Weight loss for teenage girls
It’s a hot topic at any time as so many teenagers are trying to look like their celebrity idols. What they fail to realize is that most pictures of celebrities have been airbrushed to make the woman look thinner and more beautiful. Add to that the bevy of hairstylists and other professionals on hand prior to a photo shoot and it is easy to see why girls are so misled. It is a pity that they couldn’t see their favorite celebrity in all her morning glory i.e. without makeup or hairstylists as then they would get a truer picture. Some models cannot believe it is them in a photograph, as their bodies have been elongated to make them look taller, spots removed, blemishes covered, etc.
Of course, many teens want a slim body but don’t know how to achieve it and so listen to friends who advocate starvation (anorexia) or induced vomiting (bulimia) or other damaging and risky methods of losing weight. These types of weight loss or avoidance of weight gain can lead to death if carried to extremes and can also lead to osteoporosis (brittle bones) and loss of teeth, a damaged throat (esophagus) and hospitalization.
Healthy Weight Loss For Teens
Four of the easiest ways to lose weight for teens are
- cut out soda, even diet soda. Drink water instead. Soda makes your body expect food to follow, so it makes you eat more in the hours that follow drinking it. Water is just as cool to drink and can help weight loss AND can help clear those pesky zits. You can drink milk if you want but not flavored milk.
- Move more. Most teens hate sitting still, use that, get out, move, dance, hop, run, walk fast, swim, run up and down stairs, anything,but MOVE! This gives your muscles some exercise and that makes you look SLIMMER. Also muscles use up more energy than fat, so you burn more calories.
- talk to whoever provides the meals in your house, get them on your side, providing more salad, vegetables and protein (fish, nuts, meat, chicken, etc) and less takeaways and pizza. You could offer to help with preparation if that makes it more likely!
- cut out candy. You knew that was coming didn’t you? Candy is addictive. It makes you want more. It’s easy to buy and stops your mouth getting bored. Find a different kind of food to eat, one that doesn’t have sugar. You could try sugar free gum but that often has sweeteners but it could be a way to start cutting out candy. Try something healthy like an apple or other piece of fruit.
How To Maintain Weight Loss
Shedding that extra weight is not easy and keeping that weight off can be difficult. Simply taking a long hard look at how you are dieting could help you maintain your weight loss.
Keep That Weight Off!
You need to keep in mind that your weight gain did not take place over night and that it isn’t going to magically disappear. This means that there are no quick diet cures that will help you maintain your optimal body weight.
To help you lose weight, try to set up a lifetime diet that is as natural as possible. Remove as many processed foods as you can from your diet. This will help you reduce your caloric intake while increasing the quality of the foods you eat. In this way, you will remain healthy while losing weight.
A great way to keep weight off is to join a cycling group. There are cycling groups in every city and all it takes to find them is a quick internet search. Not only will you be burning lots of calories, it’s also a great way to meet people.
When dieting for weight loss, avoid alcoholic drinks as much as possible. Alcoholic drinks are even worse than soda for empty calories and provide absolutely no nutritional value. You can reduce your intake by cutting beverages with sparkling tonic water or other similar diet-friendly options that will allow you to cut back without feeling deprived.
Losing weight and keeping it off can be helped along with the consumption of walnuts. Studies have found that they can keep you satisfied longer than traditional breakfasts. Walnuts are a wonderful snack when you are hungry and contain good fats as well as being beneficial for the brain.
If you want to keep the weight off, try to eat all carbohydrates and fatty foods before 5pm. At night your metabolism goes down and as you sleep you don’t burn that many calories. Keeping carbs and fatty foods confined to morning and afternoon hours ensures peak fat burning while you’re awake and moving around.
There is a “diet” option called 16:8, that many people use without having to count calories or carbs, it is one of the “fasting” type diets. The 16:8 refers to the hours in the day. You fast for 16 hours and eat only in the 8 hours. The reasoning is that the fat burning hormone comes into play only when the body starts to feel hungry, maybe at breakfast time. If you can postpone breakfast until say 11.00am, then you get the benefit of having fasted all night plus those few extra hours, where you didn’t eat breakfast. You can eat what you like for 8 hours, that is from 11.00 am until 7pm and then nothing after that. You can switch the hours to suit yourself.