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How do i lose weight without buying any special foods or a personal trainer?

I am a thirteen year old girl, and i need to lose weight (20-25 pounds) and keep it off as quickly as possible but i don’t want to buy any fake “miracle weight loss products” or hire a personal trainer. What should i do?

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5 Responses to “How do i lose weight without buying any special foods or a personal trainer?”

  1. Metalwolf said :

    Well, it’s hard to say if you even need to lose weight. If you’re tall you’ll always be a bit heavier then shorter girls. You don’t tell your height or weight so it’s hard to say what to do.

    I’ll say this, there is NO safe way to quickly lose weight. Our bodies, as much as we may hate it can suffer if we try to shed to much weight to fast.

    It’s always good to be active. To go out and play and work up a sweat is always a good idea if you’re unhappy about the way you look. If you don’t like doing to much (like me) running or walking is also a good way to get healthy.

  2. Kate said :

    I’m afraid weight lost ‘quickly’ isn’t likely to stay off. At your age you want things to work for you and quickly. So, weight lost needs to stay lost.

    You get that by adjusting your eating habits. Things like not eating carbohydrates after 7pm. Eating slowly, enjoying less salt/sugar. Maybe even cutting out tea and coffee.

    Also a great thing to do is get out and walk more or play basketball or swim, cycle – all the wonderful lively things in life will mean diets aren’t necessary at all.

    So there’s lots of things you can do – just stick to good habits and make it fun. Find out from professionals too.

  3. Imaka said :

    Weight loss is an overall process and there are no magic answers. Pay no attention to weight loss supplements and pills and all the latest fads. You need to think about many factors but most of them are related to issues we’ve known about for a very long time. There are many sensible things you can do that will make a tremendous difference over the long term if you need to lose weight. It can be done in a healthy way. This is what has worked for me.

    Keeping a food journal really does help. It will give you a much better sense of how much you are eating, and when, and why.

    Make a few additional small changes – walk everywhere, always use stairs instead of elevators, walk on escalators, get up and move around at least once an hour if your work or your life in general is sedentary, walk every day, use a pedometer. Walking 10,000 steps a day is a really good idea. Build up to a long brisk walk everyday, or most days. Be more active and watch less TV and spend less time on the computer. Buy one piece of exercise equipment to have at home and be strict with yourself about using it. Sometimes you can find mini-steppers or exercise bikes at second hand stores and thrift stores for just a few dollars.

    Start a weight lifting routine. Join a gym. Possibly you can find one that has someone who specializes in weight lifting programs for beginners. Weight lifting will increase your metabolism as well as improve posture and appearance overall. Even if you can’t get to the gym you can work out at home using things around the house. Invest in a good weight training book. The Dummies series actually has a good one.

    In terms of diet, cut out or reduce things like junk food, pop, fat, fast food. Eat more fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean meat, fish. Particularly if you choose a vegetarian lifestyle include natural peanut butter, hummus, dried fruit and nuts. Pay close attention to getting the nutrients your body needs to be healthy.

    Make your portion sizes smaller. Use a smaller plate – in our society we have become accustomed to thinking that we need a large plate of food at every meal, and we don’t. About quarter of your plate of food should be protein and at least half of it should be veggies.

    Learn to count calories. At your current weight and activity level, you may possibly need about 2000 calories or more to maintain your current weight. So you will lose weight at a reasonable and healthy rate if you cut back to about 1600 or 1700 calories a day.

    Eat small amounts frequently, rather than three large meals. Never skip breakfast. Include some protein in your breakfast. It will help get you through the day.

    Drink plenty of water, at least 8 big glasses of water a day, and more if it is very hot, if you sweat a lot, or if you are exercising intensely, and eliminate fruit juices. Fruit juices have too many calories, so get your vitamins from fresh fruit, not the juice. You will begin to see changes in your body.

    Vary your routines. Don’t eat the same number of calories every day (vary your calories from 1400 a day to 1900 or 2000 some days), eat a variety of foods, and do different kinds and amounts of exercise. You will lose weight much more efficiently if you mix things up from time to time so that your body doesn’t adjust to any one routine.

    An area that many people overlook is getting enough sleep. You are much more likely to overeat or to binge eat if you are tired and not well rested, so get enough sleep.

    Check out websites about nutrition, exercise, weight training, etc.

  4. lil1702 said :

    Oh, darling, you’re just thirteen! There’s no quick and easy way to lose weight, but at your age, I would recommend some lifestyle changes, eat healthier, exercise more often, and you will see the weight just naturally regulate! Besides, you’ll probably go through growth spurts, and hormonal changes if you have not gone through them already that will affect your body and weight.

  5. cyn_texas said :

    You will lose more body fat eating protein and fat (don’t eat protein alone) than not eating AT ALL. To lose weight fast eat all you want but nothing but meat, eggs, healthy oils, mayo, butter and half an avocado a day (you’ll need added potassium). Keep your fat percentage high. Adding in green vegetables & some cheese will continue weight loss but at a slower pace.

    If you starve yourself, your body will freak out and will want to store every ounce in case it doesn’t get nourished again. You need to give it adequate nourishment so it doesn’t slow your metabolism down to adjust for lower calories.

    Simple carbohydrates (sugar, flour, bread, cereal, pasta, potatoes, rice) triggers insulin which can store the calories you eat into fat. The more protein you eat the more the fat burning hormone glucagon is released. The more carbohydrate you eat the more the fat storage hormone insulin is released.

    High insulin levels unbalance other hormones. Controlling your insulin level will balance out other hormones & allow human growth hormone (HGH) to be produced naturally so you will gain lean muscle even without exercise. Any exercise will greatly increase your muscle mass with high HGH levels.

    Reducing body fat and increasing muscle mass will have you in awesome shape in no time. Good luck!


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