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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.

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Reviewed on March 22, 2007

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