Our expert says:
You don't mention which blood tests you had to try and find out why you don't seem to be gaining weight and have no appetite. In general, feeling tired easily and lack of appetite can be due to an iron deficiency which causes what is called iron-deficiency anaemia. People who have severe iron-deficiency anaemia are very listless so that it is even too much of an effort to eat. If you have not had your body iron (ferritin) tested to see if you suffer from anaemia, then it may be a good idea to ask the dr to do so for you. If you are deficient in iron or vitamin B12 (which can also cause another type of anaemia), then the dr will prescribe supplements and we can then look at which foods will help you fill up your body iron or vit B12 stores again. Lack of food can of course also be responsible for your tiredness, so please read the articles I have written on this subject. For basic information click on 'Diet & Nutrition' at the top of this page and then on 'Nutrition Basics' and 'Weight gaining' and read the articles. Companies like Nestle, among others, make meal replacement supplements Phone the Nestle Consumer Services at 0860 09 6789 and ask about Nutritional Supplements to boost your energy intake. You can purchase liquid meal supplements at most chemist shops. Talk to the pharmacist about your need to gain weight and see which products he or she will recommend. Basically you need to eat more food either by gradually increasing how much you eat at each meal, or by taking supplements IN ADDITION to your regular meals (not to replace meals), or by having more snacks between meals. If you use a liquid meal supplement at the rate of 200 ml 3x a day, then you should gain 1 kg per week. Feedback from other Readers has indicated that they have successfully gained weight by using a meal supplement.
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