Ayurvedic Tips To Gain Weight Healthily

To gain weight seems to be as difficult as losing weight for some people. For persons who are under weight and too skinny, gaining weight becomes an impossible task. Now let’s make this difficult task easy with highly effective tips from Ayurveda.

How To Gain Weight For Vata Body Types

Vata prakruti individuals (Vata body types) are generally of small body frame. The main reason for this is the increased vata dosha tends to dry up the moisture content and nourishment from their body. Other factors contributing to this condition are parasites in the intestinal tract. Known as Krimi, parasites tend to make the host nutritionally deprived. One with parasites also experiences loss of sleep, depression, over thinking and eating vata aggravating foods (dry, crispy and cold with taste of bitter, pungent and astringent).
Excessive masturbation can also lead to diminished dhatus (bodily tissues), pathological conditions like asthma, cough, hiccup and other infections.

1. Exercise And Yoga

People who are anxious to gain weight must definitely do some form of physical activity. This promotes the appetite and strengthens metabolism.

2. Water Intake

When thirsty, be sure to take in enough water. The water should be preferably warm water which promotes digestion. If you wish to gain weight drink water after meals. Tender coconut water and buttermilk, as well as fresh fruit juices can be taken for better results.

3. Increase Your Digestive Fire

Persons of vata prakruthi (vata body types) or lean individuals tend to have poor or disturbed appetite. According to Ayurveda they should have foods which are easily digestible and yet nourishing in nature. The best example of this would be soups and porridge. Mutton soup is considered the best food for vata provoked conditions. Porridge made of vegetables and green gram can be a great choice too.

4. Add Ghee To Your Food

Ghee has the ability to increase body dhatus or tissues. It also increases the appetite and digestion, while reducing vata. So persons desiring to gain weight must add a teaspoon of ghee to their lunch. One teaspoon of ghee can also be added to a glass of milk and consumed before going to bed.

5. Add Meat To Your Diet

In Ayurveda it’s said that you are what you eat. Hence if you eat a lot of flesh you can increase the same. Meat should not be fried or cooked with too much of oil. Instead meat should be cooked in ghee along with spices like black pepper, salt, ginger and garlic.

6. Add Dry Fruits And Nuts

Soak figs and dates in milk for a few hours and then enjoy. This will increase weight naturally. Eat 4 to 5 almonds everyday. Foods which are made of ghee, milk and organic sugar served hot would be ideal. Milk puddings made of rice, green gram and even vegetables like carrots and white pumpkins can be made into this type of dessert.

7. Avoid Stress And Worry

If you are anxious to gain weight avoid stress and worry. Be relaxed and have sound sleep. Day time sleep promotes speedy weight gain as it increases kapha dosha in the body.

8. Ashwagandha For Weight Gain

Ashwagandha is an excellent herb to promote weight gain. Two capsules/tablets or 1/2 teaspoon of ashwagandha can be mixed with a glass of full fat milk and organic sugar. Have this at night. Ashwagandha lehyam, ajamamsa lehyam and other formulations are also used for weight gain.

9. Ayurvedic Body Treatements

Ayurveda therapies like Abhyangam (Ayurvedic massage), navarakizhi (a form of sweat-inducing massage) are generally used to promote strength and energy. These can be useful for gaining weight. Shirodhara can be used if the person experiences weight loss due to stress and loss of sleep.

Rekha Kumar Naidu is the chief Ayurveda consultant and proprietor of Deepam Ayurveda panchakarma centre, Chennai. She is an Ayurveda graduate with panchakarma diploma, specializing in lifestyle counseling and panchakarma. She has been awarded the Jeevaka award for academic excellence by the Himalaya pharmaceuticals. A successful practitioner in both India and Malaysia, she speaks in Tamil channels about Ayurveda, lifestyle and women's health and has contributed articles to various magazines and websites.



    Hello mam , I can’t take milk because I have lactose intolerance. Bloating and all these happens , have a poor digestion. My weight is too low. My height is approx 174 , age 21+ , and have weight 46 kgs. Suggest me something that make me gain weight.

    • Deepam Ayurveda Panchakarma centre

      Hello Sumit… I understand your concern. Sumit your kaya Agni ( digestive strength) is very low. We have to increase your digestive power before giving you diet and medications to put on weight. Your problem has to addressed step by step. Please do a online consultation with me by which I can help you in better way.

  2. Hi the fire element is more in my body so even if I eat more it either digest it or throws out. I am male with height 5’7″ & weigh only 52 kgs.(Age 28 years)
    Need to increase the weight ,what should I intake for it ?

    • The Ayurveda Experience

      Hi Prateek,
      Please consult your health care provider or an Ayurvedic practitioner near you for assistance with your health.

    • Deepam Ayurveda Panchakarma centre

      Your doshas have to balanced in a systemic manner… you need to undergo panchakarma therapy…

  3. I have been having ashwangandha and turmeric powder with hot milk everyday with breakfast for over 7 years now.Although I don’t fall sick very often now, but still haven’t gained considerable weight.What could be the reason?
    -Srishti, 24,India

    • Hi Srishti… If your a vata body type you can’t gain much weight… You can try Ajaashwagandha lehyam 1teaspoon at night with a glass of milk… You must avoid snacks and dry goods which provoke vata…

  4. Would there be any side effect of Ashwagandha on men’s prostate by using it in low doses for gaining weight (vata type)? I read that the testosterone has bad side effect as it promotes the growth and even cancer cells in the prostate. These bad efforts have dairy and meat. Ashwagandha promotes some hormones like testosterone…

    • Ashwagandha is considered to be a very safe herb. Still it is better not to use any herbs for a prolonged period which can produce undesired results. In respect to weight gain Ashwagandha can be used for a period of 3 to 6 months.
      Yes Ashwagandha has the tendency to increase testosterone better to avoid in older aged men. Ashwagandha is considered one among the best vajikarna medicines in vajikarna chapter the age limitation for use of the drugs is clearly given.


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