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Reply From Kay, Age 13 - 03/03/13 - IP#: 70.199.105.xxx   show message replied to go to original board
Heres some good tips: DO NOT EAT MCDONALD'S. Trust me, google whats in their chicken nuggets and youll puke. Also eat every 3-4 hours so you wont overeat. Dont eat after 8:30, it messes with your digestion. Ask your parents to make an appointment with your nutritionist or doctor and ask them for help on how to lose weight healthily. DONT make yourself throw up or starve yourself-it does just the opposite. Do excersizes you WANT to do. If you hate sit-ups dont say "Im gonna do 400 situps a day!!" because you wont. Try to do excersize 4/7 days a week and slowly work yourself up. Also studies show that having a partner helps people lose weight so find a partner on this website if your family wont help. For motivation, think about proving all the people who laughed at you and judged you wrong when you finally do it. Its hard work but you can definitely do it!!!

From Sara, Age 23 - 08/10/12 - IP#: 67.193.221.xxx  go to original board
Ht. 5'5", Start: 173 lb, Today: 149 lb (BMI: 25), Goal: 130 lb - Just a random piece of information I thought I would share with you all. It may be helpful for those of you who are trying to lose weight to record your measurements rather than simply rely on a scale. I would get very discouraged when I would step onto my bathroom scale and the numbers wouldn't budge. Once I started taking my measurements using a measuring tape I could see the inches drop even when the number on the scale would remain the same. I was able to see that I was losing fat, but I was also gaining muscle. My added muscle was the reason the numbers stayed the same for so long. I have only lost 12 pounds since January, but that does not tell the entire story. Using my measurements I can calculate that I have went from 42% body fat to 26% body fat. This means I have changed 29 pounds on my body. I have lost 12 pounds of fat and gained 17 pounds of muscle!
Any ways, I ... (view more)

Reply From Sara, Age 23 - 08/01/12 - IP#: 67.193.221.xxx   show message replied to go to original board
Start by making small changes, that's how habits are formed. You won't need to think positively about something once it's become second nature to you. You said it's only been three weeks since you've started, it's no wonder it's been so difficult. All I can suggest is that you try to keep your head up and push past your challenges. It will be hard, but each day it will get a little bit easier. As long as you can get past the days that are especially difficult for you then you will make it and you will be healthier for it. Supposedly it takes about a month or so before a habit is formed. Start with small changes, and gradually increase them. It won't be so daunting that way. I used to tell myself, "I'll start my diet on Monday" and then I'd binge all weekend until Monday hit. I'd work so hard all week trying to do everything... (view more)

Reply From Brittany, Age 19 - 06/21/12 - IP#: 76.186.201.xxx   show message replied to go to original board
For one, it is awesome that you realize the bad habit and are wanting to change your life. I myself was in the same position as you for so long and at my heaviest in January i was 350lbs. I had weight loss surgery in march, but it is true that it is only a tool. The biggest advice I can give is do like the others told you. Drink water and no fast food or junk. Count calories religiously. I know trust me it gets annoying and it is time consuming, but you have to. The second big thing I have learned is eat protein first! get as much protein in as you can a day, because it helps to burn fat quicker and builds muscle which burns more fat. Also, do not get discouraged necessarilly about the pounds on the scale. You should measure yourself and go off of inches lost more than pounds. Also it was great advice to just start walking maybe 30 minutes a day around your neighborhood, then work up to ... (view more)

From Abbie, Age 15 - 04/30/12 - IP#: 68.13.18.xxx  go to original board
Ht. 5'4", Start: 147 lb, Today: 143 lb (BMI %tile: 86), Goal: 125 lb - Not all of this advice is mine but I did write some. So here are 9 tips on losing weight. Thanks.
Everyone loves snacks, but don't try for your everyday chips or cookies. Try a fruit salad.
Looking at the TV or IPod or any electrical device can add the pounds, so instead go to the park, mess around with friends like you did when you were little
If your regular weight increases several days in a row, it's a red flag letting you know you need to cut back a little or beef up your workouts slightly.
Doing 5 minutes each of push-ups, lunges, and squats (in 30-second intervals) will help build and maintain muscle mass. The more muscle you have, the higher your metabolism will be, so you'll torch more calories as you go about your day.
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Reply From Lucy, Age 15 - 12/11/11 - IP#: 74.176.221.xxx   show message replied to go to original board
Hey Cupcake, overeating is an addiction; One as powerful as smoking or drinking. If you can't get outside help then I have a few tips for you, because I was addicted to eating too. I know that sounds really weird, being "addicted" to food, but it's true. When I came home from school I would eat everything to the point where my stomach hurt, I would sneak downstairs in the middle of the night and make hot dogs or chicken nuggets, I would eat whole pints of ice cream. Food was my friend, whenever I felt bad I would eat, whenever I felt sad I would eat, whenever I felt mad I would eat...you get the point. One day I stepped on the scale and was shocked to see that I had gained 15lbs in a little less than 8 months! Today I’m better though.
Here are some tips
- If you go to an actual school (not online) eat! Don't let yourself go through the school day... (view more)

Reply From Jessica, Age 16 - 09/28/11 - IP#: 71.2.33.xxx   show message replied to go to original board
Taylor, Try walking, running, jog, jump rope, swimming, indoor, if your family can afforid it, sterngth training, yoga, horse back riding, ride a bike, or an excrise bike, walk the dog or your friend's dog or the neigbors dog, ask your mom and dad first. And the neigbors as well.
cut your large portions to small portions, cut your meat in half eat one half and have the other for later or the next day.
Drink lots of water, you dont want to be lazy, half meat}helaf vegtable} or half touf] and a small glass of milk.
Dont bother with the food parmaid/.
I do have more information about weight loss tips!
I hope to have helped
Jessica 16

Reply From Lillie, Age 12 - 09/11/11 - IP#: 72.213.6.xxx   show message replied to go to original board
Eat healthy foods like fruits and veggies and stay away from things like peanut butter, soda, and sweets. Swim and jog. If you not a big jogger (like me) you should start with a fast walk then get faster. Keep a journal (I know it sounds weird, just do it!) and reward you self with things like cds, new books, or going to the mall for losing weight. Just dont reward yourself with junk food. Hope this helps!

From Aliza, Age 15 - 08/24/11 - IP#: 99.147.127.xxx  go to original board
Ht. 5'3", Start: 170 lb, Today: 148 lb (BMI %tile: 91), Goal: 120 lb - Heres some useful tips:
*dotry not-having serving plates- cuz then you'll just take more
*make sure you really ARE HUNGRY b4 u eat -and ur not just bored or stressed
*for each bite CHEW 30 TIMES -your boys feels more full that way
*drink lots of water: it hydrates you, empties your wates, and MAKES YOU FEEL FULL
*if you like milkshakes there's this healthy version that i use- i guess a "smoothie", its milk, bananas, and some chocolate syrup (i like it :))
*make sure when you eat you only take 1 portion
*if you like chewing on stuff-try gum
WRIGLEY 5 GUM -has this long-lasting flavor (plus chewing gum burns calories)
*try not to snack in-between meals
*food is a SOURCE OF ENERGY- to keep us LIVING
Hope at least 1 of these tips helped!!! best of luck in ur weight loss!!!!

From Jessica, Age 16 - 08/17/11 - IP#: 71.2.33.xxx  go to original board
Ht. 5'3", Start: 162 lb, Today: 157 lb (BMI %tile: 93), Goal: 118 lb - How I lost more then seven pounds!! I ate less and drank more water, and furit and vegtables, and half a piece of meat, ran all over the place, chase my 3 year old niece around, I had Speical K creal with furit in it. And cut Ketcup to a small dot, once in a while is ok!! I am not really a junk food eater, anymore so much as I used to, I gave up orange soda, Sprite, and regular coke, Mist. And moutain Due, I tried the diet version is nasty, I eat dark chocolate now once a mounth is ok. It is very rare I eat fast food now, it taste nasty, yuck" I did jump rope back in the Spring. I only drink half of soda in a paer cup. Or a small soda, I used to eat to much candy. And stay in bed for 12 hours. Bad habit to have in the first place. I been trying to lose weight since October 2010. I finally did it some what.
Don't ever give up.
Jessica 16

Reply From Heather, Age 15 - 08/13/11 - IP#: 75.100.203.xxx   show message replied to go to original board
my few tips of advice, dont lose your head and go crazy eating. always think about eating what you want to eat Before you eat it! half the time you'll realize youre not really hungry, or no longer want to eat it because you know you'll feel guilty. also, quit drinking pop/soda if you do drink them. and stop eating deep fried or even resturaunt fried foods. its okay to eat fried foods at home as long as you use olive oil. i wish you the best of luck and i hope my advice was somewhat useful! :)

Reply From Jessica, Age 16 - 08/08/11 - IP#: 108.5.72.xxx   show message replied to go to original board
Nikkita don't give up, don't be discourged.
Peaches, plumbs, maybe you could look for places that have peaches and plums, to pick.. Blue berries, are good until the end of August, you know what ask your friends for food advice. Im sorry you are poor, try walking, or running jog, jump ropes are fairly cheep. And stretchs.
I would aim 125-120 pounds for your ht. depends on your body frame and shape.
You don't have to join a gym to lose weight. Trust me I wish I could go to a gym to..
Find veggies at the store. And furits.
Cut your meal in half, instead of eating 3 piceces of meat. Eat one or two, if you have some money, don't buy candy, use it to buy healthy food, hop and skip eat less, put a gross smell in your junk food it will help you to like junk food less. Drink lots of water, walk up stairs 5 times first and then 10 times. It will.... (view more)

Reply From Maggie, Age 13 - 08/04/11 - IP#: 74.129.206.xxx   show message replied to go to original board
Hi Emma. I used to do the exact same thing. I am losing weight now because I keep a food diary and I have the book called The Diet for Teenagers Only. Its really helpful in how much food you should eat to lose weight. Also if you start feeling a craving coming on heres some things that can stop it...Drink lots of cold water(it fills you up) Go gurgle with mouthwash and then wait 15 minutes after you spit it out(it will help get a mint kind of taste in your mouth which will help control the cravings) Take a bubble bath or anything else that will get your mind of it. Also stretching helps. Lock yourself in your room with water and dont go to the refrigerator at all! What I do is work on my new goal- Trying to do the splits! So just set a stretching goal and work on it! If after all this you are still hungry then eat food that is hungry and involves work. Such as cherries because then you... (view more)

Reply From Jessica, Age 16 - 07/25/11 - IP#: 71.2.33.xxx   show message replied to go to original board
Dont be discourged we all have regurets, about our eating habits. You have lsot 5 pounds!! that a good start, drink lots of water, eat less, cut your meals with half meat and half vegtable, and half furit.. And a small glass of milk.. Fiber, walking, slow running and jog, ride bike, jump rope, strechs.. Less soda, eat salds with low calore dressing on the side.. Fuirt and vegtables. And lean meat. Blueberriss, raspberries, blacjberries, plums, Peaches. get stuff that is in sesean. Walk the dog your dog or your friend's dog or the neigbor's dog ask the neigbor's dog and your partens first.
I hope to have helped,
Jessica 16.

Reply From Miranda, Age 18 - 07/19/11 - IP#: 208.107.170.xxx   show message replied to go to original board
Amanda- a health specialist told me recently that it's not a good idea to weigh yourself every couple of days, she said maybe every week/week and a half. She explained that your weight can fluctuate a few pounds up or down and that you may be retaining water. And it's always best to weigh yourself in the morning. Hope this helps (: