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Weight Loss for Teenagers

When it comes to weight loss for teenagers, there are many factors that contribute to weight gain in teenagers. For instance an unhealthy diet consisting of excessive junk food and lack of exercise could be one of those factors. Being heavy at this age is also a sensitive issue as it may affect a teenager’s self esteem which can lead to eating disorders.

During your teen years, you’ll just naturally gain and lose weight as your body adjusts to hormone levels and as your body develops its own metabolism. Here is a simple guide on healthy weight loss for teens.

It goes without reminding that it’s important to pay attention to what you eat. Make sure it’s a balanced diet comprising just the right amount of carbs, protein and vitamins. It is worth to get the advice of your doctor or a nutritionist if you are unsure where to start.

Check your food portion as well. Teenagers do have bigger appetites than adults. If it’s going to take second helpings to make you feel satiated, be smart about your food choices. For example, load up on greens and fruits. Protein like chicken breast and fish also tend to fill the stomach better. Go for complex carbs and steer clear of sugary, high calorie foods that are nothing but empty calories. In other words, you may be ‘wasting’ your daily caloric quota to foods that contribute to your waist line, not your nutrition needs.

If you aren’t into any sports, there are always ways to sneak in more physical activity. Of course, you’d need to make an effort too. For instance, instead of ordering pizza over the phone, walk to the nearest food store selling healthy food instead. It may sound cliche, but taking the stairs instead of using the elevators or escalators, can actually help to burn a lot of calories.

It also pays off to invest your time in fun activities that keep you moving, even when your favourite past time is video games. It can be something as simple as taking your dog out to the park and playing with him. Or volunteering in an earth-friendly campaign that requires you to plant trees or clean the beach. Even if you are not into sports, there are many other activities that you would find meaningful to you too.

Sometimes hormones are a culprit when it comes to weight issue. If everything you have tried don’t seem to work, it’s best to get a doctor’s opinion to see if there are any underlying medical issues.

4 Comments

  1. I remember being a teenager and eating all the wrong foods, and what you say is so true; unhealthy diet consisting of excessive junk food and lack of exercise could be one of the biggest factors. Also, that being heavy at this age is also a sensitive issue as it will affect a teenager’s self-esteem which may lead to eating disorders. Very good info and thank you for sharing!

  2. I was wondering why my nieces were heavier at their tender years when I was their age…I do agree with you that food intake is one of the major factors, because I wasn’t into McDonald’s burgers or carbonated drinks at all.
    I also noticed inactivity is another major factor but when you look at the close family members, they do play a significant role, when it comes to the life style that of their parents!

  3. Ah, what a crazy time being a teenager. I wish I would have known then what I know now about good nutrition. Your post is on point, and definitely more important now more than ever. I think it’s important for parents to instill good eating habits and exercise such as you have done here to not only avoid the weight gain but to have a better relationship with food and themselves. Thank you!

  4. Hi there,
    Well done on posting a very important article on this impending issue that have parents, schools and medical communities very concerned.
    i won’t say that this an epidemic as we speak, but its very worrying.
    i suspect that screentime and the advent of the digital world has something to do with this.
    It was so different when we were growing up, we were constantly out and about, getting the fresh air and also exercise, which back then we took for granted.
    I like what you are advising on your post and that the souution is a combination of healthy diet and plenty exercise.
    Thanks again and best wishes

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