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 The Truth About Losing Weight

=> I am 150 pounds, 11 years old, a boy, and I am starting to go through purburty. For some reason, i workout, doing pushups and situps to help with my chest and upper body, but i don't lose weight. I see no difference and i eat healthy. WHAT SHOULD I DO! Please reply back as soon as possible!

=> Hi im a 14 year old boy around 5feet and 8 inches and weigh around 90kg (its a lot). So i tried loosing weight after 5 days i lost around 3kgs. Is it safe to loose that much? Since i want to still grow and i feel im short. Also can you give me tips on how to loose weight and yet grow. Since we are having more interactions with girls and i do not want to feel out. I hope fully want to loose a lot of weight this year since there will be more interactions. And the year after that there will be a prom. At my current state i feel i wont get any girl to like me. Since i have a big butt and legs and stomach. Its like the worse combination. Compared to my classmates and friends they are all at the right weight. I feel left out every time im with my friends and their friends. Pls help me i do not want to have my life like this.

=> Okay I want to lose 40 pounds by the end of the school year. I weigh 170ish and I eat healthy. Because of this I Don't lose anything I just maintain my weight and I'm frustrated. IMPORTANT PART- I only have after school to exercise so I can't do an hour a day like the doctors say, only like 30 minutes. Can I lose weight with only doing 30 minutes a day.

=> Im almost 13 and im 122 pounds i can't go over and i can't go under. I feel really fat compared to outhers. I exercise on a daily basis and try to eat the right foods but im still gaining and losing. like one day on the scale it says im 122 pounds then the next day i weigh 125 pounds and it goes in that pattern. After i have already eaten im still hungry i ignore it because i should eat a normal amount of food.

=> I'm 13 , I'm 150 pounds , I workout 3 times a week by boxing , that's 1000 calories burned per workout , I'm trying so hard , what do I do

=> i am a little overweight but i want to get in shape what can i do?

=> I'm 12 years old and weight 220 pounds. I would love to loose 30 or more to start with. It's embarrassing! I'm 5'6'' so I don't look crazy big but I feel that way. How can I loose weight In an easy way?

=> I am 14 and very fat. My family backgrounds has many health problems and wanting to the change that. My mum is a very healthy eater however she works nearly all the time, so my dad brings junk food. I try to eat healthy but i can't sometimes. I also to jog and run but we moved house so my garden is smaller and my parents wont allow me to go to the local park nor jog. Can you help?

 Losing 1-2 pounds (2.2 - 4.4 kg) per week is considered a safe amount of weight loss. Teenagers are growing so make sure that you eat sufficient protein from lean meat, fish and diary products as well as maintain a well balanced diet. Avoiding high fat and high sugary foods is also important.

THE HARD TRUTH ABOUT LOSING WEIGHT

Losing weight requires that YOU EAT LESS CALORIES THAN YOUR BODY BURNS UP.
In other words, 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, and frequent "junk food" snacks and soft drinks that you are used to.

WHAT YOU CAN DO:

HOW DO I LOSE WEIGHT: A STEP BY STEP APPROACH - We've put together AN ORGANIZED WEIGHT LOSS APPROACH to help you be successful with your weight loss. It is designed to be a step by step manual for you to follow. These are all things that YOU CAN DO AND THAT YOU CAN CONTROL.

GET STARTED TODAY AND SEE WHAT A DIFFERENCE YOU CAN MAKE!


 How To Lose Weight The Healthy Way

=> My daughter is turning 13 and she gained at least 30 pounds this year.she about 165 now. Do you have any ideas how she could loos weight?

=> ever since I turned 9 I'v been over weight iv havent had a boyfreind and I really want too loose weiight please help me

=> im 12 years old and over weight im goin into 6th class and every 1 calls me burger belly and im tryin 2 lose weight but have an eating problem i go for a walk nearly every day with my dog but i just dont seem 2 be loseing weight and alll my freinds are skinney i no weight loss is not about looking good for boys i try 2 lose weight for my own benifit so i need some help please help me!

=> I'm 13 and I weigh 127 lb (9 st 1 lb) and I know i am little bit on the chubby side and i want to lose 18-20 lb and i'm just not sure how to go about it like what kind of food should I eat?( I am vegetarian) and what kind of exercise I should do and how many times a week I should do it ? Also I would like to have lost the weight by next June. Please help

=> I am about 5'4 and weigh 149 lbs I would like to loose around 50lbs. Could you give me some tips on how btw I am 12.

=> I AM 11 YEAR GIRL MY WEIGHTNIS 50 KG I WANT LOSS 20 KG WEIGHT HOW TO LOSS THIS

=> Okay so I'm 5'3 and 170 pounds and i really want to loose 40 -50 pounds in about 7 months how do I do it? I can't go to a gym every day and I plan to start running what should I do?

=> I'm 11 and 163CM, and I'm 75kg.I keep trying to lose weight but cant, instead I seem to be gaining

=> How do i lose weight? i know this question has been asked so many times before and i feel silly for asking, but i am desperate for help! I am thirteen years old and am in my second year of high school,and i weigh 7 1/2 stone. I have tried everything, but every time i go on a diet i cant stick to it as fatty foods are so addictive. I get bullied at school because of it and, because of my weight i dont look very attractive. I get very upset and cry a lot because i am not tall, skinny, popular and pretty like every other girl in my year. please help by giving me advice. thanks!

 FIRST STEP: TAKE INVENTORY OF YOURSELF Congratulations on deciding that you want to lose weight! That's great! But, before you start on a weight loss journey, it's important to TRUTHFULLY answer this question.

"HOW WILLING AM I TO SAY GOODBYE TO A LIFE OF EATING EVERYTHING I WANT?

If you aren't MOTIVATED or COMMITTED to change your current lifestyle (eating and activity habits) you probably will not be successful at losing weight. Take the time to understand why you want to lose weight, how you became overweight and honestly determine your commitment and motivation levels. It's important to do this!

Basically, losing weight requires that you eat less calories than your body burns up. If you are not losing weight that means that you are still eating more than you are burning up. It's that simple. What is not so simple is resisting the high fat, high sugar foods, the large portion sizes, second helpings, and frequent "junk food" snacks and soft drinks that you are used to.

HOW DO I LOSE WEIGHT: A STEP BY STEP APPROACH

We've put together AN ORGANIZED WEIGHT LOSS APPROACH to help you be successful with your weight loss. It is designed to be a step by step manual for you to follow.

NEXT, GET STARTED: Take out a notebook and write out each answer. That way you can refer to it each day.


THINK OF THIS AS YOUR JOB. FOLLOW YOUR PLAN EVERYDAY! If you mess up one day, just start over the next day. Don't look back, look forward to the new you! STEP BY STEP, YOU ARE ON YOUR WAY TO A HEALTHIER YOU!


 Using Food For Comfort

=> How does food comfort people ???

 Stressed Girl with Ice creamSometimes, even though we are not hungry, we eat to soothe a feeling or emotion (when we are bored, lonely, sad, angry, happy, frustrated, or stressed.) We call this EMOTIONAL or COMFORT EATING. This can become a habit and a vicious cycle: you feel sad so you eat cookies to make yourself (temporarily) feel better, then you feel bad because you ate all those cookies, then you eat again to cover up your feelings of being sad and the cycle repeats. Each time you have a certain emotion you keep turning to food to comfort yourself. Unfortunately, the foods we choose for comfort are often high in fat, sugar or salt, which can lead to weight gain.

Instead of finding comfort in food, we must find other ways to cope with our feelings. It helps to watch for EMOTIONAL TRIGGERS such as (watching TV food commercials or walking past a bakery) that might cause you to eat when you aren't hungry and make a plan ahead of time to avoid the triggers. (Mute TV food commercials, walk a different way to avoid the bakery).

HERE ARE SOME IDEAS TO AVOID EMOTIONAL EATING:

1. Plan ahead. MAKE A LIST of things you can do other than eat when you feel certain emotions. Some ideas might include: painting your nails, calling a friend on the phone, listening to your favorite music, going on a walk or run, building paper airplanes, and writing a poem. Here are lots more ideas. Visit our Kids Helping Kids page and the Comfort Eating Board to learn how other kids deal with their emotions.

2. When you experience one of these emotions, check your list and DO SOMETHING ON THE LIST. Some kids put ideas on slips of paper and put them in a big jar. Then they "draw" out an idea and GO DO IT instead of snack.

3. Get junk food out of the house! Out of site, out of mind!

4. Be mindful. THINK BEFORE YOU EAT! Are you really hungry? If not, DON'T EAT. THINK DISTRACT as in distracting activities.

5. Surround yourself with SUPPORTIVE PEOPLE. Get support and help from friends and other kids on this site. The chatroom, pre-teen, and teen bulletin boards are great sources of help and information. You can interact with other kids and teens and read how they conquer their struggles with their weight. Don't forget, every Wednesday "Lucy" is in the chat room to answer questions too!


 Excuses For Being Overweight - What YOU Need To Do

=> im a 14 year old gal and really uncomfatable with my weight. Im 5'8 and all my friends are tall and have nice bodies whereas me im short with a big ass and i luk like an old lady frm the back. I always have cravings and i just cant stop eating and my frnds eat bt they dnt get fat. I try to run&jog bt the area i live in its very busy &peaple r always outside and my parents wnt take me 2 a place whr i cn run. My m0m makes all unhealthy and nice foods because she doesnt have enough money to afford healthy foods. What can i do ? Please help

=> I'm 12 and I'm overweight. I have a Thyroid problem and have been trying to lose weight but it hasn't worked. I'm 67 kg and want to lose weight any tips.

=> i am over weight because of my medicine. It is hard to loose weight. I always want something unhealthy when i go to the store. How can i stop eating? My medicine makes me eat too much. My body doesn't tell me when to stop. Kids always look at me funny. Do you have any advice for me? Is any other kids the same way?

=> help me im 11 and i weigh 8 stone 3 pounds and i am 4 foot 9 inches. i know im over weight but i can help it!!! and the realy hard bit is that i hate vegetables and most fruit!! I cant eat them! but i realy like crisp and my meat like ribs and steak and chicken wing. My mum says i shouldn't try to loose weight as i've just started puberty and it could be dangerous but i am getting bullied alot and have been for my life. is there any way i could lose weight heathly but with results i can see if not then ok :( i just realy need to lose weight as i am now obese!

=> I'm fourteen and obese, I'm aware I am and not in denial, I feel bad when I ear junk but I'm in a vicious circle! You see my step mother cooks my food, she is obese and enjoys it, she makes large quantity fat foods and expect me to eat it. I am forced to finish my plate. I have promised myself I will try to lose weight but I feel I can't do that if my evening meal will put it back on... I need help because if I confront her my dad will be angry at me because I don't respect her.

=> I am 12 5'6" 158 lbs size 10 and i have a cupcake hips and am really chubby. everyone i know is skinny and i am large i want o lose weight so i don't get sick. i want to boost my metabolism please help i cannot diet or excercise because i have a bad back and damaged lungs heeelp please

=> I am 14 years and 6 months old. I always feel that i am so fat. I wanna lose weight but i don't want my family to find out that i am losing weight. People tease me sometimes...and it hurts,but i don't think they really know that it does. All my family isn't really fat except ME! What can i do???? P.S i DON'T WANT TO BE FAT ANYMORE! I don't know why God made me like this! :( Please help!!!

 Medical conditions such as thyroid problems, "bad back," "bad lungs," or taking certain medicines may make it somewhat more difficult for you to lose weight, but they will not make you overweight. Eating more food than your body needs is what makes you overweight.

You may want to talk to your doctor about your medical issues and let them know that you are gaining weight. They may be able to change your medication or prescribe certain exercises and eating plans that can help you.

Losing weight requires that YOU EAT LESS CALORIES THAN YOUR BODY BURNS UP. In other words, 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, and frequent "junk food" snacks and soft drinks that you are used to.

WHAT YOU CAN DO:
HOW DO I LOSE WEIGHT: A STEP BY STEP APPROACH - We've put together AN ORGANIZED WEIGHT LOSS APPROACH to help you be successful with your weight loss. It is designed to be a step by step manual for you to follow. These are all things that YOU CAN DO AND THAT YOU CAN CONTROL.

THREE TOP TIPS TO HELP YOU:
1. KEEP A FOOD DIARY. Write down EVERYTHING and HOW MUCH that you eat and drink each day for all snacks and meals. We frequently eat a lot more than we realize and keeping a food diary can help us see that. Review your food diary EVERY DAY. You will begin to see where you need to cut down. Even cutting down small amounts can help. (For example, cutting out one 16 ounce soda a day will result in about 25 pounds of weight loss a year!)

2. KEEP AN ACTIVITY DIARY. Write down all the activities and how long you do them EVERY DAY. Try to increase the kinds of healthy activity you do EVERY DAY! For example, walk up the stairs instead of taking elevators, walk to school, walk up hills instead of walking on flat areas, or ride a bike. Sometimes eating about the same but increasing ones activity level breaks the cycle and can get you on your way to losing weight.

3. START DOING DISTRACTING FUN ACTIVITIES EVERY DAY. Distracting fun activities can get your mind off of food and help burn calories. Make it fun and mix it up!


 How To Lose Weight When Your Family Doesn't Cooperate

=> Im 12years old i'm 5'3 i'm trying to lose weight and my mom doesn't want to hear me "complaining" so who do i talk to? I am currently trying to lose weight, but its really hard for me because my family are always eating foods that I'm trying so hard not to eat and sometimes I cave in. I just don't know what to do, I workout everyday, but I'm not getting anywhere and it gets really frustrating.

=> I am 5'7 and I weight 240 pounds i know i am overweight i need alot of help my family Has a past history of diabetes and i really want to be healthy and i try taking my lunches but its hard because i have to eat what my mom buys and she doesnt buy healthy food.

=> I am overweight. I keep telling myself to lose weight but end up eating even more! My mom won't help me lose weight but she knows I'm fat. If I try and eat something healthy she says "it's not enough calories" and forces me to eat a cheeseburger. What Do I do?!?

=> I come from an overweight family. Im quite overweight and extremely self conscious. My parents get angry whenever I even mention weight. Not to mention weight LOSS. So I've decided that the only way I'm going to be able to achieve me goal is if I don't tell the. I feel really bad about this but I'm sick of getting yelled at by them. So my question is, how can I go about my weight loss without them getting suspicious? I know it is wrong to lie to your parents but I feel like it is the only way.

=> This fall I'll be starting seventh grade, and I want to lose weight. I am 180 pounds and 5 6". I dont have any friends at school for support, and when I even mention weight loss to my parents they dont let me talk and tell me that Im not overweight, even though it's obvious I am. I have tried dieting and exercising, but then I lose motivation. I need a plan that someone else can offer me instead of all on my own. Also, we dont have a weight scale and Im too embarrased to tell my parents I want one because they are so against this. Please give me a plan and tell me how I can convince my parents to help me. I really need help.

=> I really want to lose weight. I've been morbidly obese my whole life. I need help. I have been self conscious with my weight since kinder garden. I want to get into like a weight loss program/camp for a few months until I reach a healthy weight. My parents are no help at all and poor. Also I'm the type of person that can't do things by themselves. Please help me before it's too late...

=> I'm 13 and 170 pounds and 5'2 but I don't kno how to go on a diet because my parents just stuff us with junks. I would really like to lose35 pounds before 2014 starts so what's the easiest diet to lose weight?

=> Well I'm fat and I'm 5 3 and I weigh 160.I am depressed and don't know what to do.Im not able to do any ex resize because of my parents.plz help

=> I'm 14 and in nearly 13 stone. All my friends are a size 8 but I'm a size 14-18. Its the six weeks and I want to lose 3 stone but how with out my parents knowing because if I mention to them that I'm on a diet their always like 'You're beautiful, you don't need to go on a diet' but they don't understand what its like being to odd one out. Please help

=> My friend is severely overweight and her parents don't do anything to help her. The last time I went over to her house, I asked her mom if my friend was on a diet. Her mom said no and that she didn't need one. My friend has been bullied alot I think that because of the weight she is at, it would take at least two or three years of helping for her to be a regular weight again. What do I do.

 It's difficult to lose weight when you are unsupported by parents or other family members. Sometimes parents won’t listen or they don’t want to hear that you want to lose weight. Unfortunately, this is a common problem. The good news is that you can equip yourself with many tools to help. Parents with Early Teenager

HERE ARE SOME THINGS YOU CAN DO:

1. FIRST, CHECK YOUR WEIGHT on the weight calculator to see if you are in the healthy weight range. It’s always good to arm yourself with FACTS! If the calculator shows that you are overweight, go to the next step.

2. Learn why some parents avoid listening and are unsupportive when you raise the issue of being overweight. Sometimes, raising this issue causes them to reflect on their own eating behavior. They may want to avoid the topic because they don’t wish to deal with their own weight issues. Here are some helpful tips and solutions you can try.

3. Write down all the reasons you want to lose weight and how your parents can support you. Then, talk to your parents again about your weight loss wishes. Be sure to pick a good time to talk to your parents when they aren’t busy.

4. If they still are unsupportive, talk to another trusted adult or your doctor to discuss the best weight loss strategy for you. 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. You can also show them the Parent's Area for more information.

5. Get support and help from friends and other kids on this site. The chatroom, pre-teen, and teen bulletin boards are great sources of help and information. You can interact with other kids and teens and read how they conquer their struggles with their weight. Don't forget, every Wednesday "Lucy" is in the chat room to answer questions too!

6. Check out the tips area of this site for lots of information on how to lose weight on your own. Just because parents might be unhelpful doesn't mean that you can't exercise and do distracting activities on your own. You can control how much you eat and how often so read on and take part in the interactivity on this site.

Come to the chat rooms and bulletin boards on this site for lots of support and other ideas. You are sure to find support here!!


 Binge Eating - What It Is and How To Stop

=> Does binge eating once in a while lead to weight gain? I try to work it of though.

=> i never really like my weight im 121 and im 12 i know thats the right size for my age but i just want to be skinnier and curvier im a pear i want to be an hourglass But are there any ways you can help me with my diet and exercise. Because i have a habit on binge eating and i just cant stop..so please help

 Yes, binge eating can lead to weight gain. Binge eating is a type of eating disorder most often caused by stress. Seeking help from your health care provider or counselor is a good first step.

WHAT IS BINGE EATING
A binge is when a person eats a lot of food at one time. When the person binges, she or he usually feels out of control (often due to some stress in their life) and uses eating a large amount of food at one time for comfort. They feel better for a while after eating, but then typically feel guilty about themselves later so they then might restrict their food intake. By doing this they may get overly hungry from not eating and they also might feel stressed at gaining more weight so they binge again for comfort and the vicious cycle repeats. Click here for a video about a girl who binged. Most people with binge eating disorder feel out of control with their eating and food habits.

WHAT TRIGGERS A BINGE Often times binge eating, is triggered by some emotion or stressful event or even by seeing food commercials on television causing stress eating.

WHAT YOU CAN DO TO STOP: Dealing with the source of the stress and problems that prompt you to binge eat, will help to reduce and hopefully eliminate binge eating episodes. It can be helpful to learn to recognize what your triggers are. Once you recognize your triggers, you can develop a plan ahead of time for what you can do instead of binge. Write your problems down on a piece of paper with a plan for each problem. For example: Do a distracting activity or call a friend for support when I am stressed about my homework.

BINGING IS TREATABLE, and there are many resources available. TALKING WITH YOUR HEALTH CARE PROVIDER OR A SPECIALLY TRAINED COUNSELOR ABOUT YOUR BINGING PROBLEM CAN HELP YOU STOP. You can also find other kids who care in the chatroom and you can get good ideas from other kids on the pre-teen and teen bulletin boards. Don't forget, every Wednesday "Lucy" is in the chat room to answer questions too!

OTHER THINGS YOU CAN DO TO HELP REDUCE or
STOP BINGE EATING:
1. Don’t Skip Meals.
2. Eat Balanced Meals. Include plenty of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, protein, and calcium.
3. Learn to cope with stress without using food. Squeezing your hands together tight; slow deep breathing; and, relaxing are other ways to relieve stress.

DON'T FEEL ALONE, OTHERS ARE HERE TO HELP SUPPORT YOU!


 Exercise - Losing Weight Is Not Just About Exercise

=> I have a problem with eating to and i have no idea how to lose weight Im 12 to and always eat to much my friends always make fun of me everytime i eat even one bite of food. And im tired if it i want to show them i to can play sports and stuff like that. But ive tried so MANY ways to lose weight but it doesnt work Im like 201 I know I know alot right? If you can help me please answer my question im becoming a cheerleader this year!!!!!

=> Hey I am overweight my friends don't bother me but my mom and aunt gave me a talk about losing weight now I am 146 lb and that part I don't get is I been going to my teakwondo for 4 days and swimming 1 day and runing 1 day please help me I am soo self aware I wanna quit swimming because the other people look at my streach marks and laugh at me and call me streached hippo plz help

=> I'm 12 years old and in the last one and half year, I've gained weight and become fat. I don't understand because I do exercise (swimming, basketball, netball, cricket, baseball) and im no longer eating or drinking unhealthy things (soft drinks+chips) maybe once in a week, I would eat or drink those things but other than that, I dont.

=> I do sports during the summer and in school, and I have a treadmill at home and go on that. I'm active I guess but it's my food habits that make me overweight. I really want to lose weight so I fit in with friends better and have self confidence.. I thought being active was enough, how do I also control my eating?

=> I am a girl 6 ft. tall, 165 pounds. I have been playing basketball, volleyball, and softball since I was little, but for some reason, I cant lose weight. I am a freshman in high school and my weight is really starting to affect my self confidence. I also eat pretty healthy. Someone help! I just want to lose some weight...

=> Hi im 12 year old and i think i am fat, i ride my bike everyday and i occasionally go swimming, when i go out for a meal i don't have pudding and choose healthy things, i feel embarrassed around everyone as they have a nice body, i also check my food portions and have greens every meal! What am i doing wrong?

=> I am a boy at "5'1" 135 pounds. Am I over weight and how can I lose weight. I don't get it, I always exercise. PLEASE HELP

=> Soon I will be having a quincenera. A Latino tradition. And honestly I'm pretty big, and I need to lose weight for my special day. I try my best to lose weight, i'I've been in the sport soccer for about 9 years, and I practice and play games a lot. It seems to be that, it has not helped me with my weight. I really need to know how to lose this weight. I don't eat at night, I don't eat as much as my family members do. I REALLY NEED HELP!

=> I need help I'm 15 and I weigh 20 stone and I'm a active guy

 FACT: WHEN YOU EAT MORE CALORIES THAN YOU BURN OFF, YOU GAIN WEIGHT. IF YOU EAT LESS CALORIES THAN YOU BURN OFF, YOU WILL LOSE WEIGHT. IT'S SIMPLE MATH!

If you are currently exercising but not losing weight, then you are probably still taking in more energy than you put out. In order to lose weight you will need to increase your physical activity, decrease your caloric intake (eat less), or do a combination of both.

HERE ARE SOME THINGS YOU CAN DO:

1. WRITE DOWN WHAT AND HOW MUCH YOU EAT AND HOW MUCH YOU EXERCISE EVERYDAY! DON'T CHEAT! Think about WHEN and WHERE you eat. Write down EVERYTHING you eat, at meals as well as snacks. Keeping a Diary can help you BE MORE HONEST.

2. LEARN ABOUT OVEREATING AND HEALTHY WEIGHT LOSS. Become more aware of how you use food in your life. Do you eat for comfort, when you are stressed, bored or sad? Do you eat when you aren't even hungry? Write down how you are feeling and what and how much you eat at those times. This will help you figure out your emotions and what distracting things you can do instead of eat when they occur. When you become more aware of how you use food in your life, you can become more successful at making a change.

3. DETERMINE YOUR COMMITMENT LEVEL TO LOSING WEIGHT. How willing are you to give up food for pleasure? What things can YOU do to replace eating for pleasure in your life? This requires a long term commitment to a healthy lifestyle. It gets easier the longer you practice your goals. So, keep following your goals step by step. Soon you will be living your new healthy you! Keep working at it. YOU CAN DO IT!

4. EXERCISE EVERYDAY. Start thinking of exercise as "FUN ACTIVITY!" Your Exercise / Fun Activities should be FUN Girl Exercising Think of things you enjoy. Swimming? Basketball? Tennis? Biking? Volleyball? Then do one of your fun activities everyday. MIX IT UP!

TRY THIS: Write down as many activities that you can think of on separate slips of paper and place them in a BIG JAR. Some examples of fun activities might be dancing, jumping rope, walking or running up and down stairs, shooting hoops or simply going for a walk. You will be more likely to do an activity if you like it. When you feel lazy or are about to eat something even if you aren’t hungry, reach into the jar, grab an activity, and DO IT!!!

5. FOCUS ON THE POSITIVE Give yourself credit for making the effort everyday to put out more energy than you take in with food. Start with 15-30 minutes of activity every day. If you mess up one day, brush yourself off and start again tomorrow.

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


 Stress And Panic - What To Do

=> I work out for 90 minuets some days! Not only that, but I have very low self esteem from bullies, stress out every moment, and get panic attacks when i'm stressed beyond stress because of a light case of autism. I know I should calm down, but I panic like crazy! HELP!

 Eating for reasons other than hunger can be a recipe for gaining weight. It's just not a good idea! When we are stressed or sad we might find comfort in eating but it is only temporary and then the stress or sadness returns.

Here are some things to try instead of turning to food:

1. Start a journal. Writing down how we feel inside can help us get in touch with our feelings and help us come up with ways to solve our stress or sadness without turning to food. Here are some tips on starting a journal. Try it, it's relaxing and fun.

2. Take a walk or exercise. Exercise can help clear your mind and calm you down.

3. Play with a pet. It’s amazing how helpful a furry friend can be.

4. Dance! Sometimes expressing your stress can help relieve it. Here is a list of more tips to try.

By learning to become more in touch with whatever our feelings are, and by practicing other coping strategies, we are on the road to becoming less stressed and more happy. Try some of these suggestions and see for yourself!


 Excessive Weight Can Cause Urinary Problems

=> my penis is buried is this normal

 Don't feel embarrassed. Overweight or obese males can develop urinary problems due to excess abdominal weight restricting the flow of urine. You should see your health care provider who may refer you to a urologist for evaluation.


 Motivation - How To Get It & How To Keep It

=> How to get the motivation to do exercise? I always think I can't lose weight so why try.please help lucy

=> i am twelve and want to lose weight. my parents are overweight and i used to be skinny. can you by any chance encourage me so that i can lose weight. thanks for any help that you give u r cool!!!

=> I am 11 years old and I weigh 125 pound. And according to weight experts, I am overweight. What can I do? Please help.

=> I am 16 height 5'6 I weight about 265 I am very over weight for my age how should I get motivated to loose the weight?

=> I just turned 16 and i really want to lose weight . i weigh 256 pounds and im 5 10 . i need help losing weight. I try but then i just go back right to it. what do i do?

=> I'm 5 6 or 5 7 and I way 170 I get made fun of a lot I just don't no how to lose weight like I've tried diets but I go to the same habitats of junk food.

 Here's the simple truth: NO MOTIVATION = NO WEIGHT LOSS. If you have little motivation to eat less junk food, eat less food amounts, or stop eating when you aren't really hungry, you will not lose weight. Similarly, if you have little motivation to distract yourself with other activities when you aren't really hungry, you will not lose weight. So here are some things to help you get MOTIVATION:

1. Write down WHY I WANT TO LOSE WEIGHT. Look at this list EVERYDAY.
2. Write down all the reasons WHY LOSING WEIGHT IS HARD FOR ME.
3. Make a list of FUN ACTIVITIES / DISTRACTIONS I WANT TO TRY. Here are some to try.
4. Place each activity idea in a large JAR. When you feel bored or unmotivated take an idea out of the jar and DO IT! Do something from your fun activities / distractions jar EVERY DAY! If you don't feel like doing something, review Why I Want To Lose Weight. Your list should give you MOTIVATION.
5. KEEP TRACK of the activities / distractions you have tried.
6. Keep a FOOD / ACTIVITIES / DISTRACTIONS DIARY. Write down everything you eat and what activities and distractions you do each day. Get moving. Review your reasons Why I Want To Lose Weight if you need motivation.
7. Pick one food goal and one exercise goal each week. Check your progress at the end of every day, that helps you stay on track and stay motivated.
8. WRITE DOWN YOUR ACCOMPLISHMENTS. This is a great motivator to keep you going.
9. Reward yourself after each goal you achieve but do NOT reward yourself with food.
10. Start on your next goal. The key is to do it step by step.

If you feel you are losing your motivation, review why you want to lose weight or find a motivation buddy to help encourage you and keep you accountable. There is lots more information about motivation in the Healthy Weight School. You can also check out the Teen Bulletin Board and the Success Boards.

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