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sleep/eating ?

Question Posted Tuesday April 28 2009, 1:10 am

so im 5'3, 17 years old, 120 pounds. im trying to get to about 115. anyways, ive been doing cardio almost everyday probably 6 days a week, and lifting weights about 2 days a week. i eat about 1400 calories a day. sometimes at night i cant sleep ill be rolling around in bed for about an hour seriously it sucks. so ill get up and watch a little tv and eat a snack. usually something about 200 calories worth. then about an hour later ill finally beable to fall asleep. is this okay? will i still lose weight or will this make me gain weight? this has been happening about twice a week lately.. i really want to lose this 5pounds quick and im working out a lot so i wouldnt think this should affect it much but what do you guys think?
also what are some tips of foods to eat to lose this 5 pounds of fat fast ?

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junebug93 answered Wednesday April 29 2009, 6:15 pm:
Although it's generally not a good idea to eat right before you sleep if you are looking to lose weight, I doubt that 200 calories would really be enough to make a difference. If you are concerned about your late night snacking; however, I would advise you to eat more during the day. With 1400, it's no wonder you are getting hungry! That is usually not enough to feed anyone, especially a teenage human being.

My best advice to give would be not to think about losing 5 pounds fast, but to adapt your diet/life to become healthier in general. Then, if that weight really is extra, and not a healthy weight for you, it will drop off.

Looking to lose pounds quickly usually ends up being a short term solution, or an unhealthy one. Continue exercising, eat lots of healthy food, cut down on junk, and for God's sake don't starve yourself. As a side note, it is better to work out in the morning if you are looking to burn fat. If you work out in the evening or after eating, you will be burning the sugar in your bloodstream; whereas if you work out after waking up your sugar stores are used up, and you would be directly burning whatever is on your body.

Aerobic exercise is probably better than strength training for weight loss, though both are good for your body. Remember also that regardless of what you do your actual body weight may not be the best indicator of becoming slimmer/whatnot as muscle weighs three times as much as fat.

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NoCandy answered Tuesday April 28 2009, 10:23 pm:
Eating 200 extra calories shouldn't keep you from losing weight if you are only eating 1400. That's still a total of 1600, which is a lot less than the average body burns in a day, especially if you're exercising. Maybe that's your body's way of telling you that you need to be eating a little more. I don't think there are any foods that actually "burn fat". The only foods I know of that will make your body lose weight fast do so because they have a diuretic effect, meaning they rid your body of excess water. Squeezing a bit of lemon juice in a glass of water makes a natural diuretic. Asparagus is a natural diuretic. Other than that, the best method for losing weight is always the good old-fashioned eat-less and exercise-more routine, which you are already doing. If you keep it up, you should lose 5 pounds in a reasonable amount of time. I know the temptation to lose it fast is always there, but it's better if you lose it slowly because it is much easier to keep off, and you're much more likely to keep it off. I hope this helps.

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