Weight Gain

An increase in body weight is called weight gain. This weight gain can be due to an increase in muscle mass, fat, or fluid retention. Weight gain in adults can be due to bad dietary habits, sedentary lifestyle, or a severe underlying condition.

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I have a lean body. Should I take protein shakes to gain weight?

Query: Hello doctor, I have a lean body. I tried many times to gain weight but failed. Should I take protein shakes or diet only? I am very upset about my body. Please help me.   Read Full »


Dr. Nagaraj Patil

General Medicine Physician, General Practitioner, Internal Medicine Physician, Diabetologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Very few people ask us how to gain weight. It depends on bodies basal metabolic rate. Many people who eat too much but still will not gain weight because they have a high basal metabolic rate, which we call it as BMR in medical terminology. Some people eat very littl...  Read Full »

What should I do to gain weight in a healthy way?

Query: Hello doctor, This quarantine season caused me to lose weight from 48 kg to 44 kg in three months. I am already underweight. My height is 165 cm, and weight is 44 kg. My BMI is 16.2. I had my thyroid hormone levels checked and it is within the normal range. Blood sugar levels are also normal. I th...  Read Full »


Dr. Safina Mithani

Dietician

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. For weight gain, try to increase your meal protein content. 1. Include cheese, skim milk powder, nuts, greek yogurt, etc. 2. If you are eggetarian, you can include two eggs daily in your meal, alternatively include peanut butter. 3. Try to have healthy one-pot m...  Read Full »

Kindly suggest a solution for my abdominal mass and weight gain with ulcerative colitis.

Query: Hello doctor,I am a 43-year-old female. My height is 5.7 feet, and my weight is 100 kg. I am recently diagnosed with ulcerative colitis, and 20 mm polyps have been removed from the rectum. Currently, I am taking Mercaptopurine, Allopurinol, and Pentasa. I have an abdominal mass above and to the righ...  Read Full »


Dr. Vandana Andrews

Family Physician, General Practitioner, Internal Medicine Physician

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. You have mentioned that you are recently diagnosed with UC (ulcerative colitis) and under medication. A recent blood test shows high CRP (C-reactive protein). You are noticing abdominal mass in the stomach with symptoms like hair loss, weight gain, double vision, symmet...  Read Full »

How to differentiate between hormonal imbalance or insulin resistance?

Query: Hi there, I just want to find out, how would you know if you have a hormone imbalance or insulin resistance? I have been struggling with my weight for 3 years now, I was on the pill and went off this year, my weight has increased by 16kg in the 3 years that I was on birth control, I urinate every 30...  Read Full »


Dr. Afifa Nighat

Family Physician, General Practitioner

Answer: hello welcome to icliniq! hope you're doing fine! Well, insulin resistance commonly occurs in obese patient resulting in a unified diagnosis of Metabolic syndrome . Subnormal glucose response to an endogenously or exogenously administered insulin defines insulin resistance. In your case, polycys...  Read Full »

Please suggest a lactose-free diet for weight gain.

Query: Hi doctor, I am 29 years old male, who is 5.9 feet tall and weighs 55 kg. I take vegetables, egg, fish but not meat. I am lactose intolerant for the past three years. If I take any milk products, it causes gastritis instantly, and I have to take an antacid. I cannot take whey protein because of thi...  Read Full »


Dr. Durga Kumari

Dietician, Nutritionist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. As you have mentioned that you are suffering from lactose intolerance, which means a decreased ability to digest milk sugar that is, lactose. You need not worry because you can have soy products like soy milk, tofu, and soy yogurt. Do not take whey protein or any other pr...  Read Full »

What do the symptoms like acne, hirsutism, weight gain and IBS indicate?

Query: Hello doctor, I have extensive acne on the face, neck, back, upper arms, and abdomen. I also have hirsutism on the jawline, upper lip, chin and neck, weight gain on face, breasts, upper and lower abdomen and thighs, with IBS symptoms. All this started when I was about 16 years old. It has been gett...  Read Full »


Dr. Sugreev Singh

Internal Medicine Physician, General Medicine Physician

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Actually, all the symptoms resemble PCOD (polycystic ovary syndrome) only, but you mentioned that you had ruled it by USG (ultrasound). Then other causes would be increased levels of hormones. I would like to suggest you to check your testosterone levels. Though it is a...  Read Full »

What could be the reason for my scanty period and weight gain?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 29-year-old female. I am facing very low or spotting during the periods from the last three to five months, and I also gain weight. Please help.  Read Full »


Dr. Priyadarshini Tripathy

Obstetrician And Gynaecologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Spotting or scanty flow during menses in addition to weight gain, could be due to a number of causes like 1. Thyroid abnormalities. 2. PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome). 3. Stress. 4. Lifestyle changes. 5. Work-life stress, 6. Problems related to uterus or ovary....  Read Full »

What could be the reason for my rapid weight gain and missed period?

Query: Hello doctor, I am an 18-year-old female. I have a history of rapid weight gain over 3 months with severe stretch marks over breasts, fullness around the face and upper body. At the time of blood work, I was taking a low dose birth control pill (Blisovi 24 Fe) and multivitamin and biotin. I continu...  Read Full »


Dr. Shaikh Sadaf

Diabetologist, Endocrinologist, Family Physician, General Practitioner

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I just read your query. There are three differential diagnoses. 1. Drug-induced Cushing syndrome. 2. Polycystic ovarian syndrome. 3. Pregnancy. For Cushing's syndrome, do 24-hour urinary free cortisol, low dose Dexamethasone suppression test is suggested, i...  Read Full »

I am gaining weight with Paroxetine and Mirtazapine. Can I use Zoloft?

Query: Hi doctor, I have OCD and bipolar depression. I am taking Paroxetine and Mirtazapine for OCD and sleep respectively. I am gaining too much weight. Can I switch to Zoloft?  Read Full »


Dr. Seikhoo Bishnoi

Psychiatrist, Sexologist, Psychotherapist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I can understand your concern. Both Mirtazapine and Paroxetine are known to cause weight gain. Sertraline (Zoloft) also causes some weight gain. So, in my opinion shifting to Sertraline will not be a good idea. Other SSRIs (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor) like Flu...  Read Full »

Please suggest a diet plan to gain weight for a Crohn's disease patient with kidney problems.

Query: Hi I am a Male, 22 Years of Age, 5 Feet 10 Inches in Height and a body weight of 55 Kgs. I am looking to gain weight and need a diet plan/chart for the same. My target weight is 75 Kgs, however, I have certain needs because of my health issues all which listed below that need to kept in mind while ...  Read Full »


Dr. Sumiya Sulthana

Nutritionist, Dietician

Answer: Thank you for posting your query. sorry to hear about your suffering,definitely can plan a diet keeping few things in mind like avoid raw vegetables eat small frequent meals avoid excess spicy and oily food use steamed food to start your meal plan early morning1 cup of yoghurt with jeera powder 1t...  Read Full »

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