Monthly Archives: May 2012

Loosing weight vs Gaining weight

It’s all hard! Maintaining the “perfect” or “ideal” body weight, while keeping healthy, for everyone is hard. Most people in America struggle with loosing weight. However, there are a lot of others who struggle with gaining. I am one of those people who struggle to gain weight. My goal is to gain 10lbs. I want to do it in a healthy way. My friend wants to lose 10lbs.  Let’s see who will get there first. How should we go about it?


To gain weight :

Eat more calories. Calculate how many calories you were eating each day. Now add at least 500 calories per day more.

To lose weight:

Eat fewer calories. Calculate how many calories you eat per day. Now decrease at least 500 calories per day.


To gain weight:

Change your eating habits. Aim for three large meals and 2-3 hefty snacks per day. Drink shakes, milk, or juice. No coffee, tea or diet anything. Focus on:

  • Breads – hearty and dense (whole wheat, oat bran, pumpernickel, rye) are more nutritious than white bread; cut thick slices and spread generously with peanut butter, jam, honey, hummus, or cream cheese.
  • Vegetables – look for starchy vegetables (potatoes, peas, corns, carrots, winter squash, beets) in addition to watery vegetables (broccoli, cauliflower, zucchini, green beans, cucumbers).
  • Fruit – choose dense fruit (bananas, pears, apples, pineapple, dried fruit) over watery fruit (oranges, peaches, plums, berries, watermelon).
  • Soups – Go for hearty cream soups instead of broth-based soups. If you have trouble with edema or high blood pressure you may want to avoid all store-bought soup.
  • Added oils – in cooking, add a generous amount of oil. The healthiest oils are unrefined (extra virgin) oils such as olive, coconut, canola, palm, and of course butter. The less healthy but still acceptable sources of oil are those high in omega-6 fatty acids (pro-inflammatory) such as safflower, sunflower, and peanut oils. The unhealthy oils are those containing trans fat such as shortening, and the anti-nutrient-rich soybean oil (aka vegetable oil).
  • Spreads! – Spreading delicious calorie-rich toppings on toast, crackers, pita, and any other carbohydrate source is an excellent way to increase caloric intake. Some good high-calorie spreads are guacamole, olive oil, cream cheese, hummus, butter, nut butters, sour cream, cheese slices, mayonnaise. Even better is to mix these with shredded meats like chicken or fish.

To lose weight:

Change your eating habits. Aim for three small meals and 2-3 snacks which consist of fruits and vegetables per day. Don’t drink sodas, sugar filled drinks or shakes. Do drink unsweetened tea or coffee and a lot of water. Focus on:

  • Vegetables – (broccoli, cauliflower, zucchini, green beans, cucumbers).
  • Fruit -(oranges, peaches, plums, berries, watermelon).
  • Soups – Do NOT go for hearty cream soups. GO for broth-based soups. If you have trouble with edema or high blood pressure you may want to avoid all store-bought soup.
  • Spreads – Leave off spreads where ever you can. No mayo, or butter. The healthiest alternative is unrefined (extra virgin) olive oil but use it sparingly.


To gain weight: And TO lose weight:

Avoid unhealthy, high-calorie foods. Most important is to avoid trans fats, which increase your risk for disease. Foods that are high in trans fats are: pastry products, cakes, cookies, processed meats, margarine, shortening, and packaged snack foods.


To gain weight:

  • Weight train. This will not only help convert the additional calories into muscle rather than fat, but it will also stimulate your appetite. The added muscle will increase your metabolism, so you’ll need to consume more calories per day to maintain that weight. During the first month of weight training, you may experience tremendous gains if you are faithful to your schedule. However, also expect this to level off after this initiatory period (This is known in the bodybuilding world as a plateau). You overcome this by re-evaluating your weight and muscle mass, while altering your diet to include more food and heavier weights.

To lose weight:

  • Cardio Training – This will help to burn off the fat. Drink enough water to keep the body functioning properly. The more calories you burn during your cardio workout will help to lose weight. Try to work up to more miles and longer times.


To gain weight:

  • Eat more protein. Protein is essential for body function to build and repair muscle tissue. If you don’t consume enough protein from raw foods or protein supplements then gaining weight and building muscle will be unachievable. Those looking to gain weight should consume at least 1 gram of quality protein per pound of body weight.

To loose weight:

You want to eat less of everything but at the same time you don’t want to starve your body. If you starve your body, it will store your fat no matter what you do. So eat small portions of healthy protein.

 Almonds for everyone…

Add nuts to your diet. Nuts are a very convenient and a healthy snack so carry containers of nuts with you to snack on throughout the day for when you get hungry.

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Posted by on 02/23/2011 in Health, The Perfect Body, Tools


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Rejection is hard to face but everyone has encountered it at one point or another. I’ve been feeling down lately from the constant auditioning and lack thereof. Jobs are slower than ever. Maybe it’s the economy. Maybe it’s me. Maybe it’s the industry. Maybe…who knows. I had this one job on my mind forever and I feel helpless. I went in for the audition but have not gotten called back. It’s a big project. I want it bad. What more can I do…? Hadn’t I done all I could do? Ask my agent to get me in again? I tried. No response yet. I try to remind myself to keep my head up.

Marilyn Monroe: Despite a rough upbringing and being told by modeling agents that she should instead consider being a secretary, Monroe became a pin-up, model and actress that still strikes a chord with people today.

Elvis Presley: Back in 1954, Elvis was still a nobody, and Jimmy Denny, manager of the Grand Ole Opry, fired Elvis Presley after just one performance telling him, “You ain’t goin’ nowhere, son. You ought to go back to drivin’ a truck.”

R. H. Macy: Most people are familiar with this large department store chain, but Macy didn’t always have it easy. Macy started seven failed business before finally hitting big with his store in New York City.

Albert Einstein: Einstein did not speak until he was four and did not read until he was seven, causing his teachers and parents to think he was mentally handicapped, slow and anti-social. Eventually, he was expelled from school and was refused admittance to the Zurich Polytechnic School. It might have taken him a bit longer, but most people would agree that he caught on pretty well in the end, winning the Nobel Prize and changing the face of modern physics.

Fred Astaire: In his first screen test, the testing director of MGM noted that Astaire, “Can’t act. Can’t sing. Slightly bald. Can dance a little.” Astaire went on to become an incredibly successful actor, singer and dancer and kept that note in his Beverly Hills home to remind him of where he came from.

Babe Ruth: You probably know Babe Ruth because of his home run record (714 during his career), but along with all those home runs came a pretty hefty amount of strikeouts as well (1,330 in all). In fact, for decades he held the record for strikeouts. When asked about this he simply said, “Every strike brings me closer to the next home run.”

Harland David Sanders: Perhaps better known as Colonel Sanders of Kentucky Fried Chicken fame, Sanders had a hard time selling his chicken at first. In fact, his famous secret chicken recipe was rejected 1,009 times before a restaurant accepted it.

If Colonel Sanders can get rejected 1,008 times and still push forward then there is absolutely no reason for me to complain. As Babe Ruth put it “Every strike brings me closer to the next home run” I must get excited for the day my home run is made.

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Posted by on 02/23/2011 in Life Style, Tools


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Summer is here, Let’s romp!

  Summer is here in LA. It’s getting hot and it’s definitely time to pull out the summer clothes. I love rompers. They are cute and they are super easy to pull on most of the time. They are a quick no hassle go to item. There are so many to choose from. You can dress it up with heals out to a date or just rock them with some flat sandals to the mall. The best thing I like about rompers is that they can give the appearance of a fun flirty dress yet you don’t have to worry about your skirt blowing up in that summer breeze..

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Posted by on 02/23/2011 in Fashion Sense


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I need new summer sandals

I was looking for a new pair of sandals for the summer. I went and I browsed the isles of my neighborhood shoe warehouse and I found some that I liked. I wanted them to be practical, comfortable and at the same time stylish. I came across two pairs I particularly like. One for lounging by the pool or going to the beach and the other for walking around the city.

Image DetailGuess flip flops priced $35 USD. Colors pink, bright orange and baby blue.

I thought this would be cute with my 60’s inspired bathrobe by the pool.

The sandals below I like because it’s soooo comfortable I can walk for miles.

SOFFT Ravenna Flat Sandal Black Patent Sofft Ravenna Flat Sandal Black Patent – $60

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Big and Beautiful, Dangerous Shoes

Watch out with these heels! They are dangerous beauties.

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New job in a new location.

It’s hard. All the work you done in the past may seem inconsequential. No one cares you were the star of the show where you came from, they want you to prove to them why they should even like you. If you ever changed high schools when you were a kid, now the entire world may seem to be that new highschool and everyday there is a new challenge to face in the work place.

Be open to learning the new way things are done. Sometimes this may mean you need to take a new class or just be observant of your peers.

Believe that the higher powers that be want you to succeed. They are rooting for you. Do your best and there’s no need to be nervous. They want you to come in and be their solution. So do them a favor and keep showing them that you are it. They need you as much as you need them.

Find who you click with. Friendly people are everywhere. Sometimes you have to look harder for them but look and you shall find a friend.

Don’t be afraid to fail. You may get an F on one test but the finale grade is not bestowed upon you until your dead, when life’s class has ended. So, as long as you are a live, and if your reading this I assume you are a live, keep striving for that A. Sometimes extra credit is needed.

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Posted by on 02/23/2011 in Getting Started, Tools


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Tyra Banks too fat

Since this title is the #1 searched for today I thought I would blog about it. Yahoo put out an article comparing Tyra Banks picture with the newer Victoria’s secret model Chanel Iman. Almost all comments said they thought Chanel looked bad and Tyra good.

Tyra said “The truth is that if I was just starting to model at age 17 in 2012, I could not have had the career that I did. I would’ve been considered too heavy,” Banks writes. “In my time, the average model’s size was a four or six. Today you are expected to be a size zero. When I started out, I didn’t know such a size even existed.”

Tyra has agreed with Vogue for banning thin models who “appear to have an eating disorder” from all 19 of its editions worldwide. While Gisele Bundchen told Brazilian newspaper Globo in 2007 “I never suffered this problem because I had a very strong family base,” . “The parents are responsible, not fashion.”

Is it fair to compare these two women? Shouldn’t they both be allowed to model? Does Chanel look anorexic or healthy but thin? I think they both look great!



Posted by on 02/23/2011 in Beauty, The Perfect Body


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