Q. How can a 20-year-old regain the weight lost after suffering a flu and chest infection?

Answered by
Sanchari Majumder
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on Dec 11, 2022

Hi doctor,

I am a 20-year-old female who has had the flu and chest infection for ten days now. I noticed in the last two days that I have lost a lot of weight, especially in the face and thighs. Is this due to low appetite or to do with the illness itself? I am taking Penicillin.



Welcome to

I understand your concern.

I suggest alternative foods.

Early morning (7 AM)

  • Three to four pieces of soaked almonds or sprouts.

Breakfast (8.30 AM).

  • Brown bread (four pieces) and boiled egg three pieces or bread and peanut butter four pieces.

Midmorning: (11 AM).

  • Fruit juice, especially pineapple or banana milkshake, one glass, or any fruit juice.

Lunch (1.30 PM).

  • Rice - 200 grams cooked.
  • Vegetable curry in one bowl.
  • Dal 50 grams.
  • Chicken breast curry 150 grams.
  • Sour curd half cup.

Evening snacks (5.30 PM).

  • Chicken stew or semolina porridge in one bowl or chira rice.

Dinner (8.30 PM to 9 PM).

  • Roti four pieces or rice 150 grams.
  • Paneer curry in one bowl.

I suggest the following,

1. Do exercises like strength training or yoga.

2. Avoid stress and alcohol.

3. Take plenty of water (ten glasses a day).

4. You should eat more food at each meal by forcing.

5. Before taking a meal, you can sometimes walk as it helps you feel hungrier.

6. Sleep at least seven to eight hours per day.

7. You can take chocolate, pastry, cake, chips, butter, ghee, or paratha.

Hope this information will help you.

Let me know if you have more questions in mind.


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