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If you are Underweight
There might be an underlying medical cause for your low weight, such as an overactive thyroid or you may simply be underweight because your diet isn't providing you with enough energy (calories). This can happen for a number of reasons.
Stress or other emotional problems can sometimes cause a change in eating patterns that is hard to recognize.
If diet is the cause of your low weight, changing to a healthy, balanced diet that provides the right amount of calories for your age, height and how active you are can help you achieve a healthy weight.
Why are you underweight?
If you have found that you are underweight then think about why this
Have you been unwell?
Have you been skipping breakfast or lunch and just eating snacks on
Have you lost your appetite, perhaps because you’re worried or
Have you been trying to lose weight? Are you more focused on being
"thin" or looking a certain way than on being a healthy weight?
Does not eating make you feel as though you are more in control?
If so, you need to talk to someone about your weight and eating
Talk to someone about your weight
There may be emotional issues that are stopping you from eating a healthy diet.
If you feel anxious or worried when you think about food, or feel you may be using control over food to help you cope with stress or low self-esteem, you may have an eating disorder.
If you think you may have an eating disorder then you need to talk to medical advisor.
Why being underweight is bad for you
Being underweight can be bad for your health now and in the future, for the following reasons:
If you are underweight, it's likely that you are not consuming a healthy, balanced diet, which can lead to you lacking nutrients that your body needs to grow and work properly. Calcium, for example, is important for the maintenance of strong and healthy bones.
Being underweight increases the risk of osteoporosis in later life. If you're not consuming enough iron, you may develop anaemia, which may leave you feeling drained and tired.
Your immune system is not 100% when you’re underweight, making you more likely to catch a cold, the flu or other infections.
Women who have lost a lot of weight can find that their periods stop. This increases the risk of fertility problems.
A healthy diet for a healthy weight
If you're underweight, aim to gain weight gradually until you reach a weight that is healthy for your age and height.
It’s crucial that you gain weight the right way, and not by eating chocolate, cakes, sugary drinks and other high-calorie foods full of saturated fat and sugar. These foods can increase your body fat instead of your lean body mass and can lead to an increased risk of developing high levels of cholesterol in your blood, or tooth decay.
Instead, aim for three meals and three snacks a day, and base your diet on healthy eating principles. That means:
Healthy high-energy food ideas
If you’re trying to gain weight, eat foods that are not only healthy, but also
high in energy. Try the following:
• For breakfast, porridge made with whole (full-fat) milk with chopped fruit
or raisins sprinkled on top, or eggs on toast.
• Fruit smoothies or milkshakes for a great snack (make them at home
and take them to work or college). But remember that fruit juice can be
sugary, so try to limit this to no more than 150ml a day.
• Base your meals on starchy carbohydrates, such as bread, pasta, rice or
potatoes. Choose wholegrain varieties wherever you can, or eat potatoes
with their skins on for more fibre.
• Eat at least five portions of a variety of fruit and vegetables a day. Find
out how you can get your 5 A DAY.
• Choose some lean protein, which can be meat, fish, eggs, beans, pulses
and other non-dairy sources.
• Include some milk and dairy foods, such as cheese and yoghurt. These
are great sources of protein and calcium.
• Have only a small amount of foods high in fat and/or sugar, or eat them
• Cut down on saturated fat, found in processed meats, pies, cakes and
• Cut down on sugary foods and drinks such as chocolate, cakes and
biscuits, and sugary soft drinks.
No need to worry if you are falling under overweight or obese range but this is the time you have to act now.
Below mentioned few ancient Ayurveda ways will help you to reduce your weight at the earliest without any side effect, naturally.
If you are overweight or Obese
Other diseases and health problems linked to excess weight :-
- breathing problems, including sleep apnea
- fatty liver disease (also called nonalcoholic steatohepatitis or NASH)
- gallbladder disease and gallstones
- pregnancy problems, such as gestational diabetes (high blood sugar during pregnancy),
Emotional and Social Effects of being Overweight or Obese
Excess weight may also contribute to emotional suffering. Physical beauty and how a person looks are highly valued in society. People
who may not fit society's view of beauty because of their weight may be seen as less attractive.
Also, because some people in our culture may view a person with obesity as lacking willpower, people with obesity may face limited
options in the job market, at school, and in social situations. They may feel rejected, ashamed, or depressed.
All ways are proven and some are ancient Ayurveda methods to reduce fats from our body.
It’s all free, practice them dedicatedly and see the results in very short span of time and share and motivate others as well.
Before proceeding, lets it’s how overweight or obese affects our health.
Overweight or obese is not just cosmetic issue, it has got serious health risks as mentioned below. If you don’t act now and start working towards reducing weight then there is high probability that these diseases will be part of your life.
Being overweight or obese increases your risk for many diseases and conditions. The more you weigh, the more likely you are to suffer from heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, gallbladder disease, sleep apnea, and certain cancers.
On the other hand, a healthy weight has many benefits: It helps you to lower your risk for developing these problems, helps you to feel good about yourself, and gives you more energy to enjoy life.
Health Risks - Type 2 diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke, kidney disease, and certain cancers are some of the diseases linked to excess weight. Obese men are more likely than other men to develop cancer of the colon, rectum, or prostate.
Obese women are more likely than other women to develop cancer of the breast (after menopause), gallbladder, uterus, or cervix. Cancer of the esophagus (the tube that carries food and liquids to the stomach) may also be linked to obesity.
1. One pound is equal to 3500 calories - So daily reducing of 500 calorie will result
in one pound reduction in one week. 1 pound (0.45 kg). This number may sound
small at the beginning but at the end of the year it would become big number.
A very simple way to reduce your calorie intake is not to do crash diet or to stay
hungry but to replace your high calorie dense food to low calorie food.
How to replace high calorie dense food with low calorie. Please visit this link. We have
mentioned practical ways to accomplish this simple task.
2. Set very simple achievable target of just reducing 5% of your current weight in
two months. Even if you reduce just 5 percent of your current weight, will help to
lower your risk of developing weight-related diseases. Adding to this you will be highly
motivated to work more and reduce further.
3. Before proceeding to reduce your weight, check your weight and make a note and
set very small achievable target.
For example - Suppose your weight is 165 pounds or 75 kg then set a small goal
like - I have to reduce only 5% and that is, reduce 8 pounds or 4 kg in next 3
months. Such small goals will be achievable and will motivate you to plan further to
reduce more. Even such small goals will not strain you. Try it, it worked for most of
Think before you grab these foods
Some facts to know before proceeding to reducing weight
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It costs MORE to be UNHEALTHY !
GET HEALTHY and SAVE YOURSELF.
YOU HAVE A CHOICE !
4. The best way to reduce weight is slowly and enjoying what you are doing for
reducing your weight. The best medicine you can give to your health to stay disease
free is just 30 minutes morning BRISK walk.
Small changes can make a big difference. One extra biscuit a week can lead you to
gain 5 pounds (2.5 kg) a year - cut that biscuit out of your diet and you'll lose the
You're also more likely to stick to, say; swapping full-fat milk for semi-skimmed or
making time for breakfast each morning than a diet that sets rules for all foods.
You should think of reducing weight in terms of permanently changing your
eating habits. While weight-loss goals are usually set in term of weeks, the end game
is to sustain these changes over months and years and this is how lifestyle changes
If you're in the underweight range, there are a number of possible reasons for this. If your BMI is below the healthy range of 18.4 then this suggests that your weight may be too low. It is called as underweight situation.
Being underweight can damage your health. Weighing too little can contribute to a weakened immune system, fragile bones and feeling tired.
Eating is necessary to live.
It has been said "we are what we eat." What are you eating?
High Calories Food to Avoid, if you are looking to reduce weight
Everything works better with Normal Weight.
One of the most common questions we receive in our email inbox is
"What should be my normal weight"
First up all there are two ways to find your weight status :-
1. You can use height weight chart to check your weight for your height.
visit at Height weight chart
2. Alternatively, you can use the BMI healthy weight calculator.
Do you know what should be your Normal weight?
Using above two tools you will get to know whether you are Normal weight, Overweight or Obese.
If you are Normal Weight
If you're in normal weight range then there is nothing to worry at this moment.
It is recommended to keep following your current food/diet practice and physical activities to maintain Normal weight status in future as well.
As we grow older our metabolism slows down but our good intake remains same so the caution advice is to increase the physical activity OR come down on calorie intake. It is also recommended to keep checking your BMI very quarter or 6 months.
If your BMI is showing you in overweight or obese range then you need to look into your food and physical activities.
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• For a healthier lunch, try a jacket potato with baked beans or tuna on top, which contains energy-giving starchy carbohydrate and
• Peanut butter on toast for a high-energy snack.
• Yoghurts and milky puddings, such as rice puddings.
• Unsalted nuts.
Body does whatever mind says. It’s all mind whatever we do, isn’t it? So let’s use mind for our healthy life. Only mind has to tell to our body to act now.
- With the wrong diet, no medicine can help. With the right diet, no medicine is necessary
- Worldwide obesity has more than doubled since 1980.
- In 2014, more than 1.9 billion adults, 18 years and older, were overweight. Of
these over 600 million were obese.
- 39% of adults aged 18 years and over were overweight in 2014, and 13% were
- Most of the world's population lives in countries where overweight and obesity
kills more people than underweight.
- 42 million children under the age of 5 were overweight or obese in 2013.
- Overweight and hence Obesity is preventable.
Source - WHO (World Health Organization)
2015 Prediction by WHO (World Health Organization)
The World Health Organization predicts there will be 2.3 billion overweight adults in
the world by 2015 and more than 700 million of them will be obese.
Key facts about Obesity and Overweight World wide
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