Most teens feel self-conscious about their bodies, especially if you can afford to shed a few pounds. The secret to losing weight quickly and safely is not really a secret: eat fewer calories than you burn each day and do consistent exercise, even if it’s just a brisk walk. These aren’t hard things to do on their own, but they are hard to do consistently. Whenever you get discouraged, remember that millions of people just like you have been in your position. Stay in it for the long haul and you’ll eventually lose the weight you expected to.
Start with your diet.
If you want quick results, you’ll probably need to change your eating habits to reflect a healthier diet. However, this does not mean that you should starve yourself. Starving yourself causes your metabolism—the process by which your body burns fat—to slow down dramatically so that it can store up energy. You won’t lose weight, and you might even gain it.
- It is important to remember that your body is changing as a result of hormone fluctuations. It is natural to experience some weight fluctuation as well. It is best to follow a consistent, healthy diet every day to ensure that your body can ride the hormonal wave.
- Do not develop an eating disorder. Anorexia and bulimia are serious conditions that need treatment. If you think you might have an eating disorder, tell someone you trust and seek help immediately. No amount of weight loss is worth jeopardizing your health.
Understand the food pyramid.
Knowing how many servings of different types of food you should eat in a day is essential for healthy weight loss. Try to eat and drink the following:
- A glass of water at meals. This is a healthier choice than sugary soft drinks and artificial juice. Try adding a few slices of lemon to your water. It will get rid of the toxins in your body. Drink as much water as you can, as often as you can.
- Minimum 3 servings of fruit daily.
- Minimum 4 servings of vegetables daily
- 3 – 7 servings of protein: (meat, fish, etc.) and dairy (milk, cheese, yogurt, etc.) daily
- 3 – 5 servings of healthy fats: (nuts, peanut butter, avocado, etc.) daily
- Eat simple carbohydrates (refined and processed products including muffins, cakes, cereals, white bread, white pasta) sparingly. Eating carbohydrates from artificial sugars and refined carbs will leave you bloated. Choose complex carbohydrates such as whole grains, sweet potatoes, yams, whole rice, quinoa, and couscous instead.
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