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Is there a healthy way to lose weight? After rehearsing all day, more exercise pushes me toward exhaustion. Help! —Alyssa

This is tricky—the ballet industry puts enormous pressure on dancers to be thin. That can lead some to go to drastic, unhealthy measures to lose weight, whether they need to or not. Adding low-impact cardio or interval training to your routine can help, but it sounds like extra workouts might put you at risk of injury with your current schedule.

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At my last checkup my doctor said I needed to gain weight. I'm 91 pounds and 5' 3". I understand the health risks of being underweight, especially since I'm 17 and haven't gotten my period yet, but I like my body the way it is. What is the best way to gain weight without overdoing the ice cream? —Sarah

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