• As a pre-teen, you are in an envious position, as you can more easily change your body composition then an older person. But you need to make sure you do not make foolish mistakes, because the ramifications can actually backfire and cause you to have trouble with fat for the rest of your life. First avoid low calorie diets. At this age you need calories to grow and develop, and restricting calories may come from your height instead of your waist. As far as diet is concerned, eat healthy food. This means lean meat, fruits and vegetables. Grains as long as they are not too refined. This means eat your oatmeal, and have a preference for whole wheat, or multi grain bread. Avoid junk food, and anything fried. Give up sugary drinks and replace them with water. Never skip a meal, and in fact it is good to eat 6 times a day. Learn not to stuff yourself, and just eat until satisfied, also try to eat more slowly. For 2 to 4 meals a week, go ahead and enjoy the things you crave. It is not about being perfect, just getting it right about 90% of the time. Next you need exercise. Focusing on exercising your “stomach” won’t do much for burning the fat there. You don’t think that if you only exercised the right side of your body that your right side will have less fat on it then the left side do you? You body takes fat from wherever it feels like, then processes it before it can be used. Find a sport you enjoy. For me it is bike riding, but for others it is any number of activities that get your heart rate up. The more you enjoy it, the more you will stick with it. Add in weight lifting. Be sure to lean about this, and start slowly, but once you get going, be sure to lift a weight heavy enough to let you know you are working. I should mention that you never said whether you are a boy or a girl, but the fact is that my advice is independent of gender. One last thing, be patient. This is the hardest thing to learn when you are young. There are many people who want results so badly now that they end up not even getting the results they could have had 6 months down the road if they had been more patient.

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