Raising teenagers is not easy. Most of the time, they won’t even talk to you. You might ask them how their day at school was, and in response, you’ll get an annoyed eye roll before they walk out of the room. This is not easy to live with, but they’re your children. Moreover, they’ll eventually grow out of this phase, which is good because no one can live with a person like this forever.
Even though it’s difficult to live with a teenager who always seems annoyed and perturbed at something or other, you’re the parent, and it’s your job to help your child when they need something. Being overweight in middle school or high school is extremely difficult for teenagers. This is actually a large problem facing these young adults. They may be made fun of by their peers or bullies at school, or they may simply feel self-conscious about their weight. As a parent, you can help your child lose weight in a healthy way.
Before doing this, it’s important to know that not all teenagers need to lose weight even if they say they want to. Many teenagers think that they are overweight, but they really have body dysmorphia and think that they are larger than they really are. Again, as the parent, it’s your responsibility to make sure that your child actually needs to lose weight if they tell you that they want to go on a diet.
To help your teenager lose weight, you’ll need to do two things. First, you’ll need to teach them some things about counting calories and taking care of their nutrition, and second, you’ll need to help them integrate exercise into their daily routine.
Losing weight is a fairly easy concept. Your teenager will need to expend more calories than they take in. They can do this by choosing an optimal daily caloric intake and tracking their calories on a regular basis. They should be eating lots of fruits, vegetables and lean proteins. Similarly, help your teenager make sure that they’re getting some form of exercise every day. Aim for 20 minutes a day at least five times a week.