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 Too Much Of Any Food Can Contribute To Weight Gain

=> hi lucy, does eating too much fruits and vegetable make you fat? tnx

 Simply put, if we eat more food (no matter what it is) than our body can use for energy, our body will gain weight. Food is Fuel, and if you take in more food than your body burns up, then the extra fuel is turned into fat and your body stores it as fat. Then, you gain weight.

It is recommended that we eat a combination of 9 to 13 servings of Fruits and Vegetables a day. However, keep in mind what a serving size is! Too large of portion sizes can contribute to weight gain.

Remember, fruits and vegetables are important to eat because they are filled with lots of vitamins, minerals, fiber, and other nutrients that keep us healthy. And, they are low in calories. Because they are filled with fiber and lots of water too, they can help us feel full.


 Motivation

=> how can i keep myself determined into losing weight?

 fun exerciseMOTIVATION is what keeps us going when we want to give up. Finding motivation to lose weight can be tough work, but you can do it! You may have many reasons why you want to lose weight, (feel healthy, look and feel better about myself, wear clothes that fit, and so forth). Having motivation can help you keep your spirits high and encourage you along the way.

Many kids find that keeping a "Motivation Notebook" helps. Here are some insider (notebook) tips:

- Write down in a notebook why you want to lose weight. Write down what motivates you to want to do so. The reasons can be big or small, silly or serious.

- Next, write down all the reasons why losing weight is hard. For example: "It's too hard to give up some of my favorite foods," "It's hard to stop watching TV," "I don't like to exercise because I am so heavy." Write down as many reasons as you can.

- Write down everything you eat every day on one page. Then, write down all the exercise you do in one day on another page.

- 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.

- 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!

- Reward yourself each week or month after you have been working hard on your goals. CAUTION: Do NOT reward yourself with food. Reward yourself with things like new exercise clothes or a DVD, go to a movie, or get a new hair style.

- Now, 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 mate to help you. This will give you more motivation. You can do it! Good luck!


 Stretchmarks and losing weight

=> if i lose the weight,will the strechmarks go away

 Stretch marks sometimes develop when the body expands faster than the skin can grow. This often occurs during rapid weight gain most commonly on the belly, under arms, sides of the body, thighs, buttocks and hips. A stretch mark is skin damage that may result in some scarring, but the marks usually fade over time.

Keeping your skin well hydrated by drinking plenty of water can help accomplish two things:
1) maintain skin elasticity and prevent or reduce further damage
2) help reduce your calorie intake because you feel full more often

It takes quite an excessive amount of calories to gain weight so rapidly that stretch marks appear. This may be a sign of emotional eating or a food addiction. Check tips on how to avoid problem foods to help with excessive eating.


 How Lucy Lost Weight

=> how did u loss tht weight?

=> are you overweight anymore

 Thanks for asking how I lost weight. If you remember in Lucy and the Pit," I had an eating problem. I just loved to eat, especially sweet stuff like ice cream and cake. My friends showed me that if I ate less of what I usually ate, I could lose weight. They also showed me what foods are good for me, like fruits and vegetables and how to cook healthy fish and chicken, that wouldn't make me gain the weight back. They also told me to STOP DRINKING SODAS and try flavored water and low fat milk 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!

I realized that I craved certain foods so I learned to AVOID THEM and substitute fun activities instead. I learned how to get in touch with my feelings and emotions and got support from trusted friends. That really helped!

Now I am still overweight, but not as much. I have ups and downs but my friends encourage me and I have friends on the chatroom here. I also get good ideas from the tips area and read stuff from other overweight kids on the pre-teen and teen bulletin boards. So, I don't feel alone.

It's a journey to lose weight, but I don't feel so alone anymore and I'm not afraid to ask for help. Keep positive, you can lose weight too!


 Dealing with teasing.

=> im an 11 year old girl and i way 130 pounds. is the unhealthy everybody calls me fat and i feel like crying really hope you can respond.

 
Teasing hurts and can make us feel sad. Here are some things that can help:

First, check the weight calculator on this site to determine if you are overweight. You will need to enter your height, weight and birth date to determine your BMI. Your BMI can help determine if you are in a healthy weight range or if you are at risk for being overweight.

If you find that your BMI puts you in the "at risk" or "overweight category," you can talk to a parent, trusted teacher, or school nurse. Let them know that others tease you about your weight and how it makes you feel. They can help with ideas. They might also suggest that you see your doctor for weight advice.

You will also find helpful ideas about teasing and how to build up your confidence in the tips area of this site. Here are more ideas about thinking positive.

You can also find other kids to talk to that care in the chatroom and get good ideas from others on the pre-teen and teen bulletin boards. Don't forget that every Wednesday "Lucy" is in the chat room to answer questions!

Don't feel alone, others are here to help support you!


 Talking to Parents About Your Weight Problem

=> how do i tell my mum i am 15 st 3 i am only 11

 Many kids say it is easier to lose weight when they have the support and encouragement of their parents. Parents often recognize that childhood obesity is a national problem, but they might not see or want to acknowledge that this is a concern with their own kids.

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!

Here are several things you can do to help talk to your parent about your weight:

First, calculate your Body Mass Index (BMI) to see how much you are overweight. Then show your BMI results to your parent. You could also ask your school nurse or doctor to discuss your BMI with you and your parent(s) 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.

Here is another great tip to help you talk to your parents about weight loss. There is also a Parent's Area dedicated solely to parents to discuss weight issues. You can show this area to your parent after your talk.
Good luck!


 Talking to your friends about your weight problem.

=> how to tell a friend you r obese

 Our friends can be a big help when we want to lose weight. Remember that our friends like us for who we are, not for what we look like!

It can be tough to start the conversation about your weight with a friend. Lucy has some great tips for talking to your friends to help get you started!

It can be great to have the support of good friends when you are trying to lose weight. Your friends can help you by being your weight loss buddy. For example, they can do physical activities with you and help you to avoid certain addicting foods.

Try some of Lucy's tips when talking to a trusted friend and see how supportive and encouraging they can be! Come back to the message boards and let us know how you are doing!


 Healthy Weight Perceptions

=> i am 98 pounds and my hight is 4foot and 11 inches. In your BMI calculater and other BMI calculaters it say i am healthy weight so why do i look fat?

=> can you give me a good diet chart i can use to loose 1 stone every 6 weeks,am 11 years old, i my hight is 160cm and my weight is 50 kg, i hope you can help thank you!

 girl with distorted body image
Please check the weight calculator on this site to determine if you are overweight. You may be in the underweight or normal weight range. This site is for kids and teens who are overweight.

Some kids and teens have misperceptions of their body image believing that they are fat or overweight when in fact they are not. You might wish to consult your health care provider about your concerns as we do not provide specific diet information or individual diet advice.


 Does Eating Too Little or the Wrong Foods Cause Weight Loss or Gain?

=> i'm 14 and i weigh 11 and a half stones. i have lost 1 and a half stones and would like to lose more. the things that i eat in a day are lemon juice, 1 slice of plain brown bread and then a rice biscuit. i have heared that it tto little amounts in a day can make people more fat. is this true. i am a female. tnx

=> hi lucy. i read in another website that if i eat fatty food 3 times a day and heathy food the next day, then i will lose weight faster because it conufuses the metabolism. i have lost some weight but its come to a halt. so i can't lose anymore weight but i'm trying so hard. what shall i do. shall i try this deit or not. i'm 14 and a female and i weigh just under 12 stones.tnx

 While it's true that metabolism is linked to weight, it may not be in the way you expect. In fact, contrary to common belief, a slow metabolism is rarely the cause of excess weight gain.

Although your body's metabolism influences your body's basic energy needs, it's your food and beverage intake along with your physical activity that ultimately determines how much you weigh. To lose weight, then, you need to create an energy deficit by eating fewer calories, increasing the number of calories you burn through physical activity, or both. You physician is the best person to help you determine what is the best weight loss approach for YOU.

Metabolism is a natural process, so your body generally balances it to meet your individual needs. If you eat too little, your body tries to conserve those calories by slowing your metabolism. It is generally considered safe to lose 1-2 pounds per week.

Weight Plateaus can be very frustrating, but you CAN break through them with persistence. Your metabolism slows as you lose weight. This is because it takes less energy (and fewer calories) to move around a smaller body. When you reach a plateau, you will either need to increase your activity, decrease the calories you eat, or do both if you want to continue losing weight. Trying a little more activity might just do the trick.


 What if you don't like exercise and can't stop eating?

=> What if you don't like excersice b/c it makes your heart feel like it's going to jump out, and b/c you love food and can't stop eating to much.

=> Ok so I think I have heart palpatations and it is really hard to exercise because of them and I am obese wich is aweful I don't want to be fat I won't be able to fit pretty clothes and most importantly I will be on the edge of risk fators. How do I know I am having heart palpatations? How am I supposed to exercise because of them. If I do have them how am I going to help them? I relly need to lose weight. PS If I eat salad I gag so don't recommend helthy eating

 
Being physically active is really important for getting to and maintaining a healthy weight. 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, or dancing to your favorite music. If you like doing an activity, you are more likely to do it on a regular basis. Remember: As long as you are moving, you will burn calories.

Caution: If you are not in the habit of doing any type of physical activity, doing too much all at once would not be a healthy way to start an exercise routine. Always check with your doctor before starting an exercise regimen. Your doctor will check your heart and lungs and discuss the best way for you to start an exercise program. You will want to let your doctor know any problems you have while exercising like shortness of breathe. Ask them to explain to you how high your pulse rate should be and what to do if you feel "palpations" while you are exercising. It is much better to start gradually until you build up working out at your maximum cardio level. The goal of cardio exercise is to bring your heart rate up above its resting level for a certain amount of time. Check out some tips for help getting started with exercise.

Practicing "mindful eating" will help you to eat less and still enjoy what you are eating. Being mindful means thinking about right now. Slow down! Think about what you are eating as you are eating it. Pay attention to the emotions you are feeling as you eat. Are you eating because you are hungry or because you are trying to feel better about something? Here is more great information about mindful eating. Have a MINDFUL DAY and GET MOVING!!!

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