Easy weight loss tips for teenagers
Being a teenager is not the easiest time when it comes to dealing with weight changes brought on by puberty and peer pressure to look a certain way. However, but focusing on health and nutrition, you can develop healthy habits that will keep you looking and feeling healthy and fit throughout your teenage years and into later life. Your teens are a time when you require the good nutrition in order to make sure you grown and develop as you should.
Focus on health not weight loss
What magazines advertise is not the ideal
With magazines filled with stick thin, airbrushed models and constantly being bombarded with what is considered to be the ‘ideal’ body shape, it can be difficult to accept what you have ended up with if it doesn’t fit this mould. It is also common for teenagers to feel that they will not be attractive to the opposite sex, or popular if they do not look a certain way.
Too much weight loss is not good
It is important to remember that too much weight loss has many negative consequences for the body and your health. Everyone is made differently, and whilst one person may be very thin naturally and not suffer any negative health effects, for others this weight will be unachievable without putting your body under dangerous stress.
Stay away from extreme diets
Extreme diets that restrict calories to very low levels can cause changes such as hair loss, unhealthy skin and hair, irritability, depression, loss of menstruation and infertility and in extreme cases heart failure and even death.
In your teenage years your body is also still growing and developing, so by following very extreme diets there is a risk of not growing and developing as you should and also of not consuming the nutrients needed for things like bone formation which may increase risk of osteoporosis later in life.
Improve your eating and exercise habits
It is essential to think about these negative consequences and consider if they are really worth it for the loss of a few pounds more. If you are unhappy with your weight, rather than focusing on a specific goal weight, try to, you will soon find that you feel and look better and often lose weight along the way.
Many teenagers who start very restrictive, strict diets find them impossible to maintain for very long and usually end up gaining back all the weight they lost and then some by their early twenties. By developing healthy habits you are more likely to have control over your weight and health in the long term and are less likely to pile on the pounds once you get a bit older and your metabolism slows down.
It is also important to remember that as a teenager you often go through a ‘puppy fat’ phase where you put on a little weight due to the changing hormones in your body. Most teenagers grow out of this phase, so even if you feel you have gained a few pounds, keep up a healthy exercise and diet and more than likely this phase will pass.