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 Weight Loss Support From Others

=> I am a sophmore almost a junior in highschool. And I am struggling to lose weight. I am trying to eat right and I am getting help from one of my teachers. Am I doing the right thing?

 Many kids say it is easier to lose weight when they have the support and encouragement of their friends, parents or another trusted adult. Believe it or not, you need help from others even if it’s just for their support and motivation to help you to keep going.

You can also get support by reading the bulletin boards and visiting the chat room on this site. On the boards you can see how other kids and teens conquer their struggles with their weight and you can interact with others in the chat room. You may also be able to find a weight loss buddy too to help you on your journey. Good luck!


 Cardio Exercise

=> how many inches do i have to lose to make my weight loss noticeable? Also what is the best cardiovascular exercise to do?

 A good thing to remember is that weight loss takes time. You may not see results for several weeks at first, or you may see an improvement in your appearance in a short amount of time but the scale says you still weigh the same. You may have replaced some fat with muscle and that is definitely an improvement! You might initially notice that some of your clothes fit better.

Cardio or aerobic exercises are activities that raise your heart rate above the resting rate for a certain amount of time. These exercises are better at "burning" away fat over time. The "best" cardio exercise for you is one that you enjoy enough to continue doing over the long term. Decide on some fun activities that you can do at home. It is important to “just do it” at first, even when you don’t feel like it. Start out slowly and gradually increase the length of time to do these activities, and soon, you will notice you feel better and that you actually look forward to your “exercise.” It won’t seem like such an effort after all.

Some examples of exercises that you can do right in your home or neighborhood are:

• Dancing to your favorite music in your room
• Jump Roping
• Hula hoops
• Walking or Running up and down Stairs
• Going for a walk

Try to get 30 to 60 minutes of "cardio" most days of the week and you should begin to notice changes. Here are more Exercise Tips to help you get into the habit of being more active. Keep At It!


 Fast Weight Loss

=> im 14 years old i wait 146 but i want to get skinny fast and before i turn 15 i would like to get skinny in a month what should i do?

=> Dear Lucy, im a 12 yr old girl that is 5'8" and i weight 263 pounds and i want to dye my hair and my mom says i cant until i weight 130 pounds. how do i do that really fast because school starts in august and this is june and i wanna do it before school starts plz hlep!!!!!!

=> I just turned 12 years old in May, and I'm about 140lbs. I'm 5 feet and 2 inches tall. My goal weight is 90 to 100 pounds. It's June 11th and I want to reach this goal weight before school starts up again. However, I have no money for products or equipment and cannot leave the house. I don't want to be 140 pounds anymore, so could somebody PLEASE tell me what I should do?

=> I am 16 years old and am about 110kg,I want to lose most of this in 2-3 months...please help me on how to lose weight and live a healther life

=> i am turning 13 next month and i weigh 130. ive been gaining alot of weight on my tummy has lots of fat to loose. i am much heavier than my friends. i also do gymnastics and its hard to get my body over because i weigh to much. and i fly in cheerleading and they cant lift me. i really need a way to loose weight or tips. i do wii fit every night i wanna lose 20 pounds by next year. please help me i am tired of being embarresed of my weight.

=> I'm 12 and 5'4" but I'm 175 pounds. I really want to be atleast 120 by the end of the summer. Or the end of 2012. Please help me! I'd really appreciate it

 This is one of the most often asked questions. While most of us want to lose weight as quickly as we can, weight loss that occurs gradually (1-2 pounds a week) is more likely to stay off. Diets that promise rapid weight loss don't work and are not necessarily safe.

One to two pounds a week doesn't seem like much, especially when you have decided you want the weight gone, but it's the healthiest way to do it. Instead of focusing on the total weight loss goal, try making little goals that lead up to the big one. When you accomplish the smaller goal first, you will feel more successful and it will make working toward the end goal weight more attainable. For example, if your goal is to lose 40 pounds, make your first goal to lose 5 pounds. STEP BY STEP, that is the way to do it!

Trying to get to a healthier weight is hard work. Remember that losing weight involves making better choices, including healthy eating and exercise, so think about a plan you would be able to stick to for the rest of your life. All the small changes you make everyday will add up over weeks and months to a healthier body and a healthier you. You may not actually see results right away, but if you keep at it, I know you can do it!

When you are ready to move forward, check out our Healthy Weight School.


 Eating When Bored

=> I eat because I am bored what do I do? And I am 184 pounds I just can't stop it

 Sometimes we eat to soothe a feeling, not just to fuel our bodies. When we do this, we call it emotional or comfort eating. Boredom is a common feeling that can cause us to turn to food and occurs more often than you may think. Being aware of WHY you overeat is the first step in dealing with your overeating.

It is almost impossible for our brains to feel pleasure and displeasure at the same time. Unfortunately, the foods we often choose to cover up an emotion are the foods that are high in fat, sugar or salt, which can lead to weight gain. This can become a vicious cycle where a child can feel badly about gaining weight and eats more to make themselves (temporarily) feel better.

Instead of food for comfort, a person must find other ways to cope with boredom, loneliness, sadness, anger, happiness, frustration, stress, etc. Here is a past tip to further help you with avoiding boredom eating. Good Luck!


 Losing Weight in Secret

=> how do i lose weight without my friends knowing about it?

 Why don't you want weight loss support from your friends? Losing weight can be easier with the help of family and friends. They can help you by being supportive and can even be your weight loss buddy. If they know you are trying to lose weight they will be more apt to suggest doing fun activities together that don't involve food: Hiking through a nearby park, taking a spring bike ride, swimming together or playing some outdoor games. They can also help you to avoid food temptations when you are together.

It can be tough to start a conversation about your weight with a friend. You might be amazed at how willing they are to support you if you just ask! Lucy has some great tips for talking to your friends to help get you started:
You Don't Have To Do It Alone
A Little Help From My Friends

Include your friends in your weight loss journey, you'll be glad you did!


 Am I Overweight? Who Should I Believe?

=> I'm obese but it was a website on the Internet and my doctor says I'm healthy for my weight, age and hight what/who should I believe? ;-(

 First, remember that not everything put on the Internet is true. That said, you can use our Weight Calculator to determine if you are underweight, a healthy weight, overweight or obese. The weight calculator on our website is designed for kids ages 2 through 20 and shows a healthy weight range based on your age, gender, weight and height. The healthy weight range is wide enough that it includes all body types. I hope this helps!


 How Lucy Lost Weight

=> LUCY WHAT FOOD DO YOU EAT and WHEN DO YOU EAT THE OTHER HALF

 I used to love to eat sweet stuff like ice cream and cake. But I have learned that those foods are not good for me.

I now really like more healthy foods, like fresh fruits and vegetables. I have learned how to cook healthy like boiling, baking, grilling and steaming foods which are less likely to make me gain weight. I especially like these foods when grilled outdoors! I also avoid sodas and drink mostly water and low fat milk instead. After awhile, I really didn't miss the fattening foods! I TRAINED MY BRAIN! And, it works!!!

When I go out to eat with friends, I often ask the waitress to box up half the food before it even comes to the table. I generally eat the other half the next day for lunch or dinner at home or at work. Here is more information on cutting portions. Cutting down food portions really helps too!

Healthy Eating = A Healthy Life!


 Having a Boyfriend or Girlfriend - Does Weight Matter

=> The past couple of years I have been overweight. Lots of kids my age have girlfriends or boyfriends. I don't. Is it because I am fat?

=> Hi I am 11, 5 ft. tall, and I weigh 145 lbs. What can I do. I have fat all over and nobody at school wants to hang out with me!!! I NEED HELP!!

 Friends, boyfriends, and girlfriends spend time with you because of who you are, not because of your weight, height, eye color, or hairstyle. Think of the people in your life whom you most admire. Do they have movie star bodies? I doubt it. You like and admire them for the type of person they are, because they make you laugh, they are fun to be around, they are kind or encouraging, not because of their outward appearance. You can be fun to be around, kind, helpful, encouraging, supportive, and open to others friendship right now. Remember, TO HAVE A FRIEND YOU MUST BE A FRIEND! A SMILE goes a long way!

It's important that you want to lose weight for yourself and because you want to be healthy, not to impress someone else. Become a healthy weight for you! Try not to compare yourself with your friends. Everyone is different as far as body shape, and each of us is unique.

It may help you to know that there are many kids going through the same thing. Check out the message boards on this site for more support. When you are ready to learn more about losing weight, head on over to our Healthy Weight School to learn more.


 Seek Help For Cutting Behavior

=> Hey Lucy, So instead of emotional eating, which ive stopped a year ago i do something else.... for about a year or so now ive been cutting myself instead of eating... i know its not good but i cant figure what else to do when im fustrated,mad or upset, and its not just about my weight either... please give me some sort of help.... thanks

 Reaching out to others for help is a good first step to stop your cutting behavior. “Cutting” is the practice of intentionally cutting oneself with a sharp object to draw blood. It is often seen in younger teen girls, although older teens and boys can also engage in cutting. Getting treatment and addressing the underlying reasons why you engage in cutting is very important. It is an unhealthy behavior and if not treated can lead to other behavioral issues.

Teens cut themselves for many reasons such as a way to deal with and release emotional stress, express feelings of anger, to exert a sense of control, to punish them self because they feel worthless, or even to feel pain.

It’s important to tell some one you trust, a parent or adult, school counselor, religious or medical professional, and seek treatment. If they downplay your cutting behavior, ask someone else for help. A counselor can help you to identify what triggers your cutting behavior and help you stop. Reach out and get treatment if you are a cutter.


 Exercise To Help Lose Weight

=> im 12 and turning 13 soon i weigh 185lbs and am 5 foot 7. what exercises do you reccomend for me?

=> im 10 and im 92 pounds i get teased and people call me lauren the fatty i am embaressed and i want to loose weight and i have been working out like sit ups lifting weight not eating sweets and my weight is not going down HELP!

 If you haven’t done any type of physical activity in awhile, doing too much all at once is not a healthy way to start. Always check with your doctor before starting an exercise regimen. They will check your heart and lungs and discuss the best way for you to start an exercise program. Let them know if you have any problems with exercising like shortness of breathe. And, ask them to explain to you how high your pulse rate should be and what to do if you feel "palpations" while you are exercising.

You will want to start slowly with things like walking before moving into cardio exercises. Here are some tips to help you get started with exercise.

Aerobic or cardio exercises are more strenuous activities that raise your heart rate above the resting heart rate for a certain amount of time and are better at "burning" away fat over time. Some examples are things like running, jump rope, dancing, even vacuuming. It is best to start gradually and work up to your maximum cardio level.

Exercise does not need to be boring. Any activity you enjoy doing like riding a bike, going for a walk with a friend, or swimming are all examples of fun exercise. If you like doing an activity, you will be more likely to do it often. That’s what counts.

Healthy food choices and being physically active are key. Keep a food and activity diary to help identify the areas that you need to work on and track your progress. Eating smaller portions and increasing physical activity will help the most in losing weight and keeping it off. GET MOVING! GET HEALTHY!

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