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Tuesday, 22 March 2016

Teens! Tips to Lose Your Weight

Body weight is closely linked to body image and self-esteem. Adolescents who are overweight often become the target for bullies at school, office & in the neighborhood. Some teens may succumb to unhealthy and harmful methods of losing weight in their desire to achiev the ideal body. Some facts about teenage body-weight & solutions to lose it:-

  • Adolescence is a period of rapid physical growth. Pubertal weight gain accounts for 50% of an individual's ideal adult body weight. The first step is to understand the growth process in adolescence and assess if obesity is actually present by measuring the body mass index (BMI). BMI between 85th to 95th percentiles indicates overweight and above 95th centile indicates obesity.

  • Diets that promise rapid weight loss are usually harmful as the teen years are the only time where growth is completed. These diets can have adverse effects, causing nutritional deficiencies like anemia, stunting of growth and menstrual disturbances in girls.

  • Diet pills are not effective in the long run and may even adversely affect the teen's health.

  • If you want to lose your weight, involve your family members also to support you in eating healthy foods.

  • Avoid carbonated and high-sugar beverages as they provide empty calories.

  • Make physical activity a part of your daily routine. Play a sport of your choice. Whenever possible, walk to shops, use stairs instead of lift or do cycling.

  • Choose smaller portions when you eat out. Check the food labels before buying.

  • Eat small and frequent meals and choose healthier snacks. Eat slowly as the brain takes time to get cues from a full stomach.

  • Try replacing certain food with healthier alternatives like whole grains, dried fruits, salads and low-fat milk.

  • Avoid emotional eating. Using food to fight your frustrations and bad moods will add to your weight.

  • Reduce time on sedentary activities like watching television or sitting with your electronci gadgets.

  • Make small and gradual changes as they are easier to follow and also help you stay motivated.

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