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Teenager. Underweight. Suggest a diet plan to tone the body

Hello, I am a 14 year-old male, I weigh about 120lbs and I am around 5'8. I know that this is underweight, and I want to make a change to that. I was just wondering, would it be healthy if I slowly (by slowly, I mean a year or two) worked my way up to gaining 30 lbs of mostly muscle by eating a healthy calorie rich diet strictly limiting saturated fat, sodium bad cholesterol, etc. and including lots of protein. Along with this, I would include some cardio workouts along with light weight lifting with high repetitions. Would I still maintain healthy organ systems, and will I be all around healthy still? I've heard that in taking too much protein is bad and that it puts stress on the liver and kidneys. If this is true, what is a healthy amount of protein that I can intake daily to maintain or possibly improve health while bulking up on muscle mass and looking toned. Are there any other tips you have for me? Thanks for the help doctor!
Asked On : Wed, 1 May 2013
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Hello User,
Yes your BMI is low (underweight) according to given data, but concerning your age at 14 years I don't suggest you to putting on protein and bulking up your muscle mass. It is okay to be skinny at this age. High protein intake will cause proteinuria and can cause damage to kidneys.
I suggest you to have more carbohydrate intake relative to protein and fats and fruits like banana along with milk which will help you to bulk up your body. I suggest you to start working out in gym after 18 years because doing gym workouts before that age can limit the body's height growth in some cases.
Thanks and Have a good Health.
Answered: Fri, 21 Jun 2013
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