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 I Need To Lose Weight For a Special Occasion!

=> My mom’s wedding is coming up and I will be the bridesmaid (and the only fat one), so I want to loose at least 15 pounds or more. I don’t know what to eat or what to do for exercise.

 Depending on when the wedding date, it may not be enough time to lose the amount of weight you would like to lose. When a special occasion is coming up it is important to start well in advance to change your lifestyle including eating healthy and exercising. Knowing you would like to lose weight for a special event can be good motivation. Sometimes people expect to lose a lot of weight in a short period of time. Attempting to lose a large amount of weight quickly can be unhealthy. Grab a calendar and make a schedule for yourself leading up to the special occasion. This will keep you on track! Good luck!

 How Do I Deal With Thin People?


 It is very difficult, but you need to try not to compare yourself to other people. If you are focusing on what people have and what you do not have, it will be difficult to ever accept yourself and work on losing weight. Try and focus on positive thoughts about yourself. Imagine what it would feel like to lose weight. Sometimes writing these feelings down will help. When you feel discouraged or down about yourself, think back to how good it will feel once you lose the weight. Many people waste too much time trying to “mind read” or figure out what other people are thinking. Don’t waste time on other people when YOU deserve all your time and energy because you are worth it. As you may have heard, losing weight does not happen over night. You need to be focused on yourself and what you need to lose weight. This can include help from your family and friends. Be sure to let them offer their help. Good luck!

 What Does the BMI Tell Me?

=> I'm not sure if I am over weight can I find out? I took a BMI test and it said that I was at risk for being overweight. What should I do?

 Most doctors will calculate a BMI which will include your height and weight. Based on this number you can see if you are overweight or even at risk for being overweight.

If your doctor or nurse says you are overweight, ask them for information on how to start eating healthy and which exercises are right for you. You can make changes, for example, change the types of foods you eat to eat and exercise more often. Click here to access the weight calculator on the Weigh2Rock website.

 How do I Get to My Goal Weight?

=> I really need to loose weight, and I need to know some steps in order to get to my goal weight.

 Think of losing weight like climbing a mountain. It may seem almost impossible when you start. As you take your time and climb up the mountain little by little, you can see the top in sight and also see you far you have come by looking back to where you started. Some times kids become too focused on the end result they do not see how they can change what is happening now. Make small goals you would like to accomplish. Work on achieving them and before you know it, you will be at the top!
Weight loss involves two parts: 1) healthy eating and 2) exercise. Think about what you usually eat. Take each meal and think if there may be a healthier food you could pick.
Check out My Pyramid For Kids.
Exercise, or any kind of physical activity, is also really important. Make sure you like doing which ever activity you pick! For more information, check out these websites
Denise Austin's Fit Kids
Get Fit, Get Right

 I Don't Know Where to Start

=> I really would like to lose weight but I’m not sure how. I don’t really know what to do and I don’t feel motivated. I am active, I love to jump around and chase my dog and sweat but it’s not enough. My parents won’t let me go outside a lot and when I can it’s not for a long time. I really want to lose weight. I get depressed when ever I see a fit person (which is a lot) and I don’t want to feel that any more.

 It is common when kids want to lose weight and don’t know where to start. You may have heard this before, but weight loss includes both eating healthy and exercise. It is great that you are very active! It can be difficult if you can not go outside and exercise or be active. This means you have to become more creative when looking for new activities. If you like to jump around then you may like to put on your favorite music and dance around your room. Jumping rope, doing jumping jacks, and walking in place can also be done indoors. Any activity is great. Just because you may feel like you are not “sweating” enough, don’t give up.

Take a look at this website and pick a few activities you may want to try.
Denise Austin Fit Kids
Get Fit, Get Right

It may be difficult, but try not to compare your self to other people who appear thinner than you. Just as you said, it can affect your motivation. Try to focus only on your self and your goals and accomplishments.

Here are some links which offer information about healthy eating. By clicking on the My Pyramid link you can input all of your information and create a meal plan.

The American Dietetic Association
My Pyramid

Good luck!

 Healthy Way to Get Results

=> I have been over weight since I was 8 or 9, and now I am almost 16. I’m going to exercise every day for over an hour, but as far as eating...? Is there a healthy way that will ensure results?

 Exercise is so important for weight loss. Many kids have questions about what to eat! For a few days keep write down everything you eat and the time of you are eating. For example,” On Monday at7:30 A.M I ate a bagel with cream cheese, orange juice and a banana”, or” for lunch at 12:30 P.M. I ate Big Mac with large fries and a large soda”. Be sure to include snacks too. After a few days, review what you have written and see if you can make any changes. For example,” For lunch instead of a Big Mac I will have a turkey sandwich and baked chips with a diet soda.”
Be sure not to over restrict your calories. The calories you pick should be healthy ones to give you energy to exercise. Having a journal or note pad to write in helps you become aware of what your eating habits may be. It is also helpful to bring it to your doctor or nutritionist to review so they can offer some suggestions. Good luck.

 Losing Motivation

=> I was wondering what keeps kids motivated to lose weight? Because every time I decide I’m going to do this I am really high and confident and then it just I lose my confidence. I really want to get rid of my weight because I’m going to be a teen soon and apparently it is a lot more harder to lose weight when you get older especially in that area. Can you give me some tips for motivation?

 There are all kinds of ways kids find motivation to lose weight. Some kids will want to lose weight so they feel better, physically and emotionally. Some kids are motivated to lose weight because they want to play a sport. Other kids may be motivated to lose weight because they want to feel better about how they look. Motivation is what keeps you going when you want to give up. You may have many reasons to want to lose weight which is usually the big motivator, but you also need other motivation to keep your spirits high and encouraging you along the way. This can include people to say encouraging things to you like telling you what a great job you are doing. Some times just accomplishing a goal like exercising a few days a week is motivation. Take a note book and write down why you want to lose weight and what motivates you to want to do so. Then write in your “Motivation” note book daily keeping track of anything you have accomplished, or new motivations along the way, such as “I lost one pound this week”, or “my clothes feel looser than before.” Eventually your note book will be motivation, and if you are ever feeling like you are losing you motivation you can take a look at why you want to lose weight. Good luck!

 I Drink A Lot of Soda!

=> I'm really active and I eat healthy, but I drink soda constantly. What can i do? Please help me... thanks.

 This is a great question! Calories in drinks like soda, juice, sweetened iced tea and lemonade are “sneaky” calories. People grab something to drink because they are thirsty. Drinking one can of regular soda is like eating a baked potato! It has about the same calories. In fact the can of soda has a few more. The calories in a soda can are sometimes called empty calories. The calories are not very nutritious. The same can be said for juices too. It is much healthier and nutritious to eat the fruit! When you are thirsty, try and pick diet soda or juices, unsweetened iced tea and diet lemonade. Just by changing the types of beverages you pick, you will be cutting out calories you do not need!

 Am I Doing Enough Exercise to Lose Weight?

=> By doing 30 min on an exercise bike and 30 curl ups everyday, how good do you think that would work to lose weight? Do you think it would at least help me to lose 1-2 lbs a week? Keep in mind, I don't ever exercise, so this will be a change in what I’m used to.

 You sound very motivated! Great job! You are on the right track with including an aerobic activity like riding a bike. The curl ups will help build muscle which will speed up you metabolism, which means you burn more calories even when you are resting! Be sure to also pay close attention to which food you chose at meals and snacks. Sometimes kids take too many calories during the day than what they are burning doing exercise! Take a look at these web sites which will give some tips about eating healthy and exercising. Keep up the good work!

The American Dietetic Association
My Pyramid
Denise Austin's Fit Kids
Get Fit, Get Right

 I Have Trouble Breathing Sometimes--I Need to Lose Weight

=> I am over weight and want to lose it because I'm still little. I’m only 14 years old. I have trouble breathing, and it’s hard to lie down on my back. I want to get help. Do you have any answers for me so I can get help?

 It is great you are asking for help. It is very hard to lose weight on your own. You need the help of your friends, family and your doctor. To lose weight you need to eat right and exercise. Since you said you have trouble breathing, you should first talk to your doctor about what exercises are right for you before you start. Ask your doctor if there is a nutritionist you could visit with. Nutritionists can help plan meals for you.

The first you may want to list the foods you usually eat, what activities you do and who you have to help you, for example a good friend. See if you may need to make any changes. Start with one or two changes. It takes time to change habits. Take it one step and one day at a time. Good luck!

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