Avoid fad diets, It’s never a good idea to trade meals for shakes or to give up a food group in the hope that you’ll lose weight – we all need a variety of foods to stay healthy. Stay away from fad diets because you’re still growing and need to make sure you get proper nutrients.
Avoid diet pills even the over-the-counter or herbal variety. They can be dangerous to your health, besides, there’s no evidence that they help keep weight off over the long term.
Do not banish certain foods. Do not tell yourself you’ll never again eat your absolutely favorite peanut butter chocolate ice cream or a bag of chips from the vending machine at school. Making these foods forbidden is sure to make you want them even more. Also, do not go fat free: you need to have some fat in your diet to stay healthy, so giving up all foods have fat that is not a good idea. The key to long-term success is making healthy choices most of the time. If you want a piece of cake at a party, go for it! But munch on the carrots rather than the chips to balance it out.
Get moving. You may find that you do not need to cut calories as much as you need to get off your behind. Do not get stuck in the rut of thinking you have to play a team sport or take an aerobics class to get exercise. Try a variety of activities from hiking to cycling to dancing until you find ones you like.
Not a jock? Find other ways to fit activity into your day: walk to school, jog up and down the stairs a couple of times before your morning shower, turn off the tube and help your parents in the garden, or take a stroll past your crush’s house – anything that gets you moving. Your goal should be to work up to 60 minutes of exercise every day. But everyone has to begin somewhere. It’s fine to start out by simply taking a few turns around the block after school and building up your levels of fitness gradually.
Muscle burns more calories than fat. So adding strength training to your exercise routine can help you reach your weight loss goals as well as give you a toned bod. And weights are not the only way to go: try resistance bands, Pilates, or pushups to get strong. A good, well-balanced fitness routine includes aerobic workouts, strength training, and flexibility exercises.
So you were going to have one cracker with spray cheese on it and the next thing you know the can’s pumping air and the box is empty? Drink some water, brush your teeth, and move on. Everyone who’s ever tried to lose weight has found it challenging. When you slip up, the best idea is to get right back on track and do not look back. That avoids telling yourself you’ll get back on track tomorrow or next week or after new year’s. Start now.