Your Questions About Weight Loss Pills For Teens

by Maricela on February 17, 2013

Steven asks…

What are some good vitamins to take to help with weight loss?

I take a teen girls multivitamin (I’m 16), a super B-complex vitamin (I’m vegan), and weight management fiber choice tablets.

Maricela answers:

Taking multivitamins won’t help that much. Maybe if you take a meal replacements it might a little however if you planning to go that route I think taking herbs is safe for a teen but ask your doctor regardless if herbs are safe. Research Proactol or go to the site I provided below and search for the link that says Proactol. There are other pills however I think Proactol does the job as the combination of herbs contained in Proactol bind to fat as your eat and then throw them away. Check it out for yourself.

Carol asks…

What is the best weight loss supplement for teens?

I KNOW diet and exercise is the best option, but I want an answer regardless. Thanks

Maricela answers:

There is no magic pill that once taken will cause you to lose weight. The safest diet pills for teenagers are those that work alongside a healthy meal and exercise plan. Always consult your doctor before taking any diet pill or supplement as they may affect teenagers differently. Options to consider are green tea extract, 100 percent Hoodia products, and prescription medicines. Research and physician involvement are best bets when selecting diet pills that are safe for teen use.

Thomas asks…

Is it safe for teens to use acai berry capsules?

I am 13, 5’6, and weigh about 150. I would like to lose about 15 pounds. Would it be safe for me to use the acai berry capsules along with a healthy diet and fitness routine? I understand the pills also help your energy level and keeps you feeling much better.

Maricela answers:

Acai berry supplements do not work to aid in weight loss.

Richard asks…

Is there a safe way for a teenager to loose weight in a matter of weeks?

I have a 14 year old daughter who is wanting to loose weight before school starts. I was just wondering if there was a fast and safe way for her to do this. She is wanting a smaller tummy and upper thighs.

Maricela answers:

Before you start a diet and exercise program read the following articles:
http://teenadvice.about.com/cs/bodyimage/bb/teendieting.htm
http://www.webmd.com/content/article/101/106227.htm

The following healthy living recommendations will help you if you’re trying to lose weight, tone up your muscles, have aspirations of building lean muscle mass, are attempting to get a wash board stomach, or just want to feel better:

*1) Burn more calories then you’re consuming everyday and measure your results using the following formula: Calories Consumed minus Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR) minus Physical Activity minus the Thermic Effect of Food (TEF). A website that explains this formula in more detail and will help you determine how many calories you need to reach or maintain a certain weight is at http://www.primusweb.com/fitnesspartner/library/weight/calsburned.htm

Get an online, desktop, or cell phone diet and fitness calculator. This will allow you to easily calculate the above formula, set goals, log your daily calorie consumption, and register your physical activities.

Set realistic goals for your ideal body weight. Here are two websites that will calculate a suggested body weight:
Adults: http://www.halls.md/ideal-weight/body.htm
Teens/Children: http://www.kidshealth.org/kid/exercise/weight/bmi.html

It is difficult and unhealthy to lose more than one or two pounds per week. There are 3,500 calories in a pound. If you eat 500 fewer calories per day for a week you will lose one pound. If you burn through exercise 500 more calories per day for a week you will lose one pound.

Here are two articles on how to break through a weight loss plateau:
http://www.webmd.com/content/article/86/99147.htm
http://www.webmd.com/content/pages/18/102117.htm

*2) Eat natural and organic foods found on earth versus something created by a corporation to make money. Eat meals in small portions throughout the day and take a good multi-vitamin supplement.

Do not try fad diets or diet pills. Avoid “High Glycemic Load Carbs” (sugar, pastries, desserts, refined starches such as breads, pasta, refined grains like white rice; high starch vegetables such as potatoes) and drink lots of water. Read this article for more information on high GL Carbs:
http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/nutritionsource/carbohydrates.html

The following are food pyramids and several articles on what you should eat everyday:
Food Pyramids:
http://www.rayandterry.com/html/images/PyramidLRG.gif?osCsid=26a424be471d1337e7c2f105d5c64d9d
http://www.mypyramid.gov/
Antioxidant Superstars – Vegetables and Beans:
http://www.webmd.com/content/article/104/107638.html
Antioxidant Loaded Fruits:
http://www.webmd.com/content/article/104/107640.html
Good Carbs Mean Better Weight:
http://www.webmd.com/content/article/100/105783.htm
The Benefits of Protein:
http://www.webmd.com/content/article/85/98824.htm
Some Fats Are Good For You:
http://www.webmd.com/content/article/49/40075.htm
Antioxidants in Green and Black Tea:
http://www.webmd.com/content/article/104/107641.html
What You Should Eat Daily:
http://www.oprah.com/health/yourbody/slide/slide_yourbody_healthfood_201.jhtml
Best Foods to Fight off Disease and Keep You Healthy:
http://www.oprah.com/health/yourbody/slide/slide_yourbody_healthfood_101.jhtml

*3) Perform cardiovascular, core, and/or strength training on most days. Read a book or find a certified trainer to make sure you’re doing all exercises correctly.

The following is a website and numerous articles on cardiovascular, core, and strength training:
Exercise Prescription on the Net
http://www.exrx.net/
Starting an Exercise Program:
http://www.primusweb.com/fitnesspartner/library/activity/startexercise.htm
Strength Training Basics:
http://www.primusweb.com/fitnesspartner/library/activity/trainbasics.htm
Cardiovascular Machine Workouts:
http://www.primusweb.com/fitnesspartner/library/activity/cardiowork.htm
Balance Your Way to a Stronger Body:
http://www.webmd.com/content/article/64/72314.htm
Understanding Your Training Heart Rate:
http://www.primusweb.com/fitnesspartner/library/activity/thr.htm
Exercise Errors:
http://www.primusweb.com/fitnesspartner/library/activity/errors.htm
Getting a Flat Stomach:
http://www.webmd.com/content/article/71/81365.htm
Weight Lifting – Does Order Matter:
http://www.webmd.com/content/article/80/96440.htm
Encouraging Exercise in Your Kids:
http://www.webmd.com/content/article/95/103524.htm
Strength Training Safe and Effective for Kids:
http://www.webmd.com/content/article/32/1728_81005.htm

*4) Get plenty of sleep. Sleep experts say most adults need between seven and nine hours of sleep each night for optimum performance, health, and safety.

*5) Educate yourself continually on health issues and make a life long commitment to good health. A great free publication is “Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2005”. A reputable test you can take to measure your biological age is at http://realage.com
Look at all areas where you can enhance your health. For example, make improvements in the quality of the air you breathe. Review outdoor air quality forecasts where you live and get an indoor air purifier.

Send me an email or yahoo instant message to “gainbetterhealth” if you have any questions and good luck!

*Click on all the source links below to get the full benefit of the recommendations. The answers presented to your health questions are not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health providers with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

Mark asks…

What are some side effects you’ve noticed while taking PORTIA birth control pills?

Please share some of your experiences with PORTIA birth control?
Breat reduction/increase?
Mood swings more/less often?
Acne disappearing/appearing more?
Weight gain? Weigh loss?
Thanks for your input!

Maricela answers:

I didn’t have any. My breasts did get bigger, but that’s more likely because I was still a teen and growing. I took the pills for a few years and never noticed anything bad.

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