Your Questions About Weight Loss For Teenage Girls Naturally

by Maricela on January 5, 2013

Sharon asks…

i have a weird eating disorder i believe. i eat but lose more weight then i eat.?

ok um im not sure exactly how to explain.

over the last few weeks ive been having weird experiences with the way i eat. i eat a lot, or a little, like normal people would, but whenever i eat, i lose more weight then i eat. i naturally have a fast metabolism but no matter how much i eat i lose more weight then i actually eat. along with this, i constantly think theres many imperfections with my body. almost like anorexia i guess. but anyway, the main thing is is, i eat, but i lose more weight then i eat. and with this, i have stomach aches, bi polar almost, feel like throwing up, headaches, and on some days i wont be hungry at all, and that can go for longer then a day at times. i am a 15 year old teenage girl and my height is 5’5. my current weight is about 107 but it is dropping. ive searched online but i cant find anything close to this. i think its an eating disorder but if so nothing relates to it :/. it may be a syndrome of some sort either but i still dont know.

i really could use some help because im really scared and if i continue losing weight, im going to have to go to a hospital.

Maricela answers:

Kk chief. I may have a solution chief, question yourself, have you had sushi recently?

Maybe you gotta tapeworm if you had raw foods like fish. Notice anything different in your stool such as narrow stool, less stool constipation.

Tapeworms can be found in consuming undercooked foods, they cause loss of weight, loss in appetite, loss of b complex, and can cause fevers and induced vomiting.

I really hope you feel better and hopefully you find a solution chief.

Robert asks…

How can I lost weight soon?

I’m a teenage girl, and I consider myself to be pretty overweight – I don’t feel comfortable the way I am. I start high school in August, and my hope is that, by that time, I’ve dropped about 30 pounds, 20 at the least, although 35 or even 40 would be great.

I’ve begun a few things: I try to eat fruit as often as I can (usually an apple or banana in the morning, and then as many as I can after that), and I also try to eat vegetables, although it’s a bit more difficult – not because I dislike them, I actually love broccoli and cauliflower, but because they’re just not around as much as fruits. Also, I drink a lot of water, and exclude as much of any other drinks as I can, especially milk, because apparently it makes you gain weight (?). If I can, I don’t eat after 7:30PM, and I try my best to stay away from junk and fast food, although I have slipped up occasionally. And I exercise – unfortunately, not as often as I’d like (school work and other things just has me too busy), but I swim as often as I can (I want to aim for once every other night; I go to the YMCA and just swim laps for an hour and a half straight), and I try to do little things like push-ups, sit-ups, and stretches at home.

So, what do you think – are all these things I’m doing so far good? And what else can I do (please don’t direct me to any pills or crazy diets – I want to do this naturally)?

I’m pretty tall, although I’m not exactly sure how tall (maybe around 5’4″, 5’5″), and when I started all of this, I weighed around 180 pounds, although I do know that I’ve lost a few since then. Like I said, I aim to lose about 30 pounds before August – do you think that it’s a realistic goal? And what do you think the ideal weight for a girl for age and height would be?

Thank you for your help! 🙂

Maricela answers:

Weighing anything under 145 will put you at a normal catagory BMI, Your diet and exercise plan sound pretty good, it is realistic to shoot for 30 pounds by august, a natural healthy weight loss is 1-2 pounds a week and at this rate you can have lost up to 32 pounds, remember to try to keep your calories restricted at 1000-1200 and to do 1 hour of exercise daily, this will ensure you lose 2 pounds a week rather then getting 1 pound a week. Just stay consistant and if you haven’t lost at least half the weight by 2 months then you might try the atkins diet and go do the inducton phase for 1 month then do the other phases the next month, this is a healthy diet when its done right but its up to you at that point. Good luck! ~TL

Ken asks…

NEED heLP with LOOseing weight!?

okay SO im a teenage girl(16) and i’m overweight!
i’ve been on the plus side my whole life
i’ve tried too loose weight many times
but IKD im addicted too junk i know lol <fatty
ANyways any ideas too help!
i need too discipline myself because i can't stay committed!
and its important i loose weight my doctor says …LOL..any ideas =]

p.s please no negativity i kNow im FAT lOL
I biNge eat<idk if thats how you spell IT
i eat just because …VERY SAD smh

Maricela answers:

Try to walk every day. You will lose more body fat eating protein and fat (don’t eat protein alone) than not eating AT ALL. To lose weight fast eat all you want but nothing but meat, eggs, healthy oils, mayo, butter and half an avocado a day (you’ll need added potassium). Keep the calories high and the fat percentage high, at least 65% of calories. Adding in green vegetables & some cheese will continue weight loss but at a slower pace.

If you starve yourself by lowering calories lower than are needed for the body to function, your body will freak out and will want to store every ounce in case it doesn’t get nourished again. You need to give it adequate nourishment so it doesn’t slow your metabolism down to adjust for lower calories.

Simple carbohydrates (sugar, flour, bread, cereal, pasta, potatoes, rice) triggers insulin which can store the calories you eat into fat. The more protein you eat the more the fat burning hormone glucagon is released. The more carbohydrate you eat the more the fat storage hormone insulin is released.

Simple carbs are addictive and can be disastrous to our health. The best way to break the addiction is NO carbs for 3 days. Make a huge batch of deviled eggs and eat one every time you want “something” have huge omelets for breakfast, with bacon, a lil onion, peppers, mushrooms & cheese. Pork chops for lunch. Get pork rinds and eat them with tuna salad. Steak for dinner. Make a huge sugar free cheese cake for dessert. Eat so much you won’t feel deprived of anything. By the fourth day, your addiction will be gone and you can start making healthy choices.

High insulin levels unbalance other hormones. Controlling your insulin level will balance out other hormones & allow human growth hormone (HGH) to be produced naturally so you will gain lean muscle even without exercise. Any exercise will greatly increase your muscle mass with high HGH levels.

Once you get near your goal, you start adding 5 carbs every 3 days til you gain weight, then you subtract 10 carbs. That would give you your personal carb level (everyone is different and it depends on how active you are.) As long as you remain <9 carbs per hour, you will maintain insulin control, and shouldn't gain weight. Many people gain weight on high carb, then switch to low carb to lose weight & then are shocked when they return to high carb that they gain weight. Many people can return to moderate carb levels but very few can really eat all they want of sugar and maintain weight or health.

Dr.Atkins was a cardiologist, low carb was a health plan easier sold as a "diet" Read any of his books for easily understandable science. Lutz "Life without Bread" & Taubes "Good calorie, bad calorie" are excellent books that dispel all the nutrition myths.

Reducing body fat and increasing muscle mass will have you in awesome shape in no time. Good luck!

Susan asks…

Losing weight in 2 months?

I’m 59 kg (130 pounds) and want to be 50kg (lose 20 pounds) within 2 months. I ate relatively well (although room for improvement), dance for 1 – 1.5 hours (on thursdays), for 4.5 hours on saturday, and I usually use the exercise bike most days, and I also do clinical pilates on Wednesday’s for about 50-60 minutes. Any meal plans, diet suggestions/tips or references to any weight loss information that would work for a teenager would be greatly appreciated. I’ve found weight loss is really hard for me and desperately need that extra help! I want to lose it naturally and safely though, so I look healthy and fit.

Maricela answers:

Diet plan wise I suggest:
-eating good carbs; this is like oat meal, beans, dark rye bread. These carbs take longer to burn; thus making you feel full longer than if you were to eat white bread or sugary cereal or cookies/crackers
-eat alot of veggies and/or fruits whenever you are hungry and walking through the kitchen walk towards the fruit bowl and grab an apple, tangerine, banana, etc. I found for myself when watching my wait that I was too lazy to go to the trouble to make some snazzy healthy snack, but that’s the good things about fruits! You can grab and go.

-don’t starve yourself; this leads to binge eating

-watch your calories; find an online calorie counter and find an average amount of calories you burn a day based on you BMI

-make a plan; a planned eating schedule may make you more likely to stick to it

-cut out sugary treats like cookies, ice cream, chips, juice(the non diets) etc; ask your parents to stop buying these things for at least a month so you can lose your taste for them

-switch to skim milk or almond milk(its good when refrigerated)

-Don’t eat pass 7pm (this will help prevent you from putting on weight, but wont necessarily make you lose wait)

-chew gum

-drink water; sometimes when you feel hungry it’s actually because you are thirsty

-when watching tv don’t snack or if you are snacking only bring a small bowl with you of something like
pretzels

-DO NOT DRINK SODA POP; this not only clears up your skin, but will result in less bloating, and drinkable calories

-don’t cheat!!!!

-work out at least 30 minutes a day (walking is considered a work out), and try to have some days be more hard core (like your dancing)

-lift weights; do this like two or three times a week it could be the 5 or 10 lb ddumbbells this is a good
way to burn calories

-if you choose to exercise by running/jogging do things in intervals like sprint a minute then jog a minute (burns fat really well)

-stretch every morning and before going to bed for a few minutes

*I know it’s alot of stuff, but it’s actually really easy to stick with once you get in the habit(the giving up sweets is the most difficult part in my opinion). I haven’t had soda pop or 2% percent milk in 4 years, and I weigh less than I did as a seventh grader now!
Seventh grade about 125 lbs….now I weigh 116 at 5’6″ and I’m 16:)
You have to work out to keep your muscles toned or you’ll end up looking frail and possibly develop cellulite. I think the average calories burned a day by a teenage girl is around 1500, and there are 3500 calories in one pound. So do the math after you figure out your personal average of daily burnt calories, and if you stick with it you could be losing at least a pound a week.

John asks…

I need to lose some weight….?

okay so I’m 18 I just graduated and during the summer i’ve been working and sitting around a lot. I know I need to lose some weight. I need some suggestions that aren’t like “go to the gym and eat healthy” because that is what everyone says. I need something that I real teenage girl can do to slim up and drop a couple pounds. I haven’t drank soda for 7 Months and that hasn’t helped. What are foods to stay away from? What sort of excercise can I do? Thank you for any help… Oh and how do I get rid of stupid cellulite and stretch marks?

Maricela answers:

Losing weight can be tough for a lot of people. While there are a lot of ways to boost your metabolism and burn through calories, did you know that there are foods out there that aid your body in the process? While none of these can be considered a cure-all for fat loss, each has special properties that rev up your metabolism. They can all be easily found at your local supermarket and incorporated into your diet.
Foods that Boost your Metabolism

Number 5: Ice Water

Even though water isn’t technically a food, it can still have a long-term effect on your metabolism. Drinking water flushes toxins out of your body and helps ferry nutrients to your system. Drinking a cold glass of ice water does even more, though.

Your body must warm up the ice water to its own temperature. In order to do that, it must expend a certain amount of energy. This comes out to around 17.5 calories per glass. If you drink around eight 8 oz glasses a day, you’ll end up burning an additional 70 calories a day. While that doesn’t seem like much, that adds up to losing approximately 7 pounds a year!

Number 4: Green Tea

Green tea is amazing for you in so many ways. Besides providing tons of anti-oxidants, encouraging the growth of digestive bacteria in your stomach, and fighting a host of diseases, green tea helps burns calories as well! The combination of a small amount of caffeine and the polyphenol EGCG work together to boost your metabolism. Though caffeine is used in moderate amounts by bodybuilders to boost their heart rates and thus their metabolisms, it is the combination of the two which allows you to burn up to 60 additional calories a day by drinking four or five glasses. Replace your latte with this and you’re good to go!

Number 3: Negative Calorie Vegetables

It may seem strange, but some foods actually cause your body to expend more energy consuming them than the calories that they actually contain. This means that eating a salad that has 200 calories may take 300 calories for your body to burn, suggesting that the more you eat the more you burn! Many vegetables and fruits, besides being very nutritious, are extremely low in calories and have this effect on the body. When considering snacks or small meals throughout the day, a negative calorie fruit or vegetable is perfect for boosting your metabolism and burning calories.

For a list of them, click here.

Number 2: Coconut Milk

You won’t find this on any other top 5 list. Coconut milk has gotten a very bad rap since the ’60s because of its large content of saturated fat. Fortunately, nowadays we know not to lump all saturated fats together. Coconut milk is 47% lauric acid, a type of saturated fat that easily breaks down into energy. This will not clog your arteries like other saturated and trans fats do! Studies on people who consume coconuts regularly have shown zero negative effect on their cardiovascular health.

The oil is converted into monolaurin by the body, which is hugely anti-viral and anti-bacterial. In terms of your metabolism, coconut oil deposits enzymes that activate your thyroid gland (which regulates your metabolism!) by up to 20% more. To get these benefits, one only needs to consume 4 spoonfuls a day.

Number 1: Hot Chile Peppers

My favorite! Living in the southwest, I’ve been eating these every day for almost a year now. There are many different types, all of which are jam packed full of vitamin A, C, and E along with many other nutrients. Most of all, chile peppers contain capsaicin, a thermogenic agent that gives you the sensation of heat when you eat them. This boosts your metabolism by up to 25% and raises your heart rate naturally for up to three hours after eating them. They also inhibit fat cell growth. By eating some kind of spicy food or a little bit of chile all with every meal, you can easily burn a couple hundred extra calories a day.

Conclusion

While none of these foods are sufficient to base your entire diet on, every little bit helps. It’s easy to put ice in your water, add some chiles to your pasta sauce, and make a big salad or stir fry. Just remember, the only way to really lose fat and look good is to exercise and eat right. These are just some ways to give your metabolism the little boost it needs to burn a few more calories!

Rolled Oats

Rolled oats can be made with whey protein and flaxmeal in the morning to spike your metabolism with high quality carbohydrates, protein and good fats. The best time to eat rolled oats is in the morning when your body needs carbohydrates for your brain and body to effeciently function throughout the rest of the day.

Whey Protein
Whey protein is perhaps the best thing for your metabolism since sliced rye bread (yes, we know what the saying is). It is in powder format and comes from cows milk. Whey protein is a complete high quality protein which is great for increasing your metabolism because everytime you ingest protein your body feels full longer and revs your metabolism.

Almonds
Almonds are loaded with good fats, fiber and incomplete protein. You can see the complete nutrient profile here. Since almonds have such great essential fatty acids they help your body raise it’s metabolism just by ingesting them. Obviously ANY FAT has a high calorie content so be sure to have a few nuts every day. You can mix these up with pine, cashews and walnuts as they also contain a very healthy amount of good fats and antioxidants.

Natural Yogurt
Natural yogurt contains many pro-biotic cultures that are necessary for a healthy digestive tract. Yogurt also contains a lot of good fats and some protein. Yogurt can be eaten as a mid-morning snack with a whole apple.

Green Tea
Green Tea is perhaps one of the best morning metabolism boosters you can drink. Not only does it help with cancer risk, weight loss, metabolism it also contains caffeine which helps you focus during the morning. Green tea is found in many fat burning products

Beans
Beans are loaded with fiber and incomplete protein. Fiber helps keep you feeling full longer which helps prevent any binges and lapses in your meal plan.

Spinach

Spinach is loaded with antioxidants which help repair damaged muscles and prevent free radicals from doing their damaging effects to your health. Spinach is known for it’s iron, vitamin C, potassium and magnesium. Myfit.ca wouldn’t suggest ingesting this everyday but every few days would be acceptable.

Eggs
Eggs are one of the highest quality protein sources available. Eggs should be part of everyones diet and is perhaps the best food at speeding up the metabolism.

Turkey
Turkey is one of those lean meats that you should have once or twice a week to switch up your sources of protein. It is a great source of complete protein which helps rev your BMR (basal metabolic rate)

Chicken Breast
Chicken breast should be a staple in anyones diet. It’s lean, easy to make and you can find it cheap at the local supermarket. I prefer the bonless, skinless kind because it takes extra time to skin/debone it.

Peanut Butter
Peanut Butter is one of those hidden health foods. People give it a bad rap due to it’s high caloric content but it contains great essential fatty acids, lots of fibre and some incomplete protein. Instead of putting it on toast, try it on celery as a snack.

Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Canola Oil
Extra virgin olive oil and canola oil should be used at ALL TIMES when cooking. Since extra virgin olive oil has a lower flash point (it burns at a lower temperature than most oils) it is sometimes pretty messy to use. These oils contain lots of omega 3’s which keep your heart and brain healthy.

Whole grains
Whole grains provide energy that you need throughout the day. Most of the advertised whole grains aren’t actually made with Whole Wheat (and with the germ). Make sure that the product that you buy is not enriched either. The more that you increase your insulin levels the better chance you’re slowing down that metabolism.

Berries
Most people love berries and they’re not such a hidden secret anymore. They are jam packed FULL of antioxidants and is probably one of the most important health foods to eat to maintain a healthy lifestyle and keep your metabolism going strong. Frozen Raw Raspberries are usually the easiest to purchase from the frozen section of your local supermarket.

Cayenne Pepper
In the past five years cayenne pepper has been used in fat burners. Why you ask? Well, cayenne has thermagenic (heats up your body) properties. When your body has to cool itself down it requires calories to do so. Thus, creating a fire for your metabolism.

Coffee
Coffee is one of those foods that have been loved and hated by many nutrionists and dieticieans. The most recent research about caffeine and coffee suggest many positive benefits which include: Speeding up your metabolism, heart health, increased concentration and many more.

Water
A recent study by germany researchers suggest that 90 minutes after drinking cold water (H20) will boost your metabolism by 24% over their average metabolism rate. Make sure to drink your water cold. Not only does water keep your body lean it also helps with keeping the flow of nutrients and helps get rid of free radicals. Make sure you’re keeping the water cooler near by.

Steak
Lean red meat has also been through a love and hate relationship with many health professionals; but recent research suggests that lean red meat should be ingested once per week. Red meat contains creatine monohydrate which helps your body use more creatine phosphate (ATP) to help you build muscle. Obviously with the more muscle mass the greater your metabolism.

Vegetables
Vegetables are one of those completely needed foods that we NEED to eat to maintain an elevated metabolism. Vegetables contain fibre, vitamins and many essential nutrients which we can&#3

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