Teenagers face a lot of social pressures. The never-ending quest for a slim, lovely body being an important one. It’s no surprise to see so many new ‘magical’ diets on the market promising instant weight-loss with close to no effort. Wonderful!!! IF they worked! Unfortunately, that is not always the case.
THE DANGERS OF DIETING
Many teenagers opt for semi-starvation diets, or a variety of the above mentioned ‘miracle’ diets.
Although your scale may register good weight losses when you follow one of these, but much of this weight reduction is due to a loss of body water, a breakdown of lean body tissue and metabolic changes within the body. In other words: only a small percentage of the weight you lose is actual fat loss.
Repetitive dieting can also make it more difficult to lose weight because the rate at which food is burnt tends to slow down. Less food is then required to maintain body weight, therefore when you go back to eating normally, weight tends to be regained.
ARE YOU A DIETING RISK?
It is important to recognise whether you fall into the diet risk group. Answer the questions below:
- Do you constantly worry about your weight?
- Do you feel guilty whenever you eat more than your ‘diet’ allows?
- Do you experience a compulsion to eat more every so often, that you can’t seem to control?Tracey’s Success Story
- When you go on a diet, is it very important for you to lose weight as quickly as possible?
- Do you frequently start strict diets and break it by going on an eating binge?
- Does your weight fluctuates regularly by more than 3 to 4 kgs?
- Do you sometimes use ‘diet pills’ in an attempt to control your appetite?
- Do you sometimes use laxatives to help weight loss?
- Do you sometimes induce vomiting after meals in an attempt to lose weight?
If you have answered ‘yes’ to more than half of the above questions, you have unhealthy eating habits that may catch up to you at some point. You need to change these habits.
If you have answered ‘yes’ to the last 2 questions, your eating habits could be dangerous to your health and we recommend you seek professional help immediately.
A HEALTHY ALTERNATIVE TO LOSING WEIGHT
So! Crash diets don’t work in the long run. They are bad for your health. They do not provide sufficient nutrients. They leave you feeling lethargic and irritable. They affect your ability to concentrate.
What is then the correct solution for long lasting effective weight loss, health and vitality?
The only sensible, healthy and effective way to lose weight and keep it off, is to develop healthy eating habits that are easy to keep and that can fit into any lifestyle, combined with regular exercise.
The Weigh-Less Lifestyle Eating Plan is a balanced, varied and flexible eating programme which will leave you feeling and looking much better. It can easily be adjusted to your day to day routine at school and socially. More importantly, there are a number of weight loss formulae that have been specially developed for teenagers.
A healthy diet will allow for long-term weight loss, a better self-image, improved relationships, more energy.