Do You Need to Lose Weight?
Today’s media has severely distorted the minds of countless women into feeling as though their bodies are inadequate. The effects of these air-brushed images of anorexic looking models on teens as well as all women give us unrealistic expectations for ourselves. It’s hard to compete with an image that isn’t real in the first place. Pictures in magazines have been distorted and cropped to the point that the model herself could never compare with the finished image.
Teens can easily be affected by the overwhelming pressures to be super-thin, and have no real idea of what a healthy weight would be for them. Don’t fall for these unrealistic expectations. Instead, set your goal to have a healthy body and outlook. Resist comparing yourself to others. You are beautiful and unique, and unique is always awesome! Eat well, exercise, and love yourself. You’ll be amazed at the changes.
To find out if you need to lose weight, take advantage of this free bmi calculator, courtesy of Discovery Health. Your goal is to keep your BMI between 18 and 25. You can also try these free online healthy weight tools from Weight Loss Center.
Healthy and Easy Weight Loss for Teens
Eat Breakfast! Eating breakfast is a really important tool for weight loss. You’ve been without food all night, and when you wake up in the morning, your body needs fuel. Eating breakfast will actually get your body to start burning fat early in the day too. Your metabolism is slower before you eat anything, so eating starts that fat-burning furnace first thing in the morning.
Better Snack Options: Snacking is ok, and it can even be healthy. Just choose healthier alternatives to junk food. Try nutrient-rich fruits and veggies after school with your favorite low calorie dips. Try my personal favorite: sliced apples with peanut butter, yum! Low fat yogurts, a bowl of cereal, or air-popped popcorn can all be healthy snack options for after school or those late night munchies.
Exercise: Exercise doesn’t have to be an unpleasant experience, but it’s an important part of living a healthy lifestyle and keeping weight gain at bay. Daily exercise can be as simple as walking for 30 minutes around your neighborhood after dinner every evening. Try school sport teams if there is one that interests you. Dancing can be a great form of exercise that appeals to many teens. Simply choose some cool music, turn on that Ipod and go at it. Aim for at least 30 minutes of moderate intensity exercise most days of the week. Moderate intensity means you can talk to someone during the activity, but would rather not.
Slow and Steady: Make this a lifestyle change, not a diet. Diets don’t usually work, because as soon as you go off of them, the weight comes back with a vengeance. Instead, commit to a healthy way of life and you’ll find that you begin to feel better as the weight comes off with much less effort. Never try to lose more than 2 pounds per week for long term results. Cut 250 calories from food and burn 250 calories with exercise each day, and you’ll lose 1-2 pounds per week. Seems like a slow way of losing? It is, but your body will have time to adjust to the weight loss, your metabolism won’t slow to a halt, and you’re much more likely to keep it off.
1. Discovery Health: https://health.discovery.com/tools/calculators/bmi/bmi.html
2. Weight Loss Center: https://www.weight-loss-center.net/ideal_weight.html#idealbodyweightwomen