Teenage Weight Loss - How to Lose Weight Safely Teens Can

Teenagers with body mass index between 25 and 30 require immediate medical attention. The internal stress caused by such a large weight almost guarantees the development of premature health problems such as diabetes, heart disease, cancers and stroke.

There is no question that aggressive weight loss methods are needed, and these teens should be accompanied by medical experts for years to come. But what about teenagers with body mass index just below 25? Is it safe for this group of overweight and obese adolescents lose weight gently?
The verdict is still out - weight loss community continues to wait for more evidence supporting aggressive methods of weight loss for overweight teens. I say while we're waiting, let's lose some weight.

But we should not be so aggressive with this group. Overweight adolescents have to lose weight, but in a slow, gradual process. Long-term weight loss and the development of positive habits to replace the push for immediate weight loss in adolescents with body mass index between 22 and 25.
Any teenager who wants to lose weight for cosmetic reasons only. As we approach this fragile situation, as parents and professionals? We can not just say no to it for fear that it could turn to unhealthy means to lose weight. But we can not just give him the green light and say, go for it, too.
The rest of this article focuses on the dilemma of teenage cosmetic weight loss. The best thing I can do at least provide some basic rights of adolescents with body mass index less than 22, who insist on losing weight.

Cosmetic Teenage Weight Loss - Basic rules

Here's a simple, straightforward list of ground rules for teenagers wanting to lose weight for cosmetic reasons: 
  • Losing weight with a body mass index less than 19 is not recommended, and might even be harmful. Things like eating disorders, endocrine abnormalities, stunted growth, and anorexia - all well documented consequences from unnecessary teenage weight loss.
  • Teenagers with body mass index between 20 and 22, can lose 5 - 10 pounds in a safe and efficient manner.
  • The primary mechanism for teenage weight loss is always "burning" calories through increased physical activity. The combination of aerobic exercise and resistance training is fast and leads to better results.
  • Adolescent weight loss, loss of calories should be maintained to a minimum. The slow, gradual, and limiting run, calories is key. I recommend to start with a 5% reduction in calories from the ground within two weeks. This is accompanied by a 10% reduction within one week and then 15% reduction (where necessary) for one week.
  • Highlighting the consistent implementation and nutritious diet is often all that is necessary for the teenager to drop some weight, firm and tone muscles and achieve its "cosmetic" purposes.
  • For the actual steps to safe and effective weight loss teenage additional information on resistance training, and guidelines to limit the calories, use this connection ...

To Healthy Living!
Michael A. Smith, MD
Chief Medical Consultant