Skip to content
My WebMD Sign In, Sign Up

Weight Loss & Diet Plans

Font Size

Teen Weight Loss Secrets

Successful teen dieters reveal their weight loss strategies.

Teen Weight Loss Wisdom

Boutelle says that successful behaviors for teenage weight loss include:

  • Eating more fruits and vegetables
  • Eating more whole grains
  • Eating more low-fat dairy and lean meats
  • Eating less fat
  • Drinking less soda
  • Exercising regularly
  • Getting on the scale weekly

For their part, parents can stock the house with healthy foods -- including some treats. They can also enjoy nutritious foods and engage in regular physical activity together with their teens. But while serving as good role models, parents should still allow teens to make their own choices. To succeed, teens need to take responsibility for what they eat and how often they exercise.

Parents may need some additional guidance to help overweight teens get to the stage where they are ready to lose weight.  Health care professionals can provide suggestions that teens will listen to, as well as support for both parents and teens.

1|2|3
Reviewed on March 22, 2007

Today on WebMD

measuring waist
4 tips for shedding yours.
apple cider vinegar
Does it have health benefits?
 
Chocolate truffle
For weight loss, some aren’t so bad after all.
woman holding red dress
24 simple, practical tips.
 
woman shopping fresh produce
Video
butter curl on knife
Quiz
 
eating out healthy
Article
Smiling woman, red hair
Article
 
thumbnail_woman_tossing_spinach
Video
lunchbox
Article
 
What Girls Need To Know About Eating Disorders
Article
teen squeezing into jeans
fitfor Teens
 

Special Sections