Just as difficult to gain as well as lose weight

By Clair Whitty - Naturally Healthy

Published 29/12/2015 | 00:00

Are you struggling to put on weight? Yes, you have read this correctly. Most people are trying to lose weight, but it can be just as difficult to gain weight - maybe even more difficult than losing it. And for both situations there is no magic pill that by itself will solve the problem. Lifestyle and diet are part of the solution.

If you are slim you probably dislike when people say that you are skinny or really thin. You might take offence to it or feel hurt. It's even worse if someone asks have you been ill, or they tell you that you are fading away. That doesn't help you.

People think they are giving you a compliment by telling you that you're skinny and you look great, often followed with: 'I wish I was skinny like you, I could eat anything I wanted then.' But it doesn't work like that, we all know it's how we feel about ourselves that's important.

People tell you that you're lucky because you can eat whatever you like and you won't put on weight. However, if you eat a lot of junk food then you have a junk diet which creates other health issues.

Choose whole-grain breads, pasta, rice, quinoa, and cereals, fruit and vegetables, dairy products, eggs, meat, fish, nuts and seeds. Small snacks can include fruit, nuts, seeds, and yoghurts, crackers and cheese, dried fruit and avocado. Home-made smoothies are nutritious and taste great. These are a great way to include protein and omega oils in your diet. Avoid processed foods. Go for fresh as often as possible.

You may feel full easily so eat several small meals instead of three main meals. Eat small portions as a large plate full of food will only turn you off. Don't drink before meal as this can fill you up. You may have an overactive thyroid gland; a blood test should confirm this.

A zinc deficiency can affect your sense of taste and smell which can cause a lack of interest in food. Stress and anxiety can be a contributing cause of weight loss. If you're not eating enough protein it can affect the quality of your muscle tone and the elasticity of your skin.

If you have tried all of this before with no success you could talk to a nutritional therapist to help you find a solution.

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