Teen Weight Loss Tips

What is the best weight loss plan for teenage girls and guys? The changes that come with puberty can affect how both teenage girls and guys feel about themselves. This is the time when their hormones are raging, which may cause weight fluctuations. This is also the time when they may want to look attractive to the opposite sex, and being overweight or obese can cause a lot of pain or embarassment and low self-esteem.

8 Teen Weight Loss Tips:

1. Have a Positive Body Image. Recognise that your body is your own, no matter what shape, size and weight you are. Love yourself, focus on the features you think look great – your eyes, your nose, your hair, your smile! Look in the mirror every morning, tell yourself you look gorgeous and give yourself three compliments. By focusing on the positive aspects of your life, you can change how you feel about yourself and your body.

2. Find the Right Motivation. If you think you need to lose weight, find the right motivation. Losing weight is more than just looking good; it’s about feeling healthy and energetic, being able to participate in all kinds of activities and enjoy life to the fullest, The worst kind of motivation is to try to compare yourself with someone else – a celeb or that skinny model in the fashion magazine or even your friend at school!

Everyone is different, we have different bone structures, different metabolic rates, different genes and will probably need different weight loss plans and strategies. Accept that, and lose weight for the right reasons.

3. Consult a Professional. For the best weight loss plan that suits you, consult a professional – doctor, health coach or weight loss coach who can help you come up with a weight loss plan that is healthy and safe. Don’t simply follow the latest fad diet or starve yourself! Fad diets and starvation techniques don’t work and will only leave you feeling irritable and tired. When you begin to deprive your body of nutrition, it will realize this and begin to expend less calories and actually store more fat for future use.

4. Think Small to Lose Big. Set small long-term goals to lose not more than one or two kilos in a week. Losing weight fast is dangerous and poses significant health risks. There is no rush; it took you years to put on those extra kilos and “baby fat”, take your time to lose and keep them off!

5. Develop Good Eating Habits. Eat the right foods ¬– think lean meats, vegetables and whole grains. Eat slowly, chew your food thoroughly, and enjoy each bite. If you have a tendency to gobble down your food or eat or the run, stop now! Make sure you only eat at the dining table, and take your time to enjoy your food. Switch off the radio or play slow music when you are eating. Stop when you feel you have had enough.

If you find yourself snacking too much on chips or candy, change to healthy snacks like baby carrots. Remember: The more sugar you eat, the more you'll crave for. The less sugar you eat, the better you'll feel.

6. Drink More Water. Make it a habit t drink more water – at least 8 glasses a day. Carry a water bottle around with you. Drinking more water will help you raise your metabolism and prevent water retention. (Your body will retain water if it thinks it is deprived of water!)

However, avoid carbonated drinks and or even sweetened juices as they contain too much sugar and not only will you put on weight but also run the risk of getting type 2 diabetes.

7. Exercise Daily. You may be caught in a vicious cycle of not exercising, which leads to you not having enough energy to want to engage in any physical activity. Start with an easy activity that yu enjoy – like walking the dog (or your neighbour’s dog), cycling, roller-blading or running in the park with friends, swimming, even dancing! Once you get started, you won’t believe how enjoyable it can be!

8. Get Some Fresh Air & Sun. Have you been staying in your room in front of the computer or TV? Get some fresh air and sunshine! Your body needs those rays to produce serotonin, a feel-good hormone in our brains that helps control cravings for high-calorie, fatty carbs like cakes, cookies, ice cream and chips.

And most important, enjoy a healthy lifestyle and have FUN!

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