Teen weight loss tips

Motivation is the key to a successful weight loss. This is definitely true for everyone but especially so for teenagers. At a younger age, your attention span is much shorter than it should be. If you’re looking to lose weight it will be a lengthy process that takes hard work and dedication. Therefore, you need something to keep you motivated in order to succeed.

There are many different ways to keep yourself motivated but the heart of your motivation will be determined by you. If you aren’t ready to change your lifestyle, you can’t force it. However, if there’s something that drives you to work harder at losing weight it can help you out a lot. It basically takes motivation and strong will power to keep focused on achieving your goals.

Just find something to keep you motivated; for some people, it may be the concept of becoming more attractive for the opposite sex, but for others it may be to get in shape for their own mind and satisfaction. If there’s an importance to getting in shape, you have something to drive you to try harder. While it may seem over stressed, this is the most important thing to remember, and most people fail their weight loss attempt because they don’t have anything to keep them motivated.

Planning Goals
Another way to keep you motivated is to create various goals that you wish to achieve. In order to do this you will have to determine whether to create short term or long term goals. With weight loss, it’s not a sprint, but rather a marathon – so, plan long term goals.

You can’t lose the weight over night and you probably won’t notice changes for a while, so you have to look at the big picture. Set goals for months, maybe even years (in more severe cases) down the road. Whether you want to set a specific weight to reach or just want to have more visible abs by a certain date, having goals to work towards can help keep you on track.

However, make sure the goals are achievable within the getting time frame. If you want to set a certain amount of weight to lose per week or month, make sure it’s a healthy amount – about a pound per week is normal in most cases.

Keeping the Weight Off
Your weight can go up or down a few pounds per day easily. Depending on how much you eat on a certain day, your weight may be a lot higher or lower than it seems. If you starve yourself or don’t eat as much as you should, your weight will decrease, but it won’t stay off. After you finally lose the weight (both short term and when you reach your final goal), you have to make sure that you keep it off.

In order to keep the weight off you will need to change your lifestyle to a much healthier one. You will have to kick your unhealthy eating habits to the curb and create a healthy diet plan to go by. Combined with daily exercise, this is the key to success.

The vast majority of people who are out of shape are that way because they have unhealthy eating habits and live a sedentary lifestyle, so even if you manage to lose the weight, it won’t stay off if you don’t change what caused the problem in the first place.

Getting Support from Others
While losing weight is mostly a mental fight on your own, you can find others to help you out. Whether it be family or friends, there’s likely someone there that can help you. You may even want to find a friend that is in a similar situation as a work out partner can help push you the extra mile and force you to not quit when you feel like giving up.

As well, if you notify your parents that you’re going to try to lose weight, they will most likely be supportive. Since you’re likely eating the food they’re providing you, it would be best to see if you can convert to eating healthier foods.

While your parents may not be as willing to go along with it, and it may be hard since you can’t really choose what you eat, you can still find healthy alternatives at home if you have to avoid what they’re eating.

There are endless tips for teens that are looking to lose weight. You may even want to consider looking into joining various sports teams as there are other benefits besides a weight loss, such as the ability to meet new friends and play a game you enjoy.

Any sports that involve a lot of running/sprinting are a good option, especially basketball. Just make sure you stay focused on achieving your goals and don’t give up or think that you can’t lose the weight, even if it takes a while to see the results.

Last updated on Mar 28th, 2011 and filed under Weight Loss. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

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