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 Do Sports Or Increased Activity Make You Gain Weight?

=> Sometimes when I do less sports I weigh less and look skinnier. I didn`t do swimming for a while and my arms started looking normal again. I went to one practice and then they started becoming larger again. I`m muscular but I still am overweight...

=> I'm 18 I weigh 160 & I'm 4 10. I have been trying to lose weight since I was 13. I lose like 10 then gain like 15...its so fusterating since I have a lot of mucsle mass added because I play soccer. Please help be thin!!

=> Im 14 147 lb its been driving me crazy i love running I run alot but somehow for some reason i gained weight instead of losing it please tell me why. ,&how could i lose it

=> Can you tell me why I still occasionally gain weight and then lose it all in 2-3 weeks easily? Sometimes even 6-7 days.

  It’s a common myth that muscle weighs more than fat. Actually, a pound of fat and a pound of muscle both weigh a pound! The difference is that fat and muscle differ in density. This means that if you looked at 5 pounds of muscle and 5 pounds of fat side by side, the fat would have more volume or space than the muscle.

A pound of muscle will burn more calories at rest than a pound of fat. With exercise you develop more muscle mass, improve your metabolism, and increase bone density.

Improved metabolism burns more calories. Generally, one needs to walk a mile in order to lose about 100 calories. The amount of activity you need to do in order to burn a certain number of calories depends on your current weight and in part how vigorous your stride or effort while doing the activity. All kinds of activity including cardio workouts such as jogging, cycling, and simply walking are important for calorie burning and good health. So, keep active!

If you are gaining weight even though you exercise, you are probably still eating more calories than you are burning off. Changing the intensity of the same exercise routine or increasing or decreasing the amount and kind of food you eat just a little can also make your weight go up or down some in just a few days. Sometimes we think we can eat more because we exercise, but that is not the case. Check your food amounts. You may need to cut back more on the amount of food you are eating. Keep moving!


 Body Image And Being Bullied

=> Why do kids bully me and my brother half the time just for being overweight and fat? I mean I don`t really care anymore, and people are mean to me for everything else too and now I ditched my friends and became a loner. Which actually is happiest I`ve been in a while. I can be anyone I want and I`m lucky enough to know who I am even though I`m only 12. My 8 year old brother comes home half the time crying since everyone bullies him for being him. All the teachers think he`s the bully but even I have seen him get bullied. His teacher is basically ought to get him and I don`t know what to do! At least my brother has the connection with my grandmother that I lost since she always called me fat and told me I had to eat less. I weight 147-148 pounds but that isn`t so bad is it? I mean sure I`m obese but so was my mother and now she is underweight. It`s natural in my family on both sides to be obese or overweight as a child and grow skinny in my mid-late teen years. So why do kids and people try to break you if you`re fat?

=> im 13 . and i always wanted to be skiny but i never was. all my friends look like skinny twigs and i look like a big twig. any way im looking for a way to lose about 20-30 lbs. i want to reach this goal without buying and equetment . can you help me?

=> Im not over weight but i have too much skin and not enough muscle. Also people bully me at school because when i smile my cheeks get big. How do i get rid of this extra skin?

=> Will I ever be thin again or am I stuck like this forever ... I get depressed just because I'm fat and getting bullied I need help

 Being overweight can sometimes make us feel alone, sad or depressed. Kids at school might tease or make fun of us which makes us feel even worse. Here's a tip on How to deal with bullying. Here are other things you can do:

First, start believing in YOU! You are unique. Arm yourself with more information about building your Self Esteem and start thinking positive. Try some of the self confidence tips and you will start to feel better about who you are now. It will also help you to stand up to bullies.

Make a list of a few 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!

Be honest with friends and parents and ask them for help. You’ll be amazed at how willing they are to support you if you just ask. If you are ready to lose weight, your friends would probably love to help you. 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


 Fast Weight Loss - Why It Doesn't Work and What you CAN DO

=> how can i lose weight about 10 pounds or 12 would be great i have to lose this by december the 18 and i need to know how

 Fast weight loss doesn’t work and doesn’t last! Quick diets, and food fads are bad ideas. They don’t work either. So, be smart, lose weight safely! While most of us would like to lose weight fast, 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. For example: to lose 1-2 pounds. Once you reach that goal, try a new goal. You’ll be more likely to stick with it and it won’t be so overwhelming.
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!


 How Lucy Lost Weight - Lessons Learned

=> How did u get through all of the trouble about being overweight?

=> hey!plzz help me i like to eat but i want to lose wait also what should i do i m really overweighted plzz help me

=> I always feel awkward around my friends there all skinny and i'm overwieght.

 You might remember The Story of Lucy and the Pit. I had an eating problem and loved to eat even though I felt awkward and embarrassed around my friends who were all a healthy weight. I couldn’t do many of the fun activities they did or if I did them, I felt breathless. Here are some things for you to try that worked for me:

Ask Your Friends For Help. I realized I needed to lose weight and so I asked my friends to help me. Asking friends for help really works! 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.

Avoid Problem Foods. I drink mostly water and low fat milk now and have TRAINED MY BRAIN to stay away from my problem foods like sweets and soda. I did that by checking off in a food diary how many days I could stay away from my problem foods and learned how to stop craving certain foods. Soon, I didn’t miss them and I was starting to lose weight! You can do that too!

Cut Down Food Portions. When I go out to eat with my friends, I usually box up half the food when it comes to the table before I start to eat and save the other half for the next day for lunch or dinner. When I’m at home, I dish up a salad plate with smaller size portions and don’t have seconds. Cutting down food portions really can help you to lose weight.

Do Distracting Activities. I realized that I craved certain foods so I learned to AVOID THEM and substitute fun activities instead. My friends showed me that activities like walking, swimming and skating are fun. I found that when I did active fun stuff with my friends, I didn't even think about food! It worked!

Get In Touch With Your Feelings. I learned how to get in touch with my feelings and emotions and got support from trusted friends. That really helped too!

You'll have ups and downs but keep at it. Try the chatroom and check out ideas in the tips area as well as stuff from other overweight kids on the pre-teen and teen bulletin boards. Keep positive, you can lose weight too!


 Can't Stop Eating - Where is My Willpower?

=> im 14 and i was 140 less then a week ago and i scaled myself today and im 145 i try to stop eating but i just can NOT for anything at all if im bored...i eat. if im hungry (witch is like every 5 mins)...i eat if im sad ... i eat please help i want to lose weight i hate it because my sister is a toothpick and i want to be like her and wear what she wears but i cant...i get teased every day because of my weight PLEASE HELP!!!!!

=> well i keep trying to lose weight, but it just doesnt come off. it gains. i excersise sometimes, but still, nothing changes. ive only eaten one donut this hour. i dont get why i have to be so fat. people dont understand what i go through. i make myself throw up, but then i get hungry and eat everything. i wish i could be skinny like everyone else.

 What you are describing is often called emotional eating. When you eat for reasons other than hunger you usually gain weight.

Here are some ideas that can help you to lose weight. Keep practicing them and they will become a healthy habit.
1. Pay attention to why you eat. Do you eat only when you are hungry? Or, do you eat because you are bored, stressed out, depressed, anxious or other emotional reasons? You might be emotionally “hooked” on certain foods and may need to learn to control your emotional eating in order to lose weight.

2. Motivation is also key to losing and maintaining weight.

3. Keep a food, emotion and exercise/activity diary. Daily entries keep you on track and accountable.

4. Set small short term goals and take it step by step. Little by little you will build on your success!

5. Don't give up! You may not succeed every day, but just try again the next day...and the next...YOU CAN DO IT!!


 Surgery As A Solution To Losing Weight

=> I have been obese all my life and i have not had a day when i have not been bullied sometimes i don't want to even live I am thinking aBOUT HAVING surgery to reduce my weight, maybe that will help

 Gastric bypass surgery is a major surgical procedure, with many risks and side effects and something you would want to discuss with your parents and your physician only after other treatment options like a regulated diet and exercise program have failed. A team of doctors, nutritionists and psychologists can help you and your family determine if you are a candidate for such surgery.

Gastric bypass surgery is most often performed on morbidly obese patients (BMI’s in the over 40 range) and those with life threatening conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease and arthritis. Doctors usually don't perform the surgery on children until they have gone through puberty and have stopped growing usually around 12 for girls or 15 for boys. This is because there could be increased likelihood of a nutritional or vitamin deficiency after surgery, which could hinder bone growth and sexual development.

Commitment to a New Lifestyle Change. The success or failure of gastric bypass surgery depends on you.
1. You must commit to and learn to restrict the amount of food you eat FOREVER.
2. You must be motivated to make permanent lifelong changes in diet and exercise FOREVER.
3. You must learn how to handle difficult/stressful situations without using food to comfort yourself FOREVER.

In reality, it’s learning to think about your relationship with food in a whole new way for the rest of your life. You must change your emotional relationship to food. Otherwise, gastric bypass surgery long term results are doomed to fail.


 BMI Calculators, Waist Circumference Measurements and Body Shapes

=> I am 15 , 5'5 and 145 pounds. Every BMI I try says im either healthy weight or overweight, i am very muscular though especially in the leg area. Do BMI calculators measure in how much muscle you have also?

=> what is a healthy waist circumference for a teenaged girl?

=> how do you tell if you have an apple shape or a pear shape and what are the differences in the two?

=> Hi lucy my name is angel I'm 12 y and 10 m I have a flat stumach no rolls but my legs are fine not thin or thick but I feel fat even I am not I weigh 193 lbs (85 kg) and I am very muscular should I lose weight it look like if I weigh57 kg but 2 children at my school still teases me! What should I do. But I just ignore them ! All of my friends say I am not fat but I feel fat

=> Is it normal to look less than you weight? Doctors and my parents predict usually about 20lbs less than I do. I weight 143 (65kg) but most people say I look 123 (56kg). I`m 12...though. I`m 5`2 and haven`t had my growth spurt yet and I eat super healthily and very active. I`m a swimmer, I play tennis, I joined the soccer team I`m gonna go play for the basketball team...I know a lot of weight it muscle but I can`t help look at myself and feel that I`m fat.

 BODY MASS INDEX (BMI)
Check the weight calculator on this site to check that your weight is in a healthy range. The BMI does calculate normal musculature ranges as part of the equation.

Enter your birth date, sex, height and weight to calculate your BMI. Your BMI is your weight divided by your height squared or:


weight
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(height) X (height)

WAIST CIRCUMFERENCE.
Waist circumference is also a good indicator of your health and risk for certain diseases. Teens whose waist circumference measures more than half their total height are more likely to show signs of high blood pressure and total cholesterol and lower levels of good (HDL) cholesterol than teens who are overweight or obese but have a smaller waist-to-height ratio.

To measure your waist circumference, use a tape measure. Start at the top of the hip bone, then bring it all the way around -- level with your navel. Make sure it's not too tight and that it is parallel with the floor. Don't hold your breath while measuring it!

BODY SHAPES
Here is a good tip on body shapes and How To Dress To Look You Best. Keep active, exercise regularly and eat healthy. All good ideas for being a healthy weight!


 Losing Weight & Helping My Self-Esteem

=> I'm 12 years old and 5,6 and wiegh 198 I what to lose 50 over the school year how do I do that and still fucuasd on my school work plz answer.

=> I'm 11 almost 12 and I wiegh 140 pounds! :( I feel like I'm the gayest kid on the universe! All my friends are skinny! Help me lose weight!!

=> I weigh 110 and im 4'11 im trying to lose weight so i can feel good about myself but i just cant.i am going through puberty and i need some self esteem.almost all my friends are skinnier then me i need help!

=> i am twelve and my height is 4 foot 6.i weigh 95 pounds.i think that i am fat compared to every one else in school.i really want a boy friend but no one will go out with me.all my friends have a boyfriend but i think i am fat so thats why no one goes out with me.am i fat or over weight for a 7th grade girl

=> I feel so.isolated by my wieght. What should I do

=> I'm 12. I'm tall for my age. I am 5'4 and weigh 145ish pounds. Is that too much? I wanna be skinny.... I feel like.. I'm pretty but my body just isn't good enough. Any tips?

=> how can you stay active and stay away from all of the junk food? and how not to get made fun of?

 We all suffer from low self esteem or low self confidence sometimes. It’s common to have low self esteem when we are growing up, especially in our teens, when we are still trying to figure out who we are and where we fit in. Girl Exercising We all want to fit in and look the same as everyone else. But, that might be unrealistic and certainly BORING. We should strive to be who we are as each of us has unique talents and abilities.

Here are some great ideas to improve your self esteem and how to be more positive. You’ll be amazed how thinking more positively about yourself can help you to overcome your feelings of hopelessness and help you start on your weight loss journey with more confidence.

You will also need MOTIVATION to lose weight and keep it off. Being motivated is what keeps us going when we want to give up. Set small goals so you can accomplish them. Then set another small goal. Step by step, that is what works! Armed with self esteem and motivation, you will have the tools to lose weight the healthy way.


 Spot Weight Loss - Arms and Thighs

=> I've got fat arms and now I'm using a new cardio routine which involves dummbells, my mum say I would grow muscles under all that fat and my arms would look a lot bigger. Is this true??

=> I am a 12 year old girl. I live in South Africa an di know I am over weight I way 52KG and I don't know what to do my upper legs are bigger than my two hands together what can I do to lose some weight and get my legs smaller please help me

 Trying to reduce fat in one area of your body usually just doesn’t work. However, toning, or strengthening the muscles in certain locations (such as your arms or thighs) can help give your body a better appearance.

The key is REPETITION. It is the repeated repetition of movement that tones and strengthens, NOT how much weight you lift. In fact, too heavy a weight can cause bulging so be sure to use proper weights for your size and ability.

The simple act of walking more and watching your portion sizes can make a difference in your weight and overall appearance. Try fun activities like swimming, dancing, jumping rope, or playing sports at least 30 minutes a day. You will notice a difference! Check out Exercising Smart for more exercise ideas. Keep moving, and you will see overall better results!


 Why Do I Eat So Much - Why Don't I Stop?

=> I'm really upset because i an overweight and i got sad even cried because i had to get a size large in womens clothing because i had to go swimming. When my mom orders me shirts im afraid that they will say my size out infront of everyone and im afraid that people will make fun of me. I have tried cutting down on meals i have exercised but im almost 200 pounds and im 5 foot 4 and im obeise can you help me ?

=> I am 13 years old. I weigh about 450lbs, and i have been pretty heavy since i was 10. I dont know why i keep getting more and more chubby by the day, all i know is that it is getting in the way with my life. I can't participate in GYM, scince my belly gets in the way and jiggles along with my...other...parts. Please help me Wiz.

=> What Can I Do To Loose Weight I've Tried Loads Of Diets But Non Of Them Have Worked?

=> I weigh 152lbs and im 5ft. Im really tired of being tge chubby girl, but i just dont know how to loose weight. My family knows im chubby they just dont know i weigh this much. My question is how do i get myself to stop eating? And any other advice you can give me? Thanks!

=> how do i stop my self from eating too much food everyday?

 We are often asked "What can I do to loose weight?" But, the real question you might want to ask yourself is, "Why do I eat so much?" "Why can't I stop!"

Try this idea:
1. Take out a piece of paper right now and write down those two questions.
2. Answer each question. We'll wait until you have answered.

What did you say to WHY I EAT SO MUCH? Common answers are, "I'm bored, depressed, lonely, sad, or stressed." Now, what did you say to WHY I CAN'T STOP? "Once I start, I just can't stop," "It tastes so good," or "It comforts me." Those are also common responses.

WHAT CAN YOU DO TO LOSE THE WEIGHT YOU WANT? Here are some things you can do:
Step 1. Recognize that you have a food problem. You might be using food for comfort and are overeating out of habit, not because you are hungry.

Step 2. Write down reasons why you want to lose weight. (Feel better, fit into cool clothes, get a date, etc). The reasons why you want to lose weight will help MOTIVATE you.

Step 3. Write down a plan for how you will reach those goals. For example, "I will skip eating seconds for dinner," "When I get a craving for food I will do a distracting activity like play a computer game or go for a walk."

Step 4. Start by identifying ONE problem food you have. For example, chocolate or french fries, soda or ice cream. Completely AVOID THAT ONE FOOD. Keep track of how many days you can avoid it. You may need about 10 days before your brain will feel in control of that food. Good Job!!!

Step 5. Identify ONE OTHER problem food and completely AVOID THAT ONE FOOD. Again, keep track of how many days you can avoid it. It gets easier the longer you stay away from it and the more problem foods you avoid. DO NOT GO BACK TO EATING ANY OF THE PROBLEM FOODS YOU HAVE AVOIDED. Stop several problem foods this same way.

Step 6. You will be losing weight! Now you can start CUTTING DOWN ON FOOD AMOUNTS. Try cutting down everything you eat a little at a time. If you weigh yourself frequently, every 2-3 days, you can monitor your food intake and keep your weight going in the downward direction or at a maintenance level.

TRY IT AND LET US KNOW HOW IT WORKS!!

Check out many of the great tips in the tips area of this site on this subject:
How Do I Lose Weight
Say Goodby to Your Problem Foods
Withdrawal from Food Addiction
Preventing Food Addiction Relapse
Say Good By to the Food Drug

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