I'm Trying To Lose WeightFeelingsI'm Trying To Lose Weight<div class="ExternalClass51656E8F007143B39744955D5B8C886B"><p><span class="ms-rteFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-3 ms-rteThemeForeColor-2-4" style="">​<span style="">I'm trying to lose weight, but I'm not watching what I eat even though I exercise everyday after school. I feel like I'm not going to get the slim body I've always dreamed of. ​​</span></span></p></div><div class="ExternalClassF4E694AFDE324AB2A16EF87CA0BE78CC"><p><span class="ms-rteFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-3 ms-rteThemeForeColor-2-4" style="">Thanks for emailing in.  Weight is something that a lot of people struggle with throughout life.  The media paints such an unrealistic picture for everyone, because of course the models on ads, social media, the walkways, and magazines work not only on their weight but on their complete physical appearance as their job, which is usually a well-paid job to boot.  </span></p><p><span class="ms-rteFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-3 ms-rteThemeForeColor-2-4" style="">If you are not happy with your weight, it's great that you are trying to do something about it.  For most anyone though to take weight off AND keep weight off, not only daily exercise but also fewer calories and eating healthy foods is best.  The best way to lose weight is slowly and consistently by continuing a lifestyle of exercise and healthy eating habits.</span></p><p><span class="ms-rteFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-3 ms-rteThemeForeColor-2-4" style="">Your pediatrician can even make a determination on whether your weight and height are in proportion based not just on a quick scale measurement, but on your development throughout the years as well.  If he/she suggests some weight loss, then ask for some suggestions on how to go about it and what a target weight would be for you right now.  </span></p><p><span class="ms-rteFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-3 ms-rteThemeForeColor-2-4" style="">Seek your parents support too to find some healthy ways to get to a weight that is both safe and manageable for you.   Dieting and eating is really a lifestyle for most people.  Ask if you can have input on the grocery shopping, exercise daily, try eating smaller portions, read up on foods that are high in protein, but low in calories.  There are many different options for you.  It's always more fun if you do it with a friend too.  You can encourage each other, share recipes, walk the mall, or go for bike rides together.</span></p><p><span class="ms-rteFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-3 ms-rteThemeForeColor-2-4" style="">A lot of times it might not be that you need to drop a lot of pounds, but that you need to build up muscle tone to redistribute your weight.  Be sure to be patient with yourself ok?  The best results don't happen overnight, keep at it.  Only weigh yourself once a week, it's just too much pressure when you keep looking.  A better way to tell if your healthy lifestyle is effective is when you feel your clothes are a little looser or your complexion​ seems a little better, and your energy level is higher because of your healthier habits.  </span></p><p><span class="ms-rteFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-3 ms-rteThemeForeColor-2-4" style="">Keep us updated ok and reach out again if you need assistance.</span></p><p><span class="ms-rteFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-3 ms-rteThemeForeColor-2-4" style="">Laura, Crisis Counselor</span></p></div>16

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