How can I get in shape for Hawaii?

I’m 17 and about 5’8.5. I weigh exactly 175.

Now, before you paint a mental image of me I’ve been extremely active just about all of my life, throughout High School I was a pretty persistant swimmer, I went to state a couple times. I used to play soccer for a select team for a couple years, then quit due to getting behind in school. The list goes on and on.

It’s been just recently that I’ve become a lot less active, and have decided to turn things around. My mom paid for a gym membership and 24hr fitness. I go just about as regularly as I can, I’ve become very busy. About an hour everyday after school does it for me. 5 minutes on the stair master 5 minutes walking at a fast pace. then some endurance and strengthening for my legs and arms.

I’ve pretty much ALWAYS been unhappy about my weight but even more so now. My best friend Kayle had decided to stop eating, and or crash diet on only tuna. She’s lost about 40 pounds and is tiny as can be. I’m embarrassed to be around her when we go out because I’m like a MONSTER compaired to her. I think she’s only about 5’6. (I’m probably being a little generous.)

I hate my love handles (Those just recently caught up and developed) I have that stupid looking pooch right below my belly button (Girls you know what one I’m talking about ;] ) The insides of my thighs are gross. and my underarms. Bleh, i don’t even want to go there.

I know this is long and you probably aren’t into reading half of my life story. But it’s getting to the point where I’m about to stop eating, myself. I know I’ll pay for it later on after I have children and whatnot. But I guess I’m more into that “Instant Gratification” than I am taking my time and doing it the healthy way.

I love food. Help me please.

Diet pills? No more eating? More strenuous work outs?

PS. I’m not sure if I’ve mentioned it, but for about the past week I’ve just been doing workouts with only coffee or a latte for my meal of the day. I’m so lost and so aggrivated.

Please for the love of God, help me. ;[[[


Answer #1

Hmm, I used to have your exact problem as you myself. I’m about 5’5 and used to weight 170lbs, I lost 30lbs over a year ago and kep it off. You say you don’t care about future consequences, but believe me, you will, you’ll regret it if you starve yourself, so take it from me, don’t. It’s good that you’re doing this now, because if you wait until you’re older, your metabolism will be slowed and it’ll be so much harder to loose the weight. Anyhow, you should also stay away from diet pills, because they screw around with your system and can rev your heart-rate uncontrollably which could cause a heart-attack, which could cause DEATH! And you wouldn’t want to go there would you? Besides, you’ll be much prouder of yourself knowing that you lost the weight all by yourself, the safe, natural way, with no help from any stupid pills. As far as more strenuous workouts go, an hour is quite enough and there can be negative side-effects to working out too much. Even 30minutes of excersise can be more effective than an hour if that 30minutes is spent doing more, well, beneficial excersises. So for your stomach, I’d reccommend some classic crunches. It’s better if you do it on an excersise ball, which adds more intensity to the workout. I have love-handles myself and I’d reccommend side-crunches ( like a normal crunch but on your side), or tummy twists, or even using a hula hoop. For your underarms ( triceps), Stand in front of a chair ( or something sturdy to hold onto) and put your hand on the edge and go up and down. It’s like a push-up except reversed. The inner thighs are hard to target, but I used to do this thing where I’d lay on my side and bend one leg over the other, then pump the straight leg up and down. I can actually feel muscle under there since I’ve been doing that. Don’t except to wake up one morning with Jessica Alba’d bodt though, because even if you loose weight, you may still have the stomach pooch and such. It just depends on what your natural body shape is. Therefore, you should be striving to be the best YOU can be, not the girl next to you, not the runway model, you! So what if you have a bit of a stomach, as long as you’re healthy, it’s nothing to obsess over. You’re probably slightly overweight, but not as much as you think you are. You probably look just fine. It’s funny how we look in the mirror and see things in ourselves that others don’t. I’m down to about 140lbs as of now and I’m not dissatisfied with my actual weight, I just don’t like my shape. My shoulders are quite broad, I have a dent in my hips and short legs, but who cares? At the end of the day, that has no relevance to how you live your life! There are also things I like about myself, such as my straight teeth and even though my legs are a little on the short side, they’re still shapely and I love them. What bothers me is how women define themselves as just a body and face, but you and all of us are so much more than that. I hope you’ll be able to stop worrying about this now and enjoy your youth while you can, because it doesn’t last long. As far as eating goes, drink lots of water and pay attention to portion sizes. If it fits in your fist, it’s probably a proper portion. This whole thing with coffee has got to stop. Did you know that by starving yourself, it causes your metabolism to conserve the little calories you do cunsume, which results in weight gain? And did you also know that yo-yo dieting increases your risk of heart-disease by like 5 times? Eat healthy ( and no, healthy does not mean potato chips) but remember to treat yourself occassionally, you are human. And stay away from fad-diets, they generally don’t work and are hard to follow and maintain. Besides, it’s not about diets period, it’s about a life-style change. What you do now helps to morph you into what you’ll be in the future, so make the right choices. If you’re eating healthy and keeping active, the weight will come off. Don’t be discouraged if you don’t see results right away, they will come. The best way to find out what a healthy weight is for you is to speak with your doctor. Don’t use a BMI chart ( which aren’t suitable for those under 20 or over 65) because it doesn’t take things like build and muscle mass into account. Best of luck, peace!

Answer #2

im about the same weight and age as you and have the same problem becuzz imn going to mexico !!! If you noticed you have any bad habets cut them example ( i use to love pop & coffee) i cute back on them for a months now and lost 8 pounds, stupid thing like salt,chip junk food, still have some just not as often. try to eat ever 2 hours, eat a big break fast, a medium lunch and super, trying eating healkthy thing in between…just eat every 2 hours and dont eat with in 3 hours of going to bed, just drink water alot. and try not eating anything that fried…you notice results from simple things like this, and its hard to do but once u get into it you’ll be good ( i use to never eat breakfast) but now its a habbit :D anyways good luck

Answer #3

I’m not a doctor - but I’ve always understood that if you don’t eat, your body will actually HOLD ON to fat, because it needs to keep it stored up to live off of, since you’re not eating. You need to increase your metabolism (your body’s ability to chew up calories really fast) - and the only way to do that is by exercising and eating several (like 5) small meals throughout the day. If you don’t give your body the fuel it needs, it will stop running (just like a CAR!). If you eat healthy, exercise, get plenty of rest, your body will do the rest. If you betray it by starving it - it will betray you right back. DO NOT STARVE YOURSELF. Speak to a nutritionist ASAP and do not consider this dangerous (and not all that effective) weight loss idea.

Meg :-(

Answer #4

Try to lay off the caffeine. DON’T use diet pills, they mess with your body. Trust me I’ve tried. Try running on the treadmill or elliptical for 10-15 minutes to warm up. Then, do 50 crunches while holding in your stomach! That’s very important other words your muscles will bulge out! Then, weight train for 20 minutes. Finally, get back on the treadmill or elliptical for 10–15 minutes of cooldown. Try this everday. Also, eat the suggested servings on the food. And don’t eat over 1200 calories a day.

Answer #5

The Special “K” cereal diet has worked well for me…but i do swim alot on top of it. I have lost 7 pounds in 6 weeks. Good luck!

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