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Losing Weight the Wrong Way

Losing weight in a hurry sounds like a great idea, but quick-fix methods (like starvation) are bad news for your body. Take a look at Lindsay Lohan and Nicole Richie's dramatic weight loss. No one's sure how they lost the weight, but it's been making headlines for the past few months. Lindsay recently collapsed halfway through a spinning session (bicycle workout) and campaigns have been set up to help these Hollywood chicks gain back some weight! When it comes to weight loss, there's a right way and a wrong way, so before you risk your health, get educated on what NOT to do.

The Wrong Way - Skipping Meals

Teens who starve themselves may make it through to the end of the week - and maybe even lose a pound or two - but most will end up suffering from health problems. Your body needs a certain number of calories each day to function properly. If you skip a meal to lose weight, then you may end up overeating at your next meal to make up for those missing calories. And you'll be too tired to focus on your schoolwork or attend volleyball practice because you'll just be thinking about food and how loudly your stomach is grumbling!

Try to eat the colors of a rainbow in veggiesTry to eat the colors of a rainbow in veggies

The Wrong Way - Low-Calorie Diets

If you're on a low-calorie diet, then you'll be restricting yourself to certain types of foods, which won't allow you to get enough vitamins and minerals. These types of diets may cause rapid weight loss, but most of it is water and muscle mass, not fat, which is what you want to lose. Plus, you probably won't be able to keep the weight off. Weight loss from low-calorie diets can cause serious health problems in teens, such as bad breath, diarrhea, nausea and even hair loss.

Fish is a healthy alternative to meatsFish is a healthy alternative to meats

The Wrong Way - Diet Pills

Dietary supplements claim to melt the pounds away, but what they're actually doing is increasing your heart rate. Most diet pills contain laxatives, which cause bowel movements, and amphetamine-like herbs, which speed up the heart and nervous system and raise your blood pressure to dangerous levels.

The Wrong Way - Forced Vomiting

Some teens think that barfing out what they eat will prevent weight gain, but this is one of the worst ways to try and lose weight. Repeated vomiting will cause dehydration and swelling in the salivary glands. As well, stomach acid will damage your esophagus (the tube from the mouth to the stomach) and cause tooth decay. Forced vomiting is also the first sign of the eating disorder called bulimia.

A big bowl of veggies is a low calorie meal optionA big bowl of veggies is a low calorie meal option

The Right Way to Lose Weight

So what's the best way to lose weight in a healthy manner? It's easy - eat a lot of fruits and veggies and excercise often!

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Best Way to Lose Weight?

  • Eat more fruits and veggies, even though I hate them.
  • Swear off junk food.
  • Exercise three times a week.
  • Stick to a healthy diet - and follow it!

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CoolerThanMyself
I'm a 12 year old girl with really strict parents! I do chores( even handling BLEACH sometimes) , I take care of my little brother, I'm in top set for all my classes- even on the gifted and talented register and I've only ever had 1 detention- and that was their fault anyway bc I was late( they drive). But, I'm still NEVER allowed out with my friends! My friends are all in top sets as well, are well behaved and all we literally would do is window shopping. I mean, there are my age smoking shisha and doing #####- they should be lucky I'm not a delinquent! But my parents always say I can't hang out. Not because they're worried about my safety, they just dont want me to go out.! Even sleepovers, my parents always say no because they ' haven't met the parents" but they make NO effort to do so. I'm losing out on knowing my friends better and whilst they're all making best friends, at school I'm just the person in the background- the left out friend. It hurts and most of the time I wish I was fostered or something. How can I make them loosen up? ( don't say anything about sneaking out because I chose life)
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Corps
Corps posted in Style:
Thank You Mate :)
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Kirsteeeeen
Kirsteeeeen posted in Friends:
Is there a particular reason or situation causing you to feel this way? I can't provide much advice other than talk to them about it. Communication is important.
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Arenl
Arenl posted in Friends:
He is a jerk, but then what ?? He is your best friend . Maybe you should tell him to sleep for an extra hour. It may be a lack of sleep.
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KittyCheshire
KittyCheshire posted in Friends:
My BFFEL (best friend for eternal life) is being a jerk after we have been friends for a long time. What should I do?
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