It's out of the bag and no longer a secret, the American diet consists of more than 30% fat, this is according to the American Heart Association. Teens are the ones that are the most susceptible to gain a bunch of weight because of all the easy access to all the junk food available in schools and everywhere else. Today there are also so many things that make life so much easier that a teen barely has to move off of the couch to be entertained. But if you are a teen that has decided to lose some fat and gain some muscle, here are a few things you should do to help you do just that.
The very first thing you should do is go see a doctor and get yourself a physical. Just because you are a teen does not mean you shouldn't get a physical and get the advice of a doctor before you go on any kind of diet or exercise program.
You also need to understand that you are only human and that you need to set realistic goals. Goals that you know you can reach. The last thing you want to do is set yourself up for failure. Try not to set your goal for any more than losing two pounds a week. This is the healthiest way for anyone to lose weight including teens. Anything over that is considered not very healthy for your body.
The next thing you need to do is stop eating all of that fatty food. Stop eating so much greasy pizza and hamburgers. Try and limit your fat intake to about 3 teaspoons each day. You need to also stop that late night snack eating. You know you do, and you really need to make that a big “No no” on your diet and exercise plan.
You need to include exercise in your program. That's right, turn off the Playstation and get out and do some real exercise. The best way to do this is consider joining some sort of program at a gym. This will give you some structure and a variety of different kinds of machines that you can work with. Once you find a gym you like and can afford you are going to create a consistent workout.
Consistency is important and once you have a workout that you like you need to consistently do it and since you are a teen you should do the workout at least four times a week. The length of your workout should be at least 45 minutes each session. You need to make sure that you also include some cardio in the workout as well. A treadmill is a good place to start and then you can work on moving to other things after you have gotten used to the treadmill.
A good thing to do is to talk to a personal trainer at the gym so they can help you learn how to use all of the different equipment and they should also be willing to help you figure out a routine for your workout, something that is right for your needs. This way you will have someone to rely upon in case you need help or advice during your workouts. It will also help to cut down on any possible injuries.
If you follow these suggestions by combining a good diet and exercise you may see a difference as soon as 30 days and you will discover it's not so bad to exercise, lose fat and gain muscle.