How to be a healthy weight


Being a healthy weight does not always mean that you need to lose weight - some people need to put weight on instead.

Many underweight people are fit and well but they just have a slender build. However, there can often be a medical reason for being underweight, especially if you have lost weight quickly without trying and you have a constant lack of energy. If this is the case, you should speak to your doctor.

Negatives to being underweight

Being underweight can mean that your bones aren't as strong as they could be and you can be more prone to colds and illnesses. It can also affect a woman's fertility.

If you restrict how much you eat on purpose or feel anxious about eating and the thought of gaining weight, you may have an eating disorder or have the potential for developing one.

If this applies to you, you should speak to a friend or family member for support and speak to your doctor.

How to gain weight

If you need to gain weight, you could try to:

  • Set yourself a realistic target and aim to gain weight gradually at around 2.2lbs per month.
  • Make sure you eat at least 3 times per day, including breakfast.
  • Take in more calories than you burn in a day as part of a balanced diet.
  • Eat an extra 300 to 350 calories a day to start off.
  • Take part in low impact, strengthening exercises such as yoga or Pilates.
  • Keep a food diary for a couple of weeks to see what you are eating and when.