Over the last few decades, teens in the United States have been gaining weight and becoming less healthy. Teens generally have a surge in appetite because of puberty and adolescence, so the body increases its demand for calories. At this stage of growth, teenagers must be careful to maintain a nutritious diet.
The best diet for teens is one that has the right balance of nutrients. Proteins, carbohydrates, and fats serve as energy sources for the growing teenager. Here are some dieting tips for teens:
- Chose healthy sources of proteins such as lean meats, nuts, and eggs.
- Chose whole grain breads and cereals because they are high in fiber.
- Limit fast food and junk food.
- Increase the consumption of milk and milk products.
Studies at the North Dakota State University have shown that a fiber-rich diet not only provides the required calorie intake for teens, but also supplies them with essential vitamins and minerals. Even obese teens are advised to maintain a balanced diet and avoid extreme methods of weight reduction such as consuming diet pills and skipping meals. Physical activity of any form such as dancing and aerobics is a great help.
Teens also should take their daily quota of calcium without fail. Growing bones accept calcium only during the teenage years. Teenagers who give up milk in favor of soft drinks are at a risk for osteoporosis (a disease that silently depletes the bones of calcium) as they age. A healthy diet for teens would ideally include good sources of calcium such as milk, dairy products, dark leafy vegetables, and canned fish.
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