Our expert says:
I can well imagine that you are scared to be blown away when the South Easter starts howling around the Cape if you are so very underweight. If you do not have an overactive thyroid or conditions such as digestive enzyme deficiencies that prevent you from absorbing your food, then click on 'Diet' at the top of this page and 'Diet Basics' and 'Weight gaining' and read the articles on 'How to gain weight'. 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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