Emi asked in HealthDiet & Fitness · 9 years ago

How can a 13 year old girl lose weight in 2 1/2 mos.?

I am 13 years old, and because I recently went swimming and almost everyone commented on how chubby my legs were, I decided to check my BMI. I'm 5'1" and weigh 116.6 lbs. That puts me at "normal weight" with a 22.0 BMI; problem is, you're obese if your BMI exceeds 24.9.

That's way too close for me.

School went out for 2 1/2 months this afternoon, and not only is my goal to get taller, but a little thinner; I want to lose 8 lbs. in 5 weeks. Is this possible?

I exercise 5 days a week for 1 hour each day, alternating between volleyball, basketball, and running/track (just a few laps since I have allergies, Asthma, and lung damage). On the weekends, I dance for 1 hour each day.

I drink less than 2 bottles of water and 1 half glass of milk each day... and I know that's not enough! I'm starting to drink more water.

I live in Texas, and since it's summer, it gets pretty brutal with 101+ temps (it even reached 119 once) and since my mother can easily succumb to heat stroke, I'm going to take the safe way and not go out too much this summer, unless I swim, which I will do soon. I'm recovering from peeling sunburn anyway.

The time I eat breakfast and dinner varies; sometimes I don't eat dinner at all. I'm not hungry too often, but when I eat I realize that I'm consuming a few shy from too many calories. I recently stopped drinking soda in between meals as I heard this can stop/slow HgH and also made it a point to myself that I will not eat very much, if any, of my favorite chips (Hot Cheetos which are HIGHLY addictive... T_T) this summer. I'm doing my best with self discipline.

What can I do to lose weight? What can I improve? Does drinking warm water increase your metabolism? I'm looking for any advice... lol



BMR = 1,433 calories

RMR = 1,430 calories

Update 2:

LOL I made a mistake:

BMR = 1,386

RMR = 1,271

multiplied by 5' 11"

25 Answers

  • Anonymous
    9 years ago
    Favorite Answer

    Eat healthy: eat 3 whole meals a day. For your meals, you want something healthy and that fills you up so that you don't get hungry again for a long time. You need to also make healthy choices like eating whole wheat bread or whole grain bread instead of white bread and brown rice instead of white rice. Cut all junk food. They are bad for you and cause weight gain fast. Cut fast food as well! If you get hungry in between your 3 meals, eat a piece of fruit/vegetable, low-fat yogurt, skim milk, or fruit juice. THey are all good and healthy and will burn fat. As well as eating healthy, combine with exercise and you will lose the weight healthfully and easily. Diets don't work in the long run. When you consume too little, or deprive yourself of certain foods, you are also not getting the essential nutrients. That's why everyone gain the weight back and more in diets. Diet's are a plan for fail. INstead, just focus on eating healthy. You will feel better, look better, and perform better. Opt for a healthy lifestyle, not a fad diet. that's how you lose weight and keep it off for good.

    For the exercise, don't overdo yourself. Just walking, jogging for 1 hour each day will be more than enough. Rememeber to rest for 1 day of the week. Also, if 1 hour is too long for you, you can BREAK IT DOWN thorughout the day. Nobody said you have to get it all done in one shot, just do some after you wake up, some in the afternoon myabe, and sometime before or after dinner. It's more managaeable that way. Walking, jogging, running or swimming are aerobic/cardio exercises and they burn the most calories and fat. They will make you strengthen or build your muscle and keep you burning more calories and fat.

    eat healthy and exercise is the golden rule of losing weight. Good luck hun :)

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  • Roar!
    Lv 5
    9 years ago

    If you only want to lose 8 pounds, you can do it in 4 weeks, losing 2 pounds per week which would be a healthy rate. First look up your BMR. That's how many calories you burn when you do absolutely nothing. Eat at least 100 calories less than whatever your BMR is. For example, my BMR is around 1300, so I eat around 1200 calories a day. Walking inside or outside for 20-30 minutes is how I've lost 8 pounds in 4 weeks. Since it gets hot in Texas, try walking in the early morning or going out for 10 minutes at a time. Try to eat every meal and make you portions smaller. If you feel like snacking, have some raw veggies with fat free dressing or a piece of fruit. Good Luck!

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  • Anonymous
    9 years ago

    Im 18 and when I was 13,14,15 I was still thin and tall (my BMI has always been between 18 and 20, I know its not healthy medically but its always been normal for me) but always had quite large legs and thighs this is because I was a long distance runner and was in alot of sports teams that required alot of running, I think Personally that you think your legs are larger than everyone elses because your muscles are more developed and stronger than the other girls (due to 5 days a week excersize). Also your only 12 You still have alot of growing to catch up with when you do reach 17/18 your body will equal itself out into the right proportions :) I recommend that you dont start dieting, Just be happy with your figure you sound a very healthy individual I just think people are tying to make you self consious and you should ignore them and get on with your life. I bet you'll grow into a beautiful woman :)

    Source(s): When I was 13-16.
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  • Rachel
    Lv 4
    4 years ago

    I've tried many diets and couldn't make anything work. Since having my first child, I've been carrying around an extra 30 pounds. This diet just made sense and showed me that everything I was doing before was wrong and a waste of my time.

    The plan was so refreshing and so simple to follow. I did everything plan said and lost 23 pounds in the first three weeks. I'm now starting the diet again to lose 7 more pounds. This plan has changed my life.

    Get started today!

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  • 9 years ago

    8 lbs of excess bod fat in 5 wks is very doable.

    The rule of thumb is a max excess body fat loss of 2 lbs/wk. [Not "weight," but excess bod fat.]

    It would vary with extremes of ht & wt.

    Keep doing what your doing, getting the excess cals out of your diet and exercising, but get a better diet nutritionally.

    Take a multi mineral, multi vitamin.

    Rite Aid drug strore chain's Century-Vite is a good one. Look for USP on the labels of vits & mins to verify purity, potency & dissolvability.

    Dont go strictly by BMI bc it only considers ht & wt, not body composition, the percentages of the body's fat, muscle, bone & fluid.


    http://www.presidentschallenge.org/challenge/activ... Scientifically sound fitness programs


    http://health.nih.gov/ National Institue of Health’s health info page according to body system/location, & population groups: teens, women, seniors, etc.


    http://lpi.oregonstate.edu/lpirx2.html Diet & exercise. Linus Pauling Institute






    http://hp2010.nhlbihin.net/menuplanner/menu.cgi National Institutes of Health, interactive grid for finding how many calories in user-selected food items, snacks or full meals.

    http://books.google.com/ebooks?id=Gb7LAjTrC2kC “The Volumetrics Eating Plan: Techniques and Recipes for Feeling Full on Fewer Calories” (Google eBook). Reviews. By Barbara Rolls, PhD, Chair of Nutrition @ Penn St U.

    http://www.google.com/search?q=eat+more+weigh+less... Book: "Eat More, Weigh Less," by Dean Ornish, MD, Professor of Medicine @ U Cal, S.F. Eat more in volume, less in calories, feel satisfied, lose excess body fat.

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  • 4 years ago

    the rub on ground turkey is that its dry add some olive oil and finely blended onions to a turkey burger or turkey meatball to enhance its juiciness

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  • 4 years ago

    silken tofu makes a wonderful replacement for cream in some recipes

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  • Anonymous
    9 years ago

    Please don't. You are perfectly healthy. You'd have to get up to 145 pounds to get into the obese range.

    You're too young to make yourself diet, you'll mess up your metabolism and growth.

    Source(s): I'm 5'1" and 30 years old
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  • 4 years ago

    a 50 minute beach volleyball game

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  • 4 years ago

    trade in a cappuccino for a regular a cup of joe

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