Your Questions About Weight Loss For Teenage Girls Fast

by Maricela on March 3, 2013

Lizzie asks…

Hungry on 1700 calories?

Hi, I’m a 14 year old 5’7″ girl. I’m moderately active(20-30 minutes weight training w/ 8 lb dumbbells 3x week, 30 minutes intense cardio 5x week, 30 minutes moderate yoga 6x week), and I weigh 135 lbs. I know it’s a healthy weight, but before New Years, I weighed about 130, and I was a lot more satisfied with how my body looked back then. I gained the weight due to boredom eating, it seems. I know it’s only a 5 lb weight gain, but it seemed to have really made a difference. My face has gotten a little pudgier(my dad actually made a comment on that =/) and my inner thighs and lower belly are flabbier.

Now I’m trying to lose those vanity pounds to get back to my ideal weight. I’ve heard that 1500 cals is the minimum number of calories for weight loss for teenage girls, but because I’m active I’m bumping it up to 1700. I’m not entirely sure what my total energy expenditure is(as I never get accurate results from calculators. Some calculate it’s 1800, some say it’s 2500, some say it’s 2000), but I’m guessing it’s about 2200 cals, so this should give me a steady deficit of losing 1 lb per week.

The problem is, I can only keep this up for 1 or 2 days before I suddenly feel starving and I end up binging! D: Why do I feel so deprived? This isn’t even supposed to be a drastic calorie deficit. Even when I gained the weight, I’ve always been eating a pretty healthy diet. I always end up consuming the recommended fiber intake, so I get plenty of that, I eat very little sugar besides that in fruit and dairy products, I eat a lot of protein, and lots of healthy fats like nuts, flaxseeds, salmon, olive oil, and avocados, and I drink about 6 glasses of water per day, so I’m always hydrated. I try eating once every 3-4 hours. This is pretty much everything that’s recommended to keep yourself feeling full. But, then why am I so damn hungry?! For example, this is what I ate yesterday:

Breakfast: Oatmeal with lowfat milk, cinnamon, and sprinkle of flaxseeds – 300 cals

Post-workout: Protein shake made with lowfat milk and 2 spoonfuls of vanilla protein powder, and about a dozen raw cashews – 250 cals

Lunch – Whole wheat wrap made with spinach, chicken, and about a spoonful of hummus with a medium apple – 300 cals

Snack: (I got pretty hungry here, but managed not to overeat) 1 large peach with a generous serving of cottage cheese with cinnamon, about 1/2 dozen raw almonds, and some baby carrots with hummus – 300

Dinner: Sushi! =D 1 rainbow roll (It’s one of the bigger roles. Has salmon, salmon roe, tuna, yellowtail, cucumber, avocado, rice) with a bowl of miso soup – 550 cals

…and when I woke up this morning, I was ravenous, and PIGGED OUT D. Unless I severely restrict for the rest of the day(which I’m not going to do or else I’ll feel sluggish and low on energy for the rest of the day and I’ll just screw up my metabolism), I’ll have eaten back whatever deficit I have made yesterday.

What can I do to stop feeling so hungry so I can be more consistent? I don’t want to turn into one of those yoyo dieters, because that’s just going to make things worse. I just want to lose a few vanity pounds so I can get back to where I was a few months ago. Is my metabolism faster than I think and therefore I should increase my cals? Or am I still not eating the right foods? Do I just have to get used to feeling hungry if I want to see results? I need some advice!

Maricela answers:

You might be hungry because you are in shock, you should probably up calories a bit.
Your in quite good shape be very carefull how you lose weight dont lose more than a pound a week, your diet sounds ideal but the running might be making some problems

running can burn 600 calories a hour of mostly muscle so maybe cut down on the running to at most 1-2 days or at least run at a slower pace maybe and add walking for 45mins to 1 hour 45 mins a day at a fast pace ,

you likely have a good mitochondria level = good metabolism so you might be undereating

undereating too much losses mucle and metabloism so you could lose mostly muscle and no fat, who wants that?

Keep up the good work and consider getting your caloric intake and fat burning zones tested at a gym or watch your weight carefully 🙂 drink lots of water!!!

Mandy asks…

Is this an unhealthy rate of weight loss?

I have a broken jaw, so my jaw has been wired shut for the past 17 days. As a result, I am only able to consume liquids. I’m a teenage girl 63 (5′ 3″) inches tall. The morning I was wired shut I weighed in at 128.6, now I’m at about 118.

My dad is concerned that I’m losing weight too fast, and is trying to get me to drink all these hypernutritious smoothies (they don’t taste all that good). However, I think that this is the equivalent to when you start a diet, you lose a lot at first, but it eventually tapers off. And I know I’ll most likely gain it back when the wires come off in a couple weeks.

So basically my question is my rate of weight loss (8.25% of my body weight in 16 days) unhealthy or unsafe?

I consume between 400-1000 calories a day. Considering the circumstances, I have stopped exercising for the time being, under doctor’s orders (I usually run 15-20 miles a week, plus some strength training).

Maricela answers:

You shouldn’t worry about your weight loss. Although this would be considered an unhealthy drop in weight, it is caused by medical reasons. Once your jaw heals and you will be able to eat solid foods again you will most likely put back on the weight that you lost

Joseph asks…

Help (: Weight Loss For Teenage Girls ♥?

Hii Everyonee– Thanks in advance for reading and/or answering! muah xoxo

I am 5’2, and about 140 lbs.

I have been dieting and working out (a lot of crunches tho not seeing many results)

I want to get down to about 120 before summer timee ♥

my total goal is to get down to around 105-110.

I dont have that big of a tummy, but I do have one dont get me wrong!
I want it to be toned, and flat!

any dieting tips?
also.. what are some good, fast working tummy exercises i can do !

**for a teenage girl how fast do u think i can do this if i am super dedicated WHICH I AM**

thanks so much!!!

love ya

Maricela answers:

Hi, My daughter had the same problem, and this is what she recommends:
When it comes to tummy exercises, the top tummys in town are not built by crunches alone.

There are plenty of exercises to flatten your stomach and trim your waistline, but they only work if you also do cardio exercises too.Cardio is the secret added ingredient to ab workouts.

Many abdominal exercises are great, but our abs are hiding under our belly. So while we are doing tummy exercises we must also be doing fat burning workouts. It is no good to have firm abs muscles if they are hidden under a jelly belly.So the best tummy exercises routines combine both tested and proven to work tummy exercises and cardio exercises. That way you tighten and tone the tummy, while also shrinking and melting away excess weight on the waistline.
You can do ab workouts first and then run on a treadmill or go for a walk or bike ride.
Another option is to do ab workouts and then join in with an aerobics exercise class.

The problem is when you try to do stomach exercises after cardio. You may be too tired to work your abs. Do the abdominal workouts first.

You may also want to try this secret weapon to help get your tummy in shape (secret in the resorce box….it really works!!

Nancy asks…

Any girls going through this too?

Being a teenage girl is hard enough with no health problems, but trying adding a few into the equation. Im going to introduce to you, a tad bit of my “girl” life. Periods? Haha, that is a joke. I havent had a period since August. Sounds alright in theory but it has affected my health drastically. Last year I was a 15 year old girl, thinking and considering having sex but too consious about my weight. That was when I weight 150 appx and most of it was muscle. Yah, I was no twig but I wasnt “fat”. Now, I have been fighting my body for 4 months to quit gaining weight. I have actually put on 30lb since the beging of the school year, and not eating out of the ordinary at all plus adding more than the usually excorize I already get. (wich is more than 60 minutes a day) I thought my self-appearance was bad before, now my self-confidence has declined. Boobs? I use to be a D-Cup, I am down to a B-Cup.. I feel like I barley have anything there. Clear Skin? Well I use to have that.. but this year my acne has grown dramatically, leaving me feeling hopless. Feeling like a model? Not anymore. And you know what, this could happen to you too? It might even be happening. I have a fast spreading health condition in teenage girls to full grown women called PCOS. PCOS stands for polycystic ovarian syndrom. PCOS is an imbalance of sex hormones in women. Female sex hormones include estrogen and progesterone, as well as hormones called androgens. Androgens, often called “male hormones,” are also present in women, but in different amounts. Hormones help regulate the normal development of eggs in the ovaries during each menstrual cycle. Polycystic ovary syndrome is related to an imbalance in these female sex hormones. Too much androgen hormone is made, along with changes in other hormone levels. And you know what? No doctor completley understands why or how this happens. You think thats the worst part? But its not. PCOS can contribute and most likley will contribute to infertility. What is infertility? Its the disability or unableness to get pregnant. Also, it causes iorn defficency in your blood, wich can make diabetes a high risk factor.

So, What are the symptoms?
-No periods (or periods that are extremley irregular and usually really heavy when occuring)
-Decreased Breast Size
-Hair in places hair shouldnt be on females
-Thining of hair on the head
-Bad Acne
-Dark or thick skin markings and creases around the armpits, groin, neck, and breasts due to insulin sensitivity
-Diabetes, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol are common findings, as are weight gain and obesity. Weight, body mass index (BMI), and abdominal circumference are helpful in determining risk factors.

So what can we do?
Well if we detect PCOS early, wich my doctor didnt you can try losing weight (which can be difficult)because it has been shown to help with diabetes, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol. Even a weight loss of 5% of total body weight has been shown to help with the imbalance of hormones and also with infertility. Medications used to treat the abnormal hormones and menstrual cycles of polycystic ovary syndrome can include some forms of birthcontrol,
•Metformin, a medication that increases the body’s sensitivity to insulin, can improve the symptoms of PCOS and sometimes will cause the menstrual cycles to normalize. For some women, it can also help with weight loss. And Treatment with clomiphene citrate causes the egg to mature and be released. Sometimes women need this or other fertility drugs to get pregnant.

High risks of Breast Cancer, and Endomaterial Cancer have been theroized but not proven.

So what can you do if you think you are going through this? Call for an appointment with your health care provider if you have symptoms of this disorder. Its never to late to try to change. Although PCOS is “incurable” there are things to help make the disorder a little easier to live with.

I am a 16 year old girl. I have PCOS. and I am going to live and move on.
When my treatments are finished my goal is to loose weight, and become a happier person.
Talk to your doctor, mabey you can do the same!

Comments are appriciated.
I will give 10pts and answer any other questions!
(sorry for the length of this)

Maricela answers:

You’re so young never give up hope. Yes your life might not be as easy as other teenagers. But think about it there are girls your age with worse problems. Girls who every day are struggling with themselves to be able to see the light of tomorrow. Life is hard but nothing is impossible. And if what you are scared of is not being able to have kids when you’re older. Just remember that God almighty is real and he makes the impossible… Possible! Never give up and good luck with everything in life 🙂

Ken asks…

Weight Loss? teenage girl.?

ok. i’m 14 years old, almost 15. i’m like 20 pounds overweight and quite unhealthy. what are some good ways to lose weight fairly quickly?? i need diet tips (im a vegan. so no meat, dairy, or eggs). exercise tips (i have a bowflex, treadmill, elliptical, and bike). and just general weight loss tips. tell me EVERYTHING!

most informative answer wins!!

Maricela answers:

Here are some tips that have served me well:

eat slowly/chew more than normal
(you will enjoy the food and you will *poop* it out of your system faster- which is good!)

put your fork or spoon down (that means on the table!) in between bites

use a smaller than usual utensil or even a straw for drinks and yogurt

drink water throughout the day. No excuses.

Don’t sit in front of the TV
(studies say people who eat while watching TV will eat more than people somewhere free of stress)

count your calories. Its not as horrible as it seems!

Put lots of effort into preparing it
(don’t just open a wrapper and dig in)
** if i am eating at home and not on-the-run, i will take my yogurt (for example) and spoon it into a glass dish and make it look pretty. For some reason, i enjoy it more

don’t feel obligated to fill your plate or swipe it clean at a restaurant. You won’t be wasting food because you could always carry it out. You’ll actually save money because the leftovers could make a good lunch the next day

don’t eat past 8:00 (if you go to bed at ten)

watch portion sizes

cut your food. No need to take ginourmous bites. It doesn’t look right and this rule goes back to the “prepare” rule. Cut it up nicely so the presentation is nice.

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