Last Modified on Jun 22, 2014
The Best Natural Remedies to Gain Weight
If you're looking to build muscle or otherwise gain weight for better health and a fitter appearance natural health supplements and remedies can be the safest and most effective option. Protein supplements are a natural starting place, but healthy fats have their place as well. Fat can have a negative connotation in regards to body image, but fat serves an integral function in our bodies.
Essential fat - that's fat your body uses to protect your internal organs and maintain reproductive function - should be 2-5% of your body weight in men and 10-13% in women. A person can be self-conscious about being underweight, similarly to being overweight, and this can pose health concerns as well.
Just as some people have difficulty in losing weight, or have an affinity towards putting on weight, there are also plenty of us who find it difficult to gain weight. You may be looking for the best way to gain weight, or the best way to gain muscle, what supplements to take, or even the best foods for weight gain; but all without jeopardizing your health or introducing potentially toxic substances into your body.
Gain Weight Naturally
On this page we have a number of remedies submitted and discussed by our Earth Clinic readers. Our community suggests coconut oil, bananas, peanut butter, and a number of supplements you can try to reach your healthy weight. Feel free to leave some feedback for any of these remedies; and if you have a family, folk, or natural solution to help with weight gain, we encourage you to share your experience.
[YEA] 11/26/2008: Ani from Ontario, Canada: "The only thing that worked for me to gain weight was acupuncture. I was disturbingly skinny despite eating plenty of both healthy and not so healthy food. I sought help from nutritionists, doctors and even took protein shakes in addition to regular meals... not a pound to show for it.
Then I went to see an acupuncturist who said he would do 5-6 sessions and that I would start to notice the weight start to improve very gradually after about 6 months time. Well right around 6 months I saw the scale start to shift and 3 years after that I had reached a new, much improved equilibrium just as the acupuncturist had predicted. Acupuncture works."
02/24/2010: Sunny from Middleton, Wi replies: "I wanted to know about acupuncture and weight gain. How will it work?"
[YEA] 05/03/2011: Jose from Leander, Tx, Usa: "This is what I used to gain muscle mass. First as soon as I woke up I drank 24oz. of water with a splash of Apple Cider Vinegar to clean out my system. Then for breakfast I would make some oatmeal about 2servings and while it was hot I stirred in 1tablespoon of crunchy peanut butter. I would also make me a banana peanut butter shake. I cup of soy milk with a whole banana and a tablespoon of peanut butter. Blend it all together and drink up. For snacks I would boil about 7 eggs and take out the yolk and fill the egg whites with peanut butter. This should help you gain alot of weight really fast especially muscle mass."
04/07/2010: Sharon from Paragould, Arkansas: "I've been using VCO for about a week now! I use just 1 tsp a day cause I'm actually worried about the weight loss! You see I have a very small frame! I weigh about 100 lbs. I was on a site earlier looking at different products and one product had 25% fat content! Another had a whopping 60-65% fat content!! As far as VCO I want to actually gain some weight, not loose it! LOL would using these products (in moderation of course) help with that? I would appreciate any feedback on this! Seems in this day and age most people want to LOOSE weight, not gain! I'm tired of trying to find clothes to fit me without going to the kids section!! LOL"Replies
12/01/2011: Ed from Washington, Dc replies: "Farmers fed livestock coconut oil in order to fatten them. It actually had the opposite effect."
[YEA] 06/07/2007: natasha from Fontana, CA: "I was underweight and started cleansing my colon and getting rid of parasites. Then i started taking digestive enzymes and a healthy protein drink from curezone.com with advocados, omega-3-6-9 (healthy oils etc. coconut oil) w/ some veggies. I also did a little weight lift but not that much. I slowly started gaining healthy weight."
08/06/2013: Chelsee from Mar Vista, Ca: "So many fattening foods are supposed to be left out of a diet for GERD and LPR. What high calorie foods can be eaten by people with these conditions who are underweight?"
[YEA] 08/10/2009: Alex from Los Angeles, Ca: "The fastest way to gain weight and lean muscle: Take 1200mg of l-arginine and 1200mg of L-lysine and you will see result in couple weeks. more lean muscle, strong bones, thick hair, more weight."Replies
04/07/2011: Dany from Westwood, Nj replies: "Am I suppos to take one pill of each every day? In case that I have some heath problems with stomach and that is the reason why I have problem to gain a weight, could this products make my sick or not feel well or worsten my disease? I am not sure if I am sick or what is the reason why I have problem with gaining a weight, just want to make sure this products are safe. I am not planning to exercise, will I gain just fat? :( like big belly and but? :) or should I gain "smoothly" on whole body parts little bit. Thx"
[YEA] 06/25/2011: Alex from Los Angeles, California replies: "HI,
Use like 4x times a week, for a couple of weeks. It will help to gain weight with muscle not fat. In reality you don't eat much, just keep your regular food, and try to exercice. take those supplement before go to bed. Those supplements, will produce a human grown hormone. Don't use too much. and should be fine."
12/26/2011: Ginz from Adelaide, Australia replies: "hey mate can u tell me how did L-ARGININE, L-LYSINE worked for you to gain weight, I also have problems with weight gain and have sensitive stomach..help"
01/06/2012: Susan from Edmonton, Alberta replies: "Hi Alex, I'm a 23 yr old female, underweight about 112 pounds at 5'4. I want to go to the gym to lose my belly without losing weight.
How long should I take this for? A few months, every night? Until I achieve my results?"
02/04/2012: Alex from Los Angeles, Usa replies: "A study on HGH release using Lysine and Arginine was conducted in 1981 by Italian researcher A. Isidori, M. D., and his associates at the University of Rome. It was found in the study was carried out in 15 male volunteers to evaluate qualitatively the secretion of growth factors following stimulation by oral amino acids. The results showed that oral administration of a combination of two amino acids (1200 mg l-lysine plus 1200 mg l-arginine) provoked a release of pituitary somatotrophin and insulin. This phenomenon was reproducible and the growth hormone secreted in response to this stimulation had biological activity (as demonstrated by radio recepter assay and somatomedin induction). The effect appeared to be specific to the combination of the two amino acids; neither of the amino acids demonstrated appreciable stimulating activity when administered alone, even at the same doses.
You can use it for 2 to 3 weeks, 1200mg of lysine and arginine. Don't take for over a month. Wait for few months, then start over for a couple weeks. While you are taking, do exercise, like lifting weight. You will se more muscle with no fat. Try to cut out sugar and fat."
[YEA] 03/23/2007: Vince from Painesville, Ohio: "To gain weight lift weights low reps heavy weight. If you have never lifted before follow this workout start off with a warm up set or two(about 15 reps with light weight). Then drop down to the 4-6 rep range. Work out 3 days a weak with free weights or machines. Try two body parts a workout. About two weeks to complete the whole body. Try to combine a pushing exercise with a pulling on each workout day. Sleep 8-10 hours sleep is when you grow. Eat high calorie foods(high protein foods and lots of carbs). Don't worry the weight will pile on especially if stop your activity after a couple of months and eat the same. You will probably even get fat. Haha."Replies
01/29/2012: Anonymous from Wroclaw, Dolnoslaskie, Poland replies: "Eating more won't help because the cause of underweight will be always there. We can hear idiotic remarks to "eat more" everywhere, but let's keep some standards on this high quality site. I never gained weight on diets and gym except once when I took creatine, but it was temporary, also only muscles and not fat which underweight people need too."
[YEA] 03/18/2007: Mark from Chicago, USA: "I just want to let people know that they should really avoid the weight gainer drinks from health food stores in attempts to gain weight. You can make your own weight gain shakes for a lot cheaper AND you know exactly what ingredients are in them. I've been reading a lot about weightlifting and bodybuilding and the following shake is regarded as the best way to up your calories and gain weight. There's bodybuilders that drink this same shake.
Raw, rolled oats
Natural Peanut Butter
Optional: Banana(100 calories) or any type of fruit desired. Some people also put in a little honey for added taste. The chocolate/vanilla whey protein powder is the most important ingredient because it adds all the flavor. Good luck drinking it without it.
You can decide how much of what to put in your shakes accordingly. There's people that make these shakes 1200 calories and drink several a day. It's quite simple...if you eat more calories than your maintenance calorie intake for the day, you'll gain weight. To find how many calories you SHOULD be getting a day to gain weight multiply your bodyweight by 25. For example: a 200 pound man should shoot for 5000 calories a day. You should try to gain 1-2 pounds a week by weighing yourself once a week as soon as you wake up(naked and after you go to the bathroom). If you're not gaining weight, up your calories by 500 each day.
Do a Google search for what a bodybuilders eats to find how what you should be eating."Replies
07/19/2011: Shonouu from Dubai, Uae replies: "Hi I liked your post for gaining weight through a proper nutritional intake but it would be great if u would prefer specifically the amount of ingredients to be used while making the shake cuz I really need to put up some weight!!!"
[YEA] 04/05/2008: Reshma from Dubai, UAE: "These are a few remedies that my Dad used on me to make a skinny little girl (me :D) gain weight in like 2 months. -Oats in milk twice a day -Almond powder in milk -steamed bananas (the big yellow ones btw) twice a day -a boiled egg
i hope this works, these are the things i hate to eat the most but yea they help u gain weight. i hope it works. also a little Remmy Martin and pepper in soft boiled egg increases appetite like crazy, dint work on me but did on my uncle though, so try it. the diet mentioned above does not taste like a treat let me warn you. but works like a charm neverthless. oh don't 4get to have ur regular meals along with this. Best of Luck!"
05/05/2014: Saran from Nepal: "Can anybody suggest me how to gain weight for a vegan??"
10/05/2013: John From Thailand from Thailand: "I am a bag of bones with crepe paper skin hanging off, all due to sailing & avoiding various foods that cause rhinitis/asthma, plus 45 years of veg, fruit & a little fish. I want to find a way to restore a little fat to smooth out the crepe paper skin. Any ideas? John"Replies
10/06/2013: Mmsg from Somewhere, Europe replies: "John, first thing to try is coconut oil added in your diet and on your skin."
10/06/2013: Mt from Ottawa, Ontario replies: "Try the Budwig diet (cottage cheese and flax seeds oil in a 2:1 ratio)."
10/06/2013: Toourlady89 from Ca, Usa replies: "Hi, another healthy fat to add is Avocado daily. Its healthy, good fat, We used it in the Philippines for people who needed to gain some weight. It's good for skin and heart and generalized health."
10/07/2013: Rob from Manhattan replies: "You may try Biosil.. a silica Orthosilicic Acid, collagen generator.... There appears to be a lot of good reviews for hair, nail, and skin improvement... See the reviews on iHerb.. or amazon."
06/23/2013: Sheema from Abu Dhabi: "My son is 12 years n just weighs 26kg. Can u plz recommend some home remedies.... For his weight gain?"
12/17/2010: Ti from Houston, Tx, Usa: "Please advise how to gain weight in a healthy fashion. I am a 67 yr old woman, 5 feet tall and weigh 97 pounds regardless of eating high caloric dense food like nuts, eggs, dairy, in addition to grains, starchy vegs and fruits. I have osteoarthritis and osteoporosis. Thank you"Replies
12/18/2010: Jay from Toronto, Ont, Canada replies: "Pick up the book and read about the Gerson therapy. Although its main focus has been on cancer patients, it has been shown to have great success with osteoarthritis and osteoporosis. There are examples in the book. A vegan diet with appropriate vegetable juices as outlined by Gerson would go a long way to helping with all your health diffficulties. Jay"
12/21/2010: Supriya from Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India replies: "I am a 40 year old woman. About 6 years ago, I suffered from spinal tuberculosis, was treated with medecines for nine months and became alright. During the course of treatment, I gained weight from 90 pounds to 120 pounds, at which comfortable level, I continued for the next 4 years. In the past 1 and a half years, every time I get my periods, I have a stomach upset and my weight drops about 4 to 6 pounds. Initially, after my periods the weight level came back to its old levels. My doctor tested me and told me that these were probably symptoms of menopause. I started and am still under ayurvedic medication. However, in the past six months, my weight shows no signs of increasing and my stomach has become very sensitive. The weight loss and stomach upset during my periods still persists. Please help me gain weight."
12/22/2010: Dee from Melbourne , Australia replies: "Coconut milk can be very helpful for weight gain. Fresh is best. According to a book on herbal medicine healing I am reading It "helps with intestinal absorption of food, is rich in lauric acid and medium chain triglycerides, and is an excellent antimicrobial fatty acid. Use coconut milk in shakes and take with meals or use coconut meat shredded as a garnish on food". Cheers"
12/25/2011: Kasra from Tehran, Terhan, Iran replies: "Try fenugreek, it works.
No matter how hard I tried, no matter what I eat no matter how much I force myself to eat, I never gain weight! But ...in first two days using it, I gained two kgs with it but it stopped giving me more! Only two kgs, maybe it's my body responding like this to it, it's my first week using it, I will keep you updated if anything changed, give it a shot :) .
p.s. As a side effect, when you sweat it might smell like fenugreek, that's what I experienced."
[YEA] 04/01/2007: mom of skinny kid from atlanta, ga: "try skandishake. It's expensive but it works. M kid cannot increase number of meals for more than a day or two, then he just gets sick of eating. Skandishakes or homemade shakes of powdered milk, whole milk or ice cream and bananas have helped a great deal if eaten prior to inactivity. good luck finding x slim pants. got any ideas?"
09/03/2012: Andrewp from Chd., Andaman And Nicobar Islands, India: "Toxins are stored in your fat cells and regaining weight you've lost when you are very toxic is your body's way to protect you from dangerous effects of the toxins stored in your body."