Q: I know that many of the articles around health and fitness are catered to topics such as weight loss, but I am a young business woman with an active, high-stress job, and I am looking to put on 5-10 lbs before my wedding. I have been slim figured all my life, and I would love some diet suggestions that may help me stay healthy and fit, but also gain some healthy weight before my big day.
A: Although many fitness-related bridal articles are geared towards weight loss, weight gain is a legitimate concern for brides looking to fill out that perfect wedding dress. According to WebMD, some simple changes in diet can help women gain weight. If you’re like most slim people, you probably get full pretty fast. To increase calories per meal, think about replacing foods that have “empty calories” such as white breads, white rice and pasta with high sources of “good fat” like nuts, avocado, olives and fatty fish like mackerel or salmon. This way you pack more calories and good fats into a smaller meal. You can also include sources of protein in salads such as a hard-boiled egg or chicken slices. Secondly, try to snack regularly throughout the day on healthy treats such as nuts, dried fruit and yogourt. Snacking helps increase the appetite at mealtimes. Finally, have a high-protein snack before bedtime, such as a peanut butter sandwich. Your digestive system slows down when you’re asleep and will retain more calories from food eaten right before bed. For more information visit webmd.com.
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