Your Questions About Weight Loss For Teens

by Maricela on January 29, 2013

Laura asks…

Can a 17 year old have weight surgery of any kind with parent consent?

Live in: Indianapolis
Age: turns 17 in 2 weeks
Hieght: 5’7
Weight: 210 lbs
diets?: done many times
Im sick of being made fun of and also my future career involves me having a certain BMI. Ive ran a mini marathon.
Ive train at many places. Please, is any weight loss surgery ok or allowed on teens?

Maricela answers:

Consult your doctor for the answer to this. Also, to determine the cause of the excess weight and to determine what the best way to lose the weight would be.

Linda asks…

How to lose weight in a healthy way?

I am in my teen years, only 5 foot 2 inches, and I weigh 160. I want to lose weight. I am tired of hearing about having a positive attitude and reading sights about weight loss. I try to exercise and eat salads and have no soda. But I can never keep it up. I want to be in the healthy weight zone for my age and height.

Maricela answers:

Here’s a few tips that work for me:
I spend a long time in front of a computer screen. Often I just stare at the monitor for up to 15 seconds while a page load or a document gets printed or whatever it is that the computer is doing.
When this is happening I lift my hands up over my head and then bring them down. I keep on doing this until the computer has finished whatever it is doing and it requires some input.,. From me.
I do similar exercises like getting up from the chair and sitting down again. I sometimes might be standing up and might type a few sentences while standing.
Combine this with drinking only water and I am doing something to lose weight. It is not much but doing it all the time it does help in losing weight.
I might swap this sometimes. I might decide that I will not do the arm exercise for a week but that week I will get off the lift two floor below and walk up the last two floors.
So long as when I go to bed at night I can say that that day I have done something extra to burn some weight, I am happy.

Robert asks…

How do you think the media has affected teen health? Diet and Excercise?

Weight loss pill advertisements, diet plans, etc. How do you think the media has effected teen health? Good or bad?

Maricela answers:

I think it has made teens more conscious of their appearance. This can be a good kind of pressure where the person eats healthier and exercises or it can be bad where either the person eats too much and never does anything or it could be when they eat too little and over-exert themselves. I did read a study saying that girls who read teen fashion magazines like Seventeen, have a negative perception of their body…but, i dont know if this is really true…

Nancy asks…

making a weight loss binder for a friend; any really important health facts i should include?

im making a binder for my friend who feels she needs to lose weight. are there any especially important things i should include for effective teen weight loss? thanks;]

Maricela answers:

Eat a light breakfast in the morning
either cereal or a grain bar or something.
Stay away from the fatty foods
Soda is bad even diet.
If she drinks alot of soda and tends she needs one here and there,
drink diet.
If she drinks milk, tell her to drink skim.
Regular milk is bad for you at some point,
its very fatty.
Also, try to have her not drink so much juice like those other people said.
Juice is full of sugar! And its not good for the stomach after awhile.
Have her eat healthy at lunch,
ecspecially if you have a salad bar.
Tell her to eat small portions…
-small breakfast
-light/healthy lunch
-a snack after school (fruit or something light)
-eat light dinner
(maybe once or twice a week)
thats if she eats deserts.

What also helps is what time she eats. It’s bad to eat dinner really late.
Try to have dinner around 5-6:30. It helps trust me.
Alos, work out.
Everyday when I’m at home I do some simple
excersise for about a half hour before i go to bed
(maybe workout an hour or less before you go to bed)
have her do some crunches, push ups, wall push ups, more crunches, or even dancing if she likes dancing, and theres so much moreee.
Hope this helps!

P.S. She has to keep at it for it to work.

Donna asks…

Does anyone know any good weight loss boot camps?

I’m looking for a really strict teen weight loss camp, anywhere in the USA. Please can you give me a website address- if possible

Maricela answers:

If you have been desperately trying to lose weight but have not seen any to very little results, then you may need a change. You can try changing your diet, but the most effective thing may be to change your exercise routine. Like most people, you may be following the typical gym workout or the standard weight loss routine that has been burned into everyone’s head. Well, I am here to tell you there are new and more exciiting ways to lose weight then 30 minutes of cardio on a boring treadmill.

Fitness Boot Camps can send your body’s fat burning system into overdrive. Through various exercise techniques and a unique perspective on weight loss, a great boot camp instructor will challenge you with something your body has never experienced before. Let’s look at the top 3 reasons Boot Camps can send your body into fat melting overdrive:

1. Good Boot Camps are Designed to Shed Body Fat. A good Personal Training Instructor is a weight loss goldmine. Find a camp that is high intensity, full body workouts, mixing cardio and resistance training together for best weight loss results. You can burn up too 500 calories in 1 hour at a great Boot Camp. That is equal to more then double the amount of calories you will burn during a normal gym workout. This added calorie burn will sky rocket your metabolism into over drive causing you to melt body fat right off.

2. Exposed to New and Challenging Exercises. A good Boot Camp instructor will challenge you with exercises that are not typical of a gym workout. Most Boot Camps are done with no equipment so creative exercises are needed to target your body’s fat melting system. Once your body adapts to a situation, it does not work as hard to complete or make it through the situation. This means that your body will get used to the 30 minute treadmil routine and burn less calories then when you first started. With new exercises, you will shocke your body, causing it to work harder to complete the routines. The harder your body works the more energy you use, and the more energy you use equals the more calories you burn.

3. You will have fun and find a support system. This may be the most important one. If you are having fun while you workout, you will be more inclined to stick with your workouts! If you’re bored with your workouts, you probably will quit very soon. Also, you will be surrounded by like minded individuals from your community. With these new friends you will have a support system to help you stay on track. You will be surrounded by people who know exactly what you are going through and may be able to lend some weight loss advice.

When choosing a Weight Loss Boot Camp, make sure it meets these three requirements. If the boot camp doesn’t you will be stuck doing something that is no fun and won’t work. Find a Fitness Boot Camp that challenges you to try your hardest and you will catapult yourself into a new world of losing weight and feeling great!

Follow this checklist when shopping around for a great quality Fitness Boot Camp. There are many more benefits, but these are the most important. Find a Boot Camp that meets these 3 standards and you will no doubt melt body fat, trim that waist, lose inches off your stomach, and get in the best shape of your life!

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