Your Questions About Weight Loss For Teenage Girls Naturally

by Maricela on December 27, 2012

Sharon asks…

Anorexia. Is it a cultural disease?

Typically, anorexia and bulemia effects more white women than women of other races. Not to say that only white women are effected. I have a friend who is black, 5 foot 7 and 110 lbs at best, her desire is to be as thin as Nicole Ritchie. Sadly, she suffers from bulemia. In my opinion Nicole Ritchie’s body type is not only unhealthy but also unattractive. She looked so much better before she took her weight loss to the extreme. I have Asian friends who are naturally thin (even after child birth) and have hispanic friends who are thick (but not fat). I consider myself to be thick, 5 foot 9, 135 lbs and I wear a 6/8. I think beauty and radiance comes from having a posistive self image, regardless of your race or your clothing size. What do you think is the biggest factor contributing to eating disorders? Is the media to blame?

Maricela answers:

I believe that anorexia and bulemia are cultural diseases, but they affect those who have issues which make them susceptable to the diseases.

When you pick up most fashion magazines or watch movies and TV, you rarely see females who have curves or any type of shape. The media pushes the image of “the thinner, the better”, and this can cause some people to desire that image so much that they starve themselves.

I recommend that teenage girls watch the movie “Real women have curves.” It’s a neat movie about loving yourself and your body.

BTW, guys can become anorexic and bulemic also.

Steven asks…

whats a good nutrition plan for a teenage girl?

I’m a small 16 year old girl, a little over 5’3 and weigh some where between 100 to 110 lbs. im not at all concerned with weight i naturally have a fast metabolism. But i just eat what i want when i want and as much as i want (a lot). I want to get proper nutrition, and when i metabolism slows down i want to already be in the habit of regulating my diet so i dont get fat and diabeticy. I remember finding a daily dietary plan for pregnant women for my cousin like blank servings of protean, blank servings of carbs and it gave examples of what a serving could be like blank oz of yogurt or 20 nuts. is there anything like that for small, teenaged non-pregnant girls? i googled it but all i found was stupid weight loss and diet crap. also how much should i exercise a day? how much water should i drink a day?

Maricela answers:

Great questions! You are very precocious and your weight for your height is PERFECT. Eating healthfully and balanced is really not so complicated. You are what you eat! Eat three meals with at least 2 snacks per day. Take in lots of veggies, fruits, 100% whole wheat, seafood, poultry, lean meat and drink at least 4 to 5 glasses of bottled water daily. Be conscious or your portions for instance your protein portion (meat/seafood) should be the size of your palm.

Healthy snacks include baby carrots, celery sticks, high fiber crackers such as Wheat Thin Fiber Select Crackers (5-Grain) and WAS Crackers (spread butter thinly on WAS), V-8 Juice, Organic Plain Yogurt (Stonyfield) and/or a drinkable yogurt called KEF (yogurts cousin), 1/4 cup walnuts or 1/2 cup pistachios.

Eat sugar (cakes, cookies, ice cream, etc.) and white foods (pasta, white rice/bread) at a minimum. These foods break down your immune system and work against you. A weak immune system invites diseases.

Be active everyday with cardie type of exercise (dancing, jump rope, bicycle, walking) combined with weight training.

Thomas asks…

15 year old workout/weight loss?

So I’m around 5″6 and I’m about 145 pounds. A month ago, I started dieting ad working out, but I saw minimal effects. So I decided to change my gameplan a bit. So for the next month or so, this is what I think I’ll do

Meal 1: a weight loss meal replacement shake
Meal 2: a can of tuna, with salad
Meal 3: a piece of fish and some salad

I do snack a bit, and this is usually just some tuna or something. And for the time being I am vegetarian, but can eat fish.

My excercise has gone from heavy weights training every second day but now I ditched it and I am doing 20 minutes skipping everyday

I plan to use this until I get skinny and lean, and then I will continue to go to the gym to look good.

Is this a good idea? Are there any other things I could do to help this routine? Will I get any skinnier and see results in say.. A months time?


Maricela answers:

Hello Dems,

Being a teenage girl is often difficult enough without having to carry around extra pounds. Dieting often becomes a tedious chore, as you might lose and gain weight in your attempts to attain the ideal figure. If you feel that you need to lose a few pounds to feel more healthy, to participate in sports or to fit into the latest fashions, there are some ways you can be more successful with your weight-loss efforts.

Workout Tips
Work with your individual body shape. Pear shapes often need to focus on more aerobic exercise in their bottom half such as running, jogging, elliptical, dance, kickboxing and biking. They will usually lose weight in their lower halves last. Apple shapes also need aerobic exercise but may want to include specific exercises for their abdominal area using crunches and other exercises to target the area. Their middle halves will be the last to decrease in size on an exercise program. Hourglass shapes might want to focus less on the waist, abdominals and upper body so they do not add width to the shoulders. They will generally lose weight all over on a diet and exercise program.

Eat less saturated fat and junk food. Try to make the right choices at vending machines and fast food restaurants. Instead of getting a burger, get a grilled chicken sandwich with no bun or a salad. Use only half the dressing in the package to reduce fat intake. Instead of buying a package of chips at the vending machine, get a bag of peanuts. These usually contain more unsaturated fat, which is much healthier than the saturated form. If you are going to the movies with friends, choose non-buttered popcorn for a healthy snack. Eat ahead of time if you are going to a party or other event where you know there will be no healthy food choices.

Nutrition Labels
Learn to read nutrition labels on your foods at home. Let your parents know you are trying to eat healthier to lose weight, and go with them to the store to purchase food. Look at saturated fat and sugar content on food labels. Fat, both saturated and unsaturated, should be no more than 10 percent of your overall food intake.

Food Cravings
Limit your sugar intake to as little as possible as well. Cake, candy, ice cream and chips all contain high levels of saturated fat and sugar. You might find yourself craving foods at certain times of the month. Allow yourself small portions of sweet and fatty foods to decrease your chance of binging. For instance, if you are craving chocolate cookies, go ahead and have two, but limit yourself to that amount.

Fruits and Vegetables
Get most of your nutrition from raw fruits and vegetables. Eat salad and other vegetables in abundance. These foods are not only low in calories, but they are high in amino acids that contribute to burning fat. In addition, they will help your body to maintain hormonal balance and metabolize food at an optimal level. Consume 64 ounces of water daily as well. This not only will help you to feel full but also will flush your body of fat. If you drink your water ice-cold, it will increase your metabolism slightly, which will naturally contribute to weight loss.

Include aerobic exercise in your daily schedule. Get your friends involved in your exercise program in order to stay motivated. Play sports or do activities that you enjoy such as tennis, swimming, basketball, baseball, roller blading, dancing, surfing or biking. Form an all-girls team, and challenge other friends to softball games or basketball games. Get one of your friends to go on a bike ride or play racquetball. You can also use your friends as a support system to keep you on your diet. When you feel like you are going to binge on something you know is not good for you, call a friend to come over and go for a walk, or just chat on the phone or online.

Extreme Diets
Do not starve yourself. Teenage girls need at least 1,500 to 2,000 calories per day, depending on their fitness regimens and heights. Starvation diets that limit calories to significantly lower than the FDA-recommended amount can cause the body to store fat. When you begin eating normally, the weight will usually come back, and sometimes even increase. In addition, diets that limit certain foods can cause nutritional deficiencies in teenagers who are still growing, including bone and muscle loss. Finally, starvation and extreme diets often lead to psychological disorders such as anorexia or bulimia, especially in girls, and can cause long-term damage to the body systems.

Take Care, Mama Bear

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Donna asks…

Question about weight loss?

I am a teenage girl and I am overweight. I plan on losing 40 pounds: my question is, what will happen to my ‘boobs’? My boobs aren’t actual boobs-they appear to just be from the fat-so I don’t think they have developed yet. So when I lose the weight, will my ‘boobs’ disappear and the actual ones will develop at some point? And also, after losing 40 pounds, will I have loose skin?
I’m not 300 pounds or anything by the way, I’m 160-if that makes a difference.

Maricela answers:

They’ll develop naturally and the best way to keep yourself motivated and not have loose skin is to decrease your calories and increase your exercise gradually, it would totally suck to lose weight and still be self conscious about your bodys’ loose skin.

Carol asks…

Losing weight tips. I desprately need advice.?

Alright, well, I am, in fact, thirteen years old. I need some help on losing weight. Please don’t explain to me that I should not worry about what I am on the outside, it’s the inside that matters. I understand that. I am a teenage girl, and teenage girls experience this kind of behavior. I’m not going to post my weight nor height on here, because everyone will say that I am the perfect weight for my age. I am, in fact, it’s quite true. But just because someone is the right weight, does not mean they are skinny. My stomach has a few rolls on it, and it pops out much more than average. I cannot go out in the mornings and jog, because, my mom will not let me. And I do not own a treadmill, so that is out of the question. I realize I can do crunches, sit ups, ect. But, I would like to lose all this weight within three days, but not completely unhealthy. I want it to be a pretty healthy way of losing it. I’m thinking around five pounds, or more. Also, some healthy eating habits to lose it,
would be nice. Since it’s summer, in a few days, about three or four, I’m going to Sunsplash with a group of friends, and guys, too. I would love to feel comfortable in a swim outfit, such as a bikini, without feeling or looking fat. My belly hangs over a tad, so it wouldn’t be too attractive to wear a bikini. Your help is greatly.
needed. Thanks!

Maricela answers:

Any cardio is an awesome way to lose weight. Check Your basal metabolic rate (google search for the calculator.) Then consume close to that to speed up loss then just reduce by a hundred or so. Running is awesome and burns a lot of calories. If you excersize right when you get up on and empty stomach it burns more fat and jump starts your metabolism. If you put on some muscle then you burn more calories naturally so doing lifting would be awesome. Workout only certian muscle groups at a time and allow 72 hours between them. Ex. Abs and back on monday then again on thursday. Arms and legs on Tuesday Friday.. Longer endurance low weight high reps. Try to shoot for atleast 30 min of cardio per day 5-6 days a week. Try to keep in shape because it really sucks getting back to where you were. Also, try to increase protein and fiber and decrease fat. Skip soda even if diet. And reduce dairy or try the low fat options. Any little change can have a major effecton your body and you’ll get used to the taste. Limit the junkfood don’t go cold turkey. Eventually you might be able to cut it out but work up to it.
Doing it with friends it an easy way to keep on track and sports are a good way to stay commited.

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