Quick weight loss for teens and children. Is it possible or even desirable? Can that weight loss be healthy? Put these simple steps in place for easy and appropriately rapid weight loss for children, pre-teens and adolescents.
If you are a teen—or a parent of a teen—looking for quick weight loss tips, make sure you are looking in the right places. When a teen is overweight or obese then losing weight can go a long way towards improving health, both physically (i.e. diabetes, heart health) and emotionally (i.e. self esteem, confidence, moods). It is important, however, to tackle teenage weight loss in a way that is not more detrimental to your health than is carrying the excess weight! That means looking at your options, talking things over as a family, and then choosing the best diet program
Teenagers looking for healthy, quick weight loss programs often have to steer clear of the popular diet plans.
Pre-teens and adolescents are still growing and need a regular supply
of enough nutrients to keep cells, tissue, organs and overall body
developing in a healthy manner.
That is why a low calorie diet or a fat-free diet is not usually the best for children or teenagers. Not eating enough calories each day or avoiding healthy fats can interfere with many body functions including growth patterns, hormone production and mood stabilization.
Like most everyone, teenagers often like things to happen quickly (and if possible, easily and without cost!). But the best rate of quick weight loss for teens is around 1-2 pounds per week. Occasionally a week may go by with a little more weight loss, or even a little less, but the key to taking excess weight off, and keeping it off, is to lose in a steady and regular manner. When you step back and look at teenage weight loss big picture, 1-2 pounds a week translates to 52-104 pounds a year. That is a significant amount of weight loss for a relatively small amount of time.
If your teen loses more weight than that, other than in an initial cleanse phase, it usually means he or she is not eating enough or is eating the wrong kinds of foods.
That might look good on the scale for a week or two but eventually the
body slows down the rate at which it burns and utilizes the food being
eaten. That means a teenage has to eat even less to get the same weight
Or because of a shortage of essential nutrients, cravings may begin to occur and lead to overeating or binging on unhealthy foods. Yoyo dieting or low calorie diets may seem like a good route to quick weight loss for teens, but in the long run those types of diets contribute to more excess weight and can lead to some serious health problems.
Adolescents are far better off on a healthy rapid weight loss of 1-2 pounds/week than on a quick weight loss for teens program that has weight coming off more rapidly initially but then has all that weight, and often more, reappear.
Dealing with obesity in teens requires teen nutrition and teen workouts. If you are an overweight teen and stick faithfully to a healthy weight loss program for teens you should be able to achieve reasonable goals. To get started you are welcome to download Childhood Obesity 101’s Healthy and Quick Weight Loss for Teens handouts (Part I and Part II). They provide helpful information on the variety of simple steps needed for a teen to reach a healthy weight.
If you need additional support, check out other pages on the website:
Causes of Obesity in Children and
Effects of Childhood Obesity are good places to start.
And if you could really use a helping hand, then visit my Kids in Balance site or talk to your parents about purchasing my book, through the site, that fully details how to successfully put the KIB program in place in your own home, Overweight Kids in a Toothpick World. It will walk you and your family through every step of the way on the journey to optimal weight and health.
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