The healthiest way to lose weight is to combine a healthy, well-balanced diet with regular exercise. However, if regular exercise isn't an option, there are other ways to help teenagers lose weight healthfully. Before beginning any weight loss program, teens are advised to consult a physician or a parent.
Monitor Caloric Intake
An important step in any weight loss program for teens is to control the amount of food you eat, especially food high in fat and calories. The key to weight loss is to burn more calories than you consume. If you aren’t exercising, you aren’t burning an abundance of calories, so it is critical to control the amount of calories you eat. But, it is also important to be healthy about your eating habits.
Teen Growth recommends eating at least five servings of fruits and vegetables every day. Don’t dip them in high calorie dressings. Include high-fiber foods such as whole-grain cereals and beans into your diet. They will help you feel full. Another tip is to be on the lookout for low-calorie and low-fat or no-fat versions of the foods you eat.
Light Physical Activity
Even if you can’t exercise, you may be able to incorporate some form of physical activity into your daily routine. Mayo Clinic recommends that you perform an hour of physical activity every day. There are ways to be active without performing traditional exercises. For example, walk a few laps around the school halls before class in the morning or go for an occasional walk after dinner. Take a babysitting certification course and offer to babysit kids in your neighborhood. Running around with kids can help burn many calories. Offer to walk a neighbor’s dog or volunteer at a local animal shelter. Playing with animals can give them much needed attention and exercise and help you lose weight.
Support groups are available for teens to meet other teens who have the same problems and obstacles. By meeting other young people who have similar weight loss goals, you can find support and companionship while you try losing weight. Support groups are often led by expert counselors who have experience working with teens who want to lose weight. They can provide solutions to help you overcome your obstacles. In addition to losing weight, you may gain lifelong friendships.
Weight-loss camps are places that children and teens can go for lengthy periods of time to help learn how to lose weight and maintain healthy lifestyles. These camps can be safe havens for teens who feel self-conscious of their bodies. The facilities provide caring, nurturing, healthy environments for teenagers who struggle with weight issues. Weight-loss camp counselors help teens learn how to select healthy food choices, how to get and stay physically fit and how to identify diets and weight-loss strategies that can be dangerous. It's important to check the accreditation of a camp through the American Camping Association.