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Healthy weight gain

While my entire family and friends try to lose the pounds, for the last week I have been trying to gain. I feel discouraged as I have not gained 1 single pound. My friends are baffled. My family is over it.

I have usually eaten 2000 calories a day. In order to gain I must eat at least 500 calories more each day. I’ve stopped all cardio exercising and will just focus on weight training to gain pounds.

Since I have always been a size 0 and now it seems size 0 is out in the industry and EVERYONE has been telling me I look unhealthy, I’ve decide to try to get bigger but in a healthy manner. Is this possible? I tend to store fat around my stomach and never in my legs, arms or hips. I want to get a flatter, more toned stomach at the same time gain weight…I have been lifting weights and counting calories to make sure I am in taking enough calories to gain. I am and still want to stay a pescatarian, a vegetarian but I also eat fish, putting on the pounds can be tricky

My goal: A size 2.

This morning I went to Ihop. I didn’t exactly order extremely healthy today (the red velvet pancakes) and this could put on unwanted fat around my stomach…but hopefully that will turn to muscle during my weight training.


2 eggs scrambled (added bellpeppers and onion) with hash browns with the red velvet pancake combo ( i opted for no meat) – roughly 1000 calories

OJ – 100calories

=1100 calories for Breakfast


1Tortia – 150calories

with 3 pieces of melted cheese -330 calories

with Tahini spread – 90 calories

with an egg – 65 calories

and I ate natto on the side ( this might sound gross to most but Natto is really healthy and has always been one of my favorite foods. It’s a Japanese thing) – 373 calories

a glass of coconut almond milk by almond breeze unsweetened – 45 calories

=1053 calories for Lunch

I just lifted weights

Legs – squats(3 sets of 10 with two 15 pound dumbbells), Lunges (3 sets of 10 with two 15 pound dumbbells), Leg extension machine ( 3 sets of 10 with 30 pound weight)

Arms – dumbbell curls ( 3 set of 8 with 10 pounds), Bar curls ( 3 set of 10 with 5 pound weight on each side of the bar), Bar Row (3 sets of 10 with 5 pound weight on each side of the bar)

Stomach – Lower ab leg lifts ( 3 sets of 20), Inclined sit ups ( 3 sets of 30)

= I lifted as heavy as I could, I felt a burn during the lifting but now I feel absolutely fine. I stretched before and after. I’m not sure how many calories I’ve burned but I still have dinner to go. Maybe that will be another 1000 calorie meal or at the lowest 500 calories depending on where I go tonight.

So far Breakfast and Lunch I have eaten roughly 2153 calories. I am usually averaging 2500 -3000 calories a day. A big fish with some grilled veggies and a salad sound great to me for dinner. That should bring me to over 2500 calories for the day.

If you don’t struggle to gain but are like the rest of my family and want to lose, this way of eating might be right for you too. Ditch the junk food that my brother always stashes. Opt for clean foods, and maybe even consider going Vegetarian. But unlike me, instead of weights, jump on the treadmill. You may have to restrict yourself from the red velvet pancakes and choose the egg white omelet but like they say “no pain no gain” or maybe in your case no lose.


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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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Vogue magazine bans thin and young models

I agree with regulating young models because society should not sexualize young girls. However, I totally disagree with them banning thin models in the industry. Everyone wants to say what weight is healthy, yet the truth is no one really knows if being a size 0 or being a size 4 or being a size 8, which is healthy? We are still finding out what’s the healthiest way to eat. Meat? No meat? A lot of tests have concluded that if you eat just 1 piece of meat a week your risk of prematurely dying increases.

I am VERY healthy. I never get sick, catch a cold or have ever had any problem physically. My father on the other hand suffers from many health related issues and always has. His BMI would be considered “healthy” and mine “too low”. I eat almost Vegetarian except I love fish. And I eat A LOT of Veggies throughout the day (fresh organic juices) and exercise regularly but not overly. About 3 times a week.

I have alway been told I look anorexic. Since I was a kid. I have been teased for it and yet I have always eaten and physically been stronger and healthier than any of my friends who would be considered “healthy” because the truth is if you don’t eat right and exercise no matter your size or weight you are NOT HEALTHY. I think the problem is people and even Vogue are not educated on health.

A lot of muscles doesn’t mean your healthy. Look at the people who live the longest, the Japanese, the Tibetans, not muscular. Being bigger rather than smaller doesn’t mean you are healthy. Being thin doesn’t mean you are healthy but neither does being “Normal”.

When the industry makes bans such as this, although they will try to select girls they think are Ok and just not hire ones they think have an eating disorder, this will greatly put prejudice on thin girls even if they are healthy. More naturally thin girls will try to over eat making them actually sick. I tried this when I was a teen because I was constantly told I was too thin. I ate triple the amount of food my friends did and it only made me feel sick, lethargic, foggy and I finally decided that type of behavior was harming myself. Over eating is just as harmful as eating too little.

I have been a model for many years and ever since the start of the industry declaring larger sized women are healthy and blaming thin models as bad “role models” I have felt a decrease in work and a prejudice toward any girl who is a size 0. Why cant the world except every woman for who they are? Why does the world always try to say one way is better than the other when they don’t even really know. All women from size 0 to a size 20, from 4′  to 6’5 should all be excepted and not be put down and pushed out of sight!!

Let’s face it, models get paid a lot of money to be exceptional just as any sports athlete is expected to be exceptional. If you want to be a professional athlete it usually comes down to genetics and how hard you worked on your talents. And just because a couple of athletes are caught with steroids doesn’t mean you should ban all talented athletes from the game. The same should be for models. If people find that thin models are bad role models for young girls to see, people should educate those young girls on health. This world has all types of people. Banning one kind, out of people’s sight, for whatever reason, size, shape, height, skin color, religion, is not the way to solve any problem.


Posted by on 02/23/2011 in Beauty, Health


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Fashionable Food

I ate all the oysters, except one, before snapping this shot because they were so good I couldn’t stop eating them! Oysters I found were in the Top 40 super foods list. They taste great as long as they are fresh. Your entire body will thank you for indulging it with this super healthy delight. So eat as much oysters as your heart desires, as they are also known as an aphrodisiac, and be ready for love.

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What every model needs

Beauty is not about being perfect. There is no such thing as perfect. If you keep trying to reach perfection the outcome will be disappointment. Every model needs to bring their own unique self. What makes you fabulous?Accentuate on what makes you unique.

Figuring out what makes oneself unique from the rest may be difficult for most, but everyone is unique. Maybe its your dark dramatic eyes or your long silky hair that comes down to your hips or maybe it’s your pouty lips. Are you the rebel with a cause or the free spirit hippie? Have a sense of yourself. Be confident with who you are and it’s then easy to be flexible and open to new ideas. Confidence does not mean ignorance or arrogance. You can fake confidence but that will most likely keep you unsettled. With fake confidence you can fool others and you could get many jobs but you can never fool yourselsf. This will most likely have you being jealous or afraid that you may loose or it be taken away. This type of mentality is negative and harmful. Without true confidence you can not reach complete happiness and peace. True confidence is a feeling of peace, when you take everything as is, and you have the strength to overcome what you can not change and the strength to change what you can.

Develop your core to be strong and confident. How to build confidence? Confidence comes from knowledge in the subject at hand. In the case of modeling knowing everything about your body, how it moves, how it looks in different poses and your walk is dire. Confidence also comes from knowing that you are unique and knowing what you can bring to a job.

Every model needs to be equipped with themselves. That’s your most powerful weapon. Show up with confidence and the knowledge of knowing yourself. And that’s something no one can ever take away from you, whether you get that job or not. There will always be another audition, another job just around the corner. So, figure out who you are. Figure out your own personal style. Figure out what and when you are at your most natural state of beauty. Then, just go with it.

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Getting the Perfect Body

There’s no such thing as the perfect body.! Everyone has a different body. That’s why there is different types of models. Once you have figured out what type of model body you are, (plus size, runway, fit, etc..) try to be the best of that genre. For instance, if you are about 5’11 and a size 6 ask yourself these questions: Are you the healthiest you can be? Do you exercise and eat as healthy as possible?

If you answered yes than you might be better to go toward being a fit model. Fit models are toned, in shape with tight bodies. You can find them on magazines such as Shape, advertisements for sports wear, and you can make a fine living.

If you answered no than eat a lot healthier and see if those pounds drop. Do not starve yourself! That is the misconception some people have. They think they have to starve themselves in order to lose weight. That is not the case at all. Eating healthier means a total life style change. You will have more energy, be less depressive, feel great, and most likely live much longer when you eat the right way. Dropping to a size 4-2 will bring you to runway.

If you are 5’11 and your body is larger than the average, you would be good for Plus size modeling. In todays fashion scene there is a lot of opportunity for Plus size models and the possibilities are endless.

If height is the issue for you, that isn’t a problem either. Models who are 5’8 have just as much opportunity as taller models.

If you are shorter than 5’8 the opportunity will be limited however there is still chances. Petite models are usually from 5’4-5’7 and there are agencies that represent the petite model. However if you have a unique look or luck is on your side, as with all the other genres, you can have the same opportunity as the 5’11 model. Models such as Kate Moss, Devon Aoki, Twiggy, are all 5’6 and look at their careers!

So the good news: whatever your body type is, it’s perfect! You will figure out what your natural body type is by closely listening to it. If you were born 5’4 and you have stopped growing most likely you will never be 5’11. That’s ok. How can you be the best 5’4 you can be? Look at your skin, look at your stomach, look at your thighs and lets work on making our bodies the best it can be. If you are 180 pounds and feel great, than that is perfect for you. But if you are 180 pounds and were once 120, maybe the 180 isn’t your natural weight. Did you have more energy when you were 120? Being healthy is the most important thing. Mind and Body. So, lets work on that and you will find the model inside of you.

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