Health & Fitness

20 Proven Tips for Skinny Girls to Gain Healthy Weight

Have you ever been told that you are too skinny or just underweight? You are the skinny girl who eats everything and never gain weight. Are you looking for putting some healthy weight?

Remember you are fortunate elite of women who must have fast enough a metabolism to find putting on weight hard as 90% of the rest of womankind is likely to have the exact opposite problem and find that they put on weight too easily, thus finding they have to work incredibly hard to then burn it off again.

However being too thin as like as skinny fashion models is disgusting. Not flabby, but healthy women with curvaceous hips or larger breasts like the classic hourglass figure, makes men salivate. Meanwhile if you can not put on any weight it can actually be quite dangerous and being underweight can pose various health risks that are no laughing matter (no matter how well you fit into your dress). Hence, with so much information out there aimed at losing weight, how do you go about doing the opposite to everyone else and actually gaining some?

Healthy Weight Gain vs. Body Fat Gain

Many thin and skinny women set out to gain any weight and gaining body fat is fine with them. However, there is a major problem with this approach in putting on weight. If the weights you gain come primarily from increased body fat, you have no control of where those extra fats will be going to on your body.

Your extra ugly fat could end up unevenly distributed in all the wrong places like your tummy, love handles, butt, thighs and so on.

Therefore, your best bet to improve your physique in the way you want is to go after lean muscle weight gains. In this way, not only will you put on weight, you will also gain healthy weight and is in a position to dictate where the extra pounds are going to be. In other words, you can sculpt your body the way you want it to shape.

It is better to have a more planned approach to weight gain. The best way to gain healthy weight is through diet and exercise. We want you to gain weight in a healthy manner and not pig out on junk foods.

Can lifting heavy weights make you muscular? NO. Women simply don't naturally possess enough of the male hormone, testosterone that will allow them to become huge muscular hulks! Hence weight training will NOT to make you a bodybuilder unless you tried so hard to be muscular.

Can lifting heavy weights make you muscular? NO. Women simply don’t naturally possess enough of the male hormone, testosterone that will allow them to become huge muscular hulks! Hence weight training will NOT to make you a bodybuilder unless you tried so hard to be muscular.

Keep Reading :: Strength Training for Women: Dispelling Misconceptions

20 Proven Tips for Healthy Weight Gain

  1. Increase your caloric intakes by about 500 to 1000 Calories per day. Extra 500 Calories/day will help you gain up to one pound in one week.
  2. Eat frequently – Eat your three main meal (breakfast, lunch Dinner) spaced about 5 hours apart. In addition eat two to three snacks a day in between meals.
  3. Snacks should be of high calorie such as milk shakes, yogurt, high carbohydrate food- banana.
  4. Eat more complex carbohydrates like whole-grain breads, pasta and Brown Rice etc.
  5. Never skip your breakfast. Include one eggs and fruit juice to your breakfast.
  6. Eat bigger than normal portions for your regular meals.
  7. Eat food with higher calories, Moderate fats, Higher Protein, Higher Fiber, Higher nutrition.
  8. Choose high-quality protein sources such as eggs, meat, fish, milk, seeds, protein supplements etc. Your body needs 0.8gm/body-weight (kg)/day of protein to build new muscle.
  9. Since most of the calories for weight gain come from carbohydrates and fats, do not replace them with protein.
  10. Eat starchy vegetables (Potatoes, Peas, Cauliflower, Pumpkin, Sweet potatoes).
  11. Consume nuts, calorie dense ripe fruits like Banana, dried fruits like dates as snack between meals.
  12. Eat the right kinds of fats. Avoid Transfats. Add healthy unsaturated fats in moderation such as olive and canola oil, nuts, seeds, peanut butter, avocados to your diet.
  13. Do not drink water before meals. After meals, wait about 10 minutes before drinking water.
  14. Beverages can help you gain a weight too. If it is possible, drink shakes, milk, juice, etc. instead of tea, coffee and diet sodas.
  15. Avoid alcoholic beverages. Its High calorie with minimum nutrition.
  16. Do 30 minutes of resistance training. Weight training helps to convert the extra calories into muscle, hence add some extra pounds to your body.
  17. Do some compound movements like body-weight squat, push-ups, row or deadlift.
  18. Aim to lift a heavy enough weight that you’re fatiguing within the 8-12 rep range, completing a total of 2-4 sets for each exercise.
  19. Do NOT engage in aerobic exercises (Running Stationary Bicycling). Aerobic exercise help you lose body fat (weight loss). You may lose more weight than gain weight.
  20. Keep track. If possible, keep a food journal to track your weight gain progress. Keep a record of your daily calorie consumption. Weigh yourself at the end of each week to see your development. Keep doing this each week until you start seeing a noticeable progress.

In a nutshell, you must increase your intake of good calories and encourage the right kind of cellular growth through weight training. One thing is for sure, you must eat! What you eat is the key to putting on the pounds and keeping it there so those new sexy curves stick.


  • This article is insulting to say the least.. How does one publicly body shame thin girls (skinny is quite derogatory) and put it out there that men only like girls who are more curvy. It makes no sense to me how this can actually be okay.

    • Yes this article is really offensive. Like it says ‘skinny is disgusting’, well some people can’t help being skinny, and some people don’t like it and by saying that and also that ‘men only like girls with curves’ it just makes people feel even more insecure about themselves. This article is not acceptable. Everyone is beautiful in their own way.

    • Quite agree robs. I really found this article quite condescending and unhelpful. It seems assume (or at least imply) that we’re skinny because we are eating/living incorrectly. I have been trying to gain weight for years. eating more, adding mass shakes to every meal, focused exercise and all manor of other tips. so much so It became an obsession.

      And still I got all the hurtful skinny shaming. you know what I think? to hell with it. I will eat what I want and live how I want and spend more time being ok with my body than desperately trying to be a bit bigger. I’ve got a high metabolism, I can’t change that and any comments are their problem, not mine

  • “However being too thin as like as skinny fashion models is disgusting”
    .. I’m not okay with anything that calls a girls body type “disgusting”!! Horrible, this should be reviewed and taken down.

    • I agree with you Morgan because I’m 36 yrs old and has been skinny all my life since birth but you’re right skinny people aren’t distuging and niether are fat people GOD has created each and everyone of us in unique ways shame on them 🙁 I would love to gain weight so many has called me so many names it isn’t even funny but GOD will punish them 🙂

  • I’m skinny, I hate myself, boys go for my sister, sometimes I wish I was a boy. Because maybe I might actually be more attractive. I hate everything about me, I litterally cry every night because every boy I like goes for my sister. No I don’t wannabhere, oh there’s a boy out there for you. I’ve heard it from my mom and everyone else. My family says I have a pretty face, abviously i dont believed because when i look in the mirror i wanna brake it. What about my body, well they say I look like a model. Now that I read this, I just wanna cry myself to death. I’m getting to the break down point, where I just wanna give up on life. I feel disgusting, unnatractive, no curves, no ass, no breasts, we’re thin mouth, big eyes, small ugly alien face. I hate myself…..

    • Hi Savannah, I’m 18 and I am in the same situation as you are( I just don’t cry every night). Yesterday I had to go to an event. My dad bought me a bodycon dress , and I wouldn’t wear it because I don’t have as much breast as I would like to have…but my mom talked to me and I finally decided to stop worrying about my “weight issue” .
      As I’m a christian she said: God created all humans and every single one of them are different. She said that some people are born with strange diseases , and physical problems although they try to live. And if one of them heard me crying just because I’m skinny, what would they do,as their situation is much terrible !. Sometimes Savannah we have to accept ourselves just the way we are or else no one will .. I have a boyfriend, and this guy doesn’t like me for my curves ( I don’t have any) but he likes for ME .
      I’m sure that you are beautiful both outside and inside , and I’m sure that there is a boy who is looking for you out there , you just have to believe in who you are and you’ll see that he will come and love you just the way you are.

  • Ppl. Chill. I’m skinny also. N i wanna gain weight for my health only.. Dis article is useful. If u feel it’s insulting. Do urself a favour n close this page.

  • Being small and thin, seeing a comment that it is “disgusting” to be skinny on a site to promote health is despicable. How is it healthy to insult anyone about their body type? In my case, I am not able to gain weight because of a medical condition and treatments I go through. Whoever wrote this should edit this, grow up and think before they write.

  • Excuse me, how did this article go up? What gives you the right to insult any body type? I can’t even look through this article, it’s so misogynistic. There’s no need to insult fat or skinny people and I don’t know why you, whomever you are, think you can say this. Who cares what men think? Why should anyone care what a man thinks of their body type? They aren’t relevant and you are literally just making girls insecure. This ought to be taken down, I can’t believe it’s been up for 4 years. You disgust me.

  • I looked up this topic because I am very underweight. I don’t have an appetite very often, and when I do it I get full very quickly on near nothing. I’m told it is a thyroid problem. Gaining weight is very difficult for me, but I’ve really been trying lately, for my HEALTH. I think it is horrible and offensive for the beginning paragraph to be, “However being too thin as like as skinny fashion models is disgusting.” (Which isn’t even phrased correctly!) I will admit that this article is knowledgeable and helpful, but with that being including it sounds as if someone who is the ‘correct’ size is relaying the fact that; because we are skinny, we are disgusting, so here are a few helpful tips to not be disgusting anymore! I agree that this should have been reviewed. It would be the same if I persecuted someone for being overweight. What’s truly disgusting is the writer’s attitude toward other people, and the lack of consideration for other people’s feelings.

  • @robs…perhaps you may have commented on the wrong article. I think the one you intended to make your comment for was men prefer curvy not skinny article”. Not the “20 Proven Tips for Skinny Girls to Gain Healthy Weight”. There was no derogatory statements made against “thinner” women in this particular article (except the fact that the term skinny was used). I believe the intent is simply to help improve the lives of woman who may struggle with the image of being too thin, just as woman struggle with the image of being too heavy.

  • i think skinny with tiny curves are great..if you love skinny,why the h** are you here reading a post on how to gain weight😳

  • This article was written by someone with a very low level of education, and no good sense. I weigh 103lbs. I am looking for ways to gain weight, since the internet seems to assume that I really meant I want to lose weight.
    This is not about men, I couldn’t give a single, solitary fuck what men find appealing. This is not about what others think at all. This is about finding healthy ways to manage my high metabolism so that I can put on healthy weight, have more energy, and not eat every two minutes to avoid a blood sugar crash.
    Ladies, I’m done. Time to do my own homework and create an actual forum for this. I’ll be on reddit soon.

  • I am too skinny.. And i am fed up of everything! I can’t wear what i want to wear bcz of my body type.. Which decreases my confidence level.. Soon i ll be in a college.. I want to look good! Not for showing off.. But for my self.. I want to change for myself.. Not for people.. Not for my friends or someone else. I want to look good for my self!

  • Am too skinny…really fed up of being like this… am 24 yrs ola. . Bt my weight is just 42kg… I want to increase weight to 50k pls help me… am luking lke a 10th std gal… really I very bad of being lke tis…

  • I think whether you are skinny or fat you should love your body and who you are. I am also skinny and I told myself that I will not try to impress anybody. I appreciate what God has given me. If a man want to love me he will irrespective of my body as long as I feel comfortable with my body.

    • It is actually recommended to workout, even as a skinny person. If you are looking to gain weight you would want to do more strength training rather than cardio. Cardio burns calories, which helps people to lose weight. Less repetition with heavy weights helps to gain healthy weight and ensure the weight gained is spread in the right places instead of all in the tummy. Don’t worry, you won’t become muscular or bulky. You would just be toned and fit! Of course, you want to eat more healthy foods in general and lots of protein (protein shakes work well) during workout days to actually gain the weight and keep it! Good luck and Happy Weight Gaining!!!

  • yeah i m also too skinny but i love myself and most important is i dont care about others opinion…..

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