Teenagers and Weight Issues


Being overweight is not only an adult issue but many children and teens are bothered with this frustration. With children the matter is better handled by their parents but teenagers are likely to attempt weight loss without the advice of an adult. This can result in eating disorders and or other health problems. It is best if loving adults help their teens lose weight.

Losing weight as a teen is far different from losing weight as an adult. Weight loss in a teen depends on their age, the metabolic rate, their eating habits, as well as the type of lifestyle they lead. Losing weight is often easier for teens than for adults. This can be attributed to the fact that a younger body typically burns calories more efficiently and faster. Additionally, many teens are more active than the typical adult; they enjoy doing exercise, walking, jogging or participating in some form of sport.

These types of exercises will only help to boost the metabolism of a teenager, and also increase the amount of calories that they burn. If a teen is not interested in sports he may find that spending time walking or gardening is more to the liking. Other options are finding chores that require a little physical activity or spending playful time with the family dog.

Because teens, sometimes even more adults, want to see immediate results when they begin a diet plan, using a fad diet for a very short period of time may be a good start. If this is done the teen should not use the diet for more than a week. It is widely accepted that fad diets can be detrimental to the health of the user so it is never advisable to use such a diet for long periods of time. After about a week of using a fad diet, they should then continue on a much more healthy diet regimen, and one which allows them to lose weight more slowly (which is the best way to lose weight healthily).

A holistic approach to the weight issue is always encouraged because this sort of weight management plan will be comprehensive. It will take into consideration the 'whole' person and not just the weight issue.

When on a diet, a teen should also lead a more active kind of life; they can do this by exercising whenever possible, or participate in some sporting activity. This is especially important for teenagers, as they are still growing, and therefore their body requires additional food just as it requires extra rest. Exercise helps to remove some of the extra calories that they are gaining from the extra food they are eating.

Teens that are involved in sports often report that they have an increased social circle, which results in more variety to their life, and that equals more fun and more activities. It's a win-win situation. The pleasure these teens enjoy means that there is a reduction in their fatigue and frustration. All the while they are getting more and more fit and building more stamina.

As you begin doing more your stamina increases; the increased stamina results in even more energy. This can become a cycle that works out positively for you. Learning about your metabolic rate will help you to understand how your body uses calories. The more you learn about this process the easier it will be for you to work with your metabolism to burn calories more efficiently.


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Deb Allen


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