Your Questions About Weight Loss Tips For Teens

by Maricela on April 11, 2013

Sandra asks…

Anyone have any good acne remedies?

I’ve been struggling with acne for a while and i got it to clear up a little bit. But i can’t ever continue it for very long. So any good remedies? Or helpful tips so i can remember to continue to use the treatments?

Maricela answers:

ACNE is an embarrassing and burdensome problem to many and especially to teenagers. It is easy to feel that you don’t have control over your breakouts. But the fact is, you do. Now, your first response may be to assume that I’m going to recommend you see your dermatologist. Well, think again. Natural remedies can be just as effective as medications, possibly more powerful. Sometimes, all your body needs is the right nutritional balance and proper skin care. Here are some easy things you can start doing today to help you heal your acne. You should notice a difference in about 4 weeks.
Apply a honey mask to your face once or twice a week – Honey has antibacterial properties & so it is great for disinfecting and healing minor blemishes. It is also gentle on sensitive skin.
Wash twice a day with acne soap – You should wash your face twice a day with a sulphur based soap designed for acne. Once when you first wake up in the morning and then, right before you go to bed at night. Be extremely gentle to your skin when washing – do not scrub or use any sort of rough cloth. Over washing your skin will actually stimulate your sebaceous glands to produce more sebum, thus increasing your acne.
Keep your hair off your face – If you have long hair or bangs, pull your hair off your face. Your hair contains oils as well, and will contribute to your breakouts. You’ll also want to wash your hair everyday and after workouts.
Take a potent multi-vitamin – Acne can be a sign that something is wrong on the inside. Your skin depends on nutrition. It is a vital organ that is usually neglected. If your body is not receiving the right nutrition, it will fight back. One common way it will rebel is to produce excessive sebum, clogging pores, and reducing the ability for your skin to heal and fight bacteria.
Include chromium in your diet – Chromium is well known for weight loss diets. But it is also excellent for healing infections on the skin. Taking a chromium supplement once a day will help heal your pimples quickly and prevent future breakouts.
Eat carrots for beta-carotene (Vitamin A) – Vitamin A strengthens the protective tissue of the skin and actually prevents acne. It helps reduce sebum production. This vitamin is essential for the maintenance and repair of the tissue which the skin and mucous membranes are made of. Vitamin A is also a powerful antioxidant needed to rid your body of toxins. Did you know that a deficiency in vitamin A can actually cause acne?
Avoid wearing makeup – Leaving makeup products on your skin only contributes to clogging your pores, causing more pimples and blackheads. If you feel you must wear makeup, be sure it is water-based.
Do not pick or squeeze your blackheads and pimples – As tempting as it may be, do not squeeze, scratch, rub or touch your pimples and blackheads. Do any of these actions, actually increases the sebum production. Plus, when you squeeze, you are actually rupturing the membranes below your skin, causing infection and sebum to spread underneath your skin. The result is more pimples.
Wash your pillow case every other day – Your face lays on your pillow case every day. Your pillow case absorbs the oils from your skin and reapplies the dirt and oil. Thus causing breakouts. Keep your sheets and pillow cases clean.
Eat foods rich in zinc – Zinc is an antibacterial agent and a necessary element in the oil-producing glands of the skin. A diet low in zinc can actually cause acne breakouts.
By far the most common teen-age skin disorder, acne usually begins at puberty, at a time when oil glands in the skin enlarge and increase the production of skin oil (sebum). This occurs as a result of rising hormones during adolescence. Ranging from simple pimples to angry boils, these unsightly blemishes that fall under the general heading of acne, will plague 9 out of 10 pubertal youngsters; an age when physical attractiveness becomes so important.

Lisa asks…

How can a 14 year old improve their eating habits?

I am trying to lose weight and i need to improve my eating habits. I eat lunch in school an try to be healthy but, they don’t always have healthy foods. So any tips or ways on how to improve my eating habits, or/and on weight loss for teen guys would help.

Maricela answers:

Take a pack up, then you know what you’re putting in and there’s no hidden junk and so on 🙂
I hope you’re losing weight for health reasons, and not to fit in with society! You’re still growing, so I’m sure what you have is “puppy fat” and you’ll lose it soon enough 🙂

David asks…

How to lose weight for teen girls?

I need real, good tips on weight loss. I want to lose like 90 pounds. I 5’10 and overweight.
Maybe even a regimen. I need to lose weight in my stomach,thighs,arms, and back.
No go the gym everyday answers please..

Maricela answers:

Eat Less And Get Active. Join A Sport At Your High School I Think It Wold Be Fun. Take Walks Around Your Neighborhood. Avoid Greasy Food And Soda Much As Possible And Eat Healthy.

William asks…

How can I gain weight and muscle as a skinny teen?

I am a 15 year old in high school, and I am 6’2 and weigh 140 pounds. I look very skinny and I’m always bothered by it. My legs look like toothpicks for fucks sake (not really)! Everyday I eat 4 meals; 1 big breakfast, 2 lunches, and a nice dinner and i still cant make myself look bigger or more muscular. I use to be in basketball on the school team and before that played for 6 years. I am in swimming now, so I am obviously not a couch potato. Although i do play a lot of video games… Anyways I was wondering if anyone could give me some tips on gaining muscle and “getting some meat on my bones”. Should i change my diet or anything like that?

Extra info: If it matters, my parents are both Iranian, but I was born in Texas. When i get my drivers license I will try and go to the gym 4 times a week.
Crap, i forgot to say i’m a guy haha

Maricela answers:

If you are looking to gain weight, it is not only about eating 4 meals a day, you will also need to be involve in the right workout that will help you to gain weight. Lastly, you will also need to sleep well to ensure that your body gets enough rest despite you being engaged in swimming and also with the development during your puberty.

A high calorie diet should be based around eating more carbohydrates, not fat or protein. This is because it is the cleanest fuel and excessive use of it has little side-effects on the body. Protein however, leaves behind nitrates every time it is being used for energy. This puts excessive stress on the kidney and liver and that is why I would not recommend it. Fat on the other hand requires a lot of energy to break down, resulting in a usual pile up in unsightly areas rather than gaining the mass all over. The key thing to take note besides taking more carbohydrates is to eat frequently so that your body has the energy at all times of the day, preserving the essential muscle mass you need while you gain weight. If preparing 6 meals a day filled with carbohydrates is difficult, I would suggest drinking 500ml of milk a day in between all your meals to ensure that you develop the same habit to eat often. Increase the amount of milk you drink by 100ml if you do not see an increase of one pound on the scale.

Sleep is usually disregarded in gaining weight and that result in some cases of weight loss. The thing to take note is not only the amount of sleep you need, but also how properly you sleep. You need to sleep and wake up all by yourself so that you always have the proper rest you need. This can be difficult to achieve in a hectic society like ours and I suggest you look to sleeping this way on weekends and simply ensuring that you churn out the right hours on your weekdays.

The biggest mistake you can commit when you are trying to gain weight is either not to workout or do the wrong workout. This results in little or no improvement at all. If you need a workout to help you to get started, I suggest using the workout at I have seen how effective it has been on my cadets and I hope that you have the similar success as them.

Mandy asks…

How to eat healthy as a teen?

So I just turned 16 years old, and I was wondering about eating right. I have a Gym membership and an excellent gym trainer, however, I’m nervous to go because I’m embarrassed I’ll see someone I know, (which I have. many boys), and I’m a girl. Anyways, I want to lose 40 pounds by June 30th, and I heard that if you eat something three times, you get used to it. I want to get into the habit of that so I don’t eat whenever I’m bored.

Any tips on what I should eat and how I could stop being an emotional eater?

Maricela answers:

Sometimes the strongest longings for food happen when you’re at your
weakest point emotionally. Many people turn to food for comfort —
consciously or unconsciously — when they’re facing a difficult problem
or looking to keep themselves occupied.
But emotional eating — eating as a way to suppress or soothe negative
emotions, such as stress, anger, anxiety, boredom, sadness and
loneliness — can sabotage your weight-loss efforts. Often, emotional
eating leads to eating too much food, especially high-calorie, sweet,
salty and fatty foods.
The good news is that if you’re prone to emotional eating, you can
take steps to regain control of your eating habits and get back on
track with your weight-loss goals.
Though strong emotions can trigger cravings for food, you can take
steps to control those cravings. To help stop emotional eating, try
these suggestions:
Learn to recognize true hunger. Is your hunger physical or emotional?
If you ate just a few hours ago and don’t have a rumbling stomach,
you’re probably not really hungry. Give the craving a few minutes to
Know your triggers. For the next several days, write down what you
eat, how much you eat, when you eat, how you’re feeling when you eat
and how hungry you are. Over time, you may see patterns emerge that
reveal negative eating patterns and triggers to avoid.
Look elsewhere for comfort. Instead of unwrapping a candy bar, take a
walk, treat yourself to a movie, listen to music, read or call a
friend. If you think that stress relating to a particular event is
nudging you toward the refrigerator, try talking to someone about it
to distract yourself. Plan enjoyable events for yourself.
Don’t keep unhealthy foods around. Avoid having an abundance of
high-calorie comfort foods in the house. If you feel hungry or blue,
postpone the shopping trip for a few hours so that these feelings
don’t influence your decisions at the store.
Snack healthy. If you feel the urge to eat between meals, choose a
low-fat, low-calorie food, such as fresh fruit, vegetables with
fat-free dip or unbuttered popcorn. Or test low-fat, lower calorie
versions of your favorite foods to see if they satisfy your craving.
Eat a balanced diet. If you’re not getting enough calories to meet
your energy needs, you may be more likely to give in to emotional
eating. Try to eat at fairly regular times and don’t skip breakfast.
Include foods from the basic groups in your meals. Emphasize whole
grains, vegetables and fruits, as well as low-fat dairy products and
lean protein sources. When you fill up on the basics, you’re more
likely to feel fuller, longer.
Exercise regularly and get adequate rest. Your mood is more
manageable and your body can more effectively fight stress when it’s
fit and well rested.
If you give in to emotional eating, forgive yourself and start fresh
the next day. Try to learn from the experience, and make a plan for
how you can prevent it in the future. Focus on the positive changes
you’re making in your eating habits and give yourself credit for
making changes that ensure better health.

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