Your Questions About Weight Loss Tips For Teens

by Maricela on April 26, 2013

Lizzie asks…

Helpful tips on losing weight in 5 months?

I want to lose weight in five months because my cousin is getting married and I want to look nice. I currently weigh about 180 and I want to be about 120. I really want to lose this weight, it’s very embarrassing and want to lose it as soon as possible. Any helpful advice would be appreciated, any fat burning foods? Thank you!

Maricela answers:

It’s not safe to lose more than 1-2lbs per week, so focus on that. Losing weight is about 80% what you eat, so look at what you’re eating. Change your lifestyle, don’t go on a diet. Eat less junk/fast/fried foods and focus on eating a variety of foods including fruits and vegetables, but also lean proteins (chicken, turkey, fish, lean beef, plain greek yogurt), healthy fats (olive oil, avocado, nuts, hummus), brown rice, oatmeal, milk, low fat cheese, whole wheat bread, etc. If you feel hungry, ask yourself, “Do I want some vegetables or just junk food?” If the answer is junk food, then you’re not really hungry. Drink a big glass of water and wait 20 minutes. If you still feel hungry, but not for vegetables, then go do something else to keep yourself busy like text a friend or read a book.

You can’t rush weight loss because you will end up with saggy skin from losing too fast. Do it smart and you will look great. Exercise is important too, but you don’t have to exercise to lose weight, but it makes you look better. Grab a friend and go for a long walk or a jog, ride your bike, dance around the house, jump rope, etc.

I would suggest joining a free website called It’s a place where people who want to get healthier can get some guidance and support, but it’s geared towards 13-17 year-olds. You can connect with other teens trying to get healthier and lose weight and see what’s working for them. If you’re 18 or over, join It’s the same kind of website, but for adults.

Ken asks…

How can i grow taller and lose weight?

Please dont tell me time, i want something that will make grow taller.
Im 15 69kg, and 170cm. Im lazy but if i chose to i can do it. So please tell me foods to eat and not to eat, tell me exercises to do and what not to do.
I want natural ways, not pills or surgery.

Maricela answers:

Answer from a Doctor:
You are 170cm tall and 69kg. Your BMI is 23.8754 which is just under the upper limit of 19-24 for beauty compitition. In fact, you have no need to lose weight, especially if you want to to be taller.

The remaining time and opportunity for teens to grow tall is short. In contrast, you have life-long time to lose-weight. During and after half year of your loose-weight process, you will slow down or even stop growing tall. Therefore it is the most stupid way for teens to lose weight by lesson food quantity or even taking medicine, in subsequent removing your gain height opportunity! The Doctor would like to give you the best weight loss tips: “ Eat more balance food with medium and low-calorie + do more stretch and jumping exercise + take Chinese medicine that promotes the secretion of natural human grow hormone (HGH) = taller, thinner, healthier and more beautiful. You are adviced to lose weight after 25 years old, when your gain-height period has been passed! Hereunder is a paragraph extracted from the reference that matches your case:

您現在減肥會好看麼? 國際選美標準:肚臍至頭頂為上半身,至腳底為下半身=黃金比例=上5:下8。人體長高分為頭.軀幹和腿三段,嬰兒頭最快大,滿一歲約=成人一半長,∴嬰兒頭大腳短! (全文知識版權所有,侵權或抄重點追究)兒童軀幹最快長,∴身長.腳粗短才正常(若您現在身短腳纖長,可能已發育完成停高),青少年長高70%在下半身,令人身短腳長腰細。若您此時減肥減食,像氣球放氣會停高=逼自己今生停在身長.腳粗短.臉大.手腰粗.腿臀肥!而且青少年胖子通常營養過盛,少有吃不足的增高障礙,∴如胖子願多做增高運動,會比瘦子易長高,可惜胖子通常少運動,而瘦子活動較多,所以青春期瘦子通常比胖子高得快!

Charles asks…

Is there an online weight loss community for kids / tween?

My daughter is finally interested in losing some weight and I am so proud of her. She is 10. There are many online groups for adults losing weight – Sparkpeople, Realage, etc. Does anyone know of any groups just for kids? I think she would really enjoy talking with other kids going through the same thing – and motivational stories about other kids , tips. etc would probably help her to stay on track and be inspired. Thanks!

Maricela answers:

Well YES there is….There is SparkTeens! You can check it out here:

*Also, since your child is a little younger…I’d suggest checking this site out too:

Jenny asks…

Any easy weight loss tips for Teens?

Im 15 , I weigh 130..any easy weight loss tips?
Im 5 foot 1 inches.

Maricela answers:

If u want to lose ur wait for the first u need to do a lot of exercises.
Then u must avoid JUNK FOODS.
Have a lot of RABBIT FOODS like vegetables and fruits.

@ Sit when you eat.
@ Always Avioid Junk food.
@ Dont eat pizza, potato and oily food.
@ Dont drink Softdrinks and soda.
@ Eat a lot of fruits
@ Eat a lot of vegitables.(salad)
@ Drink a lot of water
@ Do not eat candy or chocolate
@ Sleep well
@ If you can, do mediatation and yoga.
@ Dont drink alcohol and don’t smoke
@ Eat hygienic foods.
@ Don’t get yourself starve
@ After breakfast, make water your primary drink.
@ Switch to ordinary coffee
@ Eat 90 percent of your meals at home.
@ Eat only when you hear your stomach growling.
@ Eat at least two servings of a fruit or veggie at every meal.
@ Use a salad plate instead of a dinner plate.
@ Eat more soup. The noncreamy ones are filling but low-cal.
@ Walk around the mall three times before you start shopping.
@ Start eating a big breakfast. It helps you eat fewer total calories throughout the day.
@ Eat without engaging in any other simultaneous activity. No reading, watching TV, or sitting at the computer.
@ Always be active

These simple tips will help you to lose weight.
Good Luck ..!!


Mandy asks…

How do i stop squeezing my spots?

My mum is a spot squeezer and i have been doing it too for about three years now. I have tried ignoring them, i have used a lot of medicine and scrubs and still pop them and i cant stop and they wont go away. Any tips on how i get rid of them or stop squeezing them?
( i do a little bit of sport and i sweat badly, they r worst on my forehead)

Thank you!!

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. I’m NOT going to recommend you to see your dermatologist. No. It is not always necessary. Natural remedies are more powerful too. 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.

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