Your Questions About Weight Loss For Teens

by Maricela on April 5, 2013

James asks…

any social websites where you track your weight loss?

ive seen it on tv and stuff where people struggling with weight loss go on a social website nd update their goals and their progress. they can actually converse with other people to get feedback and support. im not heavy but i would like to lose about 10 lbs to get back to wear i was 2 years ago. and just be ready for those summer bikinis lol. does anyone know of a website that i can do this thru? thanks so much!

Maricela answers:

Try sparkpeople.com

you do not have to buy anything or to pay, it’s free. Register with
your details, and create your own customised diet plan, workout, food
diary, post on forums, join groups, find local groups in your area and
meet same-minded people in real life.

Sparkteens.com for teens

Laura asks…

How to deal with sweating problem?

I am black male teen (and if you didn’t know we get hot really easily). And I am also over weight (like 100pounds over weight). I am about to start Power 90, so weight loss is already happening. But like when I just go out walking or whatever I start sweating all over my face but I don’t feel hot or tired.

So like what can I do to deal with this problem?

Maricela answers:

Some people have a skin condition called hyperhydrosis that causes excessive sweating. It is not an uncommon condition. Also, when you are sweating, it is your body’s way of regulating body temperature, so even if you aren’t hot, and you are working out you are often going to sweat. It’s completely natural. You might stop sweating as much after you have worked out for a while. Consider going to your doctor and asking them for help if this is really bothering you. Remember to take electrolytes and salt (not too much, but because you are sweating your body is getting rid of some nutrients you need so you will need to repleanish them). Good luck! Xx

John asks…

How can I help my daughter take better care of herself?

She is 13, so of course I am talking about diet (I don’t mean weight loss, I mean eating healthy) looks, attitude. Pretty much everything.

Maricela answers:

Just let her know that with going through puberty etc. She’ll need to be eating healthily to help her skin and stuff. If she doesn’t already, tell her that she should start a diary. It really helps to let out frustrations. Trust me, I know. If she has her period, ignore her when she’s PMS’ing, hormones and all that crap, y’know? LoL. Attitude-wise, there’s not much you can do, it’s natural that she’ll have mood swings. She might want more freedom and she’ll hang out with friends rather than family. Try to let her have a bit more independence. Get her into the habit of dental care, brushing, flossing, less sugary foods etc. She might have a few fights with friends which she’ll describe as major, they’re probably just petty squabbles, like what happened with some of my friends today. Let’s just say one of them was being a bit 2 faced, but it’s pretty much sorted now. She’ll naturally be more interested in guys, so open up with her as far as boy problems go. Like, if she has a question about sex, answer it. You don’t want her to decide to go off and try it for herself. Not saying she would, but with teens you’re better safe than sorry. She’ll be developing more opinions of her own, she migh for example become a vegetarian. You should respect her desicions. One of my besties is now a vegetarian, and her Mum is supporting her. She’ll probably tell you more than once that she hates you. I’m sure you know that she doesn’t, she loves you to pieces. It’s just that with moodswings us girls can’t really control what flys out of our mouths at times. Haha. So yeah, I hope that helps. I’m around a similar age to your daugher so I’m going through a lot of stuff like that too. (:

Mary asks…

I want to make a friendly and safe weight loss contest website for teens. What precautions should I take?

the website would be a place for moderately and + overweight teens to share there struggles, goals, and accomplishments. are there any disclaimers/warnings i should put on the website? Do u think this is a stupid idea? How many chubby teen would look into this? Please don’t be mean or vulgar.

Maricela answers:

I like the idea of teens losing weight supporting one another but not a contest. Rapid weight loss is both unhealthy and tends to be regained.

Your disclaimer, if you have one, is that you are not a medical professional and you do not endorse any diet plan other than sensible, healthy eating in controlled portions, resulting in fewer calories being eaten, along with an increase in physical activity for more calories being used.

Warnings should include starvation mode (eating fewer than 1200 calories a day, which makes your body do what it can to conserve calories, the opposite of what people want), fad diets, body cleanses, laxatives, bulimia and anorexia, diet drugs, and unintended use of prescription drugs for weight loss purposes–all things people who are desperate to lose might do.

Maria asks…

Do you lose weight when switching to a vegetarian/vegan diet?

I’m not very heavy to begin with (I only weigh about 110 pounds), and my parents were worried that I would lose too much weight if I switched to a vegetarian or vegan diet.

Is there any difference in weight loss between switching to a vegetarian diet versus a vegan diet?
Thanks to the two first answerers, especially vegan_babe_erin. You both have some good info.
For further clarification, I’m 5’8″, which means I’m underweight for my height. I eat a lot, it’s just that I don’t gain very much at all. If I gained on a vegetarian or vegan diet, it would actually be a good thing.
@ hsmomlovinit: I don’t think I have Celiac disease, because I don’t think I eat that much whole-grain, but it does run in my family. One of my cousins has it, and they were afraid her kids had it too.
@hsmomlovinit: I’d forgotten about that. My cousin can’t eat anything with gluten at all, because her celiac disease is sort of bad. I know I need to get tested, especially if the odds are 1 in 10 that I have it.

Maricela answers:

Generally not. Unless you are eating a whole load of meat already and you switch to a more plant based diet, then you could. But, factually, going vegetarian can actually cause you to gain more weight if you are eating a lot of dairy products.
If you go vegan, and eat lots of processed vegan food then you could gain or stay at the same weight.

You will not be underweight eating a vegan diet if you are getting the correct nutrients.
Eat lots of fresh, wholesome, naturally colourful foods and you will be fine. If you like, you can supplement dairy products with soya products or almond milk products or rice or oat milk. I recommend almond milk. As there seems to be the least controversy over it. Some people feel soya is dangerous.

If you have weight to lose, you will lose it, if you don’t then you won’t.

So, tell your parents, that you will not lose unnecessary weight if they support you by helping you get the correct nutrition for a vegan. Which they should be more than happy to. After all, if they are concerned about you losing too much weight, they obviously are concerned about your health. A healthy vegan diet is very possible.
So, buy a few cook books if you like and some advice on going vegan and recipes can be found on the internet.

Here are a few to get you started:

http://www.vegfamily.com/vegan-teens/index.htm

http://www.tofuhoundpress.com/titles/titles.html

http://www.humaneteen.org/?q=node/41

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