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How petite celebrities gain weight

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Guest post by Chrissy Anderson
Opening up any celebrity or lifestyle inspired magazine will confront us with a raft of images of the great and glamorous, done up to the nines as they step out at award ceremonies. Usually, accompanying these images is text to tell us how good or bad they look, for whatever reason.

Sometimes, in the name of real method acting, an actress might have to completely and radically overhaul their appearance so that the performance they give is as believable as possible. Over the last few years, some of the more petite actresses have had to do so. How did they do it, and more pertinently are their regimes something we can follow to help us gain weight?

Celebrity weight gain

When the film "My Week With Marilyn" was released last year, people were amazed by the transformation that lead actress Michelle Williams had gone through in order to look like screen icon Marilyn Monroe. Williams, who is naturally very slim and usually sports an uber cute pixie crop gained enough weight to take her to a size fourteen. When asked how she’d done it she simply replied “I wasn’t watching what I ate, put it that way”. Then, not content with doing it once, Williams did it again on a junk food diet, to play opposite Ryan Gosling in Blue Valentine, this time gaining more than fifteen pounds (and losing it all again afterward).

Hillary Swank

Hillary Swank

But weight gain is not as easy for everyone. Perhaps most interestingly, Hillary Swank, when researching her role in Million Dollar Baby gave a detailed account of what she had to do to gain weight in order to give a more convincing performance. She said that in order to gain an extra nineteen pounds, that she ate every ninety minutes and that her diet included as much as two hundred and ten grams of protein every single day. Alongside this, she felt she needed to sleep more, ultimately trying to get nine hours a night. If she woke up during this time, she would force herself to drink a protein shake, because she was getting the feeling that her body needed it and couldn’t go for too long without food.

This can’t be good, right?

Well, in a word, no. Renee Zellweger’s Doctors had it about right when they advised her to be careful in the way she gained weight. Firstly, gaining so much weight in a short space of time can be very dangerous and put enormous pressure on the body’s organs to try and cope with the extra onslaught of calories. Secondly, the foods that these actresses ate in order to try and bulk up was not only highly calorific but also very high in fat, salt and sugar which adds to the dangers of possibly storing up trouble for future years, even if the weight is only going on temporarily in order to give believability to a role.

How do you gain weight properly?

To achieve sensible weight gain takes time, patience and, surprisingly, doesn’t include any junk food - well, apart from in moderation as part of an all round balanced eating plan. The key to making long lasting, yet gradual changes lies in planning out a nutritious eating regime that takes into account not only an increase in calories, but making sure optimum health is maintained. It is said that in order to safely

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gain between one and three pounds per week, an extra five hundred calories a day would need to be consumed. It sounds like an awful lot, especially if you can find huge platefuls of food very “over-facing” or plain unpalatable. Here are a few ideas:

Little and often: It’s a good move generally, if nothing else to keep blood sugars stable, but eat three, sensibly portioned meals during the day. These meals should ideally have a portion of high quality protein, some complex carbohydrate, some good fats and fruit or vegetables to accompany.

For instance (as a guideline only):

Breakfast: Omelette made with one or two eggs, cooked in olive oil. Serve this with one or two slices of wholegrain toast, buttered. Accompany with a glass of fruit juice.

Lunch: Chicken breast cooked and sliced. Serve this in a sandwich made with a bread of your choice, buttered. Include lettuce, tomato and mayonnaise. Fruit for dessert. Alternatively, serve the chicken with a baked potato and stir fried vegetables.

Dinner: A bowl of stew perhaps made with lean beef and root vegetables. This could be served with some plain rice or couscous. Perhaps finish with a calcium rich dessert such as full fat yogurt or homemade custard.

Snacks: It’s also a good idea to plan a couple of snacks for during the day too. The occasional bag of chips or cookies is totally fine as part of a good eating plan, but it’s also good to try and incorporate good quality nibbles too. Think about trail mix, a bag of nuts like almonds, cashews or walnuts (all for preference should be unsalted), dried fruit mixes or even things like milkshakes, protein shakes or hot chocolate made with a portion of full fat milk for calcium and protein. All these will offer good nutritional value to you as well as providing useful and useable calories.

The advice is, if you’re going to try and gain weight, do it sensibly and don’t go the crazy Hollywood way. You want to eat healthy and still exercise well. Look after your body and it will look after you.

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Yes, I’m Skinny. No, I’m Not Anorexic.

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I can't tell you how many times I've had to defend my skinny frame.
Usually to other women who were just as insecure about their own body.

I think it's time we stop putting each other down, women!
Ladies and girls of all body types and sizes: let's promise to never hurt any other woman by criticizing her body.

Beauty doesn't fit a certain size or mold.

Yes, I'm Skinny. No, I'm Not Anorexic.

Yes, I'm Skinny. No, I'm Not Anorexic.

More 'naturally skinny' blog posts:

Keira Knightley defends her naturally thin frame
Five myths about 'thin privilege.'
Dear Cherie (and every small breasted woman out there)

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What to wear to a wedding: skinny version :)

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Oh weddings... even in you're not the one getting married, there are still plenty of things to be nervous about...Reuniting with that weird aunt, picture shoots like there's no tomorrow, and then... what will you wear?

The other day, I received a desperate message from a girl who was very nervous about going to a family wedding. She "hates her skinny legs," avoids skirts "like the plague," and feels extremely insecure about her thin appearance. So, what are some good ways to dress up without feeling too insecure? Here's the advice I gave her, I figured it might help out more women!

What to wear to a wear to a wedding: be confident!

You want to make sure you're wearing appropriate clothes, but you also want to feel beautiful and confident at the same time.
So, first of all - whatever you choose to wear, make sure it makes you feel good! If you feel good, you'll look good!

Your BEST accessory is confidence.

Avoid white, go for happy colors

You want to avoid wearing white - not because it doesn't look good, but because you never want to 'compete' with the bride :)
Since this is a joyful event, you can definitely wear happy colors. And that's a good thing, because patterns look great on skinny people!
Patterns can give you a fuller appearance. This dress with blocks in pink, grey and white is a perfect example.

Here are some examples I think will look great on you:

Ann Taylor Long Sleeve Dress

Ann Taylor Long Sleeve Dress

 

This Ann Taylor dress has long sleeves, so you don't have to feel insecure about bony shoulders/arms, it has a flowy fabric, and a very bold and bright color. I love how it flows together at the waist line, putting an accent on your waist (not on your chest or hips).

The model is wearing a black pantyhose/leggings underneath, which works perfect - with boots or pumps!

I know this dress might be a bit on the pricy side, but this is just an example - to give you some ideas.

Blue dress, black leggings and boots

Blue dress, black leggings and boots

In the picture on the right, there's a similar concept: a colorful dress with black leggings and high heel boots. This one's a bit more casual, but could still work great for a wedding! The dress is longer at the bottom (right at the knee) and flows a bit more. If you're looking for a bit more coverage, or something that's a bit warmer, this could be ideal. The sleeves are shorter, but are also flowy.

Tip: If you have a very thin waist, it might be a good idea to wear a thin belt instead of a big bulky one. When you have a delicate frame, thin accessories usually look better than bulky ones.

Of course, the color of the dress doesn't have to be blue, it could be any other color you'd like (both examples I found happened to be blue, and I happend to really LOVE that color haha!)

 

If the wedding is a bit more casual, and it happens to be during winter time, these following styles might work too.
You can either get an oversized sweater/top, or a mini dress, put it over black leggings, and wear it with boots or pumps.
Notice how the legs are covered by a black legging and boots (giving your thin legs more 'layers'), and your figure still comes out nicely.
This is a great look for thin women!

 

Mini dress, leggings and boots!

Mini dress, leggings and boots!

 

Short gray dress with boots

Short gray dress with boots

Another great example I found online (you know me, once I'm researching a topic, I find A TON of stuff!)
Look at this girl, yeah I know this is a professional pic and she's super pretty and all, but her skinny legs look great in this dress/boots combo!

Colorful Ruffles Top (Don't Mind The Jeans)

Colorful Ruffles Top (Don't Mind The Jeans)

Wear pants and a cute (ruffled) top

Another option is to not wear a dress, but pants. You'll want to find 'professional' or dressy pants (any color will do). When it's cold, wear boots over skinny jeans or jeggings, and when it's warmer wear ballet flats. Keep the top colorful, flowy and happy! Tops with ruffles work great on thin frames. And besides, doesn't this top (picture on the right) make you want to dance the night away?

You're going to rock this wedding! Enjoy, and let me know if you come across any other interesting fashion finds :)

 

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