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lifting weights/losing weight

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created January 23, 2013 at 4:18 PM

14 year old girl, on a paleo diet. I'm looking to lose some weight. I'm around 150 pounds and 5'4" inches. My parents say I need to lose weight too, even though I am fit and healthy; I have a bit of a belly, that doesn't really seem to leave no matter how healthy I eat.

I'm joining a gym tonight, and I'm going to be primarily lifting weights. However, I don't really know how. I guess the people at the gym will show me, but how many reps do I do etc? (sorry, major amateur) and do I do bicep curls or lift the big weights? Because I'm scared of hurting my back, as I did many times at kettle bells.

If I lift heavy stuff 2x per week and do sprints 1x a week, is that adequate exercise?

What I eat on an average day; 3 eggs in 15g of butter, 2 slices of bacon. 1 salmon fillet/lean chicken (not my fault, fat phobic parents)/lean turkey breast salad with 1/2 avocado and some nuts. Some fruit for after. Steak/pork/chicken/turkey/fish and veg for tea. I couldn't say how much, but around a 6oz steak, or a 4oz pork steak. 100g of chicken or turkey, unfortunately. I dread poultry nights.

So am I eating too much, or not enough? Today I was too hungry so I bought mince and rice from school, and I feel much, much better (even though it's not paleo)

I am concerned about my body, and I feel a little angry at my parents, because it seems like they never let me grow into my body. They said I needed to lose weight, so I went on a calorie restricted, low-fat diet. I was 13. I lost about 2 pounds in 6 weeks, with constant cravings, and if I had some junk I had to 'exercise it off'. I ate whatever I wanted on holiday for a wek, and gained it all back. So I was a little annoyed with myself at that :P

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(1981)

on January 23, 2013
at 11:44 PM

Push-ups are the bomb! Do a few whenever the spirit moves you, they're a great, no-equipment, whole-body movement, and it's hard to hurt yourself doing them.

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on January 23, 2013
at 06:21 PM

I know they act from a place of love and concern, but I kinda want to downvote your parents! ;-)

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on January 23, 2013
at 05:29 PM

Your exercise & diet seem ok to me although a little early for your age, girls/women tend to have a little belly on them it is natural. If you don't already walk, start walking a lot & maybe cut the fruit out for a bit to see if that makes any difference. This is probably tough to hear but i will say it anyway. Calm down a bit you are only 14 & your body is still developing, it is admirable that you are taking your health so seriously but don't take it to extreme. All the worry & stress will have an impact on your health also, plus you can develop negative emotions to food which can lead to problems. Stress can influence weight loss/gain. Don't lift weights if you haven't already mastered your own bodyweight, leave lifting heavy things & concentrate on, squats, push ups, pull ups etc, also for a real intense workout look at doing burpees & carry on with your sprints.

532cfd279d793e8fcc23b9f6d91dde5c

(1981)

on January 23, 2013
at 11:44 PM

Push-ups are the bomb! Do a few whenever the spirit moves you, they're a great, no-equipment, whole-body movement, and it's hard to hurt yourself doing them.

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on January 23, 2013
at 07:27 PM

Exercise is over-rated. Eat right, enjoy life! The rest will take care of itself. Eating right isn't hard, just don't overdose on glucose! Don't eat corn syrup ever.

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on January 23, 2013
at 07:01 PM

If you hurt your back using kettlebells I wouldn't recommend you lifting weights unsupervised. You can seriously hurt yourself if you don't know what you are doing. For now I'd stick to simple body weight exercises (squat, push ups, dips, pull ups). Watch yourself in a mirror when you squat and make sure you have good form throughout.

Maybe talk to your parents about getting you a personal trainer for a little while to get you on a good exercise regimen for someone your age.

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