The teenage years are some of the toughest that your child will face. There are many challenges bombarding your teen on a daily basis and obesity is just one of them. When you are in your teen years losing weight can be a constant problem. Even those kids who are not obese have to adapt to their changing bodies and social responsibilities. They get very self conscious about their looks and when your teen has a weight problem it can be devastating for them.
1. Get educated: the first thing to do is to consult your doctor or a dietitian. They will determine how much weight your teen should lose and give you some advice about a healthy diet and exercise. As well as educating yourself on these 2 areas it is very important to give emotional and moral support to your teen, so that they can lose weight and regain their self esteem.
2. Family support: family support is critical to your teen's success in losing weight. Let your child know that they have your full support and encourage other family members to help them as well. When you all start eating a healthy diet and exercising you will encourage your teen and they will be able to lose weight. In fact those kids who have their family's support find it much easier to lose weight than those who are doing it alone.
3. Lose weight safely: it is critical to be sure that your teen is losing weight safely. Recent medical research has proven that slow and steady weight loss is the best way to lose those pounds. Two pounds a week should be the maximum goal. So be sure that you start your child on a weight loss program that teaches them a combination of eating healthy and exercising safely and correctly.
The medical community says that it is very bad for your body to attempt to lose 2% of your body weight in 24-48 hours. It makes you feel run down and is a strain on your body's systems. It can also affect you mentally. Your body can also loose its ability to cool itself which can prove very dangerous.
4. Nutrition: A healthy diet with a reduction in junk food and sodas can help your teen lose weight safely. Try to drink more water and replace regular sodas with water and diet soda. Try to couple this with some regular daily exercise to help your teen lose weight naturally.
5. Control portions and compulsive eating: It is wise to cut down portions so that your child will stop eating when they are full and not just keep on eating because the food is there. Try to discourage emotional eating. This can lead to dangerous eating disorders and compulsive eating.
Many people with weight problems eat when they are not hungry. They eat because they are stressed, lonely or bored. In fact they will continue to eat even if they are full. Another thing to remember is to try to eat slowly as it can take around 20 minutes for your brain to realize how much food is in your stomach.
6. Eat more fiber: You should encourage your teen to eat more fiber in their diet. This will help them to feel full and not want to eat as much. More fruits and vegetables with an increased amount of whole grain cereals will help to increase fiber and nutrition. Their digestive system and heart will also function better. Try not to cut out carbohydrates but instead just reduce your child's intake and replace these foods with fruits and vegetables.
7. Beware of fad diets and diet pills: Try to discourage your teen from going on fad diets and diet pills. At this age they need good nutrition for growth and development. So try to give your child a balanced healthy diet and couple it with daily exercise. By this means your teen will not only lose weight but be able to keep it off.