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 Food Cravings and Junk Food - How To Resist

=> When ever I try To stopto eat so much it works out for a day then I start eating a lot again

=> I can't talk to my mom cause I feel weird and when I do she doesn't want to hear it I have been looking every where please help and when I try to stop eating junk food now I can't help myself

=> I am 13 and I have a big belly and I want to lose my belly fat. I know I eat to much because I out eat my dad and he is 39. I have tried to cut back on eating but I can't help but eat.

=> my family thinks my stomach is forward and i can not stop eating junk and sweets.please help me loose my tummy and stop eating so much.

=> I am 12 years old and weigh about 175 lbs and I hate it. I feel like going to the jim wont help that much because I gain all the weight back. PLEASE HELP!

=> i am verry active but i just cant stop eating

 It sounds like you might be having trouble resisting what are called cravings. Cravings are food urges that you can't resist. Stressed girl eating chocolate bar High calorie, fatty, and junk foods like donuts, chips, pop, cookies, ice cream and pizza are often the most problem to resist. You can't stop thinking about the food until you cave and eat the food. Sometimes, you might even eat the food until it's all gone.

Some people turn to these foods to comfort themselves or to avoid feeling emotions such as boredom, anxiety, sadness, or to relieve stress. They find it difficult to stop eating the junk food much like a drug addict finds giving up drugs difficult. You can feel "addicted" to the food. But, getting in touch with your emotions and learning to recognize what triggers a craving can help you avoid caving and eating the junk food.

What are Triggers?
Triggers are events or cues that happen immediately before you eat a problem food, a snack, or large amounts at a meal. Triggers cause the emotional brain to want to use food for coping.

Here are food trigger examples:
1) Whenever you have money in your pocket, you end up going to the store on the corner to buy candy,
2) When you pass by the donut store on the way home from school, you can never resist getting a donut, and
3) Whenever your brother puts his soda pop in the fridge, you always drink it.
Money in your pocket, the donut store, and your brother's soda pop in the fridge are your problem food triggers

A Plan to Avoid the Triggers: To avoid those triggers do not keep extra money in your pocket, take a new route home from school, and ask your brother to keep his soda pop in the garage. It is much easier to avoid your triggers, than when the problem food is in front of you.

You can also learn to:
Say Goodbye to Problem Foods
Curve Your Cravings,
Prevent Relapse, and,
Avoid Cravings.

Here are more tips:

1. LEARN TO SUBSTITUTE OTHER ACTIVITIES FOR EATING. Make a list of distracting activities. When you have the craving urge, substitute an activity on your list instead of eat. Usually, if you can resist eating for a few minutes with a distracting activity, the craving will go away. TRY IT! YOU CAN DO IT!

2. BE MINDFUL of WHAT, WHERE, AND HOW MUCH YOU ARE EATING. Start a food diary to keep track of your eating habits. Check for areas that may be food triggers for you and make healthy substitutes. For example, try choosing a healthier after school snack or tell others that you are trying to watch what you are eating. Ask them not to offer you tempting foods. It also helps to weigh yourself everyday. That way, if your weight starts to creep up, you can take measures to reduce your food intake right away.

3. GET JUNK FOOD OUT OF YOUR HOUSE! Out of site! Out of mind!


 Exercise To Help Lose Weight - With and Without Gym Machines

=> I have recently joined a gym to get my weight loss journey started but I am unsure of what machines to use and how long and how often to use them so I lose weight. Need advice please.

=> What are some excercies that don't involve machines that could help me lose weight?

 After joining a gym, it's a good idea to meet with the facilities health coach. They will discuss your weight loss goals and recommend the right program for you, demonstrate the exercises and correct weight limits on the machines and how many repetitions of each exercise you should do. It is always best to start out slow with light weights and build up gradually over time.

All kinds of activity including cardio workouts such as jogging, cycling, and simply walking are great activities for weight loss and good health.

Start thinking of exercise as "FUN ACTIVITY!" Your Exercise / Fun Activities should be:
1. FUN Think of things you enjoy. Swimming? Basketball? Tennis? Biking? Volleyball? Then do one of your fun activities everyday. Mix it up!

2. Exercise / Fun Activities can be anything that gets you moving! It doesn't need to be some "formal" or "team" sport.

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!!!

Set small goals! That way you will accomplish them. Start with 15-30 minutes of activity every day. Step by step. Now, you are on your way!


 Healthy Weight - What's A Healthy Weight For Me

=> What`s a healthy amount of weight to lose in a 9 month period for a 13 year old girl who is 5`3.5 and weighs 145 pounds? Can I be 120-125 pounds by then? (I exercise a lot already and I don`t eat unhealthily at all [my portions are actually smaller than an average person my age] so how come am I so heavy?

=> I'm 10 and I'm 80 pounds. The problem is is that I look kinda fat for a 80 pound kid. A lot of my friends are the same weight as me and look skinnier. I exercise for at least a hour each day and I eat a lot of different healthy foods. Why don't I look as skinny as my weight?

=> Im 12,im 4,10 and i weigh 106 pounds but i dont look like i do.i dont have a belly.but even though i dont have a belly ,is that still an unhealthy weight?please answer:)

=> I feel overweight, but when I actually see overweight people I don't feel it. How can I tell if I am overweight?

=> im really fat im 14 years old my weight is 88 kg and my height is 1.60 m what do you think?

=> I am 14 years old and I weigh 214.2 pounds. I have lost about ten pounds so far, but I would like to lose a lot more. I am about 5'6. How much should I weigh and what should I do to lose weight.

=> i'm 13 and i'm 5'2 and weigh 124lbs. I exercise everyday for 30 minutes- 1 hour and I made my poportions smaller and eat no snacks. Should I lose weight?

=> I'm 4'10 - 4'11 and I'm 10 and I'm 80 pounds should I loose weight or gain weight? Well I'm not sure if I am overweight.

=> ok so im 14 years old and I weigh 179lbs. idk if that's healthy for me to weight that much. I've looked at some websites and they all said that most 14 year old girls should weight 109-115 lbs. im so confused about my weight. can you help?

=> I'm not overweight but I feel so fat. I am 5 feet tall, I weigh 95 pounds and I'm 11 years old. My belly is massive and I don't no wether or not to lose weight. All my friends are really skinny and I think my weight is affecting my social situation but nobody is teasing me. HELP!!

 "Am I Overweight?" CHECK YOUR WEIGHT on the weight calculator to see if you are in the healthy weight range. Your BMI (Body Mass Index) is a number that shows how your weight compares to your height (BMI = weight / height2). 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.Healthy Weight School

If your BMI is in the overweight or obese range and you want to lose weight, it would first be a good idea to see your health care provider to make sure you don't have any other health conditions that would interfere with a weight loss program. It is usually safe to lose 1-2 pounds a week. Take a look at the Healthy Weight School, How To Lose Weight and the weight loss tips area for lots of ideas and ways to help you lose weight. Everyone is unique, and everyone "wears their weight" differently, so don't compare yourself to others.

You can get lots of support from all the kids on the site in the chatroom and from other kids on the pre-teen and teen bulletin boards. And, don't forget, every Wednesday "Lucy" is in the chat room to answer questions too!


 Fast Weight Loss - It Is Unhealthy and Unsafe

=> I am a 12 year old girl, I am 102 lbs and 160 cm , I have a big event coming up in around 3 weeks pls how can I lose weight?

=> My sister and I are both trying to lose weight for a big trip we are about to take soon. I am 5'6" and 170 pounds while my sister is 5'0" and 160 pounds(though I'm younger than her). We are doing a diet plan that requires a strict diet, running, and dancing. I am terribly out of shape but my sister is athletic. What do I do? How can I get in shape for summer? How much weight can I lose in about 3 months?

=> I need to loose my weinght in 1 month....i am 13yrs old

=> is it possible to lose alot of weight in 5 weeks?

=> im 11 years old and im 239 pounds i try to lose weight i just cant because i eat too much people make fun of me ALOT and im tired of it i start school in 5 weeks and i want ti lose weight b4 then can you help me

=> hi am a 16year old girl from Namibia i am in the 10th Grade, i would like to find out how to lose 30pounds in just a month without exercising?

=> I weigh 150 and I'm 5'2 and I'm about to be 15! I would like to lose about 20 pounds maybe even 40! We'll my question is I sit ok for teens to use green tea while trying to lose weight?

=> My sister and I are both trying to lose weight for a big trip we are about to take soon. I am 5'6" and 170 pounds while my sister is 5'0" and 160 pounds(though I'm younger than her). We are doing a diet plan that requires a strict diet, running, and dancing. I am terribly out of shape but my sister is athletic. What do I do? How can I get in shape for summer? How much weight can I lose in about 3 months?

=> Im 13 and i weigh about 140 plds and im 5ft tall. Whats an easy and fast way to loose weight and still be healthy

 TV advertisements, weigh loss Internet sites and magazine ads that promise fast weight loss are promoting unhealthy and unsafe practices. Diets that promise rapid weight loss and food fads are just plain bad ideas. Don't do them.

The Healthy Way: Losing 1 to 2 pounds per week is considered safe weight loss, and is a good goal. Generally, successful weight loss involves two parts: 1) healthy portion controlled eating and 2) exercise. We need to take in less (food) and put out more energy (exercise) in order to lose weight. It's as basic as that. Take a look at the School Area of this site such as How Do I Lose Weight, and Weight Control Tips.

One to two pounds a week doesn't seem like much, especially when you have decided you want the weight gone, but it's the healthiest way to do it. Instead of focusing on the total weight loss goal, try making little goals that lead up to the big goal. When you accomplish the smaller goal first, you will feel more successful and it will make working toward the end goal weight more attainable. For example, if your goal is to lose 40 pounds, make your first goal to lose 5 pounds. STEP BY STEP, that is the way to do it!

Here are a few more tips:
1. Keep a food and activity diary. This helps you focus on what you are currently doing and can help you track your progress. Try cutting back on food amounts (watch out for fried or fatty foods as well as sodas) and increase your activity. Review your food diary EVERY DAY and identify better food choices you can make the next day. Do the same with activities. Try to be active most days. If you do fun activities you enjoy, you are more likely to do them. If you mess up one day, try anew tomorrow. Remember, weight loss is a daily journey!

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.

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 for the rest of your life. All the small changes you make everyday will add up over weeks and months to a healthier body and a healthier you.


 How Do I Lose Weight

=> I am in gr5 and I way 47 and have asthma how do I loose weight and do u think I am fat

=> i want to lose 40lbs ( ill probably be 150) im 193 . i dont like being fat. how can i lose 40lbs and how long will it take?

=> It's really hard to loose weight for me but I want to know how to loose weight and how I stick to it and not get off track.

=> i weigh 134 and i am in 5th grade i want to be skinny for middle school but i don't know how to lose weight so please help me i am the 2nd biggest person in the class i hate it summer is in a month so please help me !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

=> I am 12 years old and obese, yet I eat more and don't exercise. Whenever I go on a weight loss program or diet, I give up after a few days. PLEASE HELP ME FIND A SOLUTION!!!!!!!

=> how can i control my weight? i hate being the fat kid!!!!!!!!!

=> i have always been over weight and i REALLY want to lose like 20 pounds because all the girls i hang out with are really skinny and they can do more than me and i, just not as skinny and in 5th grade girls are very competitive and they all wear bikinis and i wear and 1 piece and it mades me feel like a missfit and i just want to fit in

=> i try to be heathy i dont drink soda i drink water a lot but acoring to the scale i am obbesse i workout i try to loose i only lost 5 pounds and i went up then i stay up please help me

 Making the decision to lose weight is a great first step. To be successful, you must first commit to changing your current lifestyle. You will need to ask yourself: "HOW WILLING AM I TO SAY GOODBYE TO A LIFE OF EATING EVERYTHING I WANT? Eating everything you want whenever you want is one reason you became overweight. You must CHANGE YOUR EATING BEHAVIOR if you truly want to lose weight. ARE YOU READY?

HERE ARE A FEW STEPS TO HELP YOU GET STARTED:

1. CHECK YOUR WEIGHT on the weight calculator.

2. CHECK WITH YOUR HEALTH CARE PROVIDER. They will help you determine how much and at what rate it is safe for you to lose weight. Usually, 1-2 pounds a week is a safe weight loss range depending on your age, current weight, and weight loss goals.

3. TAKE INVENTORY OF YOURSELF. Write down the answers to these questions:
- WHY DO I WANT TO LOSE WEIGHT?
- HOW DID I BECOME MY CURRENT WEIGHT?
- HOW COMMITTED AND MOTIVATED AM I TO CHANGE MY CURRENT LIFESTYLE?
- 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 exercise and do fun activities? Will my
friends support and encourage me?

4. WHAT ARE MY EATING HABITS.
- WHAT KIND AND HOW MUCH FOOD DO I EAT EVERYDAY? Do you have certain problem foods that you have trouble avoiding?
- HOW OFTEN AND WHEN DO I EAT? Do I eat when I'm hungry, or when I am sad, depressed, stressed or other reasons?
- DESCRIBE THE SITUATIONS WHEN YOU TEND TO EAT. 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.
- KEEP A FOOD DIARY. THIS IS IMPORTANT! List ALL THE FOOD and ALL THE AMOUNTS you eat
for MEALS and SNACKS for several days. BE HONEST. You may find that it is not
WHAT you are eating as much as HOW MUCH you eat that is causing you to gain weight.

TIP:
- TRY CUTTING DOWN FOOD PORTIONS. Use a salad plate and cut down food portions. DON'T HAVE SECONDS. Check out serving size and portion control tips for more information.

- CUT FOOD IN HALF WHEN YOU GO OUT. Limit eating out but when you do, box up half the food when it comes to the table before you start to eat and save the other half for the next day for lunch or dinner.

5. WHAT'S MY EXERCISE/ACTIVITY LEVEL? Write down your usual daily routine for 3-4 days.
- WHAT AND HOW MUCH EXERCISE OR ACTIVITY DO I DO?
- WHAT ACTIVITY OR EXERCISE WOULD I LIKE TRY? Make a list of all the things you'd like to try.
- Do something on your fun activities / distractions list EVERY DAY! If you don't feel like doing something, review Why I Want To Lose Weight. Your list should give you motivation. When you do a fun activity you don't even think about food. It works!

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. If you don't distract yourself with other activities when you aren't really hungry, you will not lose weight.

6. PICK A SHORT TERM GOAL like lose 2 pounds this week.
- Check your progress at the end of every day. Weigh yourself EVERY DAY. That helps you stay on track and stay motivated. Then, start your next goal. The key is to lose weight step by step, one day at a time.

7. SET REALISTIC SHORT TERM GOALS. You will be more successful if you start with a short term goal, say 10 or 15 pounds. Then, once you reach that goal, set another short term goal. Success builds success!

8. ASK YOUR FRIENDS FOR HELP. They can be very supportive and help you to stay away from unhealthy foods. Ask your parents to help you cut down food amounts and be active as well.

9. HOW WILL I MAINTAIN MY WEIGHT LOSS? Think about how to keep your goals. Am I willing to give up food for pleasure? What things can I do to replace eating for pleasure in my 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!

10. MORE HELPFUL SOURCES AND THINGS THAT HAVE HELPED OTHERS:
- There is more information about motivation in the Healthy Weight School.
- Check out the Teen Bulletin Board, pre-teen, and Success Boards for more tips and inspiration.
- Try the chatroom and check out ideas in the tips area.
- Get In Touch With Your Feelings. Learn to get in touch with your feelings and emotions. You'll have ups and downs but keep at it. Keep positive, you can lose weight too!!


 Building Self Confidence and Getting Motivation

=> Should I sign up for the kids workout class at my local YMCA? Its for kids 12-15 and I'm 13. I feel very self conscious when I excersize because I jiggle a lot. Also its embarrasing when I'm with younger kids but I really want to be healthy. Please help! !

=> i am almost 13 years old, i am 5'6 and weigh 170 pounds. i am very self-consious of my weight. all the girls at school are all so tiny, and im jelous of them. i need some help on how i can get working at being ealthy. for my goal, i want to weigh around 140, to start. please help me.

=> hello. i am very unhappy about my weight. i think to myself everyday that im fat, nobody calls me fat or makes fun of my weight, i just feel uncomfterable when it comes to my weight. i eat alot, but very unhealthy foods as well. i dont get motivated very well when i try to do an excersise video, because ill do it one day but will stop after that. can you please tell me some tips of how i can start getting healthier. even at my age, i am very tall but also wide, so i dont like my weight,i cant run far because i get too out of breath, i need some help. how can i start feeling better about myself?

=> I am 12 and I weigh 166 pounds. I want to loose wieght but its very hard for me. I want to fill good about my slef and i dont know what to do. Do i make myslef through up so i can loose wieght fast? I know that it is very bad to do that but i dont like it when boys on the bus call me fat. I think I am very beautiful but I dont want to hurt myself. What can i do? Please Help!.

 Is your Self Confidence and Motivation Level To Lose Weight on empty? If so, you are not alone. It's common to feel self-conscious about ones weight yet lack the motivation to lose the weight.

Here are some things you can do to build up your self confidence and increase your motivation to lose weight:

1. Work on building up your self esteem (self confidence). Try some of the self confidence tips and you will start to feel better about who you are now. Start thinking positive and believe in YOU! You will feel more confident about yourself and it will show!

2. Make a list of some of the 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, honest, nice to others. See!

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

4. Be honest with friends and parents and ask them for help in losing weight. You’ll be amazed at how willing they are to support you 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. Here are more ways you can ask your friends for help. YOU CAN DO IT!!!

5. Re-Fuel Your Motivation! Here's help to find MOTIVATION. Get started on making your own MOTIVATION CHART. Make a list of what you will need to do to reach each goal. Plan to do something on your list EVERYDAY!!!!

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!

FILL UP YOUR SELF CONFIDENCE AND MOTIVATION TANK AND GET MOVING! IT CAN BE FUN WHEN WE DO IT TOGETHER!!!


 Exercise - Can It Make You Look Fatter

=> I'm a 16 year old girl and I have been eating healthily and working out 6 days of the week to lose weight. I heard that certain exercises cause muscles to go big under the fat which makes a fat person look fatter - is this true? My workout is cardio and aerobic based and involves a lot of repetition. Thanks

 General cardio and aerobic exercise combined with healthy eating are great ways to help lose and maintain your weight. Repetition exercises done in moderation can also help to tone and strengthen your body.

Sometimes, using too heavy of weights can cause bulging of muscles so start with light (1 kg = 2.2 pound) weights if you use them at all. It is the repetition of the exercise that tones and strengthens your body, and that is what you are striving to achieve. Keep up the great work out!


 Lose Weight Without Exercising

=> How can I lose weight without working out ?

 Healthy weight loss is a combination of eating smaller portions of healthy foods and moderate exercise. You can lose weight by eating smaller portions without exercise but the benefits of exercise (healthy heart and keeping your bones strong) is a good idea at any age. Even doing 15-30 minutes a day of exercise or an activity with movement can make a difference.

You may find stationary gym work outs boring. Why not try other distracting activities that get you moving. Any activity that gets you moving is beneficial.

Here are some ideas:
1. Pick an exercise or activity you like! Remember, whether it’s walking, dancing or playing a sport, any activity that gets you moving burns calories / energy. Burning calories helps you lose weight.
2. Do some kind of activity every day. Why be bored?
3. Mix it up.
4. Get a weight loss buddy. You can help each other and keep each other motivated.


 Stress Eating - How To Stop

=> i have an really bad eating problem and i nedd help. The thing that is causing my eating problem is because i stress alot and when i stress i eat a "BIG" portion of food. I am really sick and tierd of people calling my names like "oh your so fat" and "no wonder you never got a good grade in gym because your the size of a cow." help me with my problem. Im only 11 and Im a size 14 in womens jeans and I just want to get into a size 8 in womens.

 STRESS EATING - WHAT YOU CAN DO TO STOP: We already know that using food to cope with stress only makes us feel worse. Stressed girl eating chocolate barIdentifying the source of our stress and coming up with a plan to reduce or eliminate stress eating should help. Here are some ideas to try:

1. Learn to recognize what your stress triggers (the things that cause you stress) are and write them down on a piece of paper. For example: dealing with homework, talking in front of a group, dealing with my step parent.

2. Write down a plan for each stress trigger. For example: Call a friend for support when I am stressed about my homework. Use this list of DISTRACTING ACTIVITIES to find things you can do to avoid eating.

3. Do a distracting activity whenever you feel the urge to eat for reasons other than hunger. Remember, you can do these activities whenever you feel some uncomfortable feelings. Squeezing your hands together tight, and slow deep breathing are other ways to relieve stress.

Learn to cope with stress without using food. Practice doing distracting activities instead of stress eating. You can do it!


 Exercise - Best Time To Do It

=> when is the best time to excersize? When is the best time to eat lunch and dinner?

 The best time to exercise is ANYTIME! It's a good idea to start thinking of exercise as "FUN ACTIVITY!" fun exerciseThe most important thing is to DO SOME FUN ACTIVITY EVERYDAY!

Here are some fun ideas:
1. PICK A DIFFERENT FUN ACTIVITY EVERYDAY. 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. It's a fact, if you like doing an activity, you will be more likely to do it! That’s what counts. 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!!! Right Now!! Be creative, mix it up, have fun!

2. Make exercise / fun activities a habit! like brushing your teeth or taking a shower. Find the time each day and DO IT!!!

The best time to eat lunch and dinner is when you are hungry. Use hunger as your guide and eat only when you are truly hungry at mealtimes. Try to avoid snacking in between meals or limit it to small amounts of fruits or vegetables. Eating a healthy breakfast also helps you to control overeating throughout the day.

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