Our expert says:
If you are eating a great deal of food and are not gaining any weight, then it is always a good idea to have a medical checkup just to see if you don't have an underlying metabolic problems such as hyperthyroidism or an enzyme deficiency that is preventing you from gaining weight. If you are given a clean bill of health by the dr, then you need to try to boost your energy intake even more. For basic information click on 'Diet n Food' at the top of this page and then on 'Nutrition Basics' and 'Weight gaining' and read the articles on 'Weight gaining'. 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 like Nutren or Ensure 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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