Weight Loss Plan For Teens

Study after study is signalling the alarming growth trend in teen obesity, i.e. severe overweight.

Undeniably, a part of the blame lies with the availability of unsuitable food in school cafeterias and fast food franchises which appeal to teenagers.

Nevertheless, we all have free will, so the final responsibility always rests with the consumer.

And thus with those responsible for guiding young peoples' preferences - i.e. parents, educators and role models.

Assuming a basic level of knowledge concerning healthy eating, everyone has the choice whether or not to follow a sensible diet plan.  Those remaining overweight have elected to eat more than is healthy - or choose to ignore advice to switch from junk to healthier food.

Nobody can force parents to accept responsibility for their child's health - but we should be frank in reminding them that they are indeed responsible for educating and motivating their children to adopt healthy lifestyles - including a sensible diet, exercise and pride in their appearance.

Fortunately, there is a way for the responsible parent to arrest this dangerous trend.  There are doctors and dietitians ready, willing and able to create a weight loss plan specially tailored to the needs of teenagers.

Is there one plan out there suitable for every teen? The answer is no. This will depend on the physical condition of the individual, as determined by a physical examination.

One of the advantages of losing weight while still young is that there are fewer limitations compared to adults. Youngsters can much more readily shed calories through workouts or playing sports.

Since school physical education classes alone are insufficient to shed sufficient calories, the doctor might recommend that the patient work out in the gym or youth center. These establishments have equipment such as treadmills, weights and other sports facilities to support a weight loss plan.

Most people are advised to engage in a physical activity for at least 20 minutes, three times a week. Teens have a lot of energy and it would do no harm to do this amount of exercise daily. Since the body may adapt to the changes, the doctor may recommend some weekly variations to help shed extra pounds.

The chances of reaching the desired weight will not happen unless food consumed is monitored and recorded. The dietitian must also provide a program in order for this to work.

The basic dietary plan is called the "no nonsense balanced diet". This means simply getting enough carbohydrates, proteins and fats in each meal.  Unfortunately, there are many teens who, in ignorance of the consequences of unbalanced diet, over-consume one food group at the expense of others.

An excess of carbohydrates is a common cause of overweight. This can be avoided by following a low carb diet plan where the patient will reduce carbohydrates and replace them with food that is rich in proteins and fats. Good results will usually be apparent in under a month and when continued balanced eating will maintain ideal weight without problem.

Another option is the low calorie diet in which the teen will eat six small meals spread through the day instead of the customary three. This plan is proven to works in just 14 days.

Aside from exercising and dieting, the weight loss plan includes getting enough rest. This will allow the body to recharge from the activities of the day to be prepared for the challenges tomorrow.

Overweight teens will not lose all their excess pounds overnight. Success will come only from systematic observance of medical advice regarding diet and proper exercise.

Regular weigh-ins and records are needed to check on the effectiveness of the plan. If it is not working as projected, perhaps the teen can ask for an alternative weight loss plan - there are different approaches possible to arrive at any given result desired.