By KRS Edstrom



Dear KRS,
I give up. I eat a fairly balanced diet, very little fat and don't drink, smoke or take drugs. I workout for over an hour every day and I STILL can't seem to lose any weight. It can't be genetic, because everyone in my family can lose weight rather easily. Please give me some advice.
Can't Seem to Lose Weight

Dear Can't Seem to Lose,
You didn't mention how many pounds overweight you are (which, by the way, is different than how much weight you'd like to lose). Those who are well over their recommended weight for their height, tend to lose weight faster than those who are closer to their ideal weight and fitness level. In fact, the "very fit" often complain that the fitter they become, the harder it is to improve. If you're working out an hour everyday, my guess is that you may be closer in profile to the latter category.

Give your metabolism a jolt by mixing up your exercise routine. Also, be sure the majority of your eating is during the day. Don't be fanatical but do try to go to bed a bit hungry. Then, during the night, your body can burn your "fat of the land" calories (in this case, on your hips) instead of having the last meal sit, SET - and turn to fat.

Food allergies can be the cause of stubborn weight. When one client first came to me she was exercising and eating 1000 calories a day or less but wasn't losing weight. She said all she had for dinner was popcorn without butter. Since corn (and wheat) is a very common allergy food, I convinced her to go without popcorn for a week and increase her calories a bit. She lost two pounds the first week. Eating popcorn every night may have induced an allergy to it, which can contribute to a sticky weight problem.


Dear KRS,
I have been experiencing great difficulties in my life lately. It mostly has to do with school. I just keep slacking. It is like I have all this schoolwork to do, but I will wait until the last minute to do it. How can I boost my motivation?
Student Needing Motivation

Dear Student,
I would first ask yourself, "What is really bothering me?" Write down everything you can think of that is causing you stress and study the list. Then spend a little time thinking of solutions to each one of them. You are wiser than you think and will come up with some good answers.

Slacking off at school often points to other things, such as self-esteem issues about fitting in with the other kids or problems at home. When you find these red flags, whatever they may be, try to work through them. For example, talk with those people who may be bothering you, whether it's teachers, parents or other students. Calmly share your feelings and ask for honest feedback and help. Whatever the specific issues, please realize that you are good enough just the way you are, inside and out.

You may notice that once you feel better about yourself that motivation to actively participate in your life will automatically improve.

I would also set some motivational guidelines for yourself. In regard to school work or any other duties to which you are obligated, designate a specific time when these things will happen and stick to it. For example ,get as much studying done during free time in your school day (if you have any). Knowing that you will have more after-school free time will help motivate you to make use of free time during the school day.

Treat yourself with little rewards in the beginning to help establish the pattern. You will be surprised how fast the motivation and the new study habit will grow once you give it a little push. Hang in there. You can doit.

KRS Edstrom, M.S., is an author, lecturer and columnist. She offers private sessions (by phone or in person) and seminars on meditation, stress, pain, weight loss. For free soothing guided meditations and more information, visit . Call (323) 851-8623 or email: 


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