From Andrew, Age 14 - 08/18/01 - IP#:  Click here to reply  
Hi Everyone! I am 5'10 and weigh about 230 pounds. I have been overweight since about Grade 4 and I want to lose some of it now and get down to 160 pounds. Is there anyway that I could lose 70 pounds in about 3 months or so??
Reply from Missy, Age 16 - 08/19/01 
Andrew~I think that trying to lose 70lbs in three months would be VERY UNHEALTHY, if not impossible. Everyone wants to see results quickly, for whatever they set out to do, but losing weight is one of those things were quick results are not the best results. The best goal to have for losing weight to is to lose only about a half of a pound (1/2) to 2 pounds per week (for 70lbs that would take about 35 weeks, or 8 1/2 months). I know that sounds like a crazy, long amount of time but that is the most healthy way to lose weight. If you lose weight too quickly your body will lose important nutriants that it needs, also the rate at which your body uses engery will slow because it will think that you are straving and will slow down to save engery--this will cause you to lose weight even more slowly. Also, if you lose weight faster than that (because more likely than not you'll be on some sort of 'fad' diet or you'll flat out be starving yourself) you'll be more likely to regain the weight as soon as you reach the weight you want to be because you'll go back to eating like you did before you starved yourself. The best way is to eat more healthy and smaller portions, but most importantly to continue to eat and not to starve yourself. The best of luck to you. Missy.
Reply from Crystal, Age 16 - 08/19/01 
Losing weight does not happen over night. But eat less, that wont kill you. I lose like 20 pounds each month, but that's just cause I do starve myself, and now I'm anorexic and I'm stuck in a position where I cant get back to eating or I'll gain all the weight back so fast. But I'm skinnier, not healthy, but skinnier, unhealthy and happy.
Reply from Andrea, Age 16 - 08/19/01 
Trying to lose 70 lbs in 3 months is totally unhealthy. The best way to lose the weight is to do it the right way and then you are sure it will stay off and it will not harm your body. I am overweight an need to lose about 70 to 100 lbs but I know that if I don't do it right I may not be here to see myself lose all of that weight. Try to do it healthy and you will see the results.