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losing weight

I'm 18 yrs old & I've always been a chubby chick but my weight is increasing ridicioulsly. I'm really up for losing weight but its just so hard for me I've tried so many things & don't really see results so I give up. I want to go to a dietician or a fat camp I don't care I jus want to loose weight. Please help me!
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As you mature, it will be more and more difficult to lose weight. However, large amounts of weight gain--with no change in diet or activity--usually hints at a medical condition. So make sure you rule those out first.

First of all, there's nothing easy or quick about losing weight. I'm so frustrated with commercials and billboards that promise fast results.

A fat camp means you'll lose weight while at camp, but then what happens when you get home?  Successful weight loss must be achieved in an environment you're familiar with, so you can better maintain it.

There is a lot of information out there on what's good to eat. Whole grains, lean meats, protein, calcium, fruits, and vegetables. Don't cut out any food group. You need them all. That includes fats.

The only thing you can safely give up is refined sugar (what you'll find in sweets, cookies, soda pop). But if you can't give it up completely, then cut back a little to start with.

Start off small. Which do you hate worse? Cutting back on portions or exercising? If you hate exercising, then focus on the food. Cut back a little on portion sizes. I do mean a little. Look at your plate. If it's full, remove 20% of what's on the plate. Removing one fifth of what you'd usually eat will make a big difference.

Look at what you're eating as well. Too much fat, sugar, and sodium? Try replacing one meal with something healthy, a whole wheat bagel with all natural peanut butter and a salad for example. If that sounds horrible, then grilled chicken breast (skinless) with a serving of whole wheat pasta.

Are you eating breakfast? Do you eat at least 3 meals a day? Are the meals balanced? Are you getting enough sleep? Neglecting any of these things will lead to weight gain.

If you hate cutting back on portions, but you're okay exercising, then give exercise a shot. Walking is a perfectly fine exercise. If you can walk 10 minutes a day, that's a great start. If you're already pretty active, try intensifying your activity. If you walk already, try speeding up your pace. Maybe even try jogging.

Strength training is often neglected by women in favor of cardio (jogging, aerobics, elipticle trainers), but it is highly beneficial and is more likely to give you a lean look than cardio alone.

Ultimately, you need to start slowly.  If you plunge yourself into a starvation diet, your body may go into starvation mode, which will decrease overall weight loss (though you may lose quickly at first) and burn you out. This slow approach is to ease you into eating better, so you stick with it.

Ultimately, your goal shouldn't be to diet. It should be to change your eating for life. It is really hard to do this. It can take people years to retrain their brains to crave what's good for them. But it is possible, and it can be fun as well.

If you switch your focus from sheer weight loss to eating healthier and living healthier, it won't be as difficult when the weight comes off slowly. All GOOD weight loss will be slow, something like a pound a week. What I mean by good is that it'll actually stay off if you lose it slowly.
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