As a teenager it’s hard enough trying to fit in, get good grades, please the parents and teachers. Thinking about weight problems is not something you want to add to the mix. You’ll be better of working towards avoiding a serious weight problem by making healthier lifestyle choices and taking care of yourself. Here are some steps to help you avoid developing a serious weight problem as a teenager.
1 – Limit the amount of junk food you eat. Just because all your friends are gorging themselves on burgers and fries doesn’t mean you have to either. Junk food is unhealthy and it’s laden with fat, grease and calories that you want to avoid especially as part of a regular eating plan. Leave junk food for special occasions and when you do consume it choose small portions. This small change will help you avoid developing serious weight problems.
2 – Get moving every chance you get. Walk or cycle to work if it’s safe in your area to do so and your parents have nothing against it. This will provide you with some exercise before and after school. It’s a physical activity that will give you a break from the mental strain you have all day while preventing you from gaining weight.
3 – Make sport a priority at school. Take part in your physical education classes regardless of whether you’re playing football, swimming or trying handball. It’s a form of physical activity that is going to help you stay fit, healthy and you will avoid developing a serious weight problem as a teen.
4 – Remember to enjoy a nutritious breakfast before you go to school. Studies have found that people who don’t eat breakfast every day are more likely to suffer from weight problems. Breakfast doesn’t have to be massive nor does have to be complicated. A bowl of low sugar and high fiber cereal is a great start to the day. You can also try fruit and yoghurt or even a ham and cheese sandwich if you want. Breakfast will speed up your metabolism from the fast you’ve had all night and will ensure that your brain functions properly in class.
5 – Weight problems can also go the other way. Anorexia and bulimia are becoming more common among teenagers. Forget about the models on magazine covers as they don’t always look like that. Stop weighing yourself obsessively and try to eat six small meals every day to maintain a healthy weight and avoid problems during your teenage years.