How to Gain Weight Fast and Right?

how to gain weightThose who are overweight or obese feel that they are the only ones who have to work hard to get into shape and be fit. On the other end of the spectrum though, there are those who are underweight and want to get into shape by gaining weight. Both of these are problems in themselves. Wouldn’t you want to have that perfect shape too?


Fortunately, for those who are too thin and skinny, or who are severely underweight, there are ways to get into the shape they desire and to gain weight fast. This would require understanding the reason for low weight and maintaining a diet for weight gain. In weight loss, the simple formula is to burn more calories than you consume, but to gain weight you have to also find out if there is something in your body that is preventing you from getting to the weight that you desire.

Is Being Underweight Really A Problem?

If you are like any normal person, you would believe that being overweight is unhealthy but being underweight is not a problem at all. Knowing that obesity has become rampant and so many people struggle with it all over the world, being underweight might seem like a good idea. The fact is, that it is a terrible idea. Though fat has a bad reputation, the fat in your body is nothing but stored energy. People who are underweight and do not have fat deposits on their body may not be getting enough calories to fuel their body. This could have a direct impact on all of their organs and may eventually lead to a variety of health problems.

What Problems Can Underweight Cause?

Here are some of the most common problems related to underweight:

  • Problems with growth: Men and women who weight less than their ideal weight may experience inhibited growth. Their development is usually very slow. In children especially, the body needs a lot of energy to keep growing normally. If this energy is not available, they will not be healthy and will not grow normally. Inhibited growth and development. This is especially true in children and teens, whose bodies need plenty of nutrients to grow and stay healthy.
  • Deficiencies: Some of the vitamins that the body requires, are only absorbed in fat. Such fat soluble vitamins include vitamin D, E and K. A deficiency of vitamin D can lead to low weight gain and malabsorption of calcium in the body. This in turn leads to weak and fragile bones and conditions such as osteoporosis. A deficiency of vitamin E affects the skin and hair of the person. Vitamin E deficiency can lead to rapid hair loss and aging skin. Vitamin K is an important clotting factor without which blood does not clot properly so a deficiency of this vitamin can lead to several life threatening conditions.
  • Weak immune system: In most people, underweight is caused due to malnourishment and poor nutrition can lead to many different health problems, including a weak immune system. When the body cannot store energy, it also has a poor defense against disease causing agents. The body cannot fight illness and the person may become ill frequently.
  • Fertility issues: A deficiency of iron, vitamin B12 and folates can not only cause dizziness and weakness, it can also cause fertility issues. Women may find it increasingly difficult to conceive.

What Causes Underweight

There are several causes of underweight. Though some people may be underweight and still be physically healthy, there are others who may suffer from a variety of problems stemming from their low body weight. Here are some of the most pressing causes of underweight in men and women:

  • Genetics: Men and women who are very thin right from their birth may be genetically inclined to it. Some people are simply born with a metabolism which is higher than normal. Genetics could caused increased metabolism or a small appetite.
  • Higher than average physical activity: If you are an athlete or have extremely high levels of physical activity, you may be expending more calories than you are consuming. This will certainly make you skinnier than the average. An active job, or a generally physically active lifestyle can also result in low weight.
  • Long term illness: If you have been sick for a while, it can affect your appetite and impair your body’s ability to turn your energy stores to fat. Diabetes, digestive illnesses and an overactive thyroid are some of the common causes of low weight gain.
  • Medications: Long term medications – especially those that cause nausea and suppression of appetite, would naturally lead to weight loss. Therapies like chemotherapy may also reduce weight and prevent you from gaining it right back. Persisting illness can worsen weight loss and keep the weight off for good.
  • Psychological problems: Stress, depression and psychological illnesses like anorexia or bulimia can also cause rapid weight loss. This will also prevent you from gaining weight. Body image problems and emotional issues that are damaging to the psyche.

Gain Weight Healthily

If you are underweight, there is no reason why you should not be able to gain weight in a sustained and healthy manner. To add on healthy calories, you do not even have to radically change your diet or binge on supplements. Just the right weight gain formula, with a weight management diet can help you. Here’s how to gain weight:

  • Consume a nutritionally dense diet: Do not eat empty calories, even if you are tempted. Increase your caloric intake in every day. You can do this by adding nuts or seeds to your food or adding side dishes like potatoes, yams or breads. Adding a slice of cheese to your sandwich will also help.
  • Add more protein: High protein meals, especially those that can help you build muscle are really helpful. Proteins are rich in nutrients. You can add some carbohydrates while you are at it, and you have a healthy as well as nutrition rich meal.
  • Eat more snacks: Eat healthy, nutrition dense snacks between your meals to add more calories to your diet. Protein bars, fruit shakes and sandwiches will also help.
  • Ayurvedic supplements: Ayurvedic expert has brought together nature’s best ingredients to give you an Ayurvedic supplement that helps normalize your metabolism and regularize hormonal production. This will also help you maintain a sustained weight gain.

Give us a call or leave a message for an online consultation and our experts will get in touch with you to answer all your queries about how to gain weight.


About Dr. Saleem Zaidi

Dr Zaidi is an Ayurveda and Unani medicine expert. He is the medical director at Rajshahi Healthcare and chief online consultant at Ayurvedic Expert. He has been studying, writing and speaking out about the effects of herbal medicines on various diseases for over fifteen years.


  1. Sangeeta Sharma says:

    Hii I m Sangeeta…my height is 5’ weight is 36 kg…I m 26 years old…I want to gain weight…Plzz suggest me how can I weight gain ??

  2. I have read the comments and people here are actually in need for your reply Mr. Expert. But it seems Mr. Expert only replies to.selected people who has been suffering from long illness (unfortunately).
    But what about rest people who have actually posted comments?

    • Dear Rahul,

      You raised a valid question – Why I don’t reply to all?

      See, I get 1000s of messages and comments monthly and practically it is impossible for me to answer all of them. I reply to comments which may be useful for others too and which have not been answered yet. believe me more than 90% of the comments are repetitive. Replying to the same old query again and again is not required. People need to read the articles, help guides and other peoples comments first. If it is not there I am there to help. Hope you understand.

  3. syed shaista says:

    Asalamu alykm sir
    sir I am 27 years old …. before 4 years I suffered from Tuberculosis but I completed 6 months course and cured disease completely. ..but sir I am still too weak ..I tried everything to gain weight but all in vein… everyone is laughing on me because of my skinny body and weaknesses. ..sir please suggest me some medicine to get rid of weakness

    • Hi Shaista,

      Tuberculosis is one disease that can make you thin like hell. There is a lot of muscular dystrophy and fat loss in this chronic disease. First check if there is any more sign of tuberculosis left. A blood test will help you asses the outcome of the treatment. If everything is fine, no need to worry. Your body will gradually become stronger and you will start gaining weight over time. Give special attention to your diet. if you want quicker results you may use a weight gain formula like the one we have for weight gain. But steer away from harmful products that may contain steroids.

  4. Viraaj Sharma says:

    hlo sir,i m viraaj 18 years old..i had suffering from polyuria and my weight decreased day to day.i have 5.6 of height nd only 48 kg of weight. which medicine will be best for me to gain weight…

  5. sneha vasave says:

    Hi sir…my self sneha .my age is 21 height is 162cm. & my weight is too low. i.e.only 38 kg… & my weight is too low as compare to my i feel very guilty. I want to gain my plz sir which treatment is suitable & effective for me.

  6. Rajneesh Dhiman says:

    Hi iam Rajneesh Dhiman needs to gain weight because my height is 5’9″ and my weight is 60 kg only sugess me how i gain my weight faster if any auyervadic medicine is there so please suggess

  7. Abhishek gupta says:

    Hi I feel shame to post even though m posting my height is 5″10′ but weight is 52kg . My life style totally changed while studying postgraduation course in general surgery due to work load I stop eating breakfast and launch, at present I tried to increase my diet but only can eat one chapatti at a time , in a day not more then 3 chapatti , if tried forcefully but due to nausea I can’t.

  8. Prachay singh says:

    I am Prachay Singh. Age 31, height 6’2″ and my weight is 58 Kya. I want to gain my weight. Plz suggest.

  9. Hello sir,
    i m 24 yrs old my height is 5.4ft i m underweight.i want to gain my weight but in 2015 i had tb and in 2016 completed course of tb but mine weight is not gained i m very worried about this.if i get any ayurvedic tablet its not suit to my body what can i do sir plz tell me
    plz give me suggestion and help me

    • Dear Kavi,

      TB is one big problem which can reduce your weight drastically. The medication used got TB (ATT) also plays a major role in your metabolism and it also interferes with liver functions. I would suggest you to send us an online consultation first with all your reports till date so we can evaluate your condition and suggest you the best treatment.

      • Saima Aejaz says:

        Hi…..sir myself Saima Aejaz m facing same problem weight gain problem ?My height is 5″2′. & my weight is too low. i.e.only 38 kg… & my weight is too low as compare to my i feel very guilty. I want to gain my weight soon as plz sir which treatment is suitable & instant effective for me.


  10. Haniya rahman says:

    Hello, sir
    i’m 18years old girl, weight 37kg, height 5’4 ft.
    Last 5years i didnt get any change in my weight.
    I have thyroid prblm since 9years.. Bt my report is always normal ( TSH 2.5 somthng).
    Last 20dayz i’m takng ayurvedic + satavari churna wid honey and warm milk with ghee every night b4 going to bed.
    Bt i didn’t get any chnge in my body.
    i’m really worried abt my weight about my shape.
    Pls dr. Help me.
    I really need ur suggeston ur help.

  11. parveen kumar says:

    please tell me i am under weight so i want to gain my weight but i have aproblem. i have thyroid . can this problem solve. my age 23 and weight 46 height 162cm

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