Your Questions About Weight Loss Programs For Teens

by Maricela on February 28, 2013

Betty asks…

what are some good ways to lose weight fast without pills?

i need to lose 30 lbs and i have tried many diets and i can’t find the right there any way to lose weight fast and without pills?

Maricela answers:

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

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:

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:

*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:

The following are food pyramids and several articles on what you should eat everyday:
Food Pyramids:
Antioxidant Superstars – Vegetables and Beans:
Antioxidant Loaded Fruits:
Good Carbs Mean Better Weight:
The Benefits of Protein:
Some Fats Are Good For You:
Antioxidants in Green and Black Tea:
What You Should Eat Daily:
Best Foods to Fight off Disease and Keep You Healthy:

*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
Starting an Exercise Program:
Strength Training Basics:
Cardiovascular Machine Workouts:
Balance Your Way to a Stronger Body:
Understanding Your Training Heart Rate:
Exercise Errors:
Getting a Flat Stomach:
Weight Lifting – Does Order Matter:
Encouraging Exercise in Your Kids:
Strength Training Safe and Effective for Kids:

*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
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.

Donald asks…

Is this weight loss program i created possible?

I am a teen so i burn calories alot faster
1- Im going to go to the gym for 1.5-2 hours a day (about 1000 calz)
2- Im going to have a special k for breakfeast
2- A chicken salad for lunch
3- A regular dinner
4- up to 400 calz in snacks a day
5- Drink 9 cups of water a day!
will i lose 1 pants size in 1 month by this plan?

Maricela answers:

Yep it should work!
Good luck.

Sandra asks…

How to lose weight as a teenager?

I feel like I am overweight. I weight 135 and I am like 5 foot 1. I really want to lose weight. I want to eat better but it is hard when I don’t control what my parents make. And we don’t have the money to get healthy stuff all the time. I try and work out but I have a torn ACL and meniscus and I never got surgery so I can’t do much activity. Do you have any ideas that could help me lose weight? Thanks <3

Maricela answers:

Teenage weight loss does not have to complex or complicated. Since tennagers still have a high metabolism, so it’s very easy burn fat fast. You teen can even start of exercising with some as simple as a walk or slow jog program. With the kind of attitude that most teens have towards exercise that would be recommended highly and it would also help to allow them to bring along their I-Pod or any MP3 player for any such exercise program.

Lizzie asks…

What is the best type of diet to loose weight healthy and at a slow pace?

I have an average weight (around 64kg) so its hard to loose weight fast and im in no rush anyways but i love eating and dont want to cut back on my food intake. what are the small things i should eat or stop eating to get me loosing weight nice n slowley

Maricela answers:

Marie you do have good attitude about this thing, congratulation.

So you will definitely loose weight. But you did not give more info.

You can eat any thing and every thing, but must watch total calories in take per day, add up for the week and adjust the intake to compensate as needed next week, this way once in a while you can even pig out at a party. Never deprive yourself but if need be postpone the cravings. Never eat less then 1200 calories on any day, on long term bases never eat less then 1700 calories per day at the least, eat at least calories listed on the link on most days. Keep good written record of both the calories intake and calories burn.

Find some abdominal exercises and just do it , include side bends too and total body work out, to build hour glass shaped good firm fit strong body. All this is in the library and on the Internet too. So find it and do it, start slow and build up.

Here is an extract from my previous answer, see what applies to you.

Answer is simple.

Parts specific exercises, you can find it in library and on the Internet. So get going. Find them. Select them. Do them.

If. You are a teen then, you are still growing so you may grow taller too. So any rigorous routine may stunt your natural growth so you must not make any major changes in your eating habits may even have to eat little more, but depends. You just need to get more active.

Weight loss is simple but needs “will power” and “discipline”. Loose a pound per week but better still loose an 1/2 pound per week and keep it off for ever slow and steady wins the race. Haste is waste and it all shows up on your waist, in no time.

Your weight should be per the link below. To loose you need to eat right. Not eating carbohydrates is wrong you must consume all food groups. Little unsaturated fat is a must and some complex carbohydrate and fruits should be included too, eat lots of vegetable and rest of the calories should be in proteins. Avoiding buns and cake is Ok but must not be excluded, if you exclude any items then the craving will take over all of a sudden and it can be really bed and throw you off the diet without even knowing what happened.

You may be slightly over weight, but if you are under 30 years of age then you can still grow taller, by doing:
1). Pull ups.
2). Bicycling.

You cannot loose weight just by watching the calorie consumption unless you are super active. You do need to find time to do body parts specific exercises paying attention to side bends and abdominal routine. You can find them on the Internet.

Here is some more info:


The best way is to eat right and exercise, loose it very slowly a pound per week but 1/2 pound will be even batter, loose it slow and keep it for ever loose it fast and gain it all back plush a few pounds. Haste is waste and it just shows up on your waist latter.

Just eat right, sleep 8 to 9 hours, drink a gallon of water and exercise. Math is simple, burn 3500 calories and loose 1 pound of fat. Eat the calories per link and you will not loose mussels tissue.

Hint: You need to use the weight if you like to bulk up for competition, or just to show off. For toning you must not use weights or only very light weights.

Read Body Building, How to increase the height and weight loss answers given by me in the yahoo answers.

But here is some general info:

Study this site and make your own program based on the Knowledge imparted by the site and then go from there.

Click on the blue/green high lighted items on this site and read to see if any of it applies to you too.

Now click on “minootoo” then click on “Best Answers” you will see a lots of Qs? Answered by others and myself just pick and chose what is applicable to you and read them they will have more info and the site to look up.

Daniel asks…

Is weight training necessary for teens for fat loss?

I’ve read that wight training is essential for ADULTS to lose weight. I am 15, female, 5″0. I want to slim down. Do I also need weight training or would that be detrimental to a teenager?

Maricela answers:

It is not detrimental to a teenager.

You’re a human, with muscles. The more muscles you have, the faster your metabolism is.

The reason why lifting weights is so important for fat loss is NOT because you have to build muscle during this time. It’s important because the weight lifting gives your body a *reason* to keep your EXISTING muscles during your fat loss phase. This will ensure all the *weight* you lose is fat. Too many people lose muscle during this time. Losing muscle will slow their metabolism and make future fat gain more easy.

Obese folks don’t need to focus on lifting weights, since losing muscle during a diet is less of an issue for them. They drop fat so easily (if their program is designed correctly) that muscle loss isn’t a concern.

It’s when we have 30lbs of fat or less to lose where muscle loss becomes an issue.

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