Teenage is usually the beginning of body awareness and a time when dieting can be a problem. Learning to eat healthy is one of the most important lessons teens can develop in this stage of life. Diets that are well-balanced, low in fat and carbohydrates along with a healthy lifestyle that includes exercise is the best way to lose and control weight
All too often in the hunt for the “best” diet, it is easy to get sucked into fashions and even overdoing a good thing. During teenage years, excessive cut out any particular type of food is not necessarily a good thing. It is important to learn to limit bad food and recognize good food. Building a good eating schedule that includes a healthy breakfast, lunch and dinner along with a mid-morning, afternoon and evening snack will work wonders in controlling weight.
Low Fat Vs. No Fat
The body needs some fat to function properly. One of the major problems people have, regardless of age, is the tendency to overdo a good thing. Some believe that to get rid of some fat is good, get rid of all the fat is better. This is not the case. It’s a good idea to learn what good sources of fat are nuts which and how much of them to eat at once.
Good Fat Vs. Bad Fat
Although some fat is important to proper bodily functions, it is important to distinguish between good fat and bad fat. Start teen off right by teaching them what types of fats to include in their daily diet routine. Good fats such as those contained in fish oils, and oils actually help people lose weight when used in the right proportion. Bad fats like those made of fried food, saturated fats in meat and some dairy products are those fat products should be avoided as they can lead to many health problems, including high cholesterol.
Low Carb Vs. Low Fat
There is much disagreement about what kind of diet is better: low fat or low carb. What should be considered is how to balance both proportionate in a well-balanced diet. The body needs both carbohydrates and fat in certain amounts, but by and large most consume far more than is necessary on a daily basis by both creating an overload and overweight.
Portion control is just as important as what food you eat. People, generally, are used to seeing much larger portion than is actually necessary for a healthy and balanced diet. Buy a kitchen scale to measure the amount of food you eat until you have become accustomed to seeing proper portions.
Water is an important part of any diet. Drink at least 8 cups of water daily to stay hydrated. Drinking water also helps you control your hunger by making you feel full.