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 Motivation to lose weight – How to Keep the "M" in Motivation!!

=> Hi Lucy. My name is alexis and I loved your story, which is why it inspired me to write this letter. I am having a little weight problem and I need help. I'm going to the seventh grade and I'm ready to loose weight. I need help and encouragement to motiviate me to loose this weight. HELP!

=> im 13 and i just hate my self for letting my self get fat but anyways i am 5 foot 10 and im 235 pounds am i obeas

=> how could i get motivated to start excirsizing ! without getting bored every time i try to excirsize

Motivation. It's a simple word, but sometimes it's difficult to keep motivated.

Here are some ideas:

1. Write down the things that you don't like about your weight. (Things like: "Cool clothes don't fit me," "I have stretch marks on my thighs," "I can't get a date.")

2. Write down the reasons that you want to be thinner. (Things like: "So I can wear cool clothes," "I want to be able to walk 3 miles," whatever they might be.)

3. Make a list of FUN ACTIVITIES that you would like to try. Things that you enjoy like walking with friends, gardening, dancing, whatever they might be.

4. Do something on your fun activities list EVERY DAY. If you don't feel like doing something, look at your list in #1. What you don't like about your weight and #2. Reasons I want to be thinner. Your lists should give you motivation.

5. Keep track in a journal the activities you have tried. Mix it up, don't do the same thing every day. It is easier to be motivated when we do things that are FUN and DIFFERENT EVERY DAY!

6. Get a MOTIVATION BUDDY to help encourage you and keep you accountable. The Teen Bulletin Board area is a good place to find a buddy. Many kids post motivation tips on the Success Boards as well.

Let us know how these ideas help. "You can do it!"

 How to stop craving junk food at home - set up a “safe house”

=> I fell sick when I look at myself I want to lose weight but my mom is never around she is always at work and i cant stop myself from eat junk food so is there a way to lose weight inside and stop myself form eating

 Controlling what and how much we eat is a learned behavior. Getting in touch with our feelings and emotions can help. Ask yourself, "Am I eating because I am hungry, or am I eating because I am Comfort Eating?" Feeling bored, stressed, or lonely might cause us to eat mindlessly. It can help if we can control what food is in our house and make a plan ahead of time to avoid eating when we aren't even hungry.

Here are some ways HOW TO SET UP A "SAFE HOUSE:"

1. MAKE A GROCERY LIST with your Mom or whomever buys the food. Make sure that JUNK FOODS that you crave such as candy, ice cream, chips, soda, etc. are NOT ON THE LIST. This is the best idea!!!

2. GO SHOPPING WITH THE PERSON THAT BUYS THE FOOD. Follow your list and don't get tempted into buying things not on the list, especially junk food.

3. If JUNK FOOD is bought, limit the amounts! Ask your Mom to put junk food items in drawers or containers that you can't easily see. Out of sight, out of mind!! This still allows others to access the food but helps you to avoid it.

4. MAKE A PLAN AHEAD OF TIME so that you will know what to do if you feel tempted to eat when you are not actually hungry. For example, brush my teeth, go for a walk around the block, count to 100, dance to one song on the radio, call a friend. Usually, the urge to eat will pass.

5. IF YOU MESS UP, JUST TRY AGAIN. Writing down how we feel helps us to get in touch with our emotions. When we can understand what we are feeling, we can make a plan to change that feeling and do something else but eat. It gets easier, so just keep trying.

 What should I weigh? Losing weight for the right reasons

=> ok i am a very pretty girl. but i am overweight. i weight 167 ab i am only 12. what should i way? and a my friend thats is a boy told me that if i would lose some pounds i just might be perfect. so i would like to lose some weight befor school starts. augest 10th

=> I have a question I am 11 at 5'4 and weigh around 130 to 138 am I over weight?

=> I fat all I see when I look down is my poped out belly and th floor but I am 5'4 and at 143 people don't say I am fat. Tell me the truth am I or not? Confused

 To help determine if you might be overweight, check the BMI weight calculator on this site. Your BMI (Body Mass Index) is a number that shows how your weight compares to your height and how you compare to everyone else. Your age, sex, height and weight are used to calculate your BMI. If the calculator shows that you are overweight you can check out the Healthy Weight School to learn more about being overweight and what you can do to lose weight.

Remember, it is always a good idea to lose weight for the right reason: So you can be healthier. Being healthy is a life style choice, a journey you take for the rest of your life.

 How do I get my parents to understand that I want to lose weight?

=> How should I approach my parents about my wanting to lose weight? They are both overweight, so they don't take me seriously. Help please!

=> Hi lucy I have a big problem I would love to tell mum that I wiegh 139 and am obese but I can't tell her give me tips on how to tell her plz

 Losing weight is hard, but it can be easier with the help of family and friends. Your parents might not readily support you because of many reasons. They may not think you are overweight. Please see the weight calculator to see if you are overweight. If it shows that you are overweight, show them the weight calculator and explain your desire to get to a healthier weight.

Here are some ways to talk with your parents about your weight loss wishes.

Once you have talked with your parents, try to arrange some family activities that don’t involve food. Go for a hike through a nearby park, take a spring bike ride, go swimming together or play some outdoor games. Let me know how it goes!

 Where do I get the willpower not to eat sweets?

=> Hi lucy. I am only 12 years old but yet everyone of my friends is thinner and better looking than me. everytime i say i'm not going to eat sweets i end up doing just that. how do i get willpower to have a healthy diet?

 Craving sweets or salty foods can often be a sign of a food addiction. When you reach for these foods, ask yourself if you are truly hungry or if you are eating to cover up an uncomfortable feeling.

Eating the foods you crave will temporarily make you feel better, but will cause you problems later on like increased weight gain and decreased self-esteem. If there are certain sweets that you repeatedly reach for, try to pick one of those foods and eliminate it completely from your diet. You may have intense cravings for a few weeks, but over time these should go away. Then pick another food that you seem to be addicted to and repeat the process.

Getting rid of the temptations by removing high calorie foods from your house should help. It is a good idea to let your parents know which foods you need help on eliminating so they don’t keep buying these foods. Rid your house of them so you won't be tempted!

Here are some other ways to help with food cravings. Having a plan in place to handle food cravings is a great way to help with your willpower. Get started on a plan today. You can do it!

 I hate getting teased about the way I look! What do I do?

=> A couple kids in my class are making fun of me and telling me go exercise. I'm not overweight or anything but all the fat goes to my stomach so it's big. I thought about going for jogs and start eating less but then I thought maybe I should stay the same to show them that I'm not overweight and that I don't care what they say. What do you think I should do? I need HELP!!!

=> I was running on my track meet. This one girl who is not on my team. She says something very mean almost a year ago. She said to me you are weird. I did not know what to do but tell the coaches. Well almost a month she said mean to my friend who is helping me in my track meet. And she was running with me and the girl said to her why aren't we faster runners? that was meant in a mean way. What do I do if that happens again? And soemthing mean about my weight 3 weeks a go.

 Unfortunately, teasing or bullying is something many of us deal with when we are growing up. We get teased for many different things, but someone who is overweight is often on the receiving end. While this feels very hurtful, try to remember that someone who makes fun of others actually has low self-esteem and is trying to make themselves feel better. Their goal is to get a reaction from you.

Practice ignoring them at home, so when they tease you, you will know how you are going to respond. If she or he no longer gets a reaction from you, he will eventually get tired of using you as a target. Here are some more ways to deal with teasing.

If you are getting teased because you are overweight, but you don’t think you are, make sure to visit the weight calculator.

 I can't lose weight or I gain it back.

=> Hi I am from england and I feel like a failure, I'm always trying to lose weight but I can't and if I do I always pile it back on and I really like this boy but I cannot approach him at the size I am. And by the way I am 15 years old and I am 13.13 stone (195 pounds)

=> i wanna be less fat but all the things i do doesn’t work

=> Im 15 I weigh 120 but about three weeks ago i weighed 108... Why have i gained this weight so fast?

 Losing weight and keeping it off is a challenge many of us face at some point in our lives. You gain weight when you take in more calories than you burn off. Weight loss occurs when we reverse this. You can loose weight if you eat fewer calories and increase the number of calories you burn through physical activity.

Start by keeping track of what you eat and how much. You might be surprised to see that you are actually eating much more than you think you are. If you are gaining weight rapidly and truly are not overeating, your physician should be consulted to help you determine a possible cause of your weight gain.

Think about why you overeat. Are you stressed out? Bored? Depressed? Suffering from low self-esteem? High calorie foods are often eaten as comfort foods rather than as fuel for our bodies. Try to find lower fat alternatives to these foods, and find things that you can do instead of turning to food.

Check out this page for tips for weight loss success. Start substituting activities for food and GET MOVING!! Even walking helps start you on your weight loss journey. You can do it!!!

 Parents won't help. What do I do?

=> what if you have no body to help you all there is in the house to eat is junk food. nobody to encourage you i am 11 years old and 183 pounds. what do i do and i have nobody to talk to no friends no parents no exsersize stuff and idont know wat to do.

 Kids on the bulletin boards and in the chat rooms can provide support and help. Most schools have counselors that can help.

Try to avoid the areas where the junk food is kept.

Even though your house has only junk food to eat, if you can learn to eat less of it you can still lose weight.

At meals put less of it on your plate to start with and no second helpings. A smaller plate also helps.

Smelling a gross smell, looking at something moldy, or tasting something gross while eating the junk food may help you to like it less. You can make a gross smell and taste by letting some milk go sour and keep it in a small jar.

 How do I keep a healthy weight?

=> I sometimes see food and eat it. I have issues with food in front me. I get really scared of gaining more weight.

=> This JESSICA's question: well whats the best way to loose and inch or so off of your stomach? i wanna be a size 2 in pants again.):

=> what is the average food that a 11 year old girl should eat?

=> WOW! When I used the weight calculater it said I was average and am not to overweight but am still fat. Every one says I am fat...so can you give me a good tip of turning skinny? please! P.S. Am a 11year old girl

 Some children think they are overweight when they are actually in the range for normal based on their age, sex, height and weight.

Check out the weight calculator to see if you are underweight, healthy weight, overweight, or obese. Once you have determined if you are overweight, see this page to learn how to start losing weight.

For some general information about recommended calorie intake and exercise levels for your age, check out the Calorie Capers Tip.

Regular exercise is good for everyone, whether you are overweight or not. See the Exercise Smart Tip for information about the importance of regular exercise.

 My friends are skinny

=> I am 12 years old, and I am 199 pounds, what should I do? I want to be just like my friends, and they are skinny, and I am fat, what should I do, so I can be like them?

=> i am fat i am 130lbs and 11 year old all my friends r skinny and i am fat they all are like 8 and 10- 12 and i am 16- 18 help me i am really scared 2 wear anything that shows my tummy or anything.

 First, remember that your friends like you because of who you are, not for how much you weigh. Not feeling like “the heavy friend” is all about attitude and self esteem. Keep in mind that all of your friends are different from each other, and you each bring something unique and special to your group.

People who are overweight are usually more prone to cravings, or eating due to emotional issues. This type of eating gives us pleasure while we are eating, but over time, we find we need more and more of the food to obtain the same feeling. Check out this tip about food addiction to find out more.

If you are ready to lose weight, your friends would probably love to help you along that path. If you feel comfortable talking to them, ask them to go for walks with you, spend an afternoon bowling or playing active video games (such as Wii), or have a kitchen day where you plan and prepare healthy snacks together that you can freeze for use when you need them. Here are some more ways you can ask your friends to help you on your journey to improved health. Good luck!

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