My GP has told me I’m underweight. How can I gain weight and stay healthy?
“Eating a ‘healthy diet’ is not necessarily healthy for someone who is underweight,” says consultant gastroenterologist Dr Simon Gabe. “Try to eat little and often, three meals a day with snacks and nourishing drinks in between. Keep your meals simple and easy to eat if you don’t have much of an appetite.
If you usually eat low-fat ‘diet’ type foods, switch to the fullfat or full-calorie equivalents, because the extra energy in them will be helpful. Keep a stock of high-energy snacks to hand, such as creamy yogurts or cheese and crackers, to help bump up your calorie intake and try milky drinks before bedtime and between meals.
“It is important to do some exercise, but doing too much means that it will be very hard to put on weight, because you will burn off the extra calories that you’re eating – it’s a question of balance. Keep an eye on your weight for a month to see if these changes help. If you are concerned, speak to your doctor or healthcare professional.”