Reduce sugar intake, which includes sugar in processed foods, junk food, cakes and cookies. Eat more lean proteins, less starchy foods and start exercising more.
Teenagers have a great advantage over adults as they are more energetic and have a faster metabolism.
Children and young adults should all do some sport because sport is an excellent way to stay healthy and fit. People who play sport as children and teens tend to carry on being active throughout their lives. It is really the parent’s responsibility to get kids active in the first place.
If your school does not provide adequate exercise or sports then join an after school club. Martial arts, dance or scouts will all provide plenty of exercise and activities to help get you fit.
Teenagers do need to eat more
Weight loss is still relatively easy for teens so long as a healthy diet is followed and regular exercise is taken. However, teenagers do require more calories than adults to ensure healthy growth and development.
This is often why people gain weight in their 20s – both men and women need more calories from the age of 16 until around 20, but after this time calories needs quickly drop. The problem is that appetite does not change and people start gaining weight. This is usually combined with the fact that people are less active once they leave school and start working.
Read our article on teenage health and fitness to learn more on this subject.