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=> 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.

 Can Losing Weight Be Fun

=> How can I lose weight in a way i will find fun and Entertaining ?

 Keeping your weight loss fun is a great way to stay motivated. Keep things fun by writing down as many activities that you can think of that you enjoy and place them in a jar. When you are tempted to reach for a snack, or if you are looking for something to do, reach into the jar and grab an activity. This can be anything that would keep you distracted from food: dancing, reading a book, taking your dog for a walk, calling a friend. More ideas can be found here. Be creative, mix it up, have fun!

If you have friends that also want to lose weight, you might start a friendly challenge where points are given for doing certain activities, drinking enough water, making healthy snack choices, etc. An online weight loss buddy can also help keep you motivated. Check out the message boards on this site to meet others that want to be healthier also.

 How To Resist Junk Food - How Can I Stop?

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

=> I am fifteen, 5 3 and 180 lbs. I play soccer and am a goalie but im not very good, considering how out of shape I am. I can't run that long, im terrible at eating right. I feel like I have a binge eating problem. I really really want to make the soccer team in high school next year, but i dont have a chance. I was wondering if you have exercise tips and dieting tips to help me?? Thanks.

=> I love snacking on crackers, cookies, and chocolate during my free time. Also, I LOVE cranberry juice too because it sooves my throat. I really want to control this craving because I know that I don't need it except... I get hungry! Do you think that I an eating disorder?

=> I know that I need to exersize more and eat healthier but my parents fill the house will junk food that everyone loves. My mom tried to put us on a health kick but even she doesn't get healthier foods, what do I do?


It should be easy, just stop eating the junk food. But, what's going on here, you can't seem to resist. Could it be that your craving is really more of a "food addiction?" Check out helpful information about what food addiction is and how to conquer cravings.

Here are some starting tips:
1. Make a plan: Cut out junk food one at a time. Do distracting activities.
2. Be MINDFUL of what you are eating.
3. Surround yourself with SUPPORTIVE PEOPLE. Get a weight loss buddy!
4. Get junk food out of site! Out of site, out of mind!
5. THINK BEFORE YOU EAT! Are you really hungry? If not, DON'T EAT. THINK DISTRACT like in distracting activities.

Here are more things you can do to help you get through your cravings and tips on how to make your house more junk food safe.

 Tips On How To Lose Weight

=> i dont like to be fat .... i want some details that how i loose my weight... will you please help me .. i live in pakistan

=> im 11 about 5'3 and im 180 i want to lose weight but i cant i hate being fat i always feel like crying when i take a shower. can u plz tell me how to at least be 115 lbs!!!!!!!!

=> CAN U HELP ME LOSE 60LBS IN some months i hate being 180 im shoulbe 120 i need your help


Welcome to this site! To start, it might be good idea for you to find out whether or not you are actually overweight. Use our weight calculator to determine if you are underweight, a healthy weight, overweight or obese.

If you determine that you are overweight, you can get lots of information in the Healthy Weight School section of this site. There are also active message boards and a chat room, where pre-teens, teens, and older support each other with tips and ideas. You didn't mention your age, but here is the link to the Teen Message Board to get you started.

 How To Keep Weight Off Forever

=> I'm 140 and I want to be around 115. I try to go on diets and things but they do not seem to work. What should I do to keep the weight off forever?

 Many "diets" promise fast weight loss results. Fast weight loss is not recommended, in fact, most people who lose weight quickly end up gaining it back and then some.

When working on permanent weight loss, think about a plan you would be able to stick to for the rest of your life. Losing weight involves healthy lifestyle changes that you will commit to forever. It may take several tries before you find something that works for you, but then you will start seeing positive changes.

Head on over to our Healthy Weight School for more information.

 Love Sports But Still Don't Lose Weight - Help

=> I'm 12. I've been overweight for a few years now, and it's really affecting my confidence, but I'm not your typical overweight tween. I love eating healthy and I don't eat that much. I mostly snack on fruits and vegetables and I don't stuff myself. And I love sports! My problem is that my school is really bad for gym classes and stuff like that, and we hardly ever do anything proper. So anyways, I'm 5'4 and 182 pounds. I hate exercising but I love sports. How do I lose weight?

 It sounds like you have the right ideas and that you are making healthy food choices.
You might first want to check with your doctor to see if you have an underlying health issue that is causing you to gain weight.

School sports might not give you enough cardio time. Cardio activities get your heart pumping faster and help your body burn fat for energy. Activities like swimming, dancing, walking, jumping rope, riding your bike, even cleaning, can provide cardio activity and help your body get healthier faster. Try to get 30 to 60 minutes of "cardio" most days of the week and you should begin to notice changes.

Try keeping a food diary. Write down everything that you eat and drink each day. It might be that you are eating and drinking a lot more than you realize, so keeping a food diary can help.

 Fast Weight Loss - Why It Doesn't Work

=> I'm 10 years old and my height is 5' 1'' and a half. I weigh 110 lbs. What weight should I be and what can I do to do it? I want to get big muscles and a six pack. And I want to make that all happen before September please

=> i have to lose 4 to 5 kgs how can i lose them in the fastest way possible

=> I want to lose weight fast in 8 days before school starts.So am surving on grapes and water is that the right way to lose weight in 8 days

=> im 12 years old. i am overweight and get teased sometimes about bieng overweight, so i started the 17 day diet and in the first week i lost 13 pounds. i was wondering how i can loose weight fast and get muscular, like abs and upper body muscle. i can see the diffrence in my weight (smaller) and my endurance inproving.

=> i am 11 and i am throughly 12 stone what can i do i love cakes and ice cream e.t.c i am so upset all my friends are skinny and nobdoy loves me cause i am fat my mum said i need to lose weight fast to do you have any tips btw i am at school at 8:30 till 3:30 please HELP!!!

=> I am 15 years and I weigh 70kg how can I lose serious weight in a week

  While we would all like to lose weight as quickly as possible, weight loss that occurs gradually by making healthy changes tends to stay off the longest. 1 to 2 pounds a week is generally considered safe for losing weight. While that doesn't seem like much initially, that adds up to 8 pounds a month!

Take a look at the Q and A section on this site. You can do a search for the topic you would like answered. When you are ready to get started on your weight loss journey, check out the Healthy Weight School.

 Lack of Family Support - What To Do When Your Family Won't Help You Lose Weight !

=> I have been overweight ever since I was 7 years old and I still am. I was constently put down by people around me at such a young age. My former doctor even tried to scare me into losing weight. I was 7 years old and I felt like I was being threatned. Now I am 15 years old and my weight problems have worsen. I wear a size 17 jeans and I would try anything to be able to be myself again. I feel like im hidden in all these plus sized fashions which do not represent me at all, yet they are the only things that were created to fit me. Today I go to the gym everyday and I enjoy it. I love getting compliments and feeling great when I exersise. Even with occasional asthma I never let shortness of breath stop me from burning calories in tough classes. Yet I continue to gain some weight every year along with some new formed muscles. I can never seem to eat strictly and go on a strict diet. Its hard to eat healthy when Im the only one in my family who has to really try. Im 212 lbs and exersise daily. Yet I need some help with dieting. Im really on my own for this, I hope I can get some advice on how I can diet around a thin family who wouldn't change their eating habits because I need too.

 Even though many kids may know that they are overweight and want to do something about it, sometimes those we most expect to help us, our parents, are not there when we need them. You are certainly not alone.

Lifestyle and eating habits within a family can be one reason kids have similar weights (healthy weight or overweight) to their parents. When one person’s weight within a family is not consistent with everyone else's, we sometimes look at how emotional factors play into food habits. Pleasurable food, usually junk food, is often used to cover up certain emotions such as stress, depression, anxiety, loneliness, boredom, etc. Try to determine if you use food to help make yourself feel better.

There are many reasons parents may seem unsupportive of your journey towards better health. If you want to talk more with your parents about your desire to become healthier, check out this tip for lots of ideas on WHAT YOU CAN DO. Don't be alone. Come to the chat rooms and bulletin boards on this site for lots of support and other ideas.

 No Time For Exercising

=> Lucy how can I get time to exercise knowing that it helps with losing weight? I am really busy with my music acadomy we don't get out untill 7 or 8pm; how will I find time to exercise to help with the losing weight process?

=> Hey Lucy I am 17 years old. I am a girl who is struggling with her weight please help me I really can't find a really good time to exercise. How many minutes would u suggest that a 17 year old girl should exercise?

=> I'm very overweight and hate working out take big portions off unhealthy food get tired even after half a minute of exercise and I've given up please help

=> I am 13 years old and weigh 145 lbs. I am NOT proud of that and want to lose weight. I wrote down things that I should do (excercise, healthy food, etc.,) but I'm lazy and put it off. my goal weight is 121. HOW DO I GET THERE?!

 It is generally recommended that people try to get 30 to 60 minutes of "cardio" exercise most days of the week. Cardio exercises are 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.

The good news is this does not have to be all at one time. Most people can fit exercise into their busy daily routines. It can be as simple as parking farther away from your destination or taking the stairs instead of the elevator. Here is a tip from Lucy to help you find the time to exercise.

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. It is best to start gradually with things like walking and work up to your maximum cardio level. It's a good idea to check with your doctor to make sure you are healthy enough for increased physical activity.

Exercise does not need to be a chore. 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, and it will become a habit and part of your normal daily routine. That’s what counts. 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

Here is a tip to help you get into the habit of being more active. Find the time each day for exercise. JUST MAKE A PLAN AND DO IT!!!

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