Teen Diet Plan

Article by Diet Bites

As Mommy Always Said - Practice Safety First, Particularly When Dieting

If you're a teen searching for a way to lose excess body fat - oh wow, have we got some snazzy tips for you. And not just snazzy - but healthy ones that can assist in losing those unwanted fat layers safely.

Before we begin, we just need to remind you that whenever you're contemplating going on any type of fat reduction plan you should speak with your legal guardians first - as well as get advice from a qualified doctor.

Why so?

After all, isn't extra body weight more dangerous than losing?

It's not so much the losing part - it's HOW the weight is lost.

Health Risks Associated With Weight Loss in Teens & High Risk Groups

If an individual goes onto a quick-loss plan, there are significant health risks involved; the risks increase for the following individuals:

- teens and younger individuals

- seniors

- pregnant women as well as lactating women

- individuals with compromised immune systems

- individuals with current health issues, including hidden ones

In addition, while a particular reduction plan may work excellently for your friend - it may create the opposite effect for you.

Health risks are commonly associated with an eating plan that is deficient in calories. In this circumstance, the dieter may faint, feel dizzy, sick to the tummy or experience diarrhea. There may be other accompanying digestive issues.

In addition, in serious situations the vital organs of the body can be significantly impacted, at times permanently. Another risk is of course, sudden death related to severe dieting.

A Fad Diet Equals a Bad Diet

Take note that popular weight loss plans are almost-always considered as 'fad diets' by professionals in the medical world, including Diet Bites.

Fad diets include those which have a luring name - or which list ridiculous menus, such as 6 bananas per day. Or the plan may omit food groups - or limit carbohydrates.

All of these plans are considered fad diets: Atkins, South Beach, Morning Banana Diet, One Food Diet, Cabbage Soup Diet, Blood Type Diet - and the list goes on and on. Many of these fads are based on a number of days such as the 3, 5, 7 or 10 Day Diet Plan.

And all should be avoided unlessthey are built upon an eating plan featuring the Food Pyramid in addition to healthy recommended exercise.

How to Lose Weight Safely

Avoid Restricted Carbohydrate Diets

Never go on a carbohydrate restricted diet plan as these type plans impact the heart and kidneys, at times leading to life-threatening issues.

While it may be 'cool' to your peers to be on a carb diet plan - it's not cool to die.

The same applies to plans with attractive names - such as the South Beach and Morning Banana.

While the names may appear fashionable, we cannot recommend these fad methods because they are not based on the official American Food Pyramid.

Building Your Eating Plan Using the Food Pyramid, Healthy Food Groups

Speaking of the Pyramid - you'll want to build your meals using it as a pattern. Here's a great link at Diet Bites to start with as it contains information relating to the Five Basic Food Groups housed within: The Food Pyramid

An eating plan which has the foundation as the Food Pyramid will also assist in combating common health issues related to teens, such as healthier skin with fewer breakouts. An eating plan rich in vitamins and minerals also supports healthy bones - including the teeth. It also serves to enhance muscles and hone strength.

Activity, a Necessary Part of Total Fitness

A healthy reduction plan always incorporates activity. Stick with one that you'll enjoy throughout your life.

We suggest walking 45 minutes every other day - or at least three times per week. It's an activity that is non-taxing on the body and one that most people can perform.

Keeping the Excess Body Fat Off Permanently

While losing pounds is the objective - the main goal should focus on losing and keeping off the lost weight.

You don't want Yo-Yo Dieting to become part of your future life. Therefore, lose - keep it off and you'll have a higher quality of life, looking brilliantly in the process!

Enjoying Foods Favorites in Moderation is Key

Do you like pizza? Fries? Cheesecake, cheeseburgers, hamburgers, hotdogs, corny dogs, hot buttered popcorn, fried foods, chocolate, soda pop, chili cheese pie, potato chips, corn and tortilla chips, cheese balls, nachos, pasta, lasagna, spaghetti, enchiladas, tacos, Mexican rice, burritos, chicken pot pie, ice cream, cotton candy, nuts, onion rings, shakes and malts, peanut butter and so forth?

All of the above choices are healthy when consumed in moderation. While it's not a great idea to enjoy pizza or cheeseburgers every day, both contain the five food groups essential for optimum health: grain, fruit, vegetable, protein and dairy. By the way, botanically speaking the tomato is a fruit.

And there is even better news! We can make all of the food healthier simply by using healthier ingredients. Think - reduced fat cheese and other dairy products, lean proteins and lots of natural fruits and vegetables. All are healthy choices.

If so - you should continue to enjoy these foods in moderation.

Eliminating Foods You Enjoy - Not Wise

This is one of the biggest mistakes made by most dieters - they cut all of the foods that they used to enjoy from their new eating plan.

All of the foods mentioned above can fit into the Food Pyramid - in one Food Group or another.

Some choices will fit into several groups. The key is to enjoy your favorite foods in moderation.

Examples of How to Enjoy in Moderation

Let's say that it's time for pizza.

Instead of enjoying 5-6 slices of Supreme, enjoy two slices of any of the following prepared on thin or regular crust: cheese, pepperoni or meat and vegetables - such as pepperoni, mushrooms and olive.

Or - with fruit such as sausage and pineapple.

When the crust isn't deep dish and when extra cheese isn't loaded onto the crust - the calories equal about 200 to 250 per slice. Add a healthy salad - and you've got a wonderful meal.

And if you make your meals as appetizing as possible - filled with foods that you truly enjoy eating, then maintaining or reaching your healthy recommended ideal weight will be so much more doable - and manageable.

Pair your healthy daily eating plan with a moderate amount of activity and you'll have a foundation for fitness that can't be beat.

What about burgers? And the fries?

Order the smallest burger on the menu and add a small order of fries.

That's what I do - and you know, it's something that I can live with a lot better than ordering the largest cheeseburger on the menu along with a Paul Bunyon-size order of onion rings or fries.

We'll also add a note about beverages. At times the energy values (calories) contained within exceed the amount in the main course.

For example, a small Hamburger at McDonald's contains 250 calories as served.

Monitor Sugary Beverage Intake

A large Coke contains 310, a large Iced Coffee contains 280, a small Chocolate Frappe contains 510 (enough for two burgers with 10 kcals left over!), a small Chocolate McCafe Shake that is 12 fluid ounces contains 570 calories while the large has 870 (22 fluid ounces).

Therefore, choose your beverages wisely.

Good luck on your new healthy eating plan - and don't forget to add a healthy dose of activity.

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