From Mandy, Age 18 - 05/12/10 - IP#:  Click here to reply  
Ht. 5'6", Start: 205 lb, Today: 205 lb (BMI %tile: 97), Goal: 130 lb - Hi guys! My friend told me about this site so I thought I would give it a try! She said she got some great responses so maybe I will to. I have always been chubby but I have recently been putting on more weight. I am always eating. It's not that I'm hungry, I'm just never full. Which I like to feel full in order to be satisfied. I am embarassed around my friends about how much I eat that I will eat something before I go out with them in order to make it seem like I don't eat that much. And that is usually fast food cuz it's quick and cheap. All my clothes are getting tight and my stomach is starting to hang over my pants. So it's getting hard to cover up. I have never been on a diet before because I was ok with my chubbiness. I was always about 40 lbs overweight but I have put on 30 lbs in a couple months and have gone past 200. Any tips on where to start?
Reply from Jess, Age 21 - 05/14/10  - IP#:
Hi Mandy! Welcome! I love the feeling when I'm full too. The trick is not how much you eat, but what you eat. Try to stick to lean meats, low-fat cheese, lots of veggies, fruits (not juices), whole grains like brown rice, and nuts. I try to eat things that haven't been heavily processed, staying away from prepackaged snacks, cookies, and crackers.
If you add moderate exercise in as well, you'll start to feel better, too. I know this is easier said than done, so if you slip up, don't beat yourself up over it. Every day is a new day and you start fresh. You could also start to count your calories if you wanted to, maybe just for a few days, so you get an idea of where the pounds are coming from. This will also tell you how much exercise you will need to do in order to negate the calories you consumed.
Good luck, and we'll be here for you!!