~ QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS ~

Here is where we answer your questions about your weight and reaching your weight goal. Our site provides general health information only and cannot give medical advice.
To send a question Click Here Please read Disclaimer
 Junk food after losing weight?

=> is it okay to eat junk food after losing some weight. would this put the lost weight back on

 
Junk food is usually higher in calories and fat, and often contains ingredients that our bodies cannot process as easily as the nutrients we get from fresh fruits and vegetables. It also tends to be more addicting, so we tend to eat it even when we are not hungry. So yes, there is the risk that you would gain the weight back. Ask yourself why you want to eat junk food again after working so hard to lose weight. So, DON'T DO IT!!!

Lucy has a great tip that specifically addresses this issue. How to prevent food addiction relapse.


 How fast should I lose weight?

=> is it normal to loose 3 or 4 pounds in 1 week

 
It has been shown that weight loss that occurs gradually tends to stay off and it is generally considered safe to lose 1-2 pounds per week. Your best bet for weight loss is healthy eating and exercise.

Trying to get to a healthy weight is hard work. Try to be active most days of the week and make healthier food choices whenever you can. Set small goals for yourself, for example, make a goal to try one new exercise this week. If you enjoy that activity, make a new goal to do this activity 3-4 times a week. All the small changes you make everyday will add up over weeks and months to a healthier body and a healthier YOU!


 Am I healthy weight?

=> Ok I am 12 and weight 78 lbs and I am 4 ft 8 am I healthy

 
While you didn't mention if you are male or female, you can use the weight calculator to determine which category you fall into.

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

If the weight calculator shows that you are overweight, visit the healthy weight school for more information.


 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.

  Click Here To See Page 17 Of The Q&A Area  

Click here to go
back to the home page