By Gia, age 16 (Guest Contributor)

Who's to judge whether you're overweight or not? Doctors? Parents? Friends? Teachers? NO! The only person who has the ability to determine that is you. So maybe you're not the 100 pound, flat stomached, full six pack girl you've always dreamed of being. Guess what? You're just as fabulous as any of them.

Worried about love handles? Wear a shirt that flatters your arms and chest, but is flowy on the bottom. Think your thighs are too big? Show them off! There's nothing more attractive than a nice set of muscular thighs in a cute pair of shorts. Don't have much of a chest? Wear a shirt cinched under the chest to make your bust appear fuller. Don't change yourself to fit clothes. There are clothes that flatter every body shape and size, so don't give up!!

Weight becoming a problem? Whether it's a health problem or a problem within yourself, there are healthy and safe ways to shed those few extra pounds.


Purge or starve yourself. It actually makes things worse. Starving yourself will make your body weak, and will start eating away at your muscles after burning off the fat. This will slowly, but sadly end up killing you. And we all know that's not the way to go. Purging will burn the lining of your esophagus and stain your teeth. Not fun, right?


Eat healthy, run, jog, and take your dog for a walk. Being on a diet isn't necessarily the only way to lose weight. By just eating healthy you can tone that tummy, and keep yourself healthy. No need for pesky calorie counts. Just eat what is good for you, and maybe skip seconds. Just remember, weight is only a number. It's how you look and feel that really counts. So be happy with who you are, no matter how big or small.

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February & March Magazine Issues

March 15, 2012

The February and March issues of Sweet Designs Magazine are now online, featuring a combined 53 new articles and features!!

- Cover: Stephanie Lynn reflects on 5 years
- Cover: India (of Darn-licious knitwear)
- Life in the dumps (moving in with my bf)
- The difference between men and women
- Angels among us (parts 1 and 2)
- Arts graduates & the dark night of the soul
- Triple threat (how I survived my teen yrs)
- Dating isn't easy (my true story)
- How to turn not-so-great gifts ... (fashion)
- Ten reasons to love being single
- Taking the big leap (college)
- Valentine's Day (not what you'd expect!)
- The last of the cold (hopefully) (fashion)
- A month full of love
- Ten tips for successful airline travel
- Reasons I love writing for SDM
- Who needs love?
- They're not all the same
- The life I'm glad I don't have (fiction)
- Professional dress/ finding Fendi (fashion)
- An airport anniversary: a true story
- Inappropriate Facebook photos
- The perks of a big city (college)
- A night(mare) to forget (part 2)
- The Anita Blake series (book review)
- Saving June by Hannah Harrington (book)
- Under the Mesquite by GG McCall (book)
- The Lullaby by Sarah Dessen (book)
- If I Stay by Gayle Foreman (book review)
- My sweetheart (original poetry)
- Isn't it funny (original poetry)
- The stranger (original poetry)
- A winter wonderland (original poetry)
- One night valentine
- The thick envelopes (college acceptance)
- Southern love
- Healthy hair and vitamins
- It's a date (dating idea alternatives)
- The 30 hour famine
- School's out forever!
- Marching right back into spring? (fashion)
- Dear John
- When TV shows depict your life
- 3 Fun ways to rock spring's hottest trends
- Neglected teeth
- Starting something new
- Guy movies
- To hesitate or dive in?
- Deadly, by Julie Chibbaro (book review)
- Beastly, by Alex Flinn (book review)
- I don't care (poetry)
- Together, alone (poetry)

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