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How to Gain Weight

Updated on March 24, 2013

Gain Weight with Ayurveda

If you learn and use the techniques that I’m about to show you, you’ll not only gain those valuable pounds that you’re looking for, but you also gain in your health.

Statistics claim that people who are underweight suffer from just as many health conditions as people who are overweight.  Common health conditions include but are not limited to:

·         Osteoporosis

·         Anemia

·         Anxiety attaches

·         Insomnia

·         Constipation

·         Missed menses

·         Low fertility

Ayurveda, the “science of life”, offers a way of looking at the body that is practical, holistic and natural in its approach.  Ayurveda looks at the body as elements and knowing what elements dominate your body will help you in choosing what would be best for your health.

According to Ayurveda, low weight gain is considered to be a Vata (air/ether) condition.  This means that individuals who have a lot of the air element in their body tend to not put on weight.  If you think of the air element you can begin to understand that there is no substance to air so it has the qualities of being light, dry and cold.  When looking to put on weight you need to bring in food items and activities that are opposite to dry, light and cold- which are moist, heavy and warm qualities. 

Here are 3 action steps to put on weight using the science of Ayurveda.

Step 1: Make sure your foods are moist.  Eat only foods that have some form of moisture in them.  This includes dairy, casseroles, soups, stews and drinking water.  Avoid dry foods such as raw vegetables, raw fruit, dried fruit, crackers, crisps, biscuits, rice cakes, ryvita, oat cakes and cold cereals.

Step 2: Eat food items that are heavy.  Heavy foods include dairy (cream, milk, yogurt, butter), fresh breads and pastries, pasta and meat.  Give yourself a routine around eating and sleeping so that you make sure you are getting all the food your body needs and you are getting the sleep you need.  Rest is considered heavy and especially if you aren’t sleeping through the night you need to make sure you are resting in your day.

Step 3: Eat foods that are warm.  Warm foods digest better and allow our body to absorb the nutrients in the food.  When food items are cold they are hard on the digestive system and they don’t get absorbed easily.  Avoid ice cold foods and drinks such as frozen ice cream and frozen yogurt especially during Autumn and Winter months.  Warm foods are foods that are cooked and eaten warm.  A warm, moist climate would also be recommended for anyone who is underweight. 

Right now I want you to...

  • Throw out any food items that are dry (no moisture), light and cold. 
  • Make yourself a commitment that you will only eat foods that are warm, moist and cooked
  • You will eat at least 5 times per day.  This will take some planning on your part to think ahead of time what you are going to eat, but it will be well worth the planning. 

Make yourself a schedule that would look something like this:

  • Wake up- time 7:30-8am
  • Breakfast- time 8:30-9am
  • Activity- 9:30-11:30
  • Snack 11:30-12
  • Activity 12:30-2
  • Lunch 2-2:30
  • Activity 2:30-5
  • Dinner 5-6
  • Rest/Relaxation 6:30-8pm
  • Snack 8-8:30
  • Bedtime 10-11pm

Remember, when you eat snack or a meal, make sure you are sitting down and doing nothing else.  When you eat and don’t pay attention to eating you won’t absorb the food properly and you won’t digest it.  Avoid eating on the go, watching television, standing up, reading, working or anything else that would distract you from your food.

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      kehussy 5 years ago from Houston, Texas, USA

      This makes up for a really good post. Now I understand why my son never puts on weight. He always does this or that while eating thus not gaining any weight. His weight is constantly low. I'll make sure to make him read this. Thanks!