7 Weight Loss Tips for Teenagers

Every teenage girl has problems with their body. It’s part of growing up. I remember it very well and trust me, all of the girls had similar issues. Whether you are a teenage girl or a middle aged woman, there are things you can do to help your weight loss along. In fact, you can even get away with a little bit more when you’re younger. I’ll show you what I mean.

Firstly you need to be fully aware of the fact that you are still growing. Girls mature faster than boys in most cases, but don’t assume that you are done. Even if you have some extra fat around, there is a good chance that it will be gone in a few years. Of course, you always want to be skinny then, but you might not want to wait. Regardless of any success that you have, just remember this fact.

1. Pick Up A Sport

teenage-weight-lossYour teenage years are some of the best years of your life to pick up a new hobby, or even a new sport. Playing basketball, soccer, or running track will not only help you get skinny and lean, but it will help you develop a skill that you will have the rest of your life. I personally love swimming, I learn’t it when I was a little kid, though I haven’t been able to do it as often as I would like but I believe its the best form of exercise.  This is the prime learning time for you, take advantage of it and do something healthy!

2. Choose Your Vice

As a teenager, I ate Fudge Rounds and had Coke every other day. I payed the price for it in the long run. I know that you’ll probably want to eat an unhealthy diet, but you have to resist. However, you can pick one junk food that you will allow yourself to eat.

Replace every other unhealthy food with something healthy. That one vice that you allow yourself will get old faster than you think and you probably won’t eat it all that much.

3. Cut Back On The Soda

say no to sodaIt’s almost impossible to cut out soda completely when you’re young. It’s cheap, keeps kids happy, and everyone loves it. If you don’t think that you can cut it out completely, cut back as much as you can. A soda a day with dinner won’t hurt your success that much in the long run. As you get older it might cause problems, but for now enjoy a Coke with dinner and enjoy being young!

4. Realize The Importance Now

time is nowI highly advice you to take advantage of your weight loss options now. When you are 17 years old, it is much easier to get in shape and keep it than when you are 50. If you take care of it now, you won’t have to struggle quite so much when you start to age. There are millions of people who have regretted not getting into shape when they were younger and you don’t have to fall into that category. Time is of the essence, don’t let these precious years fly by you.

4. Don’t Vegetate

sitting in front of a tvTemptation comes in all forms. Television, movies, video games and a load of other things that comes from your TV set. At the very least, you should avoid sitting down and vegetating the whole time  you watch anything. Stand up while you catch up on your shows, get an exercise bike that you can use in front of the TV, or even toss out the boob tube all together. Your parents might not be too keen on that one. Other negative effects of tv, I don’t really agree with a lot of the points in that article but its still a good read.

5. Ask Your Parents For Help

Your parents are probably dying for your attention by this point. Not many teenagers want much to do with their parents, but when it comes to weight loss, they’re one of the best resources you have.

Ask them to help you shop. Tell them that you are trying to lose weight and would like to start eating healthier dinners. They probably want to drop a few pounds too! They can encourage you, provide you with quality food and help you reach your weight loss goals.

6.  Don’t Take Your Phone To Bed

Keeping your brain moving while you’re in bed can keep you up at night.

taking your phone to bediPhones and iPads have changed the way we keep our brains occupied. Unfortunately, it distracts us even more when it comes to bed time. You don’t need to talk to anyone before you fall asleep or beat one more level of Angry Birds. All that is going to do is stimulate your brain and keep it active for hours. Electronics use in the dark can even cause depression in a lot of people. Same thing applies for staying up all night and watching tv or playing video games. Here is an infographic of how it’s affects our sleep.

7. Avoid SleepOvers

Slumber parties are also to blame. It’s fun to stay up all night talking, but if you do this once a week, you are going to have a full night’s sleep lost every single week. That builds up fast, believe it or not. It’s not as easy to catch up on sleep as you think! Ofcourse you can do it once in a while after all these are the years to have some fun,, but try not to make a habit out of it. Sleep schedule is very important for metabolism.

That lack of sleep is going to cause a hormonal response that will make you gain weight, stall weight loss, and make your life miserable.

Final Advice For Teenagers

In the end, your teenage years can be tough emotionally, but it is a perfect time to start building good habits that will keep you lean and healthy for the rest of your life. Take a few of these things to heart and you’ll definitely see an improvement. And remember, don’t be afraid to get your parents involved! It turns out, they really can help after all.

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