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 Safe Weight Loss

=> i'm 12 years old and getting ready to go on a cruise the 19th of june well my point is my mom made a bet where we both go on diests and who ever looks best in a swimsuit gets a 100 dollars and gets to ware the swimsuit i weigh 139.4 and less then 5 ft. tall and i have been walking on our treadmill ATLEAST 1 or 2x a day and walk 30 min. to an hour i need to get skinny faster how?

=> how should i go about losing weight i am almost 500lbs

=> i was just wonder what dress size should i aim for whilst trying to loose weight- i am a 12 year old girl about five foot five inches i am in size 14 or 16 clothes i. Weigh 14.6lb i would like to get down to 10stone is this an ideal target weight and dress size 10

=> Hi im 16 150lb at 5'3 i have a medium/large frame i want to weigh 115-120lb what is the best way to do this? and is this reasonable to get done by august and how would i do this?

 Congratulations on wanting to lose weight. That is the first step to a healthier you!

Before you decide to start on a weight loss program, it is always a good idea to check with your health care provider to make sure that you don’t have any underlying health problems. They may recommend a special diet plan for you. Safe weight loss takes time and effort, so be patient.

In general, losing 1 to 2 pounds per week is considered safe, and gradual weight loss tends to stay off longer. Quick diets, food fads, and fast weight loss are bad ideas. They don’t work. So, be smart, lose weight safely!

It might also be helpful to revisit some of information in the School Area of this site such as How Do I Lose Weight, and Weight Control Tips. Generally, successful weight loss involves two parts: 1) healthy eating and 2) exercise. We need to take in less (food) and put out more (exercise) in order to lose weight.

Keeping a food and activity diary can get you focused on what you are currently doing and can help you track your progress. Strive to eat healthy foods and cut back on the amounts of food you eat. Review your food diary and identify better food choices you can make the next day. Do the same with activities. Try to be active most days. Do fun activities you enjoy, you are more likely to do them. If you mess up one day, try anew tomorrow. Remember, weight loss is a daily journey!


 Portion Control - What It Is and How It Works For Weight Control

=> Will I keep my weight off,if I ate 6portions of food daily and at least exercised?

=> Hi i'm 11 years old and I weigh 148 pounds. People say i'm fat. I'm going to middle school in August and I want to be a new me like I want to be skinnier. How do I loose weight. I can't play sports because I have a broken leg and arm. I eat a granola bar for breakfast then for lunch I eat carrots and broccoli. I don't have dinner. If I do have a snack it's a granola bar. What do I do?

=> i'm 15 and i weigh 100lbs and my height is 155cm.i've never been overweight but i've been kinda chubby until i began to exercise and cut off extra calories.i lost some weight and i think i'm not chubby anymore. so i was wondering if it's ok to have some extra calories again.will it make me chubby again? i wanna be thin. thanks for helping

=> Hey, I am gaining about 5lbs a week do you know what is happening

 Sometimes we may not realize that the size or amount of the food we put on our plate is WAY MORE than what is considered an average serving size. Larger sized servings can lead to weight gain. By learning to recognize a normal serving size (portion control) we can be more successful at maintaining a healthy weight or weight loss, if that is our goal.

Some teens think that skipping meals will lead to weight loss. This does not work! Our bodies need a certain number of calories and nutrients for healthy growth. Instead of skipping meals, try eating less than what you might consider a full meal at these times. Even if you don't normally eat breakfast, including this meal can help you avoid binging later in the day. At a minimum, grab a piece of fruit and drink some milk in the morning (which takes almost no time for those with tight schedules).

There are many things you can do at home, (use smaller plates); at restaurants (cut the food you order in half and take the rest home for a later meal); and at the supermarket (read labels for serving size recommendations) to help you follow healthier portion sizes. Check out this tip on portion control to help get on track with healthier eating.


 Motivation - How To Get It, How To Keep It

=> I'm 12 and I'm at least 140 pounds I want to be 110 pounds at the most but I just can't stop eating or cant start exercising and I can't stay motivated help please

=> Im 13 years old and im 50kg and im 1m 58cm i wear a size 8 or 10 in clothes but i feel fati really want to loose weight but i just cant stop eating i feel like im going to go mad if i dont eat something an i try to eat food with less calories but end up eating loads. My parents think im skinny but i dont think i am, please help me how to stop eating and eat less

 M O T I V A T I O N
Recognizing that you have a problem with overeating and that you want to do something about it is the first step to a healthier you. Maybe you crave certain foods or use food to comfort your feelings but don’t know how to stop.

A good way to break the overeating habit (and it’s a habit you can break) is to write down in a notebook WHAT YOU ARE FEELING each time you eat. Once you identify why you are eating, you can take steps to break the habit.

Here’s a way to identify your feelings and develop a plan to keep motivated:

1. Write down WHY I WANT TO LOSE WEIGHT. Things that motivate you to lose weight like “I want to feel healthy,” “I want to feel better about myself,” "I want to be able to walk 3 miles," “I want to wear fun clothes that fit,” whatever they might be.

2. Write down all the reasons WHY LOSING WEIGHT IS HARD FOR ME. For example: "It's too hard to give up candy," "I don’t like to exercise,” “I am too embarrassed,” “There is junk food all around me,” and so forth. Write down as many reasons as you can.

3. Make a list of FUN ACTIVITIES I WANT TO TRY. Things that you enjoy like walking with friends, gardening, dancing, whatever they are.

4. Do something on your fun activities list EVERY DAY! If you don't feel like doing something, look at your list in #1. Why I Want To Lose Weight. Your list should give you motivation.

5. KEEP TRACK in your journal the activities you have tried. Mix it up, don't do the same thing every day. It is easier to be motivated when we do things that are FUN and DIFFERENT EVERY DAY!

6. Keep a FOOD DIARY. Write down everything you eat every day on one page. Review what you’ve eaten and see where you can cut down. Then, write down all the exercise you do on that day on another page. Look at your activity list and get moving. Review your reasons Why I Want To Lose Weight if you need motivation.

7. Pick one food goal and one exercise goal each week. For example, "I will stop eating pizza." "I will walk for 30 minutes 3 times this week." Keep track in your notebook how you are doing. Sometimes writing your goals down and checking your progress at the end of every day helps you stay on track and stay motivated.

8. Write down the things that you have accomplished, or new motivations along the way. Writing these down such as “I lost one pound this week”, or “my clothes feel looser than before” are great MOTIVATORS to keep you going!

9. Reward yourself after each goal you achieve. CAUTION: Do NOT reward yourself with food. Instead, try things like new exercise clothes or a DVD, go to a movie, or get a new hair style.

10. Start on your next goal. The key is to do it step by step. When you feel like you are losing your motivation you can take a look in your notebook and read about why you want to lose weight or find a motivation buddy to help encourage you and keep you accountable. The Teen Bulletin Board area is a good place to find a buddy. Many kids post motivation tips on the Success Boards as well. Check out lots more information in the Q&A area of this site.

Remember, You can do it! Good luck!


 Losing Weight Is So Hard - Help

=> What can I do to lose weight?

=> I am very worried about my weight. I am 12 years old and 113 pounds I have done several diets and calculated my BMI on kids BMI calculators and all of them have said that I am obese. I am the only obese child at my school and everybody makes fun of me. I need to do something about this FAST.

=> I want to have a toned and slimmer body and feel more confident. I am attempting a diet with my friend and we really need advice on how to cut back on calories and do exercise that benefits us. Please help

=> Im quite fat and i hate it. Tell me how to fix it. I have hypoglycemia so you can do what you will with that. But ill stop eating carbs and stuff. help because this sucks.

=> hi im 12 and i weigh 148 ponds. i really want to lose weigh but its really hard plus i want to go back to gymnastics what should i do

 Why is it so hard to lose weight? We get asked this question a lot. Check out more complete answers to this same question by scrolling down the pages in the Q&A area. Here are a few recaps:

1. There is no quick fix to being overweight. Safe weight loss takes time and effort, so be patient. Generally losing 1-2 pounds a week is considered safe weight loss. Gradual weight loss usually stays off longer.

2. Talk to a parent or trusted adult about your desire to lose weight. They can support you and provide encouragement. A parent can also help by making your house "food safe." Healthy eating as a family works best.

3. Learn to read food labels to help cut back on calories. Check out what a normal serving size is (you are probably eating larger serving sizes) and the food value of what you eat. Empty calories in sugary and fast foods don’t contribute to healthy bodies and pack on the weight.

4. Explore the reasons you eat. Do you eat only when you are truly hungry, or do you eat because you are bored, stressed out, depressed, anxious or other reasons? You might be emotionally “hooked” on certain foods and need to learn to control emotional eating in order to lose weight.

5. Motivation is key to losing and maintaining weight.

6. Keep a food, emotion and exercise/activity DIARY and WRITE OUT A PLAN.

7. Set realistic short term goals and take it step by step. Small steady steps forward work much better!


 Milk Alternatives

=> I am 14 and i haven't drank milk since my mother breastfed me. I need some alternatives, but anything that tastes like milk to me, I won't eat. People say my bones will be weak when I'm older and now I'm scared. Please Help!!!!!!

 Bottom Line: Calcium is a must for healthy bones and good health. Good News! Calcium can be obtained from a wide variety of foods, not just milk. The Food and Nutrition Board of the National Academy of Sciences recommends 1300 mg of calcium a day for children between the ages of 9-18 years of age. That's about 4 servings of calcium rich foods a day. Here's
more information on calcium sources and a video on milk alternatives.

Let's take a look at some foods high in calcium that one could eat throughout the day to reach that recommendation. Be sure to check food labels for calcium amounts.

Dairy: Cheese, yogurt, milk shakes, eggnog, fortified soy milk, tofu
Fruits: Fortified orange juice, rhubarb
Vegetables: Dark leafy greens like spinach, kale, turnips, and collard greens, okra, broccoli, peas, brussel sprouts, bok choy
Cereals and Grains: Fortified cereals such as Total, Raisin Bran, Corn Flakes, Golden Grahams (They have a lot of calcium in one serving), soybeans, enriched breads, instant oatmeal, calcium-fortified bread or English muffins, white beans, baked beans, sesame seeds, almonds
Fish: Salmon, sardines
Drinks: Calcium-fortified drink mixes such as Pediasure or Carnation Instant Breakfast

Calcium supplements can also be taken but it is always best to get nutrition from foods first. Don't forget, regular exercise is also important for healthy bones and good health. Here's to CALCIUM!!!


 Body Image Issues

=> I am 11 almost 12 and I way 182 lb. nobody knows I way that much because I only tell my best friends (I want to way 105-90 lb.) I lie to everybody else I way 120 lb. but I don't want to lie.What should I do!?

=> i need help losing weight. Today in class we were testing, and my friend had some gum. I asked him for a peice. He said no . I said why. then a girl said come here and wispered something in his ear. I asked what she had said she said nothing. he said your a mini Kelen (she is a larger girl in class). i thought she was my friend and i am now 140 pounds im ready for change how do i loose weight

=> Hello I'm 12 years old and I'm concerned over my weight I have a holiday in 3 more months and I want to be skinny enough to wear a bikini and feel comfortable with my size please help me x

 Being overweight can be difficult. Kids at school often tease or make fun of us which makes us feel bad. We can then sometimes feel alone, sad or depressed. How can we feel better about ourself?

First, believe in yourself! You are a special person with many unique talents and beauty. Learn about Self Esteem and thinking positive. This can help us to be more realistic about our weight loss goals and work toward them in a more positive way. Try building up your self confidence, you’ll feel so much better about yourself. Once your new found self confidence starts showing, others will see you in a new light. They will want to be your friend and spend time with you.

Be honest with friends and parents and ask them for help. You’ll be amazed at how willing they are to support you if you just ask.


 How to Talk To a Parent

=> How to talk mum

 You should be very proud of yourself that you want to discuss your weight problem with your parent even though you might be afraid to do so. It might be that your parent wants to discuss this topic with you as well but doesn't know how to approach the subject with you either!

Many kids say it is easier to lose weight when they have the support and encouragement of their parents. Here are several things you can do to help talk to your parent about your weight:

First, use the Weight Calculator to see how much you are overweight. Then show these results to your parent. If you feel more comfortable with another adult, you could also ask your school nurse or doctor to discuss your weight with you and your parent and discuss the best weight loss strategy. Sometimes your parents just need an adult in the medical profession to talk to them about your health situation before they become convinced that they should support your desire to attain a healthy weight level.

Once you have talked with your parent, try to arrange some family activities that don’t involve food. Go for a hike through a nearby park, take a spring bike ride, go swimming together or play some outdoor games. Not only are these great ways to lose weight, it is fun to do activities together as a family! You can do it!!


 Calories, What They Are

=> What is a calorie? What happens when you eat something high in calorie?

 A calorie is the amount of heat needed to raise the temperature of a liter of water 1 degree. All foods have calories and different foods have different amounts of calories.

Become a Label Reader! Check the nutrition facts label on packaged or processed foods to determine how many calories are in a food. The label also shows the number of calories per serving and the portion size per serving. Remember, portion size is important too!

The label also describes the food make up and amounts of carbohydrate, protein, and fat. There are 4 calories in a gram of carbohydrate; 4 calories in a gram of protein; and 9 calories in a gram of fat. Watch Out! Fats have more than twice the calories!!

If you know how many grams of carbohydrate, protein or fat are in a food, you can calculate the total calories. To find the calorie amount in a food, multiply the number of grams by the number of calories in a gram of that food. For example, if a serving of potato chips (about 20 chips) has 10 grams of fat, 90 calories are from fat. (That's 10 grams x 9 calories per gram.) Here's more information about calories.

Every body needs calories for energy. But, if you eat more calories than your body needs, the leftover calories are converted to fat causing weight gain. Reading labels can help you to chose foods wisely and help you to maintain a healthy weight. Get Smart! Become a label reader.


 Losing Excessive Stretched Skin After Childbirth or Fast Weight Loss

=> im 20,i have a 2year old, i was abot 140lbs before getting preg and wen i had my child i was 250lbs , i have been "sorting my life out" for 6munths now, and have lost 40lbs just from eating well and walking, will the stretched skin go back in to place or do i need to do more for that to happen ?? thanks

 Congratulations on your successful weight loss! As you have discovered, stretched skin takes time to resume its former level of tautness. The fact that you are losing weight at a healthier rate now can help avoid the formation of saggy skin.

Here area few things you might try to help your skin return to it's previous condition:

1. Continue to exercise. Adding some weight training to your routine will help tone the muscles beneath the skin, which may make the skin appear more firm.

2. Drink lots of water. Water is an essential part of maintaining skin elasticity.

3. Eat enough protein. The ingredients that help keep skin elastic are collagen and elastin. Foods such as cottage cheese, milk, beans, seeds, nuts, and fish all contain collagen and elastin forming components, as well as oils that are needed help maintain healthy skin.

4. Take Care of Your Skin. Daily exfoliation with sea salts can help to remove dead skin cells and increase skin circulation, thus improving skin tone. Stay away from harsh chemicals and too much sun exposure. They can decrease your skin's elasticity.

5. Above all, be patient. Waiting 1-2 years after reaching a healthy weight is often encouraged before considering more drastic measures such as surgery. Surgery is expensive and is not covered by most insurance policies. It also carries health risks of it's own and can lead to scarring. Good luck on your path towards a healthier you.


 Big Bellies - How To Reduce

=> im 17 years old im 5'2 and my belly is buldge. what can i do? thanks :))

=> if I lose wight will I get a flat stomach or do I need to tone it befoe it is flat?

 If you have extra fat to lose, you may have already realized that spot reduction (concentrating on losing fat in one area) is not possible. But any exercise or weight loss should help your problem areas in proportion to other areas of fat. In addition, toning, or strengthening the muscles in a certain location can help give the body a better appearance if the fat layer is not too thick to hide your improvements.

Many people find that they can lose weight when they start walking or jogging regularly as long as they don’t increase the amount of food they eat. Most kids (and adults) tend to eat lots of foods that are high in fat, sugar, or salt. The key is moderation and gradually making better food choices.

Head on over to the Healthy Weight School for more answers. The section on How Do I Lose Weight is a great place to start.

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