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I can't lose anymore weight no matter WHAT I do.


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This is just getting really frustrating. Wellll...I'm 14 and I recently lost about 40ish pounds, but I've decided I need to lose more (just about 5-10 pounds, nothing major). I've been eating about 1,400-1,500 calories on days I don't exercise, and then on days I do, I eat about 1,600-1,800. I exercise about 4 days a week for 30-45 minutes, and I usually mix it up every now and then. According to all the weight loss calculators, I should be eating around this much for weight loss. But no matter how hard I try, I can never get under 115 (I'm 5'5, btw. I don't know if my height matters, but just in case...). I know I'm not overweight, but for some reason, I still look like it, and I don't think I would be underweight if I lost anymore necessarily because I read somewhere that teens can have BMI's of like 16 and still be considered healthy. Anyway, am I not eating enough or eating too much? Anybody have any ideas why I can't seem to lose weight anymore? Thank you to everyone who responds! And sorry. I know this post is probably a grammar/punctuation disaster. lol (:

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the thing about the 'healthy BMI range' for growing children is that it is not a goal to get TO a BMI of 16, it is if the child develops that way, if they had a sudden growth spurt and are playing 'catch up' or if they have very small frames.

Chances are, your body does not WANT to get below 115 because that is UNHEALTHY for you. You 'look' overweight because that is YOUR erception. With as low of a BMI as you have, you don't look overweight.

So, since you are probably displaying signs of disordered eating and body dysmorphia, I would suggest you seek help from a family member, oldr friend, school councillor or religious leader about your negative outlook on yourself and warped perceptions. You are undereating on your activity days, are probably pushing your body too much and in turn, your body is rebelling.

Fenrik said it perfectly.

ETA: And despite your apology for poor grammar/punctuation (I didn't see any), your post was world's better than the text-speak unreadable messes that sometimes get posted. So kudos ;)

Original Post by hayleydb:

This is just getting really frustrating. Wellll...I'm 14 and I recently lost about 40ish pounds, but I've decided I need to lose more (just about 5-10 pounds, nothing major). I've been eating about 1,400-1,500 calories on days I don't exercise, and then on days I do, I eat about 1,600-1,800. I exercise about 4 days a week for 30-45 minutes, and I usually mix it up every now and then. According to all the weight loss calculators, I should be eating around this much for weight loss. But no matter how hard I try, I can never get under 115 (I'm 5'5, btw. I don't know if my height matters, but just in case...). I know I'm not overweight, but for some reason, I still look like it, and I don't think I would be underweight if I lost anymore necessarily because I read somewhere that teens can have BMI's of like 16 and still be considered healthy. Anyway, am I not eating enough or eating too much? Anybody have any ideas why I can't seem to lose weight anymore? Thank you to everyone who responds! And sorry. I know this post is probably a grammar/punctuation disaster. lol (:

your 5'5" and you want to be under 115??? what???

 

Im 5'4 and I weigh 127 and I get told I need to eat more all the time when I eat as a pig already!

PS, Haleydb, I am your height, 6 years older than you, 29-30 pounds heavier than you are and I share your exact measurements. I also have about a 18-20% bodyfat.

Chances are, you may have even less.

I am almost 24, and I am also 5 ' 5, and I cannot get below 115 lbs either; unless I eat 1500 or LESS, and exercise daily.

It is because I have medium sized bones, and 32 D's, and my body is not healthy too much below 115 lbs.

Only women with a small skeleton and very fine and small sized bones can be our height, and be 115 or less;  I do not under eat, restrict my calories, or over exercise,  however, I DO have to work hard to keep this slender for my body frame.

I do Pilates type DVDs every day, and I have found running, my prefered form of cardio, which I love;  But I could not just eat 2000 calories a day if I was totally sedentary, and be this weight. I have to exercise if I want to eat 2000.

Whilst I do not under eat or over exercise, I DO have to consistently eat the right amount and exercise to be  on the slender end of what is healthy on my body; I cannot  use food emotionally, for instance,  and just burn the extra cals up naturally. Although once in a blue moon would not matter.

The best option is to do stretch and flexability work, such as Pilates or dancing, and combine it with OTHER forms of exercise that you enjoy; it could be running, aerobics classes, whatever takes your fancy.

Combining flexability, and a variety of exercise, means that you do not have to do too much exercise, and you wills till look and feel great -because you are giving your body the right variety.

Do the right thing for your body, and find the right exercises you enjoy and a good range, and no person should have to over exercise, if they are doing the right types and doing it efficiently.

 

I have been thinner than the 115 - 116 ish lbs I am now, however, I was not happier; I am happier when I focus on having a nicely SHAPED body.

Really, aiming for lower than 115 is not healthy  unless you have tiny, tiny wrists and tiny bones;    if you are normal like me, 115 - 120 is possible if you know a lot about nutrition and have tried a lot of different types of exercises out and found the best method for you.

You are young and in school, and should not be investing a lot of time on nutrition, and figureing out the optimal  diet and exercise, so I do NOT recommend you follow myt route; perhaps when you are older.

Because it has taken my time and effort and research, along with trial and error with  finding what diet and exercise plan works best on my body. I can eat normal amounts and do not have to over exercise, but I do have to work hard to be slim, and it is not something a young 14 year old should put her energy into!

Original Post by personaltrainer87:

I am almost 24, and I am also 5 ' 5, and I cannot get below 115 lbs either; unless I eat 1500 or LESS, and exercise daily.

It is because I have medium sized bones, and 32 D's, and my body is not healthy too much below 115 lbs.

Only women with a small skeleton and very fine and small sized bones can be our height, and be 115 or less;  I do not under eat, restrict my calories, or over exercise,  however, I DO have to work hard to keep this slender for my body frame.

I do Pilates type DVDs every day, and I have found running, my prefered form of cardio, which I love;  But I could not just eat 2000 calories a day if I was totally sedentary, and be this weight. I have to exercise if I want to eat 2000.

Whilst I do not under eat or over exercise, I DO have to consistently eat the right amount and exercise to be  on the slender end of what is healthy on my body; I cannot  use food emotionally, for instance,  and just burn the extra cals up naturally. Although once in a blue moon would not matter.

The best option is to do stretch and flexability work, such as Pilates or dancing, and combine it with OTHER forms of exercise that you enjoy; it could be running, aerobics classes, whatever takes your fancy.

Combining flexability, and a variety of exercise, means that you do not have to do too much exercise, and you wills till look and feel great -because you are giving your body the right variety.

Do the right thing for your body, and find the right exercises you enjoy and a good range, and no person should have to over exercise, if they are doing the right types and doing it efficiently.

 

I have been thinner than the 115 - 116 ish lbs I am now, however, I was not happier; I am happier when I focus on having a nicely SHAPED body.

Really, aiming for lower than 115 is not healthy  unless you have tiny, tiny wrists and tiny bones;    if you are normal like me, 115 - 120 is possible if you know a lot about nutrition and have tried a lot of different types of exercises out and found the best method for you.

You are young and in school, and should not be investing a lot of time on nutrition, and figureing out the optimal  diet and exercise, so I do NOT recommend you follow myt route; perhaps when you are older.

Because it has taken my time and effort and research, along with trial and error with  finding what diet and exercise plan works best on my body. I can eat normal amounts and do not have to over exercise, but I do have to work hard to be slim, and it is not something a young 14 year old should put her energy into!

I have tiny wrists...a VERY tiny frame and I cant even get to 115 without looking sickly. I weigh 127 and Im healhty. The OP seems to think skinny= healthy

I have small wrists, and am a 32 d ba size, but still have a medium frame int erms of muscle and general bone size.

 

No offence, but tiny bones  and a small skeleton and having a tiny diameter around your thighs, for instance  ( just being a small size, so even when you are a normal or even over weight size, the width around body parts is generally smaller than slim people with medium or large frames).

If your bones were that small, then 115 would be attainable for 5 ' 5....  115 is healthy for 5 ' 5 if you have a tiny body frame, or even a small to medium frame like myself.  From my experience any way.

 

Because the OP is only 14, she needs to focus on adopting a healthy diet and exercise regieme, and to not concern herself with calorie counting and fad diets, or special  diets.

Strving to be a spefific weight is also not healthy for any women, especially not a growing teen!   Because teens are growing, their bodies are not going to settle at a given weight for long! 

I want the OP to know that having a minimally processed, clean diet, and learning to find exercises they she enjoys enough to do daily, will make her look and feel great without having to over do it with over exercising and  dieting.

 

I have hoonestly attained amazing results in my body; it looks far better than when I restricted and ate worse foods and over exercised by walking for hours.

Now days, I do Pilates moves,  I like running 3 times a week, and I walks still.  I also like real food with out chemicals which helps keep my skin clear.

I eat more and weigh more than I did when I was anorexic 5 years ago, hwoever, I look far better and my body is in a NICER SHAPE, due to exercising and eating right.

If your body is functioning well through adequate diet and exercise, then you will look your best and there is no need to focus on a set number on the scale.

In another post you mention a binging problem, it is because you are underweight for your height and are trying to force it to a place it does not want to be and is even more unhealthy. You eat too little for your activity and thus makes your body want- no NEED food just to survive.

Your body is trying to save you from yourself by MAKING you eat more before you kill yourself.

I just re read your post, and I just realized that  I only maintain on 14 00 - 1500 ish with no exercise.  With normal amounts exercise, I can eat about 1800 ish, or even 2000 if I do a LOT of exercise.

A women of our height, weight, and activity level maintains on about 1510 when sedentary,  and more when we do exercise.  1510 is what is recommended ( what the average women of your size needs).

To lose weight, you would have to eat even less Or exercise more.  Most people need a 250 - 500 calorie deficit to lose, which means you would need 1200 - 1300 to lose weight,  and you could get away with eating your usual  1510 maintenance calories WITH additional exercise ( to lose weight).

The problem  is, a young teen with a binging problem IS NOT suitable for a weight loss diet. IT WILL make you binge.  Another problem, is that you are too young and inexperienced to know wheather weighing below 115 lbs is suitable for your body type/frame size/bone size, and what not.

Even if 115 or slightly less IS healthy for your body, based on your genetics and frame size and the rest,  you are STILL GROWING.

Teenagers SHOULD NOT diet, UNLESS they are over weight and feel unhealthy because of it. Teens are still growing, and it is actually very bad for your body to try to diet whilst you are still growing.

It is bad to diet whilst you are still growing, both phisiologically, and also menatlly; not only is dieting whilst you are still growing bad for your body, but sometimes teens are capable of being healthy at lower weights, then what they can be as adults.

For instance, many young to mid, and even older teens, are healthy at tiny weights, because they are ' late developers".  They have not fully developed into an adult yet, so their bodies are healthy at lower weights; however, once they reach their adult size, their weight will need to increase to be healthy.

Picking a weight you want to be at age 14 or 15 will be disasterous, because it is likely that you have not finished growing at that age; your body may be healthy at 115 lbs NOW, however, you probably still have growing up to do, and the result will be weight gain.

 

I agree with personaltrainer and fenrik here..

You can't manipulate your body to do what you want it to do. Ultimately, your body knows best, NOT your head. If you can't lose weight, surely that tells you that 'oh, hang on, maybe I don't have any weight to lose and cannot afford to weigh any less'?

You are thin as it is, anything below 115 is pushing it. I'm at the same age and height, and fluctuate between 110-115(right now I'm 110 because I'm sick + have lost weight, damn tonsillitus!) but I'm told by others that I'm underweight and should gain. So.. I don't know. If I'm told by friends and family that I'm stick thin, I don't think you could afford to lose weight any way you try to justify it. =P

Yeah, although the calculators are not accurate for every one ( some people need more and some need less than the online calorie calculators say they do);  The tend to be accurate for a lot of people.

I am finding that I lose if I eat maintenance, which is about 1510 for smaller girls like us ( 5 ' 5 and 116 or lower),  when totally sedentary; if I go for a run and do Pilates, I lose, albiet SLOWLY.

Given our size, we have no medical or health reason to lose more weight. Look, I am a shallow person when it comes to looks; but I assure you, that getting a Pilates DVD or doing Pilates classes if you can afford them, in addition to try and FINDING forms of cardio that suit you, will = a GREAT shaped body.

 

Honestly, I have been thinner than this before, about 110 and less, and my body was far less attractive because she shape of it was mostly from fat, and I did NO execise to give me a nice shape.

Weighing MORE than the 110 and less in the past, I look better, and my body is actually a more elegant and femine shape, due to Pilates, cardio, and such things.

 

Trust me when I say all this, because I am all about looks, I like keeping my body in the best condition possible, and yet I can even say that being skinny does not always look better - being slim and healthy and finding suitable exercises really changes your body shape.

I wish all young girls, teens, and even some young adults knew this; that striving for the LOWEST weight will not give them their dream bodies - and that finding a SLIM but HEALTHY weight, and doidng Pilates and cardio, and perhaps some weights, in moderate amounts, will honestly make you look better.

I personally do not like heavy weights and what it does to my body, but as a teen, I can highly recommend Pilates. Yoga also makes people look great and is so healthy.

 

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