks. Please if any guide is there let me know?
Answered by Dr. Shainaz Arif Kaware 53 minutes later

Thanks for reverting back.

Your height is 159cms so that is around 5'3" and the ideal weight for this height is between 50-62 kgs so even at 47kgs you are not grossly underweight.

Taking this into account and since there is no medical history of any illness I would suggest you to first go in for a diet plan.

Give it a period of 2-3 months.

You can consult your family doctor and get a multivitamin with lysine syrup prescribed which may help to slightly increase the appetite and help better assimilation of food.

For diet plan as I suggested you will have to consult a dietitian.

The reason is the dietitian will calculate your BMI (Body Mass Index ) and accordingly design a diet for you.

You can consult a dietitian at any multi specialty hospital or even at a good gym close by.

If the diet does not help then you can consult a Physician and get evaluated to find the cause of not gaining weight.

I hope I have answered your query.

Please accept this answer if you don't have any further query.

Wishing you good health.
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