How to lose weight.

makeup.and.rainwater's picture

I am 5'7 and I weigh 120lbs and I want to lose about 15 pounds, what is the safest way to do this?

HotPinkFlames's picture

the safest way... not to do it. not that I know anything, but 5'7 and 120 sounds great...if I weren't a pacifist, I would kill to be that tall and weigh that little

rowanxxraven's picture

Yeah you're so lucky

I'm 6'1 and like 180 pounds so like I wish I weighed that little.

rowie's picture

well, i obviously dont know y

well, i obviously dont know you're build or whateer, but im 5"7 and i used to weigh 120 pounds (i think - this imperial system is extremely confussing though) its only now that ive managed to put on some weight that i know thats really too thin. your "ideal" weight is 130 pounds, although i know thats quite hard to keep up.

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Eegriaga's picture

I think if you weighed any le

I think if you weighed any less you would be paper lol kim 120 and im 5'3"

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Pseudonym's picture

That's great

(I'm assuming your female here, my apologies if you are a REAALY thin guy instead :P)

It might be hard to believe, given what the media forces into us about what is considered 'attractive', but you are actually rather thin.

The standard measurement measuring whether your body weight is 'correct' is through BMI (Body Mass Index). A BMI of under 18.5 is Underweight, 18.5 - 24.9 is Normal, 25.0 - 25.9 is Overweight, and anything more is Obese.

This site has an excellent calculator (note it does not exactly follow the above and instead factors in things like age and sex to classify you); it also allows you to compare yourself to other people of your age (this may or may not be an accurate idea of what the 'correct' weight is, but it will tell you how you fit amongst your peers with respect to weight).

Your BMI is 18.8. Assuming you are 16-17, your weight is at around 25th percentile -- this means that 75% of girls your age weight more than you (for your height).

Maybe there is a better streategy you could use depending on what you want to accomplish? Why do you want to lose the weight?

makeup.and.rainwater's picture

I want to lose weight because...

all my friends are smaller than i am, and its hard to walk around with them at the pool or something in a bikini because they are skinnier than me. thats why i want to lose weight. my original goal was 100, but i know thats too skinny so i want to weigh about 110.

Pseudonym's picture

This might be hard to believe..

.. but you can't possibly look that much different from them in size. Are you sure they're really that thin?

I'm not trying to belittle you or say that you're full of it; it may very well be that it seems to you that you are too large.

Obviously, I've never seek you or your friends; but really, at that weight the difference is going to be how much your ribcage sticks out; the weight you are at right now is definitely at the low end of 'healthy'.

take a look at this webpage; I don't know if it describes you but it's worth reading.

Take care :)

Anonymous's picture

The book Toning For Teens los

The book Toning For Teens lost me tons of weight in a fairly short amount of time. Also, playing DDR burns tons of calories if you play it a lot.

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typicalmusician's picture

I suspect the answer here is

I suspect the answer here is doing ab workouts or running/doing the elliptical while keeping up a relatively healthy diet--your weight will be redistributed to look more flattering even if you don't actually drop any pounds. That's kind of what I'm doing right now. :)

kyle hearts you's picture

When people say they want to

When people say they want to lose weight, usually what they really mean is that they want to be in shape. Instead of focusing on a number (trust me, it usually bounces back to the same amount anyway) try adjusting your lifestyle a little bit. Stop snacking between meals, and if you do, eat a fruit or a vegetable. Just a fruit or a vegetable. Ranch dressing is essentially just fat. Also, try exercising. I know it sucks, but it really does work, and after you get used to it, you'll start to like it. What's most important, though, is your ability to love yourself and your body regardless of what it looks like.

Oh, and don't compare yourself to your friends. Most girls I know compare themselves to people with completely different body tpes, when their own is equally beautiful, just in a different way.

Morgan's picture

I lost 22 lbs. in a year

By walking 3 miles a day, cutting down on processed food, more fruits and veggies. When I got a warehouse job for 2 months, I shed 8 pounds doing that, but I got laid off for lack of work. It was a 'year end rush' job.

morniet's picture

Funny Comment

nuff said. :)

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Moon1028's picture

I always feel so fat and I

I always feel so fat and I have no clue if I am. I'm five feet three and a half inches and I weigh about 122 pounds. You definitely do not need to lose weight. This is a good website with a BMI calculator, so you can see where you're at by medical and health standards. Also, if you're under 18 years old you might want to try this BMI site for teens.

loreonpravus's picture

Um... I would not say lose

Um... I would not say lose weight at your given height. That being said...

Okay, this is totally commercialized towards the guy's program but it's true:

Some people seem to hate cardio a whole lot. Either way, it's still exercise and it still helps. Just get yourself moving on a regular basis. Point is you can't outtrain a bad diet. If you hate exercise then eating rabbit food is probably the way to go.

I personally think that interval training as opposed to pacing yourself is better if you're going to force yourself to do cardio. Also, doing only cardio might cause a plateau, so mix it up and do different things- bike or lift weights, whatever floats your boat.

A lot of people are zomg abs! but my fitness teacher told me about her trainer who had a full on six pack (this was a woman) not from doing crunches, but from just flexing them really hard when working out. That probably doesn't make a lot of sense, but if you've ever lifted a REALLY heavy weight, you really feel it there. Basically it's your core.

Note the difference between fat and weight. Most people probably wouldn't rather lose ten pounds of muscle vs five pounds of fat.

625539's picture

Starve yourself, take

Starve yourself, take amphetamines

nothing is permitted. everything is allowed.

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forum topic revived from 2005!

PT's picture

As almost everyone else has

As almost everyone else has said. You are quite little. I am 68 inches, 140 Ibs. But I am on the way to becoming a fitness professional. I am wondering if you want to get really skinny, or if you would like to rather fill out, and get a little bit cut. If you ever wanted to do that, I am your nutritionist. But as far as stricktly losing weight. Maintain all food groups, just cut out the fatty foods, keep the carbs, and excercise.

sam_smith's picture

Health related topics

Being a mountaineer/climber i believe strongly that the most positive way of quickly building up your fitness after being out of form or your personal game is by cycling. Its an easy/fast way to improve yourself. Its easy to do. Its certainly more enviromentally friendly and you can easily fit it into your daily rountines. For example instead of going to the gym on a night you could get up earlier on the morning and cycle to work; if your pushing yourself it would be a smart idea to cycle to the gym as a warm up then cycle home for you warm down.

SecretTeammate's picture


I've been on a doctor supervised Atkins eating plan for 15 months now and it works and is pretty easy...I've dropped almost 80 pounds since I started, going from 275 down to right below 200 now.

I'm prediabetic and am convinced that this saved me from having to go on Metformin or insulin. And I love the stuff the Atkins plan is based on so it's a good match. The only problem is getting other people to accept what I'm doing.


I'm just like you in more ways that you would believe but what you see prevents your acceptance of what I am.