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

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Published At December 11, 2022
Reviewed AtOctober 6, 2023

Patient's Query

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.

Answered by Sanchari Majumder


Welcome to icliniq.com.

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).

1. Rice - 200 grams cooked.

2. Vegetable curry in one bowl.

3. Dal 50 grams.

4. Chicken breast curry 150 grams.

5. 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 (Flat bread) four pieces or rice 150 grams or Paneer (cottage cheese) 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.


Same symptoms don't mean you have the same problem. Consult a doctor now!

Sanchari Majumder
Sanchari Majumder


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