I am 19 years old and weigh about 165 pounds. I'm not fat, but I'm not slim, and I'm having a hard time losing weight. I go to the gym regularly and eat healthy foods, but nothing seems to be working. I've never had a boyfriend and I feel that all the guys at my school don't think I am pretty because I'm not skinny. Can you help give me some weight loss tips? Dieting Daphne
To see DEARSUGAR's answer
Dear Dieting Daphne
Go easy on yourself, ok. It sounds like you are doing a great job eating right and exercising. Accepting yourself for who you are, no matter how much you weigh, will boost your self esteem and will give the guys at your school a chance to see you for who you are inside, not just what they see on the outside. Staying healthy always does a body good, but remember, maintaining your goal weight will not happen overnight.
Choosing a healthy diet and hitting the gym regularly are the first steps to losing weight and leading a healthy lifestyle so keep up the good work. Every once in a while, remember to change your exercise patterns though. If your body isn't challenged, you won't see results.
Keep in mind that you should be doing at least 30 minutes of cardiovascular exercise at least three times a week to jump start your metabolism. Lifting weights in addition to a cardio workout will help you tone your body and to burn calories more efficiently.
Eating healthy is a very important component to slimming down. Stick to a high protein/low fat diet and don't forget to drink lots of water. Make sure to watch your portions too. Remember, you don't need to finish everything on your plate. When you go out with friends, skip out on the fried foods, heavy sweets, and sodas. Choose healthier options such as grilled meats and fruits and vegetables. Keep up the good work; soon you'll be swatting away the boys like flies!