If you are one of the millions of overweight teenagers in America today, you need to know that not only are you not alone, but are part of a growing trend of obesity among the youth of America. The word diet may have some bad connotations but you need not be afraid to use it. Being on a diet and also a teenager doesn't mean that you will have to cut down on all your food or resort to some popular fad to lose weight. When having problems with teenage weight loss, you are definitely not alone, and maybe we can help.
You can judge for yourself, but the fact is the world we live in is full of high-fat, high salt, over processed, bad for you food, that is available to you in unlimited quantities on every corner and at every hour of the day. In order to maintain a nutritious, well balanced diet to experience teenage weight loss in a healthy manner, you will want to avoid most of the places that sell these un-nutritious foods and the places where people consume them. When you are overweight you should also avoid fasting as this is unhealthy, and can cause deficiencies in your proper nutrition. Having the proper nutrients in your diet are very important not only for your growth, but for the proper health of your organs in your body. One cannot stress enough the importance of taking care of your liver, kidneys, pancreas, etc. for your future health and well being.
So, in conclusion,the best thing for you to do when hoping for teenage weight loss is to maintain the proper balance between carbohydrates, proteins, fats, vitamins and minerals, while eating fewer calories in order to lose weight. Today's fast foods sold in convenience stores and restaurants are designed with one thing in mind and that is to make a person crave the salts, fats and artificial ingredients, so they can sell more food and make more money. The last thing they care about is the health of their customers, whether it be long-term or short-term health.
One of the best ways to cure your cravings for these fast unhealthy foods, is to eat plenty of green leafy vegetables at least three times a day before you are exposed to the other high-fat foods. In this way you will not be walking around with hunger pangs as you pass by the exhaust fan from the local fast food grill. These fans are especially designed to pump exotic smells into the air to create a craving for the people passing by on the streets and sidewalks. By keeping your body full of vitamins minerals and micronutrients from vegetables and also fruits, you help protect yourself from these marketing ploys.
The next thing that is important for you to do is keep a certain amount of protein in your diet, this is because protein takes a long time to digest, helps build muscle in your body and keeps you from feeling hunger for long periods of time. As a growing teenager having protein in your diet is vitally important for the growth of your organs and needed structure. However, when choosing a protein be careful to always choose a low-fat type of protein that hasn't been cooked and sat as well. This would include boneless skinless chicken breasts that have been baked or grilled but never deep-fried. This would not include fried chicken that has been battered and then deep-fried with the skin on usually in poor quality, low cost, unhealthy grease.