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.