I managed to grow up to become 6’8″ or 204cm tall. The things that I’m going to share with you here is something that I’ve done myself – although not on purpose. I read the Tall Book and there it was stated that height is highly dependent on your genetics. But it is up to you to max out your genetic potential.
So if you are given great genes then this could potentially make you a really tall person. You still have the possibility of slowing down your growth with different lifestyle choices. I have led a very healthy lifestyle and combined with me having very tall parents, I have for sure maxed out my genetic potential.
Now I am going to move on to giving you my tips on how to grow taller.
1. Get and idea of how tall you will get
First tip on how to grow taller is to get a good understanding of how your predicted height will be. If you aren’t in your mid 20s yet then you probably haven’t finished growing. There is an easy way to calculate how tall you are likely to get. Of course this is not a solid and bulletproof method, but it will give you a pretty good projection of how tall you might grow.
- What you do is that you add up your dad’s height and your mom’s height in inches or centimeters.
- Then you add 5 inches or 13 cm if you’re a boy and you subtract 5 inches or 13 cm if you are a girl.
- Then you divide that height by two. The height you are left with now is your predicted height (give and take 4 inches/10 centimeters).
This will give you a pretty good idea of how tall you are going to be – based on your parents height. If you think this is too much, then you don’t really have to follow the next steps in order to grow taller, I guess.
On the other hand, if you think this is way too short, then you will find the next tips on how to grow taller very useful and you should apply as many of them as possible while your growth plates are still ‘open’ for growth.
2. Lead a healthy life
Second tip on how to grow taller is about lifestyle. If you have the right genetic potential to grow really tall, then you can still prohibit this growth by leading an unhealthy lifestyle. Your natural height is what you calculated in the first tip. This has to do with your genes and whether or not the rest of your family members are tall.
Things that can stunt your growth if they are ingested in large amounts and while you are still growing is drugs and alcohol foremost. If you drink a lot during your teenage years or you do drugs or smoke, then you should expect to grow less than if you had’t done this.
Everyone knows that drinking and smoking is unhealthy for various reasons, but few knows that this also relates to growth.
3. Get lots of sleep
Third tip on how to grow taller is to get a lot of sleep every night. You grow while sleeping, so if you want to grow tall then you have to get plenty of sleep. This makes sense right? Research suggests that the average teenager needs somewhere between 8,5 and 11 hours of sleep every night.
This may sound like a lot, but if you want to grow very tall, then you should consider getting a few extra hours in every night. The explanation for this is that your body grows and regenerates tissue while you are lying on your pillow.
While sleeping the human growth hormone (HGH) is produced in your body and this especially happens while you’re in deep sleep. When you sleep, you will go through various modes of sleep alternating between light and deep sleep. So you want to sleep in a quiet and calm environment so you can pass through these modes of sleep naturally. Some kids that aren’t growing fast enough get human growth hormone (HGH) injected into their blood, but you can get the same results in a very natural way by just getting enough sleep.
4. Eat healthy and enough
Fourth tip on how to grow taller is to think about nutrition. If you want to grow taller then you have to eat right and thereby supplying your body with the fuel it needs to grow. You can’t build a house without bricks – and you can’t grow a big, tall and strong body without the right nutrition.
Make sure that you get enough carbohydrates, protein and fats every day to meet your caloric needs. Here is a link to a website where you can calculate how many calories you need every day. I really want to stress this tip, because I get asked a lot by skinny guys wanting to gain muscle who aren’t eating right why they aren’t seeing the results they hoped for. So this is also a very big part of growing in width. If you have the genetic potential to grow, then you have to eat more than your friends, because your longer and bigger body will consume more energy then the bodies of your friends.
Growing tall without the right nutrition will results in a very skinny and lanky body, so make sure to get enough calories through carbohydrates, proteins and fats every day.
5. Strengthen your immune system (don’t get sick)
Fifth tip on how to grow taller is on your immune system, which you have to maintain and strengthen. If you are ill often, then you won’t grow as much as if you were healthy. When your body is sick it uses valuable energy on fighting the bacteria and virus instead of growing your bones and muscles.
So stay healthy by eating vitamins, whole foods, nuts, fruits, vegetables and all kinds of healthy foods. Make sure that you’ve got this covered so you don’t slow down your growth by being sick.
6. Practice good posture
Sixth tip on how to grow taller is not really a way to actually grow taller – it’s more a way to appear and look taller. If you aren’t very tall, you want to practice good posture (tall people should practice good posture too). This will make you look taller without actually adding centimeters or inches to your body height.
Good posture is obtained by straightening your back, lifting your chest and chin and keeping your shoulders pulled slightly back. A good way to think about standing straight is to imagine that you have a piece of string or rope attached to the top of your head – pulling you upwards. This is the image that I have in my head, when I feel like I am slouching or slinking. Some people say that you should also “walk with purpose” which means that you should looked determined when you walk and not just drag yourself down the street.
You will also look much more confident if you practice good posture and walk with purpose.
7. Dress according to your height
My last and seventh tip on how to grow taller is also not a way to actually grow taller. This tip relates to how you dress and look. A way to look taller is by going for a tall hairstyle for example. Or you could wear clothes with vertical patterns or stripes instead of horizontal. Vertical stripes will make you look tall and thin, whereas horizontal stripes will emphasize the width of your body.
You can also choose shoes with a thicker soul instead of wearing Converse All-Stars and shoes like that with flat soles. Shoes can give you 2-3 inches extra depending on the shoes of course. There are also specific brands that cater for short people wanting shoes with thicker soles. This may be something to look into, if you are unsatisfied with your height.
These were my seven tips on how to grow taller. Some of them are directly related to how you can physically grow taller. These tips focused on getting the right amount of sleep, the right nutrition and staying healthy overall. Then I gave some tips on how to appear taller – like exercising good posture and dressing to appear taller.
I hope you can use this blog posts to something and that you are up for the challenge of getting taller, if that is what you are looking for. If you have past your mid 20s, then you won’t really be able to grow much taller and then it is just a matter of confidence and add ons like clothing and hair style. Don’t believe in all the weird pills and exercises that are being sold and recommend on the Internet – it just doesn’t work.
Be happy with that cards you have been dealt and satisfy with the body you have – if you have passed the chance of adding a few extra inches to your body. Many times it all comes down to confidence and whether we love our bodies or not. No matter how you look – whether you’re a tall or short, thick or thin – you should appreciate the body, you have been given and learn to love yourself as you are.
Thanks for reading “How to Grow Taller” – Which tip are you going to try? Do you have a good tip on how to grow taller yourself? Leave a quick comment below.