Your Questions About Weight Loss Tips For Teens

by Maricela on March 21, 2013

Sandra asks…

Can someone help me with some acne problems?

I’ve been having bad breakouts lately and I’d like some advice on how to clear it all up. I use Tazerac and other medicine from the dermatologist for over a year and it hasn’t seem to be doing anything.

I have bad breakouts on my forehead and upper lip. Also, my cheeks and forehead are full of white heads and my nose is full of blackheads.

Any advice would help. 🙂 Whether it be tips and tricks that can help or good products for bad breakouts. I’m open to anything! Thanks!

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.

Steven asks…

How can I tighten up my abs in a week?

I need a quick way to look great. I have a family outing and I have to be in a bikin for it. Please give me some good advice. Thighs and butt too. Eating tips. Basicly crash everything.

Maricela answers:

Please read the recommendations below. Also, go to the book store and locate the book “Weight Training for Dummies”. In chapter 15 you will find excellent information on how to perform abdominal exercises correctly. Page 218 of the book dispels all the myths surrounding abdominal training.

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.

Maria asks…

Good weight loss tips for teens?

I’m 14 years old and I’m an extremely picky eater. I need dieting and exercise tips.
Also I have a medical condition and I am on medication that makes it difficult for me to lose weight. Should I talk to my doctor about changing it?

Maricela answers:

I’m also 14 you don’t really need to worry but maybe try jogging at least 3/4 km every day and do sports like badminton, tennis or basketball in the early evenings. Try to stick to a healthy, nutritious plan for eating, like planning your snacks, breakfast, lunch and dinner in advance. Make sure your parents approve and that it is well-balanced. And finally NEVER crash diet. I’ve found that crash diets don’t work. People on crash diets want to lose weight quickly, but you lose weight quicker on a balanced diet. Hope this helped! X

George asks…

How long does it take for an anorexic person to lose weight?

I AM NOT anorexic, I just need to know for a school project… Theoretically for a 5 ft 90 lb teen (weight I got assigned to)

Maricela answers:

Quick tips to lose weight can be incredibly powerful, as they do not take much effort, but they do get results. We make weight loss much harder than it actually is. I am going to give you three quick tips that you can easily incorporate into your daily life that can help you start to lose weight without any real effort.

Tip 1 – Drink Water

This seems too easy, but there are lots of studies that back this up. If you drink 2 cups of water before you eat a meal, you will lose weight. Some scientists say that it is because your body thinks that you are already full so you eat less. Other scientists think that the water somehow helps your body to digest the food more efficiently. Regardless, it works, and it is easy!

Tip 2 – Brush Your Teeth After a Meal

The simple act of brushing your teeth after a meal will make a marker that meal time is over. It is funny how the mind works, but simple markers like this can be very powerful. And besides, who wants to eat anything with that terrible toothpaste aftertaste?

Tip 3 – Snack Away

Snacking between meals is good – if you snack on the right things. Much of our diet damage is done by overeating at meals, so if you are not as hungry going in, you make better choices. Now, if you choose a candy bar or ice cream as a snack, that doesn’t help. However, if you pick a fruit or a vegetable, the fiber helps you to feel full and no damage is done to your diet.

Good luck ,my friend

Daniel asks…

Does anyone have tips and advice for getting a sick pack, or just a muscular stomach?

As my new years resolution, I decided to stay anorexia no longer, and have decided to put on weight, and get fitter. I want to mainly work on my stomach, and a bit on my arms because I’m happy with the rest of my body.
Im aiming for in almost 4 months time to have a good progress

Maricela answers:

When i was a teen i was the same way, thank god i found the healthy way to lose weight and now in the best shape of my life. As simple as it seems eat less, exercise more. I don’t mean starve yourself but eat 5 small meals a day so you get a proper amount of nutrients throughout the day. When you wake up eat 1/2 a cup of oatmeal and a cup of skim milk and a serving of fruit. Do NOT eat white flour foods such as wonder bread. Eat whole wheat. Tuna is a good food to eat for protein and low fat. Make sure you get vegetable into your diet and protein. I wish you said how much you weigh so i could give you an approximate amount of calories to eat. Do not add sugar or sweeteners to your food and not too much salt. Do not drink soda. And also do not drink fruit juices such as orange juice. You may think they are healthy for you but they actually have a lot of sugar in them. Drink plenty of water. For exercise do 30 minutes to an hour of cardio 5 days a week. I do not mean walking i mean a fast walk or run, something that will get your heart pumping. For a healthy weight loss go for about 1-2 pounds a week. I suggest lifting to help strengthen your whole body. You can’t develop a strong upper body without a strong lower body. Monday:chest, abs. Tuesday: back. Wednesday: hamstrings, quads, calves, abs. Thursday: shoulders Friday: biceps, triceps, abs. And do your days of running in there. Saturday and sunday relax but make sure you stay away from junk food!

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