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 Fast Weight Loss - Tips For Safe Weight Loss

=> I am 12 and want to lose weight in 2 weeks.Prom is in 12 weeks and I would like to lose weight.My friends are making fun of me and asking where would I get a dress PLEASE HELP ME!!!

=> i'm 13 years old, my height is 163 cm or 164 , and my weight is 58 kg and i really want to lose weight up to 10 kg in 2 weeks , i know it is possible but kinda dangerous, i just wanted to ask what should i do so that i can lose fat this much in this duration , i don't eat a lot , i just eat 1 or 2 meals a day i don't eat dinner , and sometimes i skip breakfast, i don't exercise a lot , i have no problem with exercises but i only need motivation and orders(steps\ exercises) to follow , what should i do please help me!!

=> i am 17, exactly 5ft and 190 pounds. How long will it take me to lose 60 pounds? i graduate on june 3rd, 2017 and want to reach my goal by then. Please help. thank you.

=> I am over weight in the stomach I have 2 months till summer and I live beside a beach I wanna swim all day but I don't wanna go out in public since I live in Canada I covers it up whitch coats this winter but now what I need something fast

=> I'm 13 years old, I'm between 5'2 to 5'3 and I weigh 143.3 pounds, I just wanted to see what I could do to loose weight FAST I tried diet before and I just couldn't do it, I was always starving and that caused me to not think straight in school, plz help me loose weight asap!!

=> I am 12 and way 200 pounds and want to now how to lose a bunch of Waite in 3 months. And how do I do that?

=> Im 13years old im about 5'9 maybe 5'8 im about 220lbs maybe i try to lose weight but i seem to not ever get there i wanna try some easy but fast weight loss ideas but i have no clue.. I get talked about because of my weight.... I dont go outside anymore at all because of my body.. Please help

 FACT: Fast weight loss doesn’t work and doesn’t last! Quick diets, and food fads are bad ideas. They don’t work either. So, BE SMART, LOSE WEIGHT SAFELY! Sure, we'd all like to lose weight fast but weight loss that occurs gradually (1-2 pounds a week) is more likely to stay off. Safe Weight Loss takes time and effort, so be patient.

Generally, successful weight loss requires healthy portion controlled eating and increased activity or exercise. We need to take in less (food) and put out more energy (exercise) in order to lose weight.

Try a STEP BY STEP APPROACH instead. Better choices, better results. And, check out
How to Lose Weight and other Weight Control Tips for more ideas.

Instead of focusing on "I want to lose 30 pounds by "X"," try making WEEKLY WEIGHT LOSS GOALS. Learn to set achievable goals. For example, if your goal is to lose 30 pounds, make your first goal to lose 5 pounds. Then when you lose the first 5 pounds make your next goal to lose another 5 pounds. STEP BY STEP, that is the way to do it! When you accomplish the smaller goal first, you will feel more successful and it will make working toward the end goal weight easier. If you mess up one day, try anew tomorrow. Remember, weight loss is a daily journey!

Here are a few more tips:
1. Keep a food and activity diary. This helps you focus and tracks your progress. Try cutting back on food amounts and increase your activity every day. Review your progress daily. Once you reach that goal, try a new goal. You’ll be more likely to stick with it and it won’t be so overwhelming.

2. Check your weight on a scale every couple days. That way, if you are gaining, you can cut down food amounts a bit more and increase your activity. Lose weight the healthy way! You'll be glad you did!

Remember that losing weight involves making better choices, including healthy eating and exercise, so think about a plan you will be able to stick to. All the small changes you make everyday will add up over weeks and months to a healthier body and a healthier you.

 Spot Weight Reduction - It Doesn't Work

=> I am 17 years old and my weight is 61 kg if I doing peg abs exercise can it effect my body growth

=> im a 15 year old boy from india, im over weight my problem is that my lower body which includes my hip my thigh all are so fatty and especially my hips are so horrible and so fat which look like an girl hip i wanna lose some fat from those areas i need some urgent help. i think the problem is i sit a day long and eat chocolates and some rich fat food i really wanna burn my hip fat pls im emergency

=> I have been battling excess belly fat since i was a kid the fat just stays there and refuses to go away. I'm actually rather thin in othe areas of my body. Kind of seems all of my fat is gathering at my abdominal area. Please help. I'm sick of taking shallow breaths in public.

=> I'm 13 and and I don't believe I'm overweight (btw I'm 47.6 kg) but I do have some curves and belly fat. I'm inactive since there isn't much to do around where I live so I'm unsure of what to do. What should I do to reduce the belly fat?

=> I'm 16, English, ginger, 6 foot 1, weigh 212lbs and have a 36 inch waist - my doctor said I was 'obese'. I've always been sporty and was quite fit until high school where I piled on 20kg / 45lbs due to after school snacking etc. I'm quite good-looking but now all the food went straight to my tummy and I've now got a soft potbelly which wobbles and shows through my uniform which caused my girlfriend to dump me. I'm now too embarrassed to go to the gym as all the gym goers would see my belly. Any tips on losing my gut?

 Trying to lose weight or fat in one area of your body (spot reduction) doesn’t work. But, any exercise or weight loss will help your problem areas. Toning, or strengthening the muscles in a certain location (your stomach, thighs) can also help give your body a better overall appearance. The key to toning is REPETITION. Repetition of movement (exercise) tones and strengthens.

Successful weight loss is usually done through a combination of increasing physical activity and decreasing your caloric intake. The best exercises for your thighs, butt, hips, and stomach are those that get your heart pumping faster. These are called cardio exercise and help your body burn fat for energy.

Doing activities like swimming, dancing, walking, jumping rope, playing sports, even cleaning, can help your body get healthier. Try to get 30 to 60 minutes of "cardio" most days of the week and you should begin to notice changes.


1. Watch your plate. Check your food portions to make sure you aren't overeating. Take a look at Weight Control Tips to learn more about how to control your hunger.

2. Get moving. The simple act of walking more can make a big difference in your weight and overall appearance as well as reduce your stomach size! Try to get at least 30 minutes of exercise every day.

Here are some activity ideas to try:
- Cardio Exercise.
- Physical Fitness.
- Increased Physical Activity.
- Exercise For The Cold.
- Exercise When Your Busy.

3. Exercise EVERYDAY. It will make a difference! You'll also feel more energetic and feel more positive about your appearance in general.

 Puberty, Hormones, Excess Weight and Man Boobs (Gynecomastia)

=> I am 11 years old and weigh about 120pounds and I am 155cm high I was wondering how I can get rid of man boobs and extra belly cause when I was at a friends and we were going out for dinner my jeans were to tight and my belly hang over its really upsetting even when you have man boobs to go with it please

=> is it true that as you get taller you will get skinnier. i am 12 years old and pretty tall for my age (165 cm), but also my BMI says i'm overweight (29.7). but my mum says this is a growing stage and you will get skinnier. is it true?

=> I am 5' 4" and I am about 180 pounds. I know I am overweight, but I don't look overweight whatsoever. I look like I could weigh 140 or 150 at the most. Why do I weigh so much when I don't look that big?

=> I am 14 years old 130 lbs all muscle. Will I stay at 5'4" or will I grow?

=> im 15, 5' 8", and 185lb. have gained about 20 pounds since the end of soccer in November. I have stayed very active, running or working out almost every day, and eating even healthier than before. However, I am gaining a lot of fat, and it is pretty visible too. Is this just a part of my growth, or is there a problem? also, how can i try to loose this fat? - Thanks

=> I am 12 years old and I was wondering how I could get rid of man breast.

Puberty is defined as the period of time when boys and girls undergo the process of sexual maturation. When your body is ready, your pituitary gland (located at the base of your brain) releases certain hormones which affect various parts of your body. The increased level of hormones causes your body to start developing more both physically and emotionally.

Puberty usually occurs in girls between 8 and 13 and in boys between 9-15. Many factors such as nutrition and obesity affect the onset. DON'T WORRY, EVERYONE GOES THROUGH PUBERTY! And, EVERYONE CHANGES AT HIS OR HER OWN PACE.

Many physical and emotional changes occur such as the development of secondary sex characteristics like developing breasts and starting menstruation (your periods) in girls, as well as achieving fertility, growth of pubic hair, and rapid growth spurts in both girls and boys. The development of menstruation (having your period) happens a little later.

Rapid growth can make you feel awkward. During this time you can grow a lot taller (several inches to your adult height). Even your feet grow in size, making you feel a little clumsy. Don't worry, the rest of your body will catch up! Losing weight during puberty will not make you grow taller or make your feet shrink. But, you may grow taller because you are experiencing puberty (the time when your body grows and develops.)

Hormones can affect your emotions. You might find that you get upset easily and feel anxious about all the body changes that are occurring. You might even have sexual feelings that you've never had before. It's important to talk to your parents about your feelings. If you don't feel comfortable talking to parents, talk to your school nurse, your doctor, a teacher or counselor or someone else you trust.

- It's important to get the right information.
- Everyone develops at a different pace. Don't worry if you start puberty early or late, or if the girls are taller than the boys for awhile. Everyone usually catches up!

Studies suggest that obesity plays a role in girls starting puberty earlier and that girls who are underweight undergo puberty later. Overweight girls therefore often tend to get their periods earlier than normal or underweight girls.

So far, there isn't much evidence that obesity is a factor in early puberty for boys. Sometimes overweight boys develop enlarged breasts (gynecomastia) or man boobs during puberty. Although having man boobs can be embarrassing, most cases resolved within a couple years of onset without treatment. Growing taller as occurs during puberty and weight loss will help. If you feel self-conscious about how you look or questions about what is happening to your body, it's a good idea to talk to a trusted adult or your doctor.

 Puberty and Weight Gain

=> I'm eleven years old, am around four foot six or seven, and weigh eighty-five to ninety pounds. I feel overweight because it appears my BMI has gone up from 18.5 at the end of fourth grade to 20.5 or 21 now, and I weigh about 10lbs more than most kids my age. My dad says it's because I'm muscular and somewhat short, but I'm not so sure. My waist is around 24-26 inches. Is some weight and fat gain a normal part of puberty or do I have a problem?

=> I am 14 years old and I'm 170 lbs and I'm tall and I have trouble losing weight even if I exercise and diet I still struggling with losing weightis there something wrong with me TELL ME HELP ME

=> My son is 12yrs he is 5'10 and 165 lbs. I'm worried about how much to serve him. I know he still growing

=> I am 11 years old and I am gaining 2 pounds a day I way 100 pounds So how can I loose weight

 Body changes begin to occur, including height and weight spurts during puberty. During this time, we may gain weight more rapidly as muscle, fat and bone changes occur.

We use something called a BMI calculator to estimate how much body fat a person has based on his or her weight and height (BMI = weight / height2). You can check your weight on the BMI weight calculator to see if you are in the healthy weight range. If your BMI is in the 85th to 94th percentile, you are considered overweight. If your BMI is in the 95th to 100th percentile, your are considered obese. Other factors to consider include body frame type and musculature. Your health care provider reviews these and other developmental factors to determine if you are overweight.

Our level of physical activity and eating habits contribute to maintaining weight so make sure you are keeping food portions in control, reducing high calorie and fatty foods and getting exercise. Remember calories we consume must equal calories expended (exercise) in order to maintain weight. We must either eat less calories or put out more energy (exercise) in order to lose weight. You might want to keep track of what you are eating, how much, and how much exercise you are doing for a few days to get an accurate picture. Check out portion control and HOW DO i LOSE WEIGHT: A STEP BY STEP APPROACH for lots of tips and ideas on eating better, exercising more and changing your lifestyle.

 High Cholesterol - What It Is

=> Yesterday I went to the doctor and they said I have high cholesterol but the didn't tell me anything else just to exercise and eat healthy. The doctor talked to my mom but my mom didn't tell me anything. What is high cholesterol and how can I fix it???

 Cholesterol is a type of fat in our blood called a lipid. Our body needs cholesterol to function but too much cholesterol can lead to hardening of the arteries, heart disease and stroke. There are two kinds of cholesterol. LDL is called "bad" cholesterol. It can build up in the walls of our arteries making them hard and narrow. HDL is called "good" cholesterol and removes excess cholesterol from the blood vessels and returns it back to our liver. We need a blood test to check cholesterol levels as we don't usually have symptoms or feel sick.

Things that increase cholesterol levels include:
- Eating too much saturated fat like red meats and full fat dairy products
- Being overweight
- Lack of exercise- exercise helps the good HDL cholesterol work better
- Smoking - damages the blood vessels and lowers HDL or good cholestrol
- Diabetes

What we can do to lower our bad (LDL) cholesterol level include:
- Eat foods like fruits, vegetable, whole grains, fish and low-fat dairy foods and less red meat and high fat foods
- Exercise
- Lose weight if we are overweight
- Don't smoke
- Sometimes we may need to take a medication to help lower cholesterol levels if the above don't lower it

If you are overweight, check out HOW DO i LOSE WEIGHT: A STEP BY STEP APPROACH for lots of tips and ideas on eating better, exercising more and changing your lifestyle.

 Inactive But Want to Lose Weight

=> Hello. I am 14 years old and would love to lose about 20 pounds so I can be more confident with my body. Could you give me some tips on how to lose the extra weight while still being healthy. I am homeschooled so I'm sitting at the computer half the day and then too exhausted to do anything else for the other half. Any tips would be greatly appreciatted. Thank you for your time!

=> I am 14 and I weigh 270 pounds what should I do to lose weight

=> Is it normal to be 14 years old and weigh 210 or more and im 5`2 or 5`3. I want to loss weigh but were i live theres no parks,walking tracks and sometimes even neighbors to play with. My parnents keep complaining how i need to loss weight but when i tell them that theres nothing to do outside they both laugh at me like they don't beleive me. And when my dad goes to the store to buy food all he buys is junk food and get this he has diabices[were he can`t eat much sugar]sorry if my spelling is horrible

=> Im overweight im ll years old and weight 145 please help

=> I am 14, going into high school after summer break I'm over weight right now and at 150 pounds for my 5'10 heighth; However, I need to lose the extra fat that my body holds. What can I do to lose weight in a few months.? Thanks.

=> what things must i eat to lose weight

=> I am 14 and have been 'battling the weight' for about 4 years now. I had started losing the wight but I feel I have lost my motivation and have started craving sugary foods and crisps again!! What do you recommend I do?

 REALITY CHECK! Losing weight requires that YOU EAT LESS CALORIES THAN YOUR BODY BURNS UP. In other words, in order to lose weight, you will need to eat less, be more active, or a combination of both. It's that simple. What is not so simple is resisting the high fat, high sugar foods, the large portion sizes, second helpings, frequent "junk food" snacks and soft drinks that you are used to.

1. Check out HOW DO I LOSE WEIGHT: A STEP BY STEP APPROACH It's filled with tips organized to help you lose weight. These are all things that YOU CAN DO AND THAT YOU CAN CONTROL.

MOTIVATION. Here's help to get started on making your own motivation chart. Make a list of what you will need to do to reach each goal and plan to do something on your list EVERY DAY!!!!

3. ASK OTHERS FOR HELP. You’ll find they are very willing to support you in your weight lose journey if you just ask. Ask them to do fun things with you like go for bike rides or walks, play games or practice dance steps. YOU CAN DO IT!!!


 Lose Weight Then Regain - What To Do

=> I'm 16 and I weight 190 I am also 5'7. I always try but then end up losing a few pounds and regaining them. I don't know what to do, I do the treadmill everyday and look up to Taylor Swift as she is my role model.

=> I am 5"11 but I weight around 125 kg.My chest is 47 inches, and my body build up is good except from curvy sides. I am sick of being fat. I want to get slim but do not want to exercise, it'seems nothing like I cannot work hard but I am fed up now. I have tried loosing weight earlier also and I succeeded in it but after few months I was back to zero. Even more obese.. I really want to get slim, please help me..

=> I have tried everything and I maintain a healthy life-style, but nothing works. I am on a swim team, a soccer team, I count calories, I keep a journal, I have healthy meals... How can I lose the weight?

 Ping-Ponging back and forth? If you've been trying to lose weight but it isn't working, it's time to RE-THINK your approach. Perhaps you are dieting or exercising but you aren't seeing any results. We may practice bursts of exercising or healthy eating several times a week but to be successful, one needs to work on weight loss EVERY DAY.

Often times when we fail, it's because we don't have a PLAN in place and we aren't consistent in our weight loss efforts. This doesn't mean dieting or exercising. Remember, losing weight is a long term commitment. Here are some helpful ideas:

1. First, take a STEP BY STEP APPROACH.
2. Second, make specific and measurable SHORT TERM GOALS.

Check out How Lucy Lost Weight for more ideas. Things like:
- Avoid Problem Foods
- Cut Down Food Portions
- Do Distracting Activities
- Get in Touch With Your Feelings
- Ask Your Friends For Help

Try some of these ideas. You are bound to be more successful!

 Barriers To Weight Loss: Physical Limitations, Procrastination, Lack of Motivation, Little Exercise

=> Im 13 and a bit overweight. I have chronic asthma and on a lot of medication which means i cant excersise to hard because i just end up being admitted to hospital! Its really annoying me! How do i loose weight quicker so i can excersise more and get healthier and smaller?? Help lucy!!

=> I am 15, 5'9", and 170llbs. I have a lot of muscle in my thighs because I danced for 8 years. I suffered a bad ankle injury that ruined my chance at dance and I have a birth defect in my knees. I wear a 14 in woman's pants. My mom knows I want to lose weight but continues to cook the bad foods. I play tennis and burn over 2000 calories a day and eat under 2000 calories a day. The weight just will not come off. My goal is to look good in a bikini by the summer time. Also, I don't eat junk food, fast food disgusts me, and I don't drink soda at all. What can I do?

=> hey i am 15 yrs old i want to be healthy since i am almost obese for my height but when i want to exercise i feel lazy and procastinate and tell my self i will do exercise when i become an adult but i know exercise are important every day for kids my age what should i do

=> I am 190lbs and 13 my family isn't supportive and call me fatto and tell me that I need to lose weight and I look ugly I have a exercise CD but my dad is always in the room with the player and doesn't let me exercise in front of him because he's reading and they still buy unhealthy foods h

=> i am 18 and i have tbi (Tramatic Brain Injury) i weigh to much and its hard for me to lose weight with my tbi

=> Im 13yrs and im overweight. Losing weight has become very hard for me because i live in nigeria and im in a boarding school,so i have no choice but to eat what im given and we have no sporting activities and over the years ive been growing fatter and fatter and all my mates are very thin and i feel intimidated by them and ive read a lot of articles before i found this site and everything it says is impossible for me to do please help me

=> I am 11 years old and am in 6th grade. I am 160 lbs. I want to lose weight really badly but don't want to pay for a weight loss plan. I want a menu, and a starter plan but cant find any. Help me please? I am desperate to lose weight. I have type one diabetes and I don't want to have weight issues in my adulthood/teen.

 Sometimes, various barriers might interfere with our weight loss efforts. Physical limitations or obstacles to what food is available to us might make losing weight more difficult. We might procrastinate or simply not put any effort into trying. Whatever the reason, YOU CAN OVERCOME IT! But first, we might need to ask ourselves a few questions:

1. Why do I want to lose weight?
2. How did I become my current weight?
3. How committed and motivated am I to change my current lifestyle? Am I really READY TO CHANGE MY OLD HABITS? Am I willing to stop eating large amounts of all foods and stop eating all the junk food and soda I eat and drink?
4. How willing am I do to some kind of fun activity everyday?
5. What kind of support and encouragement do I have? Will my parents buy healthy food and keep junk food out of the house? Will they help me to do fun activities and avoid eating when I eat when I'm not even hungry? Will my friends support and encourage me?

Once you've answered these questions, check out
How Do I Lose Weight - A Step By Step Approach to help you evaluate your eating and exercise habits and help you keep a food and exercise diary. Then you can set some short term goals that are realistic and attainable. There are lots of ideas for fun activities to do and ideas on how to increase your motivation.


 You Can Exercise Even With Limited Time

=> exercise during school time??

=> im 12 and weigh 170-175 pounds. I want to lose weight (about 50-70 pounds) in about 5 months. I want to lose fat while gaining muscles. I would prefer a lose plan that doesn't make me do the same thing every day and I have about a hour each day to exercise but no exercise equitment and I want it to be a surprise to my family

=> I just turned 15 years old and I am 210 lbs. I just recently went to the hospital for overweight hyperventilation and it is really hard to do a lot of exercise without losing breath. I have a 15-20 min walk from my school home. So if I walk to school and home from school both about 20 mins. Is that enough exercise for the day. I really need to lose weight so I can get back to what I love.... Swimming! Thank you.

=> i am 11 years old i weight 145 and kids have bully me and calling me(fatty ,hippo,elefent,ect.)i whant to lose weight but om so lazy i dont whant to do it my goal is to weight 100lb how can o get there by only exsersicing 30min a day i what to look good and be healthy PLEASE !!! Help my ido nt whant to be called (hipo,elefant,whale,ect........) PLEASE help me!!!!!!

=> how do i get myself to lose weight without any expensi diet and gym

 Not enough time to exercise? WRONG! There is always time for 10-15 minutes here and there to exercise. Remember, exercise doesn't need to be done for a set amount of time to be beneficial, any amount helps. You can exercise ANYWHERE, you don't need a gym. You don't need a formal exercise program and you don't need special equipment. So, NO EXCUSES!!!


1. GET MOVING. The simple act of walking more can make a big difference in your weight and overall appearance. Gradually pick up the pace.

2. PLAN AHEAD. Take a look at your schedule and pick some times in advance to exercise.

3. MAKE A LIST OF ACTIVITIES YOU CAN DO IN 10-15 MINUTE TIME BLOCKS. Then do them when you have a few minutes!! For example:
- Dance to 2-3 of your favorite songs
- Ride your bike
- Walk up and down the stairs
- Run in place
- Vacuum your room
You'll be amazed at how much exercise you can sneak in with a few extra minutes here and there.

Here are some activity ideas to try:
- Cardio Exercise.
- Physical Fitness.
- Increased Physical Activity.
- Exercise For The Cold.
- Exercise When Your Busy.
- Exercise For Fun

Try to exercise EVERYDAY. If you do, you will notice body tone improvement everywhere. You'll also feel more energetic and feel more positive about your appearance in general. KEEP MOVING!!! IT LOOKS GOOD ON YOU!!

 How To Get Others To See Me As Something More Than A Fat Person

=> I'm very overweight, I'm pretty sure I'm obese. I'm 5 foot 7 and I just reached 400 lbs. I just found this website, so I'm really hoping it helps. But I hate being so fat. I can't walk up stairs in school, so I have a special pass to use the elevator and everyone knows it's because I'm fat. How do I get people to see me as more than a fat person? Because I know even if I start to lose weight, I'm goig to be overweight for awhile and I should adjust to it.

  HAPPY! SAD! INDIFFERENT! Sometimes others don't see us for who we really are. They form false impressions about us from the way we might look or by the way we act. For example, they might think we are lazy or unmotivated because we are overweight. That is untrue, cruel and hurtful. I'm sure you have many wonderful qualities. When we feel bad or embarrassed about how we look or feel, we call that low self-esteem. It's common to feel self-conscious about ones weight when you are overweight. How do we get others to see the real me?

Here are some things you can do:
1. Build up your self esteem (self confidence). Try some of the self confidence tips and you will start to feel better about yourself. Start thinking POSITIVE and BELIEVE IN YOU! You will feel more confident about yourself and it will show! SMILE! Remember, a smile can be contagious! Smile some more!!

2. List qualities that you admire in yourself. YOUR FRIENDS LIKE YOU FOR YOUR QUALITIES, NOT BECAUSE YOU ARE THIN. You might be good at art or math, or a patient listener. You might be funny, caring, or honest. You might be kind or volunteer helping others. See! All qualities to celebrate, cheer and be happy about. And best of all, they are all a part of YOU!

3. Develop and take part in hobbies or shared interests with others. By developing a hobby or two, you'll become more interesting. By joining a club or hobby group, you will share special interests with others in the group. You will become friends with others with shared interests. Wow! That sounds fun.

4. BE A FRIEND. There is an old saying, "Be a Friend, Get a Friend!" Reach out to others. Compliment others, suggest they join you for a walk or activity. You will be amazed how well that works.

5. Take a look at the tips area, Healthy Weight School, and How Do I Lose Weight for lots of ideas. Then, make a plan and get started!

6. Get Lots of SUPPORT! Get support from all the kids on the site in the chatroom and from other kids on the pre-teen and teen bulletin boards.

7. Don't forget, every Wednesday "Lucy" is in the chat room to answer questions too!

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