There are various reasons why people are skinny, underweight or are naturally thin. Amongst the reasons are eating disorders and genetics. A lot of theories have been developed around the reason why some people are naturally skinny. There isn’t any concrete proof that naturally underweight individuals have eating disorders. Anyone having a Body Mass Index below 18.5 is considered as being underweight.
It is interesting that studies involving dieting and body weight mainly focus on weight loss. It is very rare to find anything on weight gain. This is probably because being skinny is viewed as a good thing and there are fewer people in the underweight category. Research shows that only about 2.5 percent women and 0.7 percent men are underweight in the US.
If you’re thinking of starting a weight gain diet, check out these 20 simple tips for gaining weight, which could prove more insightful and helpful.
1. Understand Your Body
There is a myth that gaining weight is a lot easier than actually losing it. This is true only if you’re trying to gain unhealthy fat that will expose you to various diseases. Gaining weight the healthy way is a lot more challenging, that is why it is important to understand your body before committing yourself. There is probably a reason why you don’t gain weight, regardless of how much you eat.
The immediate reasons can be stress, eating disorders or problems with your thyroid function.
If you know how your body works or responds to certain foods, it will be very easy to stick to a healthy diet for weight gain. Also of importance is to start slowly and move gradually with the changes. Drastic and rapid changes can have a negative impact on the body. But, implementing consistent healthy alterations will eventually give you the good results you want.