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Hi so i am growing taller and im overweight but i dont look like i am overweight. Does growing taller have anything to do with that?

Hey girl!

It's totally natural to gain weight as you grow taller. There's more body to ya, which means there needs to more weight to you! If you're severely overweight, consider working out and changing your diet. But if you just feel as if you're overweight but you really aren't, try not to worry about it!
Rachael A.

by kelly268 on 6/29/2012 2:32:18 PM


@tip 17
wat if ur full and u tell ur parents that... but they don't want to waste food... and they won't put it in a container... and they force u to eat it??? wat should i do then??

by lovexx on 6/23/2012 8:13:27 PM


during the school year, i can control more of the junk i eat. but since summer has started, i just eat whatever i see on the counter...which is usually cookies or chips. how can i motivate myself to eat better??? thanks soo much!Smile

by summergirl190 on 6/18/2012 7:42:46 PM


ok... so I read a health article recently that disproves the whole "if you're craving sweets just take one bite" thing. apparently, sweets and fats have chemical properties that are addictive so after the first bite, you're drawn in. the article stated that the effect of sugars/fats have a suimilar effect as heroin on the human body. In

by jewels96 on 6/17/2012 9:15:12 PM


I am such a picky eater, and I'm not proud of it. I like exotic foods, like Japanese and sea food, but I cant stand fruit. I dont know why! Is there any way I can train my body to like fruit?

Hey girl,

Are you sure you've tried and hated EVERY single kind of fruit?  There must be one that you can tolerate.
Jordan S.

by lemonade.mouth.luver on 6/6/2012 6:37:43 PM


do you know any workouts that take away some fat from your calves? im a ballerina and ballerinas usually have big calves(compared to their thighs), but i don't like it and i get self conscious. its not that big of a deal but if i could make my calves smaller, that would be great!!!!! Smile

Hey girl,

If you built calf muscle from exercising at dance, you don't want your calves to get smaller, because they show how fit you are! Since you're a ballerina, here's a ballet-inspired workout that includes calf exercises you might like!

Meghan D.

by glamqueen on 5/18/2012 11:12:37 PM


So after I read this article I was wondering if its OK to eat sunflower seeds. I play softball so were always eating the seeds in the dugout. thanks soo much!

Hey girl, sure! Sunflower seeds are very healthy for you. The one thing you need to watch out for is all of the sodium that is put on the seeds. Try to find low sodium or plain sunflower seeds next time you look for some. 
lauren r.

by blackkrose on 3/11/2012 12:09:27 PM


MOD MOD MOD I need to see a therapist but my parents dont have the money and I dont have the time. What should I do?


Hey girl, you could always go and see your school's guidance counselor. I'm sure they'd be willing to help, it's free and you can go during your lunch break or after school. Hope this helps!! Smile Smile

Lynae P.

by MeLoveCupcake on 12/24/2011 6:43:35 PM


MOD MOD MOD!!! I'm heavier than I should be and I want to be thinner. I have most of what I need to get thinner but I was wondering r they any really helpful tips u could give me??

Hey girl,

The healthiest way to slim down and get fit is a combo of healthy eating and working out. Being active is major - it's tempting to spend the summer lounging by the pool or watching lots of movies inside, but getting active even just 60 minutes each day will do wonders! Organize a game of basketball with your friends, take a brisk walk around the local lake, bike to the pool, or pop in a new yoga video you rented from your library. Pair this with thoughtful diet choices (eating three balanced meals a day, snacking on healthier things like yogurt, carrot sticks, granola bars, or whole grain toast instead of cookies/chips) and you'll be all set! Smile 
Lauren C.

by lilredhead on 7/25/2011 5:30:10 PM


what are some workouts that will get rid of all the fat on my arms ?
Thanks Smile

Helen S.

by volleyball4lifee on 7/22/2011 11:39:09 AM


Do you know of any legit workouts I can do at home that will work on strength, toning, and flexibility? I dont want to take classes or buy videos. &I've tried to check GirlsLife, but I dont know what to look for. Thanks!

Hey girl,

 Here's a great workout to get toned legs:, and here's another good toning post: Yoga is a great way to work on all three of those things, so check out this post also: Good luck! x0x0
Casey L.

by Pink0x on 7/12/2011 3:26:31 PM



by Nasma Hussein on 6/28/2011 6:25:43 AM


I love to run, but I'm never able to for many reasons. I can't run alone (not even around the block), I don't have anyone to run with (friends, family, my mom is always too busy, etc.)And I know there are other things I can do to stay fit, but I really love to run. Are there any ways to run? (btw, schools out so I can't go to the track)

Hey girl,

Tell your parents how much you really love to run and see if they can come up with a plan to take you to a park or track and let you run there. If you express how much it means to you, they should be willing to help you out. x0x0
Casey L.

by mememe6 on 6/23/2011 11:19:43 AM


i'm 12 and live in hot tx
so...i swim and everything but i cant use the gym and usually cant go run by myself.
workout tips for the summer?

Hey girl!

Swimming is great exercise, so definitely keep doing those laps in the pool. Jumping rope is great exercise, and it's so easy to do because you can do it inside and by yourself.  Jogging in place and doing workout videos are also great ways to stay in shape. Good luck! x0x0 
casey l.

by cupcakegenius on 6/16/2011 3:46:12 PM


i love my body( Love it) but im 36 pounds overweight and i want to be healthy so um i want to know the healthy way to losing weight,,, i eat healthy you know wheat bread, stuff like that , so i also want to know how much pounds i should lose a week i heard it was 2 pounds ? is that right so i also make sure that im drinking a ton of water (i love water ) so of my favorite workouts i like swimming , i love volleyball , i just want to be healthy so my questions are um is losing 2 pounds a week the right way to go,any aggressive workouts that are fun at the same time,and what are some other ways i can be healthy? thanks Smile

Hey girlie,

Yep, it's a great success to lose 1-3 pounds each week. 2 should be the target - but if you don't get to that, don't think you're doing something wrong! Either way, losing weight in moderation is really the healthiest way to do it Smile As for workouts, you sound like you have a great plan ahead of you. Swimming, volleyball, kickboxing, jogging, yoga, lunges, squats, biking, hiking, soccer...choose things that will keep you passionate about your workout routine. Map them out on a calendar so you aren't doing the same thing (cardio or strength training) two days in a row, and that way you'll have everything all planned out. And always make sure you're getting enough sleep. At least 8 hours really helps!
Lauren C.

by warrior rose on 6/13/2011 3:42:29 PM


a really fun workout is belly dancing! its actually really fun and you can take cheap classes

by cammybellpoptart on 6/9/2011 6:46:06 PM


I am doing cross country next school year and next week I am already going to start training! I need to get healthier, in shape, and there is a past of heart disease in my family so I don't want to get it.

by Scooby239 on 6/9/2011 4:12:26 PM


Hey girlys!

Do you have a question, need advice, or just need someone to talk to? Well I'm your girl! I give advice to anyone on anything with no judgement! There is no such thing as a question that is too personal, stupid, or weird! You can never ask me too many questions because I love giving advice! I can't wait to hear from you! Just leave your question on my profile, my advice/tips club Dear Pinky, or on my Advice Queen Page!! See you Soon!!! Smile

by pinkypi26 on 6/9/2011 3:17:20 PM


OK IM THINKING OF DOING A STRENGTH SESSION + CARDIO SO I DO STRENGTH 3 DAYS TUSEDAY THURSDAY N SATURDAY then cardio MONDAY WEDNESDAY FRIDAY ANd SUNDAY ,what are some ideas for cardio i was thinking of jumping jacks and jogging in place. i dont know what else. i want to have 6 exercises each lasting 10 minutes. now for strength i have planks ,crunches , sit ups , weights , like i said i want six excersizes so i need 2 strength exercises and 4 cardio exercises so what do you think? what are some good songs to do these exercises to and lastly I ALSO WANT TO DO SOMETHING ELSE LIKE INVOLVING MARTIAL ARTS OR MAYBE KICK BOXING? any ideas? THANKS A BUNCH!!

Hey girl!

   It's really great that you want to get in shape, but please do not over-do it. Remember- too much of anything is not good.  Even working out just 3-4 days a week is still really great for your body.  Jumping jacks and jogging in place is great, but how about also doing jump rope and taking a jog outside? For strength, any of those ideas are great--plus you could rotate them to avoid your routine becoming boring.  Any up-beat, pop songs make great workout music, and martial arts and kick boxing sound like fun! x0x0

Casey L.

by warrior rose on 6/9/2011 12:49:09 PM


Mod mod mod
How can I find the perfect sport? I don't want to sign up for stuff that I will hate. I don't like soccer, basketball, football, or track. I am petite and a bit fat 103 lb at 13 years old! I can run pretty fast not really 10 minutes is my mile, I'm pretty flexible (can reach 10 in past my toes) but I can't do a cartwheel I can to a backbend though. I have no hand eye coordination whatsoever and am not strong in any way shape or form. Any ideas for a sport?

Hey girl!

   You should totally take a dance or gymnastics class. It sounds like it would be perfect for you. You can build up your flexibility and strength, and it doesn't require any hand-eye coordination. Hope that helps! x0x0 
Casey L.

by LLL328 on 6/9/2011 11:47:23 AM


MOD- In the morning, I'm really tired. I can't get myself to do anything. I want to exercise in the morning, but I'm always so lazy in the morning! How can I wake myself up so I can get some exercise?? Thx! Smile


Hey girl,

I'm the same way! The most important thing is developing a routine. The more often you wake up early and exercise, the more used to it your body will get. In the meantime, wake yourself up with your alarm, then play a happy playlist that will get you going in the morning. It works for me!

Kelly H.

by emma23416 on 6/9/2011 11:37:51 AM


You spelled TAE kwon do incorrectly. Just so you know Smile

by starwars:) on 2/27/2011 4:27:42 PM


mod mod mod
hey! im really athletic. I really like to exorcise and it makes me feel better about myself. The only thing is that i was skiing on Wed. and I went off a jump and busted my knee. The doctors think that I just strained it, but I can't do any sports for at least a week. do you know any exorcises that don't make you straighten or bend your knee?? Thanks!!


Hey girlie, most exercises require leg strength, even if you aren't directly exercising your legs. If the doctor wants you to keep off of it for a bit, that's your safest bet. You'll be better in no time!

Clare W.

by rach<3kampkohut on 2/25/2011 10:42:18 AM


i was curious if peanutbutter was good for you or not. is it a good fat burner? how often should i have it?cn you please give me some health facts about penutbutter?


Hey girlie. Peanut butter gives you energy so that is good. I think if you have it a few times a week, you should be fine!

Elizabeth P.

by rbuggie on 2/8/2011 7:18:10 PM


KK, so this has alot to do with the article. CERTIAN diets, like Weight Watchers, work. I'm on it and I've lost 6 lbs. in 5 wks. And another way to get moving is if you have a Wii, don't play Mario Cart all flippin' day!!!!!! Play something like Just Dance 2 or Wii Fit to get moving. These are just my tips. Oh and check out my profile.

by oreochip650 on 2/6/2011 2:29:44 PM


 mod what are some really good workouts/tips I could use .and I should start bring lunch from home cause are school lunches are super unhealthy but what can I bring that's healthy fast and doesn't have peanuts in it ( there's a kid that's really allergect to peanuts in my school and no one is allowed to bring peanuts into shcool). Thanks soo much!

Hey chica. Being healthy is awesome. Check out some of the links on GL-like this one: 

For food, fruit is always a good choice. For a lunch sandwich, check out this link:
Marly Z.

by Gramsnacks on 2/5/2011 11:34:35 PM


i know its healthy to workout in the morning but i dont know like what moves to do can you help me and tell me some easy and effective moves to do in the morning that take 15 min???

Hey girlie, try this link there are tongs of ideas to help you fit in easy workouts
Paige T.

by alanna13 on 2/5/2011 9:39:07 AM



by Cutie314 on 2/3/2011 5:29:06 PM


MOD, they messed up on the numbers..... pg 5/12, i just wanted you to know. Smile


Thanks for bringing it to our attention, girlie! We're on it!


- Brittany T.

Brittany T.

by upsidedownjordan on 2/2/2011 4:23:31 PM


MOD MOD MOD I have fibromyalgia, and its a challenge for me to excersise. I get 15 minutes of excersise a day 5 days a week (run 1/2 a mile at 6 mph, walk the other half at 4 mph). I know you are supposed to get like an hour, but for one, I don't have time, and for two, I am physically unable to do any more than I do. Is this okay?


Hey girl, I would definitely check with your doctor about this one. I don't know much about fibromyalgia other than it's very painful, so it's hard for me to say, but if you can keep up with the 15 min work outs do it! Everything helps Smile

Caitlin F.

by kclove on 2/2/2011 11:40:04 AM


MOD MOD MOD MOD Ok so even though I'm very athletic and stuff I feel really fat. I'm trying to control my monster sweet tooth and diet but its not really working. My family has a history of being overweight and it scares me to think I could become overweight... So my question is should I keep trying to diet or should I just be happy with my body as it is?


Hey girl, you should always be happy with the way you are! But, if you want to stay healthy and ate a healthy weight the best thing to do is talk to your doctor. Exercise and eat healthy by following the tips in our Health & Fitness section and you should be set to go Smile I know what you're going through, and I worry about the same thing with my family but if you set your mind to it you should be okay. I hope this helps!

Caitlin F.

by xxvampsrockxx on 2/2/2011 11:12:35 AM


I'm 11 years old, 4'11 and weigh 107 pounds!!! I know I'm over weight but sometimes I think it's because I go home for luch so if I need an extra snack, well I have a bunch! I am the fattest in the class! everyone is very skinny! I can't run! I'm always last in track! I feel like poo. I just want to be skinny! Is that weird? Is there anyway that I could be skinnier/healthier? Thanks

Hey girl, ok, let me start by saying you aren't overweight according to your BMI, which is on the lower end of the normal range for healthy weight. What you are lacking in, however, is confidence! I think in terms of raising your confidence,  you could try jogging at home (maybe every other day) to practice your times. That way you'll get your endurance up. Don't compare your bod to others and know you're fine the way you are. Believe me when I say everyone's insecure. xoxo
Alyssa B.

by hamiltondancehamster on 2/2/2011 12:52:13 AM


is it weird to be 13 and have never had a boyfriend before?

Not weird at all, girl! Everyone gets their first BF at different ages - some had a kiddie "relationship" in Kindergarten and some people will wait til they're 16 or 18. Just be patient Smile 

Lauren C.

by phixxee3 on 1/31/2011 7:32:54 PM


If you are 14 and a dancer and 5'4 134 pounds can you diet because i have a bad metabolism and want to be thin for dance and not feel fat wat should i do

Hey Girlie, The best thing to do is to eat a well balanced diet and also eat lots of veggies.  
Paige T.

by DancerDE on 1/30/2011 10:57:30 PM


mod mod mod sorry to bother you mod. but i'm 15 years old, 5 foot 5 inches, and 225 lbs, making my bmi 37.5 (a dash from being morbidly obese). i work out 3 times a week, and i can definitely keep up with all of the other girls. i know i'm not unhealthy, but for some reason i have always been at least 100 lbs ahead of everyone else. i'm actually really athletic, and play a lot of sports, so is this just how i am, or is there something seriously wrong with me? thanks for your help.



Hey girly girl! I totally feel where you're coming from. I've always struggled with my weight too. No matter how much you work out though, it really all comes down to your diet, and what you're eating. And, if you're eating really well and working out, and still can't lose weight, then I'd talk to a doc. In that case, it's possible that you may have a thryoid condition (which makes your metabalism low).


Becca G.

by isheidy123 on 1/30/2011 6:15:25 PM


@livver, you're not fat! I'm 13 and 101 pounds. I hear all the time that I'm a very healthy weight for my age, and a 3 pound difference isn't much AT ALL. You're perfectly fine!

by Chrys98 on 1/30/2011 4:25:24 PM


MOD!!!! i have a problem.... im 13, i weigh 104 pounds, and i think im fat. i dont want to tell anybody, but im limiting what i eat on weekdays, and bingeing on weekends. i need help!! can you please help me, or have advice for me to get help?? xoxo ♫ livvr!♫

Hey girlie. First off, you are beautiful! Do not hurt your body by limiting what you eat and/or binging. Talk to a trusted parent/guardian, teacher, or guidance counselor. Also, check out this hotline link:!2.aspx

Marly Z.

by livver on 1/29/2011 10:56:31 PM


mod mod
few questions:
1. I don't like to cook in the morning and i can't eat yogurt whats a good breakfast? 2. are almonds a healthy snack? 3. Is skateboarding a workout?

Hey chica. There's all kinds of good breakfast foods. Fruit is always a healthy choice. You can do cereal (some kinds are better for you than others) or you can try oatmeal (it's quick to make in the microwave, and it's tasty). Almonds are pretty good for you because they are classified as a type of nut. And, skateboarding can become a cardio workout if you run and jump on the board for a long period of time! 
Marly Z.

by wednesday1408 on 1/29/2011 10:31:14 PM


Hi! I always manage to eat a healthy breakfast and lunch, but when I get home from school and during the evening my healthy habits always fall apart. Is there anything I can do to stop being so hungry in the evening? Thanks!

Hey girlie. It's important to eat dinner! Just try eating veggies and drinking water, too. Don't skip meals but tell your mom that you want to eat healthier for dinner. You can do it!  
Elizabeth P.

by megan512 on 1/28/2011 9:50:30 PM


Another fun fitness tip!
Try getting some sort of dance game! I have Just Dance and Michael Jackson the Experience for the Wii and it's really so much fun that it doesn't seem like a workout! But if you're really getting your whole body into the moves(like I always do), it's great!

by kadabrafreak890 on 1/27/2011 11:11:28 PM


there is this guy that wants to go out with me. We met at a camp and he was really nice, but lives about 2 hrs away. But there are two other guys at my school that i reaally like right now. I am hoping that one of them will ask me to the Valentine's day dance. I don't know what to do the guy from camp has already asked to go out with me, but i havent replied. what do i do??????

If youre not sure about dating the camp guy you shouldnt. If youre hesitating its for a reason. Stay single and see where things go with your life. Dont rush into anything. xoxo kerra 

Kerra S.

by callie646 on 1/26/2011 10:46:11 PM


im confused. number 98 is rite between 97 and 99

xoxo skyTong

by sky:P on 1/26/2011 2:13:40 PM


Where's question number 98?

by Freakout911 on 1/26/2011 6:41:47 AM


Nice tips! Laughing

by readerhi1234 on 1/25/2011 9:55:03 PM


Hey, girls! Do you need advice? Well, I give advice on everything:
Dealing with mean girls
Money making ideas
Gift ideas
Serious issues
Body issues
Eating right
Tough stuff
And anything else you can think of! And if I can't answer your question, I'll try to point you to someone who can. So if you need help now, leave a comment on my profile. I promise to get back to you ASAP. And I come on GL usually at least once a day, so I'll get back to you pretty soon.

by supersingershannon on 1/25/2011 9:24:36 PM


MOD  Ok recently a lot of people, even my friends, have been saying im really weak and a wimp. I know I am and i don't have a lot of arm strength...or alot of strength, for that matter... do you have any tips to strengthen up so people stop calling me a weak/wimpy?

Hey girlie. Check out these workouts GL posted:  
Elizabeth P.

by hb27412 on 1/25/2011 7:59:52 PM


Like the ideas, but where is number 98?

by Idealgirl04 on 1/25/2011 7:42:01 PM


did anyone else notice that #98 is missing?

by softballstar3031 on 1/25/2011 7:36:21 PM


hey girls if you need advice came see us and join the club at ADVICE_GIRLZ_13. If you need advice on school, boys or growing up we r here for ya so come and leave a comment. we will reply ASAP we will reply on your profile of if it's not visible then on ours,we will put who the reply is too at the top


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by advice_girlz_13 on 1/25/2011 6:47:52 PM


MOD! ! I'm looking for a great way to get some extra money for shopping or movies and stuff like that so I don't have to keep asking my mom for money. Are there any ideas that you might have that a 13 year old girl can do in the middle of winter?

Hey girlie. Babysitting is great as well as helping your parents with chores or maybe helping old neighbors with chores! If it snows near you, you can shovel a neighbor's porch, too!
Elizabeth P.

by jamieonarainyday on 1/25/2011 6:36:45 PM


i really really enjoyed this article i beg the people at girls life to continue supporting good exercise and eating habits and please continue to make more articles just like this one.

by waspl on 1/25/2011 6:19:49 PM


With the articles I like, I copy them into a doucument then print them without saving, because I don't have a laptop or a phone with internet. For the 100 Fitness Tips We Live By, I can't do that!
Why? Can the GL staff maybe fix it?

Hey girlie. I'll look into it! 
Elizabeth P.

by Taylor3594 on 1/25/2011 6:16:00 PM


MOD MOD MOD MOD Ok so recently I have started saving up money in a piggy bank thing and I am trying to earn money. What are some ways that I can earn money besides chores and babysitting? Thanks so much! and plz answer!

Hey girlie. It's hard to earn money when you are younger without doing chores or babysitting. But maybe ask your mom if she needs help running errands on the weekends or ask dad if you can organize anything for him for work. Good luck! 
Elizabeth P.

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by advicegurl786 on 1/25/2011 5:04:18 PM


if u want a smoothie, try opting for a fruit shake that u made urself. make sure to ask a parent first if they can help u or if u can use the blender. try using delicious fruit combinations to make ur shake. add water, milk ,or 100% juice, and blend. it will make a terrific fruit shake.

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by ask me on 1/25/2011 4:15:35 PM


These are good things to know!Smile

by Kalikat on 1/25/2011 3:29:03 PM


Yay first cooment that is not a mod! this are good tips. I love girls life!

by madelynb2000 on 1/25/2011 1:45:53 PM


I am a catcher in fastpitch softball and I am almost 13. I am wondering (and you may not have the answer, that's ok) what kind of sports drink is the best for you? I am drinking powerade right now and that is what brought of this question. I looked on the Nutrition Facts and it says that it has a whopping 14 grams of sugar! Please help! p.s. I am kinda overweight not really but kinda. Thanks!


Hey chica! You def wanna keep your energy up while you're playing, but truth be told, the "health" drinks really can be terrible for you! Check out this post from a few days ago. Scary! Make sure you are drinking lots of water--before, during, and after you play. To boost your energy, eat something like pasta or a big sandwich that's got lots of carbs for you to burn off.

Clare W.

by softballgirl11 on 1/25/2011 12:37:28 PM

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