Teen Weight Loss

Teen weight loss has become an alarming concern for many. Obesity has hit epidemic levels and children and teen obesity continues to rise.

This is one of the main reasons so many are looking for weight loss tips and programs for teenagers.

There are many weight loss programs available today and many websites that offer valuable information. However, for teens not all of these programs are geared towards your nutritional needs.

Unfortunately, many teens are misled down the wrong road and approach weight loss in a manner that is unsafe and unhealthy for their growing needs.

Any weight loss should be approached in a healthy way, looking for ways to improve eating plans, becoming more active and understanding how to make the right choices to ensure a lasting weight loss. This is especially critical for teens.

Use these simple teen weight loss tips to help you achieve your weight goals.

Empty Calories

Start checking your calories and the nutritional value of your foods and drinks. Did you know that a 12 ounce can of regular flavored soda has over 100 calories and 10 teaspoons of sugar with no nutritional value? These empty calorie drinks and foods add up quickly and give you none or very little of your daily vitamin needs. Switch to diet drinks and drink more water. Also, eliminate or reduce the too sweet and too fatty snacks.

Don't Crash Diet

Although many teens looking for a fast weight loss are tempted to try or have tried a crash diet, this approach will actually lead to weight gain in the long run. With any diet that slashes calories too extreme your body begins to slow down your metabolism in order to save energy. When this happens, you actually start to burn fewer calories. Additionally your body begins to store foods as fat. End result is generally weight gain instead of weight loss. Crash diets not only slow down your metabolism but can have a negative effect on your growing.

Eat Breakfast

Breakfast really is the most important meal of the day. By eating within a few hours of waking up you are fueling your body and boosting your metabolism. Your breakfast doesn't have to be a large breakfast but can be a quick bowl of whole grain cereal and skim milk or a low fat or fat free yogurt. If you don't have time to eat before school, then take an apple or banana with you and eat it on the way.

Limit Fast Foods

Fast food restaurants are now offering a varied menu and do have some healthier foods but much of the menu is still very high in calories and fats. You can make better meal choices by eating at home and limiting the number of times you eat out. Eating out is more than just getting your meal but is also a great way to socialize with your friends, so I realize you cannot always avoid eating out. Just remember to look over the menu carefully and select wisely and don't forget to get a diet drink or water.

Get Active

Studies show that by adding 30 minutes of structured exercises 3 to 4 times a week can improve health and promote weight loss. Those who include exercise in their daily routine not only lose weight quicker but are more likely to keep the weight off. You should aim for getting 60 minutes of activity a day. This can include both a structured workout routine as well as fun activities like sports, gym class, swimming, dancing or anything you enjoy that keeps you active.