Your Questions About Weight Loss Pills For Teens

by Maricela on March 24, 2013

Sandy asks…

What is the best supplement for starting body building when you are skinny?

Im 16 years old and im worried about my self because im very skinny and beening tall so i want to buff up just alittle, Please Please Help ( im 5.8 feet and my weight is 125 pounds )

Maricela answers:

Supplements are going to help you as long as you have a normal diet. Here’s the weight gain story.

If you’re an ectomorph (very thin/skinny) or near ectomorph you will have difficulty gaining weight because of your somatype, not because of metabolism. So, if you wan to change that and add some pounds there are two ways to do it. Both may work and neither may work. Your success is going to ultimately depend on your body chemistry which is inherited (genetic).

FAT
The difference between naturally fat and naturally thin people is the number of fat cells in their body. An endomorph may have as many as 250 billion adipocytes (fat cells) while the ectomorph may only have about 50 billion. There’s no way to change your total adipocytes or their distribution throughout your body. How fat or thin you are has almost nothing to do with metabolism.

You can try adding fat by eating more food. You should eat a proper diet which is about 50/20/30 (%calories from carbs/fats/protein respectively) and just consume more food. You should NOT eat junk food, increase your carbs, take supplements, consume more fat, etc. Just eat a proper, well balanced diet in increase the portions (serving sizes). If you are able to add body fat, you will have no control over where the fat goes or how it looks. In other words, the result could be “skinny fat” which is probably less appealing aesthetically than skinny. And, of course, if you don’t like the fat, you’ll just have to lose it to get back to where you were.

MUSCLE
You can try adding muscle. It is always good to try to add muscle because muscle is the best metabolic investment you can make. Here are some of the benefits of strength training.
• Stronger bones & increased mineral density (osteoporosis protection)
• Stronger body & musculature (improved protection from injury)
• More robust organic and systemic fitness (more survivable in crisis)
• Improved cardio-vascular function (better than “cardio”)
• Higher basal metabolic rate (~5-50 cal/day/pound of muscle)
• Easier fat loss (more efficient lipid consumption)
• Greater calorie consumption (prolonged afterburn)
• Supports body sculpting (hypertrophy)
• Slows natural loss of muscle mass (sarcopenia) over age 30

Adding muscle is a very slow and difficult process. Watch this video for more about that —> http://www.youtube.com/user/scooby1961#p/search/0/Xcuhi6RaZ24 . On average males can add no more than about a pound of muscle per month and females can add about 20% less and that is only under ideal circumstances which are rare. However, if you’re a teen, you may find adding muscle to be almost impossible because you will not have your lifetime maximum of testosterone (the muscle building hormone) until about your mid20s.

Adding muscle means very intense (and painful) training for a few hours per week and usually requires a gym or gym facilities. It also requires some understanding of how to train (exercise physiology, kinesiology, muscle anatomy, etc) which usually means some time spent with a personal trainer. Adding muscle is a difficult and long term process and, once the muscle is added, the training must continue to maintain the muscle.

Ectomorphism is an unhappy an occurrence because being very thin can effect self esteem and inhibit social interaction. However, the ectomorph will usually, in adult life, find it easier to achieve and maintain an ideal or close to ideal body weight because people naturally tend to grow fatter and/or more robust as they grow older….especially with proper diet and training. In other words, being underweight now may be paying it forward. You may reap the benefits with a nice body while your midlife peers are fighting the battle of the bulge.

Note – Do not use pills, tonics, supplements, shakes, or other products which claim they can help increase body weight without first checking with your doctor. The scammers are very much aware of the plight of the ectomorph and there are scores or companies with products and advertising all designed to capitalize on your misfortune for their profit. Don’t be a sucker.

So, they may not be ideal. But those are your two options. Fat and/or muscle.

Now, read this –> http://www.eatright.org/Public/content.aspx?id=6852#.UDnVaKAUOFA

Here’s the supplement story.

Read my answer about supplements here –> http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index;_ylt=AmA35VDViBrL0y9rSkKcLknty6IX;_ylv=3?qid=20111001134224AANB0OV

Read my answer about supplement scamming here –> http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index;_ylt=Aii1OzUVjBo7o550CXhmvVbty6IX;_ylv=3?qid=20111014151252AAak0J4

Good luck and good health!!

David asks…

Are their any healthy weight loss pills for teens? Quicktrim?

Would quicktrim be healthy for a 16 year old? Any weight loss pills for teens? Weigjt loss advice? Thanks!

Maricela answers:

U really shouldnt take diet pills at that age but if u do try 2aday diet all the ingredients are 100% natural and pair it with the lingzin detox tea. U can still eat what u want just in moderation. Calorie count and keep it to a 1500 calorie max

Sandra asks…

What things should I think about when considering going off the pill?

I’ve been on birth control for a little over a year. Before that, I had very irregular periods and some mild acne. Being on the pill made me gain about 15 pounds, but I’m still thin and fit. It also increased my bra size from a B to a C cup. If I go off the pill, will I lose weight? Will my breasts get smaller? Will my acne come back? Will I have irregular periods again? What should I do?

Maricela answers:

As birth control suppresses your cycles your normal cycles will return, so you should expect irregular cycles while your body gets back into it’s own rhythm (takes between 3-12 months). As you had irregular cycles to being with unless the cause of that irregularity was treated your cycles will go back to begin irregular again – if the acne was down to the same problem as the irregular cycles that too may return once your body gets back to normal again.

Weight gain has nothing at all to do with the pill – that idea has been debunked.
The weight gain would have been more likely down to other causes (changes in diet, ageing, natural filling out if you’re in your late teens to twenties), just as the pill doesn’t cause weight gain it also certainly can’t cause weight loss when you come off the pill, at most the pill may have caused an increase in fluid retention, any weight gain from the pill is minimal at most.

Breast growth is a slightly different story.
Imagine it like breast growth pills that either contain estrogen or substances that mimic estrogen to make the breast larger. If you are taking something that contains estrogen or has an effect on your hormones it may in theory increase your breast size, so with that breast size may reduce when you stop taking it. Your breast growth may have been from your weight gain, so it may not be effected.

What should you do?
Deal with the acne and the irregular cycles.
If any underlying cause has been ruled out then make changes to your diet, take black cohosh, chaste tree or evening primrose oil to help regulate your hormones both to reduce effects of coming off the pill and to deal with your irregular cycles – if your acne is hormonal it will help with this also.

Ken asks…

Does anyone know any good weight loss pills?

So, I’m 16 and I weigh about 150 pounds, I tried diet and exercise for three months but there were no changes. So I feel like this is my last resort, so, can anyone suggest any good, healthy pills I can take? My friend suggested “Lipozene” is that any good? Thank you!

Maricela answers:

There is almost no magic pill. The only legit way is to keep trying to diet and exercise. You probably didn’t lose weight because either you didn’t adhere to your diet plan, or didn’t exercise hard enough. Vivus’ Qnexa, and Arena’s Belviq have both just been recently been approved by the FDA for PRESCRIPTION ONLY. You are probably just an insecure teen that is probably not overweight. Get over it, you are fine the way you are, just be happy. The only way you could possibly get those recommended to you is if you are very obese, like under 5’1

Betty asks…

How to slim down muscle in your legs?

I am 15 years old and I’m female. A few months ago I decided to lose weight, and I was actually rather successful. I weigh 125 pounds now. Most of my workouts revolved heavily around cardio, which has resulted in rather bulky legs. They look unproportional to the rest of me, and I’m trying to thin them out. I haven’t had any issues with my legs before, I am apple shaped and most of the fat gathers in my stomach. I am still trying to lose more weight everywhere but for now how can I slim my legs down?

Maricela answers:

Please see this website for details: http://www.exrx.net/Lists/Directory.html

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/…

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.ht…
Teens/Children: http://www.kidshealth.org/kid/exercise/w…

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/…
http://www.webmd.com/content/pages/18/10…

*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:

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