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Healthy Diet Tips for Teens

Healthy Diet Tips for Teens


Teens diet for a number of reasons, maybe they just want to shed a few pounds, or maybe they want to make the wrestling team. Either way, teen dieting must be done correctly. Teens are not adults, their bodies are still growing. Without the proper calorie intake and adequate nutrition, their growth may be hampered. The following are five healthy diet tips for teens.

Stay Away From Fast Food

Yes, it can be tempting to join your friends at the local burger joint for a bite to eat, but fast food often means fast fat. If you are going to eat at a fast food place, look for healthy diet foods. Ask for nutrition information and never assume something is good for you because it looks the part.

Set Goals and Keep Working Toward Them

Never start with the entire amount of weight you want to lose. Start with small attainable goals. For instance, if you want to lose 20 pounds set your first goal at five pounds. Or, your goal could be to be more physically active.

Don't Skip Breakfast

This is one of the most important diet tips for teens to embrace. Breakfast is the foundation of your day. It gets your metabolism started and gives you the energy to start your day. If you don't have time for a big breakfast try a nutritious shake, fruit, and yogurt. You can always throw a piece of toast in there too.

Get Moving

Exercise will boost your weight loss efforts and help get you in better shape. Plus, exercise can even make you feel better emotionally. Start off with some light low-impact exercises like walking or swimming. If you have been sedentary for awhile, 10 to 15 minutes is enough time to start with. Try to eventually build up to working out at three days a week for 30 minutes a session. There are many fun ways for teens to exercise: hiking, swimming, walking through the mall, Dance Dance Revolution, Wii Fit, EA Sports Active, football, hockey, ice skating, roller skating, and martial arts are just a few.

Portion Control

Read labels and educate yourself. Find out how much ice cream is in a serving before you scoop it into your bowl. Many people are surprised when they find out how easy it is to shed pounds just by eating the correct portion sizes of their favorite foods.

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