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 How Lucy Lost Weight - Lessons Learned

=> How did u get through all of the trouble about being overweight?

=> hey!plzz help me i like to eat but i want to lose wait also what should i do i m really overweighted plzz help me

=> I always feel awkward around my friends there all skinny and i'm overwieght.

 You might remember The Story of Lucy and the Pit. I had an eating problem and loved to eat even though I felt awkward and embarrassed around my friends who were all a healthy weight. I couldn’t do many of the fun activities they did or if I did them, I felt breathless. Here are some things for you to try that worked for me:

Ask Your Friends For Help. I realized I needed to lose weight and so I asked my friends to help me. Asking friends for help really works! They can be very supportive and help you to stay away from unhealthy foods. Ask your parents to help you cut down food amounts and be active as well.

Avoid Problem Foods. I drink mostly water and low fat milk now and have TRAINED MY BRAIN to stay away from my problem foods like sweets and soda. I did that by checking off in a food diary how many days I could stay away from my problem foods and learned how to stop craving certain foods. Soon, I didn’t miss them and I was starting to lose weight! You can do that too!

Cut Down Food Portions. When I go out to eat with my friends, I usually box up half the food when it comes to the table before I start to eat and save the other half for the next day for lunch or dinner. When I’m at home, I dish up a salad plate with smaller size portions and don’t have seconds. Cutting down food portions really can help you to lose weight.

Do Distracting Activities. I realized that I craved certain foods so I learned to AVOID THEM and substitute fun activities instead. My friends showed me that activities like walking, swimming and skating are fun. I found that when I did active fun stuff with my friends, I didn't even think about food! It worked!

Get In Touch With Your Feelings. I learned how to get in touch with my feelings and emotions and got support from trusted friends. That really helped too!

You'll have ups and downs but keep at it. Try the chatroom and check out ideas in the tips area as well as stuff from other overweight kids on the pre-teen and teen bulletin boards. Keep positive, you can lose weight too!

 Can't Stop Eating - Where is My Willpower?

=> im 14 and i was 140 less then a week ago and i scaled myself today and im 145 i try to stop eating but i just can NOT for anything at all if im bored...i eat. if im hungry (witch is like every 5 mins)...i eat if im sad ... i eat please help i want to lose weight i hate it because my sister is a toothpick and i want to be like her and wear what she wears but i cant...i get teased every day because of my weight PLEASE HELP!!!!!

=> well i keep trying to lose weight, but it just doesnt come off. it gains. i excersise sometimes, but still, nothing changes. ive only eaten one donut this hour. i dont get why i have to be so fat. people dont understand what i go through. i make myself throw up, but then i get hungry and eat everything. i wish i could be skinny like everyone else.

 What you are describing is often called emotional eating. When you eat for reasons other than hunger you usually gain weight.

Here are some ideas that can help you to lose weight. Keep practicing them and they will become a healthy habit.
1. Pay attention to why you eat. Do you eat only when you are hungry? Or, do you eat because you are bored, stressed out, depressed, anxious or other emotional reasons? You might be emotionally “hooked” on certain foods and may need to learn to control your emotional eating in order to lose weight.

2. Motivation is also key to losing and maintaining weight.

3. Keep a food, emotion and exercise/activity diary. Daily entries keep you on track and accountable.

4. Set small short term goals and take it step by step. Little by little you will build on your success!

5. Don't give up! You may not succeed every day, but just try again the next day...and the next...YOU CAN DO IT!!

 Surgery As A Solution To Losing Weight

=> I have been obese all my life and i have not had a day when i have not been bullied sometimes i don't want to even live I am thinking aBOUT HAVING surgery to reduce my weight, maybe that will help

 Gastric bypass surgery is a major surgical procedure, with many risks and side effects and something you would want to discuss with your parents and your physician only after other treatment options like a regulated diet and exercise program have failed. A team of doctors, nutritionists and psychologists can help you and your family determine if you are a candidate for such surgery.

Gastric bypass surgery is most often performed on morbidly obese patients (BMI’s in the over 40 range) and those with life threatening conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease and arthritis. Doctors usually don't perform the surgery on children until they have gone through puberty and have stopped growing usually around 12 for girls or 15 for boys. This is because there could be increased likelihood of a nutritional or vitamin deficiency after surgery, which could hinder bone growth and sexual development.

Commitment to a New Lifestyle Change. The success or failure of gastric bypass surgery depends on you.
1. You must commit to and learn to restrict the amount of food you eat FOREVER.
2. You must be motivated to make permanent lifelong changes in diet and exercise FOREVER.
3. You must learn how to handle difficult/stressful situations without using food to comfort yourself FOREVER.

In reality, it’s learning to think about your relationship with food in a whole new way for the rest of your life. You must change your emotional relationship to food. Otherwise, gastric bypass surgery long term results are doomed to fail.

 BMI Calculators, Waist Circumference Measurements and Body Shapes

=> I am 15 , 5'5 and 145 pounds. Every BMI I try says im either healthy weight or overweight, i am very muscular though especially in the leg area. Do BMI calculators measure in how much muscle you have also?

=> what is a healthy waist circumference for a teenaged girl?

=> how do you tell if you have an apple shape or a pear shape and what are the differences in the two?

=> Hi lucy my name is angel I'm 12 y and 10 m I have a flat stumach no rolls but my legs are fine not thin or thick but I feel fat even I am not I weigh 193 lbs (85 kg) and I am very muscular should I lose weight it look like if I weigh57 kg but 2 children at my school still teases me! What should I do. But I just ignore them ! All of my friends say I am not fat but I feel fat

=> Is it normal to look less than you weight? Doctors and my parents predict usually about 20lbs less than I do. I weight 143 (65kg) but most people say I look 123 (56kg). I`m 12...though. I`m 5`2 and haven`t had my growth spurt yet and I eat super healthily and very active. I`m a swimmer, I play tennis, I joined the soccer team I`m gonna go play for the basketball team...I know a lot of weight it muscle but I can`t help look at myself and feel that I`m fat.

Check the weight calculator on this site to check that your weight is in a healthy range. The BMI does calculate normal musculature ranges as part of the equation.

Enter your birth date, sex, height and weight to calculate your BMI. Your BMI is your weight divided by your height squared or:

(height) X (height)

Waist circumference is also a good indicator of your health and risk for certain diseases. Teens whose waist circumference measures more than half their total height are more likely to show signs of high blood pressure and total cholesterol and lower levels of good (HDL) cholesterol than teens who are overweight or obese but have a smaller waist-to-height ratio.

To measure your waist circumference, use a tape measure. Start at the top of the hip bone, then bring it all the way around -- level with your navel. Make sure it's not too tight and that it is parallel with the floor. Don't hold your breath while measuring it!

Here is a good tip on body shapes and How To Dress To Look You Best. Keep active, exercise regularly and eat healthy. All good ideas for being a healthy weight!

 Losing Weight & Helping My Self-Esteem

=> I'm 12 years old and 5,6 and wiegh 198 I what to lose 50 over the school year how do I do that and still fucuasd on my school work plz answer.

=> I'm 11 almost 12 and I wiegh 140 pounds! :( I feel like I'm the gayest kid on the universe! All my friends are skinny! Help me lose weight!!

=> I weigh 110 and im 4'11 im trying to lose weight so i can feel good about myself but i just cant.i am going through puberty and i need some self esteem.almost all my friends are skinnier then me i need help!

=> i am twelve and my height is 4 foot 6.i weigh 95 pounds.i think that i am fat compared to every one else in school.i really want a boy friend but no one will go out with me.all my friends have a boyfriend but i think i am fat so thats why no one goes out with me.am i fat or over weight for a 7th grade girl

=> I feel so.isolated by my wieght. What should I do

=> I'm 12. I'm tall for my age. I am 5'4 and weigh 145ish pounds. Is that too much? I wanna be skinny.... I feel like.. I'm pretty but my body just isn't good enough. Any tips?

=> how can you stay active and stay away from all of the junk food? and how not to get made fun of?

 We all suffer from low self esteem or low self confidence sometimes. It’s common to have low self esteem when we are growing up, especially in our teens, when we are still trying to figure out who we are and where we fit in. Girl Exercising We all want to fit in and look the same as everyone else. But, that might be unrealistic and certainly BORING. We should strive to be who we are as each of us has unique talents and abilities.

Here are some great ideas to improve your self esteem and how to be more positive. You’ll be amazed how thinking more positively about yourself can help you to overcome your feelings of hopelessness and help you start on your weight loss journey with more confidence.

You will also need MOTIVATION to lose weight and keep it off. Being motivated is what keeps us going when we want to give up. Set small goals so you can accomplish them. Then set another small goal. Step by step, that is what works! Armed with self esteem and motivation, you will have the tools to lose weight the healthy way.

 Spot Weight Loss - Arms and Thighs

=> I've got fat arms and now I'm using a new cardio routine which involves dummbells, my mum say I would grow muscles under all that fat and my arms would look a lot bigger. Is this true??

=> I am a 12 year old girl. I live in South Africa an di know I am over weight I way 52KG and I don't know what to do my upper legs are bigger than my two hands together what can I do to lose some weight and get my legs smaller please help me

 Trying to reduce fat in one area of your body usually just doesn’t work. However, toning, or strengthening the muscles in certain locations (such as your arms or thighs) can help give your body a better appearance.

The key is REPETITION. It is the repeated repetition of movement that tones and strengthens, NOT how much weight you lift. In fact, too heavy a weight can cause bulging so be sure to use proper weights for your size and ability.

The simple act of walking more and watching your portion sizes can make a difference in your weight and overall appearance. Try fun activities like swimming, dancing, jumping rope, or playing sports at least 30 minutes a day. You will notice a difference! Check out Exercising Smart for more exercise ideas. Keep moving, and you will see overall better results!

 Why Do I Eat So Much - Why Don't I Stop?

=> I'm really upset because i an overweight and i got sad even cried because i had to get a size large in womens clothing because i had to go swimming. When my mom orders me shirts im afraid that they will say my size out infront of everyone and im afraid that people will make fun of me. I have tried cutting down on meals i have exercised but im almost 200 pounds and im 5 foot 4 and im obeise can you help me ?

=> I am 13 years old. I weigh about 450lbs, and i have been pretty heavy since i was 10. I dont know why i keep getting more and more chubby by the day, all i know is that it is getting in the way with my life. I can't participate in GYM, scince my belly gets in the way and jiggles along with my...other...parts. Please help me Wiz.

=> What Can I Do To Loose Weight I've Tried Loads Of Diets But Non Of Them Have Worked?

=> I weigh 152lbs and im 5ft. Im really tired of being tge chubby girl, but i just dont know how to loose weight. My family knows im chubby they just dont know i weigh this much. My question is how do i get myself to stop eating? And any other advice you can give me? Thanks!

=> how do i stop my self from eating too much food everyday?

 We are often asked "What can I do to loose weight?" But, the real question you might want to ask yourself is, "Why do I eat so much?" "Why can't I stop!"

Try this idea:
1. Take out a piece of paper right now and write down those two questions.
2. Answer each question. We'll wait until you have answered.

What did you say to WHY I EAT SO MUCH? Common answers are, "I'm bored, depressed, lonely, sad, or stressed." Now, what did you say to WHY I CAN'T STOP? "Once I start, I just can't stop," "It tastes so good," or "It comforts me." Those are also common responses.

WHAT CAN YOU DO TO LOSE THE WEIGHT YOU WANT? Here are some things you can do:
Step 1. Recognize that you have a food problem. You might be using food for comfort and are overeating out of habit, not because you are hungry.

Step 2. Write down reasons why you want to lose weight. (Feel better, fit into cool clothes, get a date, etc). The reasons why you want to lose weight will help MOTIVATE you.

Step 3. Write down a plan for how you will reach those goals. For example, "I will skip eating seconds for dinner," "When I get a craving for food I will do a distracting activity like play a computer game or go for a walk."

Step 4. Start by identifying ONE problem food you have. For example, chocolate or french fries, soda or ice cream. Completely AVOID THAT ONE FOOD. Keep track of how many days you can avoid it. You may need about 10 days before your brain will feel in control of that food. Good Job!!!

Step 5. Identify ONE OTHER problem food and completely AVOID THAT ONE FOOD. Again, keep track of how many days you can avoid it. It gets easier the longer you stay away from it and the more problem foods you avoid. DO NOT GO BACK TO EATING ANY OF THE PROBLEM FOODS YOU HAVE AVOIDED. Stop several problem foods this same way.

Step 6. You will be losing weight! Now you can start CUTTING DOWN ON FOOD AMOUNTS. Try cutting down everything you eat a little at a time. If you weigh yourself frequently, every 2-3 days, you can monitor your food intake and keep your weight going in the downward direction or at a maintenance level.


Check out many of the great tips in the tips area of this site on this subject:
How Do I Lose Weight
Say Goodby to Your Problem Foods
Withdrawal from Food Addiction
Preventing Food Addiction Relapse
Say Good By to the Food Drug

 Bullied at School Because of Weight

=> im only 10 and im 100 pounds and everyone keeps bullying me at school what should i do

=> My at school make fun of me and my friend because were fat me and my friend wanna lose how do we do it???

 Bullies are nothing more than trouble-making LOSERS!! They are looking for attention and getting it makes them feel important and powerful. Here are some things you can do to stop the bullying:

1. Avoid them. If someone is bully you, try to stay away from them. That strips them of the fun they get from bullying.
2. Don’t react and don’t show your feelings. If you encounter a bully, ignore him/her or act like you don’t care. Don’t get angry or show that you are upset. Hold your head up high, walk away and get to a safe place. Learn more on how to deal with bullies and improve your self esteem. You will feel more confident about yourself and it will show. That will have the bully looking elsewhere!
3. Don’t do what they want you to do. Say “NO!" If you stick up for yourself, bullies usually leave you alone.
4. Get a buddy. Plan ahead and walk with a friend whenever you think you might encounter the bully.
5. Tell an adult like a school teacher or parent. Let them know what is happening to you. Bullying is wrong and IF WE ALL SPEAK UP WHEN WE SEE IT, WE CAN STOP IT!

Here are more ways to deal with bullies. Once you have the bully situation under control, check out many of the great tips in the tips area of this site on how to lose weight.


=> I am a 13 year old girl. I just started a diet plan to help me lose weight. I live in Brazil, so I can do sports at school and stuff because I am homeschooled. I walk 4 miles everyday, and eat a very small snack every 2 hours. I read online that this helps you lose weight. My problem is to exercise. I can't find the motivation to do more that just got walking. What can I do to get motivated???? Thanks SO much!!!! Oh, and do you think this is a good diet plan??

=> im a 13 year old boy and i really have to lose weight but have no idea how too.....im quite over weight for my age and need to lose weight, could you please give me some tips ? Its not tat i dont have time to exercise but im to lazy so could you like tell me what to do, or what to eat ?

=> I'm 15 years old and I am 6 feet tall, but I weigh over 200 pounds so I know I am overweight, I feel really self-conscious and I feel like guys don't like me and all other girls are prettier and skinnier than me. I can't run because i run out of breath and I have to wear oversized boy clothes. I want to loose weight so badly, but I'm obsessed with food and I am a couch potato, what should I do?

 Here's the simple truth: NO MOTIVATION = NO WEIGHT LOSS. If you have little motivation to eat less junk food, eat less food amounts, or stop eating when you aren't really hungry, you will not lose weight. Similarly, if you have little motivation to distract yourself with other activities when you aren't really hungry, you will not lose weight. So here are some things to help you get MOTIVATION:

2. Write down all the reasons WHY LOSING WEIGHT IS HARD FOR ME.
3. Make a list of FUN ACTIVITIES / DISTRACTIONS I WANT TO TRY. Here's some to try.
4. Do something on your fun activities / distractions list EVERY DAY! If you don't feel like doing something, review Why I Want To Lose Weight. Your list should give you MOTIVATION.
5. KEEP TRACK of the activities / distractions you have tried.
6. Keep a FOOD / ACTIVITIES / DISTRACTIONS DIARY. Write down everything you eat and what activities and distractions you do each day. 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. Check your progress at the end of every day, that helps you stay on track and stay motivated.
8. WRITE DOWN YOUR ACCOMPLISHMENTS. This is a great motivator to keep you going.
9. Reward yourself after each goal you achieve but do NOT reward yourself with food.
10. Start on your next goal. The key is to do it step by step.

If you feel you are losing your motivation, review why you want to lose weight or find a motivation buddy to help encourage you and keep you accountable. There is lots more information about motivation in the Healthy Weight School. You can also check out the Teen Bulletin Board and the Success Boards.

 Growth Spurts - Will I Grow Into Being Thinner

=> I am 12 years old and I really want to turn skinny! When I tell my mum to get only fruits an veg at home so all afus can eat( my sister is kind of fat as well) she says I will get skinny as I grow up but I want to turn skinny now! Pleas can you help?

=> I`m heavier than nearly everyone in my grade at school. I`m loosing weight now finally, not by scale but by clothes. I`ve lost about 2 US jean sizes in about a month and now these are becoming to big as well... I`m 12 and I want to loose weight in my upper-body as well. I`m big-boned and 5`2. I also want to lose weight on the scale as well. I haven`t had my growth spurt yet so most people say that after I do grow my body would most likely change and all but I`m a bit scared.

=> Im almost 16 I play volleyball for two hours everyday and basketball for two hours once a week and I eat healthy for the most part but I can't seem to lose weight and I have been the same weight since I was 13 and I do not see any muscle gain... Why is this?

 Growth Spurts Are Normal. Slow Steady Growth Without Growth Spurts Are Also Normal. So, don’t worry.

Most everyone experiences spurts in growth during pre teen and teenage years. Girls usually between 8-13 and boys between 10-16. Most girls reach adult height by the age of 18 and most boys by age 20. Others grow at a slow, steady pace throughout teen years without experiencing any spurts.

What Happens During a Growth Spurt. Bones and muscles grow and develop. You may have experienced little “growing pains” which often occur in the legs. Don’t worry, your bones are growing! All of this occurs at different times for everyone so be patient.

What you can do. Continue to eat healthy, exercise to keep your bones strong and keep positive. By maintaining your current food intake, you should "grow" into your taller you and look thinner. Muscle gain will also continue so be patient and keep active.

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