How can I make my body look less fat?

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FrancescaGabrielle
November 21st, 2014 4:45pm
Having suffered through anorexia in the past myself, I am no stranger to lacking confidence and having other self image issues. I'm sorry that you're feeling insecure, it's very difficult to go through especially since not many people understand. Although you may see yourself as being fat, TRUST ME: you're not. You are beautiful. What is fat anyway? It's just a label, and a horrible one at that. You have to accept yourself for you, flaws and all. To someone else, they may not even be flaws - just beautiful and unique attributes. Those 'flaws' are what make us unique and beautiful as individuals. Sometimes we have difficulty seeing what's beautiful about ourselves especially when we compare ourselves to the unrealistic standards of beauty set by media and modern culture overall. It's completely understandable and something a lot of us go through. Feel free to message me to talk about this further... I'd love to hear from you. I hope you feel better soon, I wish you the best of luck... Lots of love, Francesca
Anonymous
December 8th, 2014 7:07am
You're not fat, You'll never be fat, You HAVE fat, you are physically not fat. You're a beautiful star creature, and you need not worry about what this outer shell looks like.
simplysweet
December 18th, 2014 3:32am
Look in the mirror and tell yourself you are beautiful, because quite frankly, you are. Who made a "rule" about what is fat and what isn't fat, and what is beautiful and what isn't beautiful? Society. And it shouldn't affect YOUR opinion and YOUR viewpoint.
Anonymous
November 21st, 2014 11:22pm
Stop this nonsense. You are a beautiful human being, let it all hang out! If people don't like it, they'll get over it.
LesCayes
November 23rd, 2014 3:54am
First of all, you have to ask yourself whether you are asking this question to get in shape, or to lose weight in an unhealthy manner. There's a healthy weight-control, and then there's an unhealthy obsession. To actually lose fat, you must workout. Specifically you must burn more calories than you consume. Focusing on target areas can help reduce fat in specific places. However, if you simply view yourself as fat but have no real reason to do so, you could be suffering from an unhealthy obsession with your size. If this is the case, seek counseling or talk to your doctor. Let trained professionals tell you whether your weight is okay or not, and what steps you should take if need be.
dotty
December 25th, 2014 11:31am
most women know the answer to it already...wear the clothes that suit you best, accessorize, keep your skin tanned, opt for re-shaping underwear and read everything new on this topic! also, a good opinion on yourself and a positive attitude help lots.
Anonymous
January 3rd, 2015 2:39am
i think what's most important here is trying to change your self perception. you are not fat, you have fat. everyone does on their bodies, its perfectly normal. change your negative perception surrounding your body, and gain rather, more knowledge and understanding of health and nutrition. if you are concerned with your weight or how you look, that is the best way to take care of it so that you can properly treat your body and your frame of mind to be your most happy self.
JaideS6
April 11th, 2015 2:33am
Your body is perfect the way you are. Society puts these nasty images in our heads on how we're "supposed to look" but that is wrong. Accept yourself and love yourself. You are so beautiful.
Anonymous
February 9th, 2016 1:20am
Most people when they reach a certain age start to care about their body. For most growing teenagers they find it hard to exercise when they have school and homework. My tip for you is to do simple exercises both before school and after your shower or when you have free time. If you do it twice a day, you will see the results. But keep in mind to limit what you eat. Make sure that you are eating healthy and cutting down junk food
Yaboyash2
April 18th, 2016 1:19am
There's no need to. If people are making you feel bad about your body, ignore them. I know it can be hard, but they don't know you enough to judge you.
Anonymous
June 27th, 2016 7:57pm
You are perfect as you are. But if you feel the need to lose weight, which I'm sure you don't need to, possibly incorporate a small amount of exercise into your routine, like walking!
Anonymous
September 19th, 2016 6:33am
Sit up straight and tall, smile proudly and love yourself. Confidence and self love are a huge part of looking beautiful.
HelenaHandbasket
September 4th, 2017 10:57pm
Hi dear, sorry to bring up an old thread. I wanted to tell you that our society has a twisted perception of health and beauty, and that some people who are now label as "fat" (overweight) used to be considered the healthiest. The bmi was shifted down, and the "healthy" weight no longer represents the group with the longest average lifespan, even though that was its original basis. The second thing, is that confidence is beautiful. I know it sounds cliche, but truly if you carry yourself with pride, your posture and movements are more attractive. If you think you are attractive, other people will believe you. Wear what makes you feel good, and try to take care of yourself, and then "looking fat" isn't a problem anymore.
DaveC2016
June 4th, 2015 12:41am
I find the best way to make your body look less fat is simply making that it that way. I have been having trouble losing weight and I have learned that if you want to change the way you look then do it.
Wolverineclaw
November 23rd, 2015 1:53am
Appropriate clothing + healthy diet (avoiding oily junk food). These two steps are only if u wish it to look less fat.
Anonymous
January 25th, 2016 4:38pm
Eat *healthy* (not nothing, that just makes it worse) and exercise frequently. Consume around 2,000 calories a day, mostly from fruits and vegetables, proteins, and complex carbohydrates. Go for a walk/jog/run, and exercise for about an hour each day. You'll not only look better but you'll feel a lot better, too.
Anonymous
December 27th, 2016 8:57am
I'm sure your body is beautiful, no matter what, but if you would like to become a little healthier then that's great. You can join a gym or exercise at home. you can watch what you eat and try to eat lean, healthy foods.
avocadoallyson
February 6th, 2017 12:45am
Body image is something I've struggled with for a long time. I have realized that instead of trying to look thinner, I needed to feel comfortable with myself and what I was wearing. For too long I wore clothes that were too small because I was afraid of buying a bigger size, but once I finally started wearing clothes that fit, I felt better and looked better.
calmZebra60
February 14th, 2017 7:10pm
I don't want to answer that in itself. Rather, why do you worry about it? I think it would be best to focus on gaining muscle, physical fitness, than fat itself. After all, healthy is about 20-25% body fat!
InaudibleVoices
February 12th, 2018 1:42am
Only if you really have excess fat that could be harmful to your health, I'd suggest going to a dietologist to create a healthy weight loss plan. Exercise could also help!