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Overweight Adolescents

by on Jul.01, 2011, under Weight Loss

Question: I am an adolescent and according to the five pounds for every foot rule, at least 15lbs overweight. I do aerobics daily, do pretty well at watching my diet and eating healthy snacks, have a regular personal weight-lifting program three times a week as well as various dance workshops. But I can’t seem to shake the pounds. I have been doing this since about mid- January. I know to keep a regular exercise routine and eat well, but is there anything else? Or am I too impatient expecting results? Thank you for your help.

Answer: Congratulations! You seem to be doing everything right. Two suggestions we would make to you. Don’t be impatient. Think how long it took you to put on those 15 pounds. Weight lost fast usually does not stay off. Slow and steady is the key. Our second suggestion to you is to re-assess your diet. With all the exercise you are doing, you should be seeing some results, however slow. Increase aerobic exercise.

Make those “various” dance workshops a regular scheduled exercise three or four times a week. Cut your portions, especially carbohydrates, as they will turn to fat in the body if overeaten. Increase fruit, vegetables and grains. Limit protein to about three to six ounces a day. Take a serious look at your diet.

Keep a food journal and write down every bite you take. At the end of the week, we think you’ll see where you can cut back.

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