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 I can never lose weight!

=> i weigh 150-160 pounds and im only 11 I'm 5.1 but i just cant ever loose weight its very hard for me please help because i don't know wat to do:-(

=> hi lucy im just like you but i was wondering how can i lose weight im a sze 13/14 i rlly want to fit into a 10 what do i do please help me lucy i need you insperation!

=> i lost weight and gained it and lost some of it but i need some tips ,could you help?

 
Losing weight is hard for most people. After all, shedding pounds and keeping them off usually requires making changes in how we eat and exercise. Many kids have a set routine in the kinds and amounts of food they eat plus how active they are each day. Improving upon these habits takes a conscious effort and there are often many slip-ups before we start seeing success.

The first thing you may want to do is to list the foods you usually eat, jot down what activities you do and who you have to help you, for example a good friend. Look at this list closely to see where you may need to make any changes. Start with one or two changes at a time. If you fail one day, get right back to it the next day. It takes time to change habits.

When you are ready, visit the Healthy Weight School for more information and tips. Take it one step and one day at a time. "You can do it!"


 Processed or non processed foods?

=> are processed or non processed foods healthier for you?

 This is a great question, and one that is often overlooked. Generally, it is considered a healthier option to eat a diet consisting mostly of non-processed foods. Non-processed foods allow our bodies to more easily use the nutrients they provide.

Examples of non processed foods to include in your daily diet are fresh fruits and vegetables, and whole grains. Ideally, our diets should contain 5 servings of fruits and vegetables per day. Try to go beyond that. Fill your refrigerator with in-season vegetables and fruits, including berries which are rich in anti-oxidants.

Processed foods often contain ingredients intended to lengthen the shelf life of the item. Unfortunately, these same ingredients are not as healthy for our bodies, tend to be more addicting, and contribute to obesity.

Try to learn to read labels on foods. Some examples of ingredients to avoid would include nitrates, MSG, and partially hydrogenated or hydrogenated fats (trans fats). A general rule to try to follow is: "if you can't read it (or pronounce it), don't eat it!" You will feel better and have more energy. Here is more information on starting to eat healthier. Make this a healthy day!


 Snacking Addiction & Eating for Comfort

=> Well,im in 8th grade now and Ive been a little over weight since 6th grade.ITs only gotten worst over 3 years. I am freaking so embarrassed to go anywhere and to buy my size 10 jeans-____-. I want to be petite since im sort i could be slim and just feel good to go anywhere. I think that i am pretty,just fat,and if i were slim i would feel like wonder woman hahaha:)I am now 5'2-5'3 and 150 pounds!!!!!:( Boys used to actually like me but now I DONT KNOW ANY THAT LIKE ME they all just say eww no youre fat...TO MY FACE TOO!!! ps-I kinda have a snacking addiction. Tips on to help?

=> im 5'5 and 138 pounds. i feel soo fat. and i eat healthy things but i eat to too much of them because i need comfort. im so ashamed. i just want to be pretty.

 
Many of us eat even when we are not hungry because we have some unpleasant feelings, and we turn to food in order to make the bad feelings go away. Unfortunately, this only makes us feel better for a short time. Covering up these feelings with food can lead to weight gain and decreased self esteem. Visit the comfort eating page to find out how other teens have struggled with this same problem.

A good way to start breaking the overeating habit 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 substitute a different activity for overeating. Check out information about Food Addiction for more ideas.

Remember that you are pretty, no matter what your weight. Write down the things you do like about your appearance, then take steps to bring out your best features. Do you have great hair? Ask a stylist for advice on a good cut and style for you. Stop at the cosmetic counter at the mall and ask for makeup tips to bring out your eyes. There are many clothing manufacturers that make clothes for overweight people. Here are some clothing tips to help you along the way. Once you feel better about your appearance, your confidence will improve and other people will see "you", not your weight. Smile, it looks good on you!


 

=> how many pounds can I lose a month from dieting?

 
A good general rule for safe weight loss is 1-2 pounds per week. For very obese children, losing weight at a slighter faster rate in the beginning of their weight loss is acceptable and common, but as they get closer to their target weight, they too should lose only 1-2 pounds per week.

Unfortunately, there is no fast and easy way to lose weight.
Successful weight loss involves two parts: 1) healthy eating and 2) exercise.

When you think about what you usually eat, ask yourself if there might be a healthier food item you could choose. For example, if you are thirsty and usually drink regular soda, either drink a diet soda or best yet, water with lemon for a refreshing and zero calorie drink. If you usually eat a cheeseburger with french fries, maybe you could have a grilled chicken sandwich and cole slaw or cottage cheese instead. By picking healthier foods, you can cut calories without feeling hungry. These small changes can lead to great rewards.
Check out Done With Dieting for another way to achieve weight loss success.

Being physically active is also really important. This does not necessarily mean formal exercise, it can be any activity you enjoy doing: riding a bike, going for a walk with a friend, dancing to your favorite music. If you like doing the activity, you are more likely to do it on a regular basis, and as long as you are moving, you will burn calories.

Good luck with your weight loss journey!


 Am I Overweight

=> am i overweight or obese please tell me iam 15 and i am 4 foot 11 inches tall and weigh 129 pounds

=> i Am 13 ; 5 Foot 4 And 133.2 Pounds ; is This Normal ? Or Average , Overweight , Underweight ??

 
To determine if someone is underweight, a healthy weight, overweight, or obese, we need to know a few things:
-Age
-Gender (male or female)
-Height
-Weight

While you didn't mention if you are male or female, you can use the Weight Calculator to determine which category you fall into. If the calculator shows that you are overweight, head on over to the Healthy Weight School to learn more!


 Losing Weight - Losing Stomach Fat

=> i want to loose weight, im 13 and i really want to lose stomach fat, or get a flat stomach, any ideas?

 If you have extra fat to lose, you may already know that losing fat in only one area is not possible. But any exercise or weight loss should help your problem areas in proportion to other areas of fat. Likewise, 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.

Check out the Healthy Weight School to help you on your journey!


 Risks of Being Overweight

=> what are the risks of being overweight or obese

 There are many health risks involved in being overweight as a child or teen. Diseases caused by obesity in children and teens include: type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, clogged arteries, liver failure, breathing problems, and joint and bone problems.

Obesity in young people can also lead to social issues and unhappiness.
Studies suggest that overweight children are more likely to be involved in bullying than normal-weight children are, both as a victim and as the bully.

Click here for more information on obesity and your health.


 School PE - Help With Questionable Coach Requests

=> I just started ninth grade and I signed up for P.E. but they changed the course to athletics, so the first day of athletics they made us run a mile, we have had a 3 month long drought and it was 108 degrees outside, and the worst part of this was that our lunch is right before athletics. So of coarse I was in last, I tried to run as much as I could, but unfortunately, I just could not do it, I had to walk. When I finally finished, the coach said I had to do it again because I could not finish in the right time. I could use some advice for repeating this.

 You did not say how much you weigh. Overweight kids tend to get out of breath more easily with exercise, because overweight impairs the body's ability to take in oxygen. Plus, joints can become sore from carrying extra weight.

Furthermore, if you were not in the habit of running or doing any type of physical activity during the summer, running a mile all at once would not be a healthy way to start an exercise routine. It would be better to run some and walk some until you could build up to running one mile.

If a school coach or P.E. teacher asks that you do an activity that you feel is unsafe for you, you should tell the teacher your concerns. If that does not help, you might want to talk to your parents or your school principal.


 Going Vegan

=> I was online and saw that going vegan can help lose weight. I don't like meat or eggs that much anyways. I told my mom I want to go vegan, but she said I need calcium and protein. I can eat fruit, veggies, beans, nuts, and milk. I guess that isn't true vegan, but close. That keeps me from eating cake, cookies and other things with eggs. Also it will keep me from eating icecream and other unhealthy dairy products. Only milk. I won't eat any other dairy products like butter or cheese. This really narrows what I can eat, which helps me more with loosing weight. Do you recommend this idea, and what is your opinion? I weigh 85 and I am 4' 9". Thanks for your help!

 
There are three different types of vegetarians:
- Vegans do not eat any animal products, including dairy products.
- Lactovegetarians do not eat meat, poultry, fish, and eggs, but their diets include milk products.
- Lacto-ovovegetarians do not eat fish, poultry or meat, but do eat eggs and milk products. This is the category that most vegetarians in America fall into, and is probably the diet that most easily allows complete nutrition.

The most important thing to remember if you decide to eliminate animal products from your diet is to be sure to get enough of the essential nutrients. There are many resources available to vegetarian teens on the internet. Check out The Skinny on Going Vegetarian and Vegetarian Nutrition For Teenagers to get you started.

It seems from your question that your reason for wanting to try this new way of eating may be to help you avoid your problem foods. Ask yourself why you turn to these foods in the first place. Are you bored, angry, lonely? When we eat to soothe a feeling, we are TEMPORARILY comforting our self, not fueling our body because it needs it. Check out The Healthy Weight School to read more about comfort eating.


 I want to lose weight fast. How?

=> If i only eat nothing else but fruits,and drink only water, will i lose weight..and if i do will it be fast?

=> i am over weight and I want a easy way to lose about 2 stone because i hate the way people look at me and say things behind my back and call me names. Lucy how can i lose weight and fast? what tips can you give me to help me lose weight. i find it hard to run about four miles without stopping. i use to be able to do 4 miles now i can only do 2 and a half.i find it hard to do P.E(sports) at school because of my weight I HATE IT SO MUCH!!!!!! I WANT TO LOSE WEIGHT CAN U HELP?

=> how can i lose 1 stone in a week, without anyone realizing i am on a diet? i am overweight and i want to know how to lose a stone in a week.

=> Im 12 and im 50 kg and very short i was wondering if that is a good weight for myself i am 145cm tall I no i get picked on a heap i just want them to stop. I need quick easy tips to help me lose weight that wont get in my way with life. Thank you dearly

 Successful weight loss is a lot like the story of the race between the tortoise and the hare. The tortoise, slow but sure, ends up the winner! The same is true with weight loss. 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. Take a look at tips on how to loose weight for more information.

Here are a few more things you might do:
1. Ask yourself, "am I eating for fuel or to comfort a feeling?"
2. Develop a plan ahead of time of things you will do instead of eat when you are eating for comfort. For example, "when I am bored I will ride my bike instead of eat." You might want to check out the tip on saying goodbye to problem foods. Putting your thoughts down on paper can help.
3. Make specific short term goals that you can achieve. For example, if you want to lose 40 pounds, tell yourself you will lose 10 pounds in 6 weeks. Then write down what you are going to do to reach that goal, such as I will walk one mile, or dance for 15 minutes to fast music EVERY DAY. Do something different every day to keep it fun. Keep track of what you do!
4. Write down what and how much you eat each day. Try to cut out more of the high fat foods and increase more fruits and veggies. Check your portion sizes too!

If you create a sensible plan and stick to it each day your weight will start to come off, and be more likely to stay off. You can do it!

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