Teenagers are mostly misunderstood because of their obsession with their weight and looking good. However, these stem from issues such as social acceptance, peer pressure and the desire to be popular amongst all.
Losing weight is difficult for people of any age. During adolescence, weight loss must be a balancing act between the nutritional needs of your growing body and maintaining a healthy weight. It is important you keep this in mind as you lose weight. The following tips will help you lose weight or grow into your current weight by maintaining your current weight and staying healthy.
Learn to read nutrition labels on your foods at home. Let your parents know you are trying to eat healthier to lose weight, and go with them to the store to purchase food. Look at saturated fat and sugar content on food labels. Fat, both saturated and unsaturated, should be no more than 10 percent of your overall food intake.
What you eat While puberty and genetics are things you can’t control, what you eat is another story. Eating french fries, fast food, sodas, chips, and sweets on a regular basis and avoiding fruits and vegetables like the plague can add excess calories without much nutrition.
Exercise a little every day. Even small bursts of physical activity, like dancing around your room for 10 minutes after school, can help you fall asleep easier. (Do it at least a few hours before bed so that you don’t rev yourself up too much!)
Do not starve yourself. Teenage girls need at least 1,500 to 2,000 calories per day, depending on their fitness regimens and heights. Starvation diets that limit calories to significantly lower than the FDA-recommended amount can cause the body to store fat. When you begin eating normally, the weight will usually come back, and sometimes even increase. In addition, diets that limit certain foods can cause nutritional deficiencies in teenagers who are still growing, including bone and muscle loss. Finally, starvation and extreme diets often lead to psychological disorders such as anorexia or bulimia, especially in girls, and can cause long-term damage to the body systems.
Avoid falling asleep with the TV on. The TV light stimulates your brain and prevents you from getting the good, deep sleep your body needs. So if you must use it to fall asleep, set the sleep timer on the remote.
Adequate sleep is a must for teenage girls, irrespective of whether they want to lose weight or not. Sleep relaxes the body and also boosts metabolism. Lack of sleep can leave you cranky and itching to pick up the packet of deadly potato wafers just to feel good or get an instant sugar high!
Thanks for taking the time to go through these some tips. I hope you enjoyed the information, and that you will find it useful in your ongoing quest to maintain and lead a healthy lifestyle.