A registered dietitian (RD) is a graduate of an accredited undergraduate dietetics program, has completed an industry-related internship, and has successfully passed the national registration exam. A registered dietitian also maintains his or her credentials with continuing education. Registered dietitians are specially trained in a variety of topics pertaining nutrition including, menu planning, eating habits, and disorders. This type of a professional can help identify your specific needs and seek solutions that will help motivate you.
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How can I gain weight?
Dominique Adair, Fitness, answeredWhen we help athletes put on weight, the first requirement is to NOT skip meals or snacks. I have worked with football players who have their first meal at 2pm and wonder why they are not gaining mass. So, breakfast, snack, lunch, snack, dinner, snack. Also, while you don't need to eat a lot of unhealthy junk, you do need to concentrate on what nutritionists call "energy dense foods." Technically, this means lots of kilocalories per gram of food. These are things like nuts, nut butters, avocados, vegan cheese, etc., and you need large portions of these and all foods. Some people find that drinking calories (ie smoothies) is easier than chewing all that food. The idea is to take in a lot of calories without clogging your arteries. If necessary, you can also try engineered foods, (bars, GUs, shakes etc.) though add those in additional to whole foods, not instead.
Also, since you want the weight to be muscle tissue and not fat, you must engage in progressive, significantly challenging weight training for hypertrophy. If you’re new at this, get the help of a certified fitness professional.Helpful? 2 people found this helpful.
How should I shop for fruits and vegetables in winter?
Stefanie Sacks, MS, Nutrition & Dietetics, answeredI tend to shop with the seasons, so it is best to understand what is grown in your region (The Northeast Regional Food Guide is an example of a good source to find this info) and choose from there. In the US, most fruits and vegetables are available year-round, often from imports. So just be aware of your food's footprint and make choices based on what is most local. In turn, those foods will hold the most nutrition. Also, check out my book, What The Fork Are You Eating, for more guidance on how to choose produce and more.
Find out more about this book:What the Fork Are You Eating?: An Action Plan for Your Pantry and Plate
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