In recent years, there has been so much focus on the benefits of good health and the curses of obesity that every overweight person is now trying hard to lose a few pounds. Never mind the fact that most of those who teach you high and low about the advantages of weight loss are actually those who are only too eager to sell you their diet pills and supplements, as well as exercise gadgets!
As for those trying to lose weight, most are not doing it with the aim of becoming healthy; they are doing it either out of peer pressure or in order to look good! Recently, obesity has attacked teenagers as well as tiny tots. So how would these teens lose weight?
Teenage obesity is in fact a bigger problem to be concerned with than adult obesity. Adolescence is a period of physical development, and weight gain occurs when a person leads an unhealthy lifestyle. If a teenager leads an unhealthy lifestyle during the developing years, he might face serious healthy troubles later in life!
That is why teenagers should take care of their health much more than adults. They should make sure that they are supplying enough nutrition to their bodies in the form of vitamins, minerals and other nutrients! If your food lacks in even one important nutrient, it could prove to be dangerous for your health!
If you are a teenager and suffering from weight problem, you would be happy to know that it is possible for you to lose weight and become slim, provided that you follow a few simple weight loss principles.
1. Never skip meals; Meal skipping is a very bad habit among teenagers. You must not skip any of your daily meals, and you should particularly take care not to skip your breakfast! Do you know that skipping meals can result in weight gain?
2. Don’t be judgmental about food: There is really no need to be judgmental about the kinds of foods you eat, as long as they are all natural foods. Don’t bother yourself with calorie content. Instead, eat everything…well, everything except junk and sugary foods. Cereals, fruits, whole grains, vegetables, nuts, soy, chicken meat, etc., should all form part of your daily diet! Remember that eating a healthy diet is the first step to successful weight loss!
3. Be active: If you love any sport such as tennis, cricket, badminton, or basketball, just do more of it! If you love swimming, jogging, running or cycling, do them as often as you can! If you do nothing, at least make sure that you walk for an hour daily! Participate in school sports and try to keep yourself active at all times! Remember that just as knowledge and education helps keep your mind healthy, exercises would keep your body healthy and fit!
4. Drink water: A lot of people are unaware of the fact that water helps in enhancing one’s metabolic rate as well as keeping it at an optimum level! When your metabolic rate is high, you will automatically lose weight! So make sure to drink at least eight glasses of water daily!