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 I Eat Right and Exercise, Why Can't I Lose Weight?

=> I'm trying so hard to lose weight. I eat right, I exercise and I take the stairs. What's wrong will you help me?

 You are doing a great job eating healthy and exercising. It is not very easy to lose weight! It takes time, and that is a fact which frustrates a lot of kids! Everyone wants to see results of all their hard work and quickly. It is so important you continue doing what you have been doing to lose weight. Think about setting small goals for yourself, and include goals that do not always include number of pounds lost. For example, make a goal to try a new exercise this week. If you enjoy this activity then make a goal to do it at least 2 or 3 days a week. Maybe make a goal to pick a fruit you have never tasted over a snack you usually eat. Once you take the focus off the amount of weight you lost, it might help with your frustration. Once or twice a month take a look at your plan including the foods you eat and the exercises you do and decide if there is anything you may want to change, and add in your new goals. Good luck!

 What Exercises Can I Do to Lose Weight

=> I know everyone just says eat healthy and exercise, but can you give me some exercising tips, not how long I should do it, but what I should do. THANKS!

 Exercise is anything that will get your heart pumping. Walking, riding a bike, swimming, hiking, dancing, aerobics, playing soccer, playing baseball or any other activity you can think of is good exercise. What you need to think about is which exercise you enjoy doing. Any activity will burn calories, but if you do not like to do a particular activity then you will make excuses not to exercise. For example, if you do not like to ride a bike pick walking or swimming instead. At first you may want to start exercising for 10 minutes a couple days a week. Once you feel comfortable with 10 minutes, then you can add more minutes every week.

Some activities burn more calories than other activities, but remember to pick something you like then you will look forward to exercising instead of dreading it. Take a look at a few exercises ideas on the following web sites. Good luck!

Denise Austin's Fit Kids
Get Fit, Get Right

 Using Adult Diets

=> I’m very overweight and I’m only 11 years old. I've tried so many grown up diets but I will lose some weight then I gain it all back. I have very low self esteem and I don’t know what to do. I need a strict easy diet I can follow that when I end it I won’t gain all the weight I lost back. PLEASE HELP!!

 I think you answered your own question! You mentioned you have tried many “adult” diets. Many of these diets are very strict which means they restrict the amount of food you eat, they cut out many important food groups and they are hard to follow. This is why they do not work and many people like you gain the weight back! What has helped people to lose weight is changing their lifestyle. This means you need to change the way you eat and you need to include exercise. Kids like many adults look for a quick way to lose weight. This way just does not work! This may be what is affecting your self esteem. The diets that offer quick weight loss are too hard to follow so when kids can not lose the weight or gain it back it seems like you failed! Remember you did not fail, the DIET FAILED! Forget “dieting”. Try and just to focus on being healthy. There are some helpful and fun web sites that can help you get started. Take a look at the web sites listed below. Good luck!

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

 I Want to Lose Weight this Summer

=> There's no other way to say it. I'm really overweight. I have never been teased about my weight. But my parents are all giving me a hard time about being overweight. And I've trying to lose weight this summer. But I don't exactly know what I should and shouldn't do to lose weight. What's a good way to lose weight and be healthy?

 Your parents may not know how to talk to you about being overweight. Sometimes parents feel like it may be their fault or may feel funny talking about it in general so it may come across like they are not being very understanding. It may be that they just don’t want to hurt your feelings or may think if they get on your case about it, you will lose weight. Make a list of what you think you need help with in order to lose weight. Include things your parents can help you with like buying healthy foods or even just listening to you. To lose weight you have to include eating healthy and exercise. Think about looking for a local class maybe even at the local YMCA where you can learn healthy eating and exercise. There are many web site posted on the Weigh2Rock web site. The most important thing is that you make a plan for each day and make goals you know you can achieve. This will keep you motivated along the way. Good luck!

Denise Austin's Fit Kids
Get Fit, Get Right
Be Active Kids

 All I Think About is Food

=> My problem is that my mind is on food all the time. Sometimes I may not be hungry, but I will eat because it's there. I’ve tried so much but it seems nothing helps. I need your help because I want and need to lose weight, but I don't know how because I'm only 12 years old. If you can help me I'll greatly appreciate it. Thanks!!

 This is a common problem most kids experience. It is important you realize that you are not hungry, but for some reason, all you think about is your next meal. Have you ever tried to focus on something else when this happens? After a while you will be able to “train your brain” to be able to focus on something else like an activity etc. which will distract that feeling of always want to grab something to eat. Picture a wave in the ocean. When the wave starts is can be small but as it moves towards the beach it gets stronger and bigger. Once it crashes, it becomes small again and like a ripple. That is similar to how the craving or urge to eat feels. Practice at least once a day when you feel like eating, but realize it is not because you are hungry. Make a plan of some things you can focus on like listening to music, going for a walk, calling your friend on the phone or any thing else that will take you mind off of eating. Good luck!

 I Don't Fit into the Latest Fashions!

=> I am 12 and I wanted to by a pair of skinny jeans, but when I was shopping none of the kids/teens stuff fit me. I was wondering if you could give me any tips on losing weight so I can fit into my age group clothes

 It’s difficult to keep up with the latest fashions. It seems like there is never anything made for kids who are overweight. Many kids have said they have to look for clothes made for adults because they can not find anything in stores selling clothes for kids their age. This can be, to say the least, an absolutely frustrating experience. But it does not have to be!

You can dress and be trendy like everyone your age! More and more websites are offering clothes made for overweight kids. Take a look on line and see what you find. Here is a link to check out. Click on the appropriate size. Remember you can always buy clothes and have them tailored or fitted to your body.

Old Navy

 How Many Calories Did I Burn?

=> Do you really think that it takes 10 miles to run off a banana split?

 It might seem like it takes a long time to burn off the calories you eat. If you have ever walked on a treadmill you may have noticed the calorie counter. Sometimes just walking a half hour will only burn 120 calories. But keep in mind unless you enter your age, height and weight it is really hard to tell how many calories you are burning. You have the right idea thinking it might take some time to burn off the calories in something like a banana split because it is a high calorie food made of ice cream. Remember as you increase your abilty to exercise for longer periods of time, you will continue to burn calories all day long!

 I Need to Lose Weight Quickly!

=> I am 13 years old and weigh 215 lbs. I know this sounds really overweight but all of my weight is in my theighs and tummy. My formal is comming up in a few weeks and I am scared I will not be able to fit in my dress. I think I should lose about 10 or fifteen pounds just to fit in my dress. If i can figure out a way to loose fifteen pounds in 3 weeks I can reach my goal weight of 150 lbs. This next school year I also would like to join the cheer squad. OMG I need to loose weight PLEASE HELP!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  When losing weight everyone has what is usually called their "desired weight". It may take some time to get there. Don't let a "number" get you discouraged! Quick weight loss is not healthy. Most times when kids lose a lot of weight too quickly they will gain it back plus more! Take your time to come up with a plan that includes both eating right and exercising.

Wanting to look good in your dress is motivation! Remember losing weight is a process and you can do it!

Take a look at these sites to find out some great tips! Good Luck.

Denise Austin's Fit Kids
Get Fit, Get Right

 No Motivation!

=> I am 11 years old and am overweight. I want to lose weight but I'm not sure how to do it. I have no motivation and I don't really like to exercise please tell me what to do I am desprate and I'm afraid for my life HELP HELP ME PLEASE!

 Unfortunately, losing weight without exercise can be difficult. You want to be active so you can keep your heart healthy and your bones strong. It can be hard exercising or getting yourself motivated to exercise, especially in the beginning. Sometimes just 5 minutes into exercising, kids can feel wiped out! Believe it or not, it does get easier with time. In fact, did you know that if you start exercising and keep it up for at least 10-15 minutes you will want to finish what you started?! But before you reach that point, you need to set up some rules for yourself.

Rule # 1: You must pick an exercise or activity you like! Exercise is anything that keeps you moving. Whether it’s walking, dancing or playing a sport. It's almost summertime and swimming may be what you like to do, and it’s fun!

Rule # 2: Set a time limit. For example, say to yourself, "OK, I will exercise on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday this week for 15 minutes each day. "When you do this, you will have a schedule and already know you need to set time aside.

Rule # 3: Make changes as you need to. If you start to get tired of say walking, maybe pick something different to do one day out of the week. Change it up so you don't get bored.

Rule # 4: Get other people involved. Ask parents, friends, a sister or brother, or anyone else you would like to spend time with, to get involved too. Having exercise buddies will keep you motivated so you don't always have to motivate yourself!

Good luck!

 How Do I Lose Weight?

=> I get very depressed when I think about my weight and the doctor said that I am overwight for my age. I am a 15 yr old girl and weigh 190 pounds. Whenever I go on a diet, I end up eating the wrong things. I need help. I get made fun of when I go to school because of my weight. I want to lose the weight before the summer time. Please help me. I need good tips.

=> How can I lose weight quickly?

=> I'm thirteen and not really active. I was wondering if I could lose alot of weight by just dieting?

 Unfortunately losing weight quickly is not typical. You may have heard all of this before, but 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. For example, if you are thirsty and usually drink soda, maybe you could grab a diet soda instead. If you usually eat a cheeseburger, maybe pick a grilled chicken sandwich instead. By picking healthier foods, you can cut calories. Beverages have a lot of calories, so it is best to choose diet or calorie-free drinks. Check out My Pyramid For Kids.
Exercise, or any kind of physical activity, is also really important. Make sure you like doing whichever activity you pick! For more information, check out these websites
Denise Austin's Fit Kids
Get Fit, Get Right

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