Teenage weight loss tips is a very real and prominent topic that is searched every day on the internet and that is because on average, 2 out of 3 people in the US are overweight and that includes teens and children, but in my opinion I think teens have it the worst of all.
There is so much going on in a teen’s body and mind like fluctuating hormones, peer pressure, boy/girl trouble, school stress, and just trying to figure out who they are that adding another stress of being overweight not only contributes to low body image and self-esteem, but it is also completely unnecessary and treatable.
So, in today’s post I am going to offer up 4 Teenage Weight Loss Tips, but this is not going to be your average list. This list is going to help take some of the burden of weight loss off your teen’s shoulders and let you, the parent, carry some of that responsibility.
Tip 1: Set A Good Example: The first tip and probably the most important one. As much as you think your teen hates you, rolls their eyes in your direction, or just ignores you all together, believe me, they are paying attention. If they weren’t how would they throw things back at us.
They need you to guide them and show them how to live even if it is in a completely passive way. If they see you make poor choices, they are very likely to think it is okay and make that same choice at some point down the road. So begin to take care of yourself and make it a priority and you just might see your teen’s interests change too.
Tip 2: Do It Together. If your teen is open enough to it, work out together, make healthy food choices together, and more importantly REWARD yourselves together. Even for those small victories. One trap you might fall into here is that you start pushing your teen too hard and you turn into a drill sergeant. That is no fun for your teen and they will end up quitting on you. Treat your teen as your workout PARTNER, not your child when it comes to working out; obviously not in your home.
Even if your teen decides not to work out one day (or many days), don’t push, just accept and work out on your own because your main goal is to set a good example. Your teen will pick up on the fact that nothing deters you from working out and eating right, and it will click for them too, eventually.
Also make sure your teen notices you rewarding yourself and when they decide to participate, they will also get rewarded.
Tip 3: Offer/Have Available Quick, Easy Food Options. One awesome option is a nutritional shake that can be consumed as a healthy snack or maybe on those mornings when we need to be out the door fast. Hand your teen a shake and a banana and fly out the door. Now breakfast is taken care of and you know it had some nutrition.
This responsibility really falls mostly in your hands. You cannot expect your teen to make a great food choice if it is not available and/or you, yourself, are not doing it. Make it easy for them and don’t make it a big deal.
Tip 4: Be Supportive: During this time your teen will need you to be that pillar of unwavering support. I am sure you remember your teenage years and how difficult they were, so be there strong and present when the opportunity presents itself. If they want help with weight loss, then do that. HELP, DON’T PUSH and you will see more results than not.
I hope this post will help you and your teen move forward in the battle against weight loss and possibly take a little different perspective on how to help your teen. Best wishes, it is not an easy road, that is for certain. But it is a road that seldom travel, but those who do find the journey very rewarding
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