Teen Weight Loss: Harder Than for Adults?
Being a teenager is tough as it is, keeping off the pounds is even tougher, especially for girls. The key to staying loosing weight (and keeping it off) as a teen is simple. The problem is many teenagers carry the same bad habits they picked up in highschool and college into their adult lives and this poses serious health risks down the road.
Getting in shape from your teen years will help you in your adult years. So here are some tips you can follow.
Do not count calories. Counting calories is foolish to say the least. The reason being is that everyone has different body sizes and metabolic rates (the rate at which the body burns calories). Secondly it’s not the calorie per se which is bad but the type. So instead of counting calories, count the amount of healthy foods you are eating.
Exercise on a regular basis. Many times we fail to exercise because it takes too much time. But if you make some adjustments you can exercise more. If you do not live too far from school ride or walk instead of taking the bus or driving. Just doing this alone three to four times a week is all the exercise you need.
Drink more water. The average soda contains between 12-13 teaspoons of sugar. Sugar is one of the major causes of obesity in the U.S. Not only is there sugar in these drinks, but the artificial flavorings and are highly toxic to the body and some are even cancerous. Drinking plenty of water helps to flush out toxins from the body and many times people put on weight do to high toxicity levels.
Do not snack. That chocolate bar, or bag of potato chips might look extremely tempting, but before you succumb to the temptation, ask yourself, are you really hungry? If you are, pick up an apple or some other healthy fruit. If you’re not, a glass of water or some 100% fruit or vegetable juice will do just fine.