Here are some Great Teen Weight Loss Tips for a healthier, happier life!
Reliable Teen Weight Loss Tips and advice can be hard to find. With magazines and Internet sites often promoting drastic diets to this group of people.
What teenagers need are Teen Weight Loss Tips and strategies from a qualified health professional. This page will help to point teens in the right direction to losing weight, without sacrificing important nutrients that they might need to be healthy.
The effect of puberty can cause many teenage girls to gain body fat (they will often grow into this a bit later in the teens), causing teenage girls to feel self conscious and that they need to diet. This will often correct itself. Boys will find they will increase muscle during puberty.
- Don’t sacrifice or eliminate any of the 5 core food groups.
The 5 food groups exist for a reason, that being that they provide different nutrients that work together to keep us healthy. Many Teen Weight Loss Tips from unreliable sources promote reducing meat, dairy or carbohydrate intake. This will have negative implications in your energy levels (From reduced iron stores), to weaker bones (which can possibly cause bone fractures and osteoporosis later in life) and constipation and poor concentration (from reduced carbohydrates).
Dairy: The best Teen Weight Loss Tips I can give would be to include plenty of low fat dairy products such as low fat milk, low fat yoghurt and reduced fat cheese.
Recent evidence has shown that these foods can help promote weight loss as they regular appetite and promote more loss of fat stores. So instead of a juice from a a juice bar, get a skimmed fruit smoothie or even better, make one at home with fresh ingredients.
Red meat is needed to keep your red blood cells working properly and to prevent fatigue. Teenage girls often menstruate a lot so the heavier your periods, the more red meat (lean cuts) you need to eat to make sure you are getting enough iron. Red meat also has lots of protein to help keep you fuller for longer and therefore encourage weight loss.
Carbohydrates: If you are quite active i.e play a team sport or have a part time job where you are on your feet, then you need carbohydrate foods for energy. It is best that these are high fibre versions to help keep you fuller so wholegrain bread and crackers, oats and high fibre cereals for breakfast and high fibre muesli bars as snacks. Include a small amount of carbohydrates at each meal.
Go easy on soft drinks and juice bars.
Soft drinks not only provide us with “empty calories” (calories that don’t provide nutrients i.e the only nutrient in soft drinks is sugar), but also work to leach calcium from your bones, making them weaker. That is why one of my Teen Weight Loss Tips is to stick to low fat milk drinks and the occasional diet soft drink, if you are trying to watch your weight.
Some juices from juice bars also contain a lot of calories. While these aren’t “empty calories” as juice contains vitamins- it can add up and 1 juice can have as many calories as a Big Mac Burger!
Instead, choose skim fruit smoothies or ask for the calories on your fruit juice drinks and choose ones with less than 700 kJ per drink. Obviously the smaller portion size is better too!
Choose your take-away foods wisely.
Weekends wouldn’t be the same without hanging out at the local take away store. However if you and your friends often socialise at takeaway joints, you could be sabotaging your healthy eating plan. My Teen Weight Loss Tips for takeaway are:
- Try to only have a takeaway meal once per week
- Make it a healthier choice such as a wrap with salad and chicken or a salad kebab or grilled chicken burger (see LINK TO FAST FOOD PAGE)
- Have a bottle of water instead of a soft drink or milkshake.
Don’t skip meals.
Skipping meals leads us to overeating later in the day so you think you have ”Saved” calories but skipping a meal but you have don’t the opposite because you will probably eat more later in the day due to being over-hungry. Eat breakfast and three small snacks to keep hunger at bay during the day.
These Teen Weight Loss Tips will make a considerable difference to your overall calorie intake if you are a teenager, wanting to lose weight but stay healthy.
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