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 Family Support - How Family Can Help You Lose Weight

=> I'm 5'5" and 13 years old. I used to be 185-195 but now I'm 176.9 because I cut back on juice. What are some ways to get my family to help me lose weight?

 Simply cutting back on sugary drinks like soda, juice and sports drinks can help one lose weight. Good job! Remember, water is your best friend!

Working together as a family on weight loss is a great idea! The whole family can benefit when everyone works together on weight loss goals.

Here are some ideas that might help:
1. First, talk to your parents about your weight loss wishes and get everyone on board. If they are initially unsupportive, try other ideas like show them the weight calculator and the parent area on this site.

2. Get junk food out of the house! Out of site, out of mind! Make a list before you go grocery shopping with healthy choices. Eating before you go helps so you don't buy tempting food you don't need.

3. Plan ahead. Make a list of things you and your family can do together other than eat when you aren't hungry. Write down fun things like go for a walk, hike, ride bikes, paint or draw, dance and so forth. Then, check the list instead of eating when you aren't hungry 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. You can take turns drawing out an activity. Mix it Up! It's FUN.

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

5. Surround yourself with other 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 ideas and information. Don't forget, every Wednesday "Lucy" is in the chat room to answer questions too!


 Weight Plateau - How to Lose The Rest

=> How do you lose the last 10 pounds I think it takes forever and I was wondering if you have any advice?

 Congratulations on losing weight! Sometimes we hit what are called weight plateaus where it seems our weight is stuck. This can be very frustrating but you can break through it.

As one loses weight, it takes less energy (and fewer calories) to move around a smaller body. When you reach a plateau, you will either need to increase your activity, decrease the calories you eat, or do both if you want to continue losing weight. Trying a little more activity might just do the trick.

Revisit your motivation and reasons why you want to lose weight. Make a new motivation chart.

Check what and how much you are eating. You may find that you are eating a little more than you realize. Cut down food portions. Use a salad plate with smaller size portions and don’t have seconds. Cutting down food portions a bit more can help you to lose the last bit of weight. Check out serving size and portion control tips for more information.


 What Should You Weigh

=> How much are you supposed to weigh at 10?

 To see if you are in a healthy weight range, you can check the weight calculator on our site.
If after checking your weight calculations and you decide that you want to lose weight, visit the Healthy Weight School, How To Lose Weight and the weight loss tips area for lots of ideas. Get 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 - Tips For Safe Weight Loss

=> im 13 year old and i people started to bothered me about my weight how can i take it down until May 5,2013

=> I just turned 13 I weigh 120 pounds and am 4'11" I want to lose weight before May because the entire 7th grade class will be going to a water park at the end of the school year and i don't want to look over weight are there any tips u can give me to lose weight quickly i want to lose about 30 pounds

=> I am 12 years old and I weigh 127.5 lbs nd im am overweight and don't like it I want to lose about 30 lbs in about a month or two. and im really concered about my weight. please help my concern!

=> Hi guys I'm 5.5 in height and weigh 158 (pounds) and large build I am 12 going on 13 and I want to lose leg fat cuz that's most of it I'm a VERY healthy eater (usually) a vegetarian actually I eat fish (because they don't feel pain) and I want to lose weight I'm not over weight but I feel the need to be skinny!!! help!

 Fast weight loss doesn’t work and doesn’t last! Quick diets, and food fads are usually unsafe and generally bad ideas. While most of us would like to lose weight fast, or lose weight in a certain area (typically our stomach or thighs), weight loss that occurs gradually (1-2 pounds a week) is more likely to stay off. Safe Weight Loss takes time and effort, so be patient.

Generally, successful weight loss requires healthy portion controlled eating and increased activity or exercise. We need to take in less (food) and put out more (exercise) in order to lose weight. Check out How to Lose Weight and other Weight Control Tips for more information.

Here are a few more tips:
1. Keep a food and activity diary. This helps you focus and tracks your progress. Try cutting back on food amounts and increase your activity. Review your progress daily. Start with small goals like weight loss of 1-2 pounds a week.
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. Lose weight the healthy way! You'll be glad you did!


 Cravings - How To Control Them

=> I just turned thirteen yesterday. I'm 5"2 (nearly 5"3, I'm 158cm) and I weigh 127.6 pounds (57-58kg). I feel really terrible. I'm on my way to losing weight, but as I lose them I keep gaining them back because of my cravings. I want to be at least 50kg... How do you stay away from the junk food and control your cravings?

=> I tend to overeat but it's really hard to stop like when I'm full and overeating in general. What do I do?

 Cravings are food urges that you can't resist. Usually salty and sugary foods are the worst culprits. You tend to think about the food or drink and the thought won't go away until you cave and eat the food. Sometimes, you might even eat the food until it's all gone. Sound like what is happening?

Cravings might be brought on by other emotions like being stressed, bored, lonely, depressed, or might be part of the habit of overeating.

Getting in touch with your emotions and learning to recognize what triggers a craving can help. Learn to Curve Your Cravings. Here are some starting tips:

1. Learn how 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 and how much you are eating.
4. Get junk food out of your house! Out of site! Out of mind!

Here are more things you can do to help you get through your cravings and tips on Saying Goodbye to Problem Foods, and Preventing Relapse.


 Bored - How To Stop Eating When Bored

=> I am 11 years old and I weigh 113 pounds, I am fat, and all my friends at school weigh like 85 pounds, I try to lose weight, but I eat lots because I am bored. What should I do to stop eating food? (or at least not that much)

 I'M BORED! Why do we turn to food when we feel bored? Sometimes we eat to soothe a feeling like sadness or loneliness. This is called emotional or comfort eating. It helps to figure out WHY you eat during these times. It could be that you are using food to cover up an emotion.

The foods we choose to cover up an emotion are often high in fat, sugar or salt, which can lead to weight gain. This can become a vicious cycle where you feel badly about gaining weight but then you eat more to make yourself (temporarily) feel better. Emotional eating can become a habit, but habits can be broken with effort and patience. Instead of using food for comfort, we need to find other ways to cope with boredom, loneliness, sadness, anger, happiness, frustration or stress.

Here are some ideas that might help:
1. Plan ahead. Make a list of things you can do other than eat when you feel bored. Write down fun things like go for a walk, paint or draw, dance in my room, or chat with a friend. Then, when you get bored, 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.
2. Get junk food out of the house! Out of site, out of mind!
3. Be mindful. THINK BEFORE YOU EAT! Are you really hungry? If not, DON'T EAT. THINK DISTRACT as in distracting activities.
4. 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!


 How Do You Lose Weight? Getting Started

=> What should you do to lose 10 pounds?

=> what food do you need to eat to lose weight

=> i have been over weight starting from last year and i really hate my body and can send me a diet plan or a chart to loose weight

 Getting started on a successful weight loss program begins with committing to change your current lifestyle. Understanding why you want to lose weight, how you became overweight and determining your commitment and motivation levels is a first step.

We don't provide individual diet plans but here are some general tips to get you started. Write down the following in a notebook:
1. Why I want to lose weight.
2. Keep a food diary. List all the food and amounts you eat for meals and snacks for several days. 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. Cut down food portions. Use a salad plate with smaller size portions and don’t have seconds. Cutting down food portions really can help you to lose weight. Check out serving size and portion control tips for more information.
3. Make a list of Fun Activities / Distractions I Want To Try. Here's some to try.
4. 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. 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.
5. Pick a short term goal like lose 2 pounds this week. Check your progress at the end of 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.

There is more information about motivation in the Healthy Weight School. You can also check out the Teen Bulletin Board and the Success Boards for more tips and inspiration.


 How Much Weight Should I Lose

=> im 5'6" and 150 lbz. how many lbs do u think I should lose (estimation?)

=> I lost 16 kg in 5 months is that good or bad can I lose more even though I weigh 72 now with the height 1.57? Am I fat for a girl that is 1.57 tall and I weigh 72kg

 We don't give medical advice on this site. But, here are some things you can do. CHECK YOUR WEIGHT on the weight calculator to see if you are in the healthy weight range. ouch

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.

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

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!


 Toning With Weights - What Is Safe - What About Sit Ups

=> Hi I have been wanting to lose weight a lot I'm not fat fat but I need to tone my body up . I recently started to do light 1kg weights and been using them . However the next day I was in so much pain as I had pulled muscles. Is this normal? And also I'm 16 I hold a 1kg weight in each hand, is this dangerous at this age? I heard you can stop growing? Please please help. Thank You.

=> Do sit ups help

 Using light (1 kg = 2.2 pounds) weights can strengthening and tone your muscles. The key to toning and strengthening is repetition of movement not the size/weight of the weights. Too heavy a weight can cause bulging so be sure to use proper weights for your size and ability. It is always best to start out slow with light weights.

Sit ups can also tone and strengthen your muscles but they don't necessarily reduce the amount of abdominal fat. General weight loss and aerobic exercise work best for reducing fat.


 Exercise And Eat Healthy But Still Overweight - What Can I Do?

=> i weigh 175 pounds. i have been trying for a while now to lose the weight that i need to but i just cant seem to. i eat healthy, i have stopped eating very much bread, i excercise everyday, and i just dont understand what i am doing wrong. could you please help me to figure out why i am like this?

=> I am over weight but I am in the athletics team basketball team netball team swimming team and I DON'T eat a lot I have an apple for breakfast for dinner a sandwich bandanna and a yoghurt and tea 2 portions of veggies and I'm still fat I have been excercising but it doesn't work what will I do ??? ;(

=> i feel like when im eatting healther. i aint losing ! im 14 and my family wants me lose weight i do to. i want to be proud when i lose weight and happy. but im not losing weight when im trying !

=> What i should do to lost some of pounds

=> I'm over weight but I eat healthy and I'm still fat

=> Well, I am a dancer, a swimmer, a biker, and a runner- and I have never lost weight from this!! Do you have any idea why? And what can help me lose weight before summer?

 "I exercise and eating healthy but I still don't lose weight." If you are gaining weight, you are eating more than you burn off through exercise.

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!

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. FOCUS ON THE POSITIVE Give yourself credit for making the effort everyday to put out more energy than you take in with food. If you mess up one day, brush yourself off and start again tomorrow. Every day counts!

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