10 Ingredients in Weight Loss Pills

Looking for help with losing weight? Help that goes beyond the usual lifestyle changes, portion control advice and exercise routines? Weight-loss supplements touting names like “fat burner” and “thermo max” can be enticing. But do they work? And even more important, in the wake of the Food and Drug Administration’s recent ban on ephedra, are they safe?

In this article, Environmental Nutrition provides a snapshot of 10 of the most popular ingredients currently in supplements for weight loss.

Chitosan
Made from the shells of lobsters, shrimp and other shellfish, chitosan is an indigestible fiber. It is supposed to help weight loss by binding with the fat you eat, blocking its absorption. However, studies do not support this claim. Side effects include constipation and gas. People with shellfish allergies should beware.

Chromium
Most often present as chromium picolinate, it has been promoted to boost lean mass and decrease body fat. Though study findings have been inconclusive, an analysis of several studies recently concluded that supplementing with 200 to 400 micrograms of chromium picolinate could result in about a 2.5-pound weight loss per week in some people. Other studies have found a loss of body fat and an increase in muscle tissue, with no change in weight. Still others have found no effect at all. Some laboratory studies have raised safety issues, a large number of human studies suggest it is safe.

Citrus Aurantium (Bitter Orange)
This herbal extract is a natural source of synephrine (a compound similar to ephedrine) and the supplement industry’s current answer to the ephedra ban. But there are no published studies to show it is an effective supplement for weight loss. And like ephedra, its side effects include an increase in blood pressure; Environmental Nutrition recommends avoiding it.

Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA)
Both animal and human research hints at a possible role for CLA in reducing body fat and increasing lean body mass, but it’s not quite ready for prime time. None of the human studies have been long-term. CLA is currently being studied in combination with chromium picolinate. CLA is found naturally in dairy foods and beef and is generally considered safe.

Garcinia Cambogia
The extract from Garcinia cambogia fruit rind contains hydroxycitric acid (HCA), which supposedly curbs food intake, weight gain and storage of excess calories as fat. However, studies have failed to prove G. cambogia is an effective weight-loss aid. The most common side effects are upper respiratory and gastrointestinal symptoms.

Guarana
Caffeine is the effective ingredient in guarana plant seeds. Guarana may have a mild appetite suppressant effect over the short term. It was often used in combination with ephedra until ephedra was banned. The potential side effects are those of caffeine overdose—insomnia, restlessness, anxiety or panic.

Hydroxymethylbutyrate (HMB)
HMB is a natural byproduct of the breakdown of the amino acid leucine. HMB supplements are used by body builders in hopes of increasing muscle mass. A few small studies have suggested that HMB increases lean mass and decreases body fat when combined with weight training. However, studies with overweight and obese people are needed.

Plantago Psyllium
Psyllium is a water-soluble fiber from Plantago ovato seeds. Taken before a meal, it may make you feel full, causing you to eat less. While it is proved to aid constipation (that’s how Metamucil works), it has not been proved as an effective weight-loss aid.

Pyruvate
Pyruvate formulas boast that they stimulate metabolism and reduce body fat. Pyruvate is found naturally in food and in the body as a result of the breakdown of carbohydrates and protein. Some studies have shown a weight-loss benefit with pyruvate supplements. But the people in the studies also exercised and cut back on calories. Moreover, the dosage used in the studies was high, requiring a handful of tablets each day. Experts say the case for pyruvate to aid weight loss is weak.

Yerba mate
Brewed into a tea, bitter Yerba mate is high in caffeine. Used in combination with other caffeine-containing herbs, like guarana and damiana, it was found in one study to delay stomach emptying time and aid weight loss. The study was short (45 days), so conclusions on keeping the weight off cannot be made.

The Bottom Line

Though all are relatively expensive and none are proved, of these top popular weight-loss contenders, chromium picolinate and CLA are probably the most studied. If you’ve already made up your mind to go the supplement route, you might want to give them a try. Just don’t expect miracles and check with your doctor first.

 

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Making Exercise More Fun

Nothing beats waking up in the morning with the thought of going to the gym to lift weights or jog on the treadmill. After a hard days work, the gym is one place you don’t even want to think about. Sometimes, even the thought of exercising at home with your own equipment can be less than desirable, let’s make it fun.

Sometimes, just trying to get and stay motivated to exercise on a regular basis can be a challenge. No matter how you look at it, exercise can be downright boring and even tedious at times.

So, you may be wondering just how you can get the motivation you need to exercise on a regular basis. If you’ve been wondering what you can do to make exercise more fun, you’ll find some ideas below that just may help to make exercise more fun and a little bit easier.

First things first, you should exercise with a friend. You can challenge each other, help each other out, keep each other motivated and on track, make each other laugh or just make a game out of your exercise programs.

You can also try something different. If you go to the gym each and every day and use the same  piece of equipment or use the same piece of  equipment at home, you should try mixing things up. Reverse your routine or just change the order of your exercises.

Go to a city park that has playground equipment and use the slide, climb on the monkey bars, do pull-ups, hang from your knees, just let your imagination guide you. You don’t always need to follow a strict routine, just get out there and have fun working your muscles.

An outdoor circuit in the park is also something you can try. There are some parks that have circuit courses set up with a planned course where all you have to do is walk or jog to each station and then follow the instructions. If there isn’t a planned course, then you should do a combination of jogging and walking, picking a distance of a couple hundred feet. Jog 100 feet then drop and do a couple of push-ups, walk the next 100 feet and then drop to do sit ups.

You can also ride a bike around your neighborhood or hike on a hiking trail. A walk in the park or around your neighborhood is also a great way to get some exercise. Doing yoga in the park or on a beach is also a nice and relaxing way to exercise both your body and your mind.

Playing a competitive sport is also something you can try. A lot of cities have team activities such as softball, volleyball, tennis, soccer, and so on. These types of activities will not only provide you with good exercise but they will also help you to meet new people as well.

When you exercise, try to picture your muscles getting bigger. Research has shown that if you focus all of your thoughts on the muscles that you are working, they will respond better. Try to watch them work with each repetition as your muscles contract and relax.

As you can tell, there are plenty of ways you can make exercise more fun and interesting. You don’t need to follow the same routine day after day, as you can do many other things to get in some exercise.

The important thing is that you should always try to incorporate exercise in any various form into your everyday life and make these habits fun, the kind of habits that will last a lifetime.

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Tips To Lose Weight Fast

Recently, I started a new eating plan. It was really cool too because the foods I ate were healthy and filling (I actually had to eat more food). It was so effective that after just one week I lost six pounds! That’s my tip to lose weight fast, eat right!

I know, not only do we live in a society where we want things fast, we have also been conditioned to think if something is not terribly difficult or time consuming or requires a lot of sacrifice it can’t possibly work.

The truth is, that is a load of garbage in many cases. In reality, simple changes can make a big difference. When you consider that your body is like an engine and it needs certain things to keep it running smoothly, it may make more sense.

So, if you want your body to work the way it’s supposed to work you need to give it what it needs. That, my friend, is the top tip to lose weight fast I can give you.

Here are a few more specific ideas to follow:

1. Make sure you talk to your doctor before you start any type of diet or exercise plan. Only she can know your specific needs and limitations (if you have any). You want to stay healthy so your doctors office is the first place to start.

2. Find a solid, nutritious weight loss plan. Possibly ask your doctor for a recommendation. Find a plan that is sensible and good for your body for the long term. Unless your doctor tells you otherwise, I would personally stay away from “extreme” diets.

Any plan that has you eating a lot of only one type of foods, for example. I’m not a doctor and I can’t say for sure, but this sounds like a dumb idea to me. Like a car engine your body needs many types of foods to keep it running strong.

No one would just put gas in their car but not add oil. The same principle applies to your body. Why would you only eat one type of food, say protein, and ignore the other things your body needs like fats and carbohydrates?

3. Your mom was right, eat your vegetables (and fruit). Part of a balanced diet means more fresh fruits and vegetables every day. Don’t say “I don’t like vegetables”. Everything you “like” or “don’t like” has been learned over time.

We are not born with certain food or drink preferences. We are taught them. You can unlearn what foods you like and what foods you don’t like.

It will take some time, but you can do it. You may never like all vegetables, and no one is saying that you should, but you can definitely train yourself to like some vegetables (the same rule applies to all types of food and drink).

4. Make sure you drink plenty of water everyday. Much of our population is dehydrated. Too many people drink only soda, coffee, sugary sports drinks, etc. You need water. Crisp, clean, cool water. Start drinking more.

Hey, don’t make it harder than it needs to be. You don’t need a supplement or the latest ab gadget, all you need is a sensible diet and exercise plan and these other tips to lose weight fast.

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Green Tea And Weight Loss

If you ever go to the store to shop for weight loss supplements, you will find various green tea extracts right next to the other supplements. Perhaps that comes as somewhat of a surprise to you, or maybe you are aware of some connection between green tea and weight loss. It doesn’t really matter either way; what really matters is finding something that is effective at helping you to get rid of some extra pounds. Before you drink green tea or choose a supplement that contains green tea, you should understand why it’s so useful in helping people to lose weight.

There is a lot of anecdotal evidence as to green tea’s ability to help people lose weight. It’s hard to argue with somebody else’s results, but there is always a chance that it was other things that caused them to lose weight. The only way to know for sure is to do scientific or medical studies. That way any potential effects of green tea can be isolated.

Researchers have been looking into the connection between green tea and weight loss, and the results are quite exciting so far. It should be mentioned that green tea contains caffeine, so you should avoid it if you have any health conditions that prevent you from drinking. Also, you should always check with your personal doctor before making any major changes to your diet.

The first exciting finding is that green tea may boost your metabolism. There is evidence that the polyphenols in tea will increase the metabolic rate by as much as 4 percentage points for as long as twenty-four hours. That may not sound like a lot, but anything you can use to your advantage to lose weight is a good idea. It also adds up over time.

The next finding in regards to green tea and weight loss is that it can reduce your appetite. Again, it seems as though the polyphenols help to suppress the appetite. If you feel full, then you won’t fill up on other food that contains a lot of calories.

Another interesting finding is that the caffeine and theanine in green tea seem to regulate how your body absorbs and stores fat. It also regulates blood sugar levels. So, having a cup of green tea during and after each meal can have a positive impact on your weight.

So far we have seen that green tea can boost metabolism, make you feel full and improve how your body stores fat. Those three things, when combined, make green tea and weight loss a good team. It still gets better, though. As long as you don’t anything to it, a cup of green tea is virtually free of calories. That means you can enjoy all of the benefits while sipping a soothing cup of tea and feel good about doing it.

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4 Fat Loss Mistakes Most Women Make

If you’re a woman on a mission to burn fat, there’s a good chance you are making one or two (or more) fat loss mistakes most women make along the way. I see it time and time again and yet, few women ever actually crack the weight loss code.

It really doesn’t need to be as complicated as it seems. By learning what these mistakes are, you can quickly put them behind you and get on track to seeing better results.

Let’s look at four fat loss mistakes you need to know about.

Starvation Diets

If 1400 calories is good, 1000 must be better, right? Wrong. Your body needs fuel to burn fat properly. As strange as it may sound, if you cut your calories back too far, your body will just cling onto what fat it does have, making further fat loss feel impossible.

You want to use a moderate calorie deficit, like the guidelines set forth in the 3 Week Diet plan as this will ensure that your metabolism stays revved and you keep burning fat.

Failing To Plan Ahead

Another big mistake many women make is failing to plan ahead. They think about their next meal about an hour before that meal takes place. Often, this is because they’re busy and just don’t have time to do all that cooking.

If you want to see results, however, you need to plan ahead. The trick is using a weight loss program that doesn’t call for overly complex meals that mean you spend hours each day in the kitchen.

No woman can handle that — you have a life to lead. But, with a diet plan that makes planning ahead simple, you will stand a much better chance of sticking with your menu. You should never wonder ‘what to eat’ when hunger hits or you’ll be tempted to eat something you shouldn’t.

Overdoing Cardio Training

If there’s one thing that most women have in common, it’s hours spent on cardio machines. While some smart cardio training (such as sprint training) can be beneficial for fat loss, you really don’t need to chain  yourself to the treadmill, bike, or the elliptical. In fact, doing so can do more harm than good.

Instead, what you need is a basic weight training program that focuses on key lifts that make you stronger.

Check out The 3 Week Diet workout program if you need assistance in this area. This program will go over the top calorie burning exercises that will firm and tighten your body while helping you melt fat quickly.

Over complicating The Process

Finally, the last big mistake that many women make is over complicating their program. They find a diet plan that has a million rules and regulations that they must follow and then wonder why they aren’t sticking with it and it’s not working.

Simplicity is best. With a few smart guidelines that you can easily implement into your life, you can be on track to seeing superior results.

Fat loss isn’t rocket science. It all boils down to fueling your body with the right food choices and amount of energy to encourage the release of energy from body fat cells.

The 3 Week Diet plan will explain how to do this without feeling like you need a PhD. in diet lingo.

So keep these mistakes in mind. If you see yourself making any of them, make a few changes and get yourself on track to seeing better results in the future.

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The 3 Fat loss Foods Sabotaging you results

Feel like you’re doing everything right on your diet plan but still
not seeing the results you desire?

Many people find themselves in this position. They are working hard
on their approach and taking care to follow their diet to the letter.
But yet, something is amiss. The scale just isn’t going downward and
they aren’t getting the results they were hoping for.

What gives?

Often, the big problem is not their effort or motivation. The problem
is that they are letting certain foods into their diet plan that are
sabotaging their results. Often these foods are designed to be fat loss
foods but they really aren’t. Instead, they’re holding you back from success.

What are these foods? Let’s go over three foods that you need to cut
out of your diet immediately.

Fruit Flavored Yogurts

Fruit flavored yogurts are a favorite among many dieters but little do
they know they’re digging into pint-sized sugar bombs each time they
eat a small container.

Next time you’re picking out your favorite yogurt, double check the
sugar content. You might just find yourself surprised to know there
are 15 or more grams of sugar per serving.

Of course you can purchase the sugar-free varieties, but then you’ll
be taking in a number of unwanted artificial sweeteners, which can
be just as bad for you.

Instead, opt for plain Greek yogurt. Flavor it yourself by adding
a handful of fresh berries.

Fat-Free Products

Next up on the list of foods that you want to get out of your diet
plan are any products that are built to be ‘fat free’. These often
state that they are fat free on the label and proud of it.

But ask yourself, if the fat is removed, what is added? Something
had to be added otherwise these just wouldn’t taste good.

The answer to that is sugar. Sugar has often been added to these
foods and is what is causing them to still taste appealing.

And, if you are trying to lose body fat, sugar is just as bad —
if not worse — than fat is.

Protein Bars

Finally, the last of the foods that you need to be careful about
including in your diet plan are protein bars. These may seem like a
great option since they do contain protein and you’re probably trying
to get more protein into your day.

But once again, you need to check that sugar content. Most protein
bars are upwards of 15 grams of sugar or more per bar. Some measure
in as high as 30 or even 40 grams of sugar depending on the calorie
content.

In actuality, these aren’t much more than a glorified chocolate bar.
While you can buy a few bars that do keep the sugar content very low
(five grams or less per bar), you do need to search for those.
Be careful about buying these bars.

So there are three foods that you may be currently eating that could
be causing you some issues. Are any of these in your diet?

If you want to learn the two must-eat foods that will help catapult
fat loss into high gear, make sure that you check out The 3 Week Diet
which goes over the harmful and helpful foods for weight loss.

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The 5 Commandments Of Smart Dieting

To really see best results from any diet plan you choose to use, you need to learn a few ‘diet commandments’. These are guidelines that must be followed if you are going to see superior results that will help propel you forward.

Sadly, many people miss out on one or more of these and it greatly costs them their success.

Want to learn more? Check out the list of five commandments below.

Thou Shall Eat More Protein

Of all the foods that you could eat while on a fat loss diet, protein is perhaps the most important. Protein helps combat hunger, it helps stabilize blood glucose levels, and it helps prevent lean muscle mass loss. This in turn helps speed up your metabolism and accelerates the process of fat loss.

Don’t let your diet intake fall short. Aim to eat some protein in each and every meal and snack that you consume.

Thou Shall Eat Regularly

While the concept that your metabolism will increase the more often you eat isn’t entirely accurate — as the boost you get after a meal is directly related to the size of that meal — eating regularly does help to keep hunger at bay.

By feeding your body frequently throughout the day, you’ll help avoid food cravings, energy lows, and make it that much easier to stick to your diet program.

Thou Shall Prioritize Fresh Foods

When selecting your foods, eating fresh is a must. We live in a world where processed foods are around every corner and just waiting to cause us weight gain.

Eliminate these and you’ll really give your diet a boost. Focus on foods in their natural state — fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, healthy fats and oils, and lean proteins.

If you only make one change to your diet plan, make it this one.

Thou Shall Set Short Term Goals

One diet rule that you should abide by and follow is to always set short term goals for yourself. Think about what you are doing in the here and now, not months from now. It’s too easy to lose sight of your goals if they are going to take place six months to a year down the road.

Try thinking in three-week segments. Three weeks is about how long it takes for good habits to form, so is the perfect amount of time to you build behaviors that will stand the test of time.

This is precisely why The 3 Week Diet was created. It will help you stay motivated and consistent until you don’t even have to think about making those changes any longer — They’ll just be automatic.

Thou Shall Stop Comparisons

Finally, stop comparing yourself to others. Realize that this is your own journey and your own body. It’s unlike anyone else’s so you simply can’t expect to see the same results as everyone else.

Instead, start comparing yourself today to yourself from yesterday. That will give you all the details you need to know. If each day you are getting better, you are successful in your journey.

So keep these diet commandments in mind. Focus on these and you can feel confident that you are headed in the right direction.

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20 Minute Home Work Out

aerobics-18884_640You are busy, not able to get up early morning or have no time for the gym, just follow this 20 minute home work out to stay healthy and fit.

1) Jog : in one place for 3 minutes

2) Jumping jacks: 25 repeats
When landing, bend your knees slightly to reduce the impact on knee joints.

3) Crunches : 15 repeats
Lie flat on your back with your knees bent. Place your hands behind your head with elbows pointing outwards. Support your neck with your hands. Keep your neck in a straight line with your spine. Flex your waist to raise the upper torso from the mat. Lower yourself until the back of your shoulders touches the mat.
Muscle worked: rectus abdominis

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5 Healthy Tips To Weight Loss

apple-19309_640The world is fascinated with weight loss, some for health reasons and others for cosmetic. No matter the reason, many people try harsh diets that never work, extreme exercise regimens that result in injuries or other weight loss program that end without success. The reason that none of these weight loss methods seem to work is because in order to stay with a program, you have to enjoy it. Not only that, but it has to be safe as well.

Below are 5 genuine tips to weight loss, which almost anyone can do without tossing out their favorite food or spending every spare minute in the gym. Realistically, any weight loss program will take time. If anyone promises you different, they are either not being completely honest or are simply uninformed. Follow one single weight loss program for 30 days, whatever it may be, and see if you have results. If not, move on to something else. In the meantime, check out several tips to getting started today. Continue reading

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5 Best Ways To Lose Weight

belly-2473_640When you are dealing with a phenomenon as diverse as human beings, it is very difficult to create rules which will work equally well for everyone. Nevertheless, there are some characteristics shared by all human beings, and this means that some basic principles can be developed. Here are five proven techniques to help you lose weight.

Best Way 1 The most fundamental strategy of successful weight loss is to burn more calories than you take in. You shouldn’t find it difficult to apply this in some aspect of your life. Adjust your diet by cutting down on high fat food, and take some simple exercise for twenty minutes, three times a week. Going for a brisk walk instead of driving everywhere will have the desired effect, as will gentle jogging or swimming.

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7 Top Foods to Include in your Kid’s Diet

kid-164472_640Here is a list of the top 7 healthiest foods to feed your kid and why it’s so healthy:

1. Oatmeal: A fabulous breakfast food, full of B vitamins, iron, zinc and calcium. Old-fashioned oatmeal offers plenty of carbohydrate for quick energy and high fiber.  Add berries and honey to make it a delicious perfect food for those fast-paced school day mornings!

2. Yogurt: Kick your child’s dairy consumption up a notch and include yogurt on the menu. A great source of calcium, yogurt is easier to digest than regular milk, and the cultures (check the label to make sure they’re in there!) are very beneficial to good colon health. Watch it on the sugar content though.  A great idea is to buy plain yogurt and sweeten it yourself with fresh fruit!

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Get Those Calories Out Of Restaurant Food

salad-210717_640When I eat out I want it to be special, consequently I don’t eat out often. You may have seen the advice on how to shave calories at restaurants but really, are you wanting to pay high restaurant prices for undressed salads and plain steamed vegetables? If not, how then can you solve the dilemma of too many calories when you eat out?

Here are seven tips for getting the calories out of restaurant meals while still ordering your favorites.

1. Say NO to super sizing. The size you ordered is already too big. Stop super sizing and you’ll save money. Better still, order one dinner and ask for an extra plate. Many restaurants will do this for a dollar or two, and it’s well worth it. Then share the meal with your friend and you split the cost straight down the middle. Another option is to order from the so called “appetizer” menu. Two people could order three entrees, one dessert and split the whole thing and it’s still a ton of food! Continue reading

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5 Components of Physical Fitness

exercise-86200_640Physical fitness is the ability to function effectively throughout your workday, perform your usual other activities and still have enough energy left over to handle any extra stresses or emergencies which may arise.

The components of physical fitness are:

*  Cardiorespiratory (CR) endurance – the efficiency with which the body delivers oxygen and nutrients needed for muscular activity and transports waste products from the cells.

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10 Easy Ways to a ‘Healthy-Diet’ for Kids

boy-183306_640Creating a Healthy Home can be easier than you think.

Creating a nutritionally healthy home is one of the most important steps you can take to ensure the health of your child. To start, make smart food choices, and help your child develop a positive relationship with healthy food. Your children will learn their food smarts from your example.

Here are the top 10 tips for getting children to eat healthy food:

1. Do not restrict food. Restricting food increases the risk your child may develop eating disorders such as anorexia or bulimia later in life. It can also have a negative effect on growth and development.   Also by restricting food you will actually increase the risk of overeating later in the day which will cause weight gain.

2. Keep healthy food at hand. Children will eat what’s readily available. Keep fruit in a bowl on the counter, not buried in the crisper section of your fridge. Remember, your child can only choose foods that you stock in the house, by limiting ‘junk food’ you will, by default, teach your child how to choose healthier foods.

3. Don’t label foods as “good” or “bad.” Instead, tie foods to the things your child cares about, such as sports, academics and hobbies. Let your child know that lean protein such as turkey and calcium in dairy products give strength to their sports and academic performance, the antioxidants in fruits and vegetables add luster to skin and hair and the carbs in whole grains will give them energy to play.

4. Praise healthy choices. Give your children a proud smile and tell them how smart they are when they choose healthy foods. Kids thrive on positive reinforcement!

5. Don’t nag about unhealthy choices. If your child chooses unhealthy foods infrequently, ignore it. However, if your child always wants fatty, fried food, redirect the choice. You might try roasting potato sticks in the oven (tossed in just a bit of oil) instead of buying french fries. Or, if your child wants candy, you might make fresh strawberries dipped in a little chocolate sauce. Too busy? Then keep naturally sweet dried fruit at home for quick snacks.  With consistent effort taste buds change and soon your child will be craving healthy foods.

6. Never use food as a reward. This could create weight problems in later life. Instead, reward your children with something physical and fun — perhaps a trip to the park or a quick game of catch.

7. Sit down to family dinners at night. If this isn’t a tradition in your home, it should be. Research shows that children who eat dinners at the table with their parents have better nutrition and are less likely to get in serious trouble as teenagers. Start with one night a week, and then work up to three or four, to gradually build the habit.

8. Prepare plates in the kitchen. There you can put healthy portions of each item on everyone’s dinner plate. Your children will learn to recognize correct portion sizes.  Too often people go for seconds and even thirds just because the food is right there.  You might notice that you need less food to feel full!

9. Give the kids some control. Ask your children to take three bites of all the foods on their plate and give it a grade, such as A, B, C, D, or F. When healthy foods – especially certain vegetables — get high marks, serve them more often. Offer the items your children don’t like less frequently. This lets your children participate in decision making. After all, dining is a family affair!

10. Consult your pediatrician. Always talk with your child’s doctor before putting your child on a diet, trying to help your child gain weight, or making any significant changes in the type of foods your child eats. Never diagnose your child as too heavy, or too thin, by yourself.  If weight change is recommended seek the help of a Dietitian.

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How To Save Your Obese Teenager Further Embarrassement

We all know the teenage years can be very tumultuous. Not quite an adult, and not a child, this in between and all the new feelings and emotions can make this time in anyone’s life stressful. For an obese teenager that stress is multiplied. The good news is that they don’t have to be obese. I’m not saying it won’t take time or that it will be easy, but if they really want it, they can lose the weight and have a less stressful and much healthier life…and you can help.

Here are some things that can help a teen lose weight and start living a more healthy lifestyle:

1. First and foremost anyone,

who wants to lose weight will need to accurately access how much weight they need to lose. Very often, especially for teen girls, they have a very unrealistic idea of what ‘fat’ is. Many times a teen girl will think she’s fat if she can’t see her rib cage.

If they really are overweight it’s important to talk to their doctor to find out what the proper weight should be for their age, gender, height, and build. From that point a proper diet and exercise plan can be tailored for their specific needs and goals.

2. One really nice thing that a parent can do is to workout with their teen. Whether it’s bike rides, swimming in the pool, or tossing a ball back and forth this will allow both of you the time to get some exercise as well as some nice together time.

3. If your teen needs to lose more than just 10 pounds or so you may want to talk with their doctor for a specific diet plan. This doesn’t mean medication but teaching your teen what they should eat and how much. This can lead not only to weight loss but a lifestyle change that will ensure that once your child has lost the weight, they will never gain it back again; the weight loss will be permanent because the lifestyle changes are permanent.

4. Don’t buy bad food.

If your child can’t drive yet, they are pretty much ‘stuck’ with whatever you buy. If you don’t have a lot of snack food and processed food in the house your kid can’t eat it. Instead of buying junk food when you go grocery shopping start buying whole, non- processed foods.

Buy plenty of fruits, vegetables, and lean proteins. Your teen will likely be resistant at first but you can remind them that the types of foods they like is a learned habit and they can change that habit. If they stick with it they can get to the point where they don’t even like the taste of the junk food anymore.

5. Invest in a good low fat cookbook.

It’s usually pretty easy to make simple changes to not only the types of foods you cook, but also the way you cook them. These changes can help you eliminate a lot of the fat in your diet.

If you have an obese teenager and you don’t want their teenage years to be any more difficult then they have to be, you can help your child make better choices and get in the type of shape they can feel good about. It won’t be easy, and your teen will likely be resistant at first, but if you lead by example and stay consistent, more than likely your teen will come around. This is a great opportunity for both of you to create a healthier lifestyle all while spending some fun times together, who could ask for more?

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