Dear Ms. Knowbody:
I do not eat as much as my friend, so why is she skinnier than me? I've been trying to lose weight, but it is very hard to stay on a diet. I am not happy with my body, and I would like to do something about it. The next thing I will try is wearing a rubber band around my wrist, so whenever I see something sweet that I want, I will snap the rubber band!
Miss KnowBody says to snap out of it...
Don't fret! Here are just a couple of the many reasons why your friend's body looks different from yours:
- Body shape and size are determined by your heredity (genes) that you got from your parents. So if your mother has long, thin legs, there's a chance that you will too.
- Your metabolism - how fast you burn calories from food - is different from your friend's (and everybody else's too). Some people have fast metabolism, and seem to eat a lot and never gain weight. Other people (like me) have a slow metabolism, and need fewer calories to maintain their weight.
My advice is to skip the painful rubber band trick, and try exercise instead! Physical activity is a healthy way to boost your metabolism, reduce stress, and help you to lose weight. But, the exercise you do should be fun as well as healthy, so pick something that you enjoy.
If you are more than 20-25% over your body's ideal weight, your doctor may want to help you with a meal plan, or refer you to a dietitian who can help you to make healthier food choices.
All the best in health,