Dear Straight Talk: This year, I want to lose weight. My weight affects my energy, my lack of a boyfriend and how I feel about myself. I think my mom is scared I’ll become anorexic if she says anything other than, “You are beautiful just the way you are.” Not that I want her putting me down, but I do want to lose weight. Did anyone on the panel get fit and healthy when they were once overweight? If so, where did you get the willpower? Thank you so much! — 15 in Vacaville
Moriah, 17, Rutland, Vt.: I’m a person who needs to plan. If I try to find willpower in the moment, I fail. I’ve sat down at the beginning of the week and written out a detailed menu (including snacks) for the whole week. Then I follow it strictly, packing meals/snacks for when I go out, too.
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