5 Tips To Healthily Gain Weight After Illness Or Surgery

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On the internet, you will find plenty of articles offering advice to people on how to lose weight, but there has been an increase in recent times with people aiming to gain weight in a healthy way. When the body has gone into a semi-state of shock, it can cause you to lose weight. You may have already lost due to your illness, which needs to be regained in order for you to become healthy.

So, what are some of the ways you can do this healthily without bingeing on junk food? Read on to find out five great tips.

Beverage Thickener

There are many options on the market that can thicken beverages, such as water, and in recent years, these have gone far beyond the simple bulking powders associated with powerlifters. You can now get thickening agents in the form of pea protein, which is great for building muscle and gaining weight. Or you can use SimplyThick Easy Mix. This is also a great option if you have had surgery on your throat, as it is easy to swallow.

You should not thicken every beverage that you have with beverage thickener. But aim to do so about three times a day to gain weight steadily.


Protein is an essential building block of muscle, and in order to regain muscle that has been damaged or lost through illness, you’ll need to follow a high protein diet, which will include eating some red meats, white meats, and fish, which are also high in oils like salmon. Don’t forget that vegetables also have protein, so you don’t need to cut these out of your diet altogether.

Saturated Fat

There is room for some saturated fat when you are recovering from surgery or illness, and you need to gain weight. Unfortunately, this does not mean you can binge on cheesecake. However, aim to keep any saturated fat that you consume in the realm of whole milk or dairy products. Try to avoid chocolates, sweets, and cakes, as these will usually help you to gain fat quickly, which you may then have to lose.

Drink Water

To gain weight effectively, you will need to drink water as this helps with metabolism, and it also helps your body to absorb the proteins from your food. Many people have stated it before, but you will need to drink between 6 to 8 glasses of water per day, especially after surgery as your body recovers and requires more water to aid in healing. Getting a water bottle can help to keep on top of this. 

Sleep Enough

Sleeping is underrated, and so few people get enough of it. If you are recovering from major surgery, you will need to have more sleep than the average person; maybe up to 12 hours a day. But even when you are fully recovered, you should still aim to have 8 to 9 hours of sleep, as this will help you metabolize food better and will help to keep your weight stable.