you seen the NBC reality show, The Biggest Loser? In the show, people
work really hard to lose weight. They eat a whole lot less. They exercise all
day long. Every week, they weigh themselves. The person who loses the most is
called the Biggest Loser.
Each week, the people on the
show lose 10, 15 or even 20 pounds. Wow! Many overweight kids and teens watch
this show. Many kids and teens think they will lose that much weight too. When
they do not lose as much, many think they fail. This is wrong! Consider these
weight loss reality checks:
Losing weight takes time.
Most people cannot lose 10 or more pounds in a week.
The people on the show work
out all day long. They have a trainer with them most of the day. Most people
cannot have this.
Adults can usually lose 1 to
2 pounds per week. Kids and teens may not lose as much. Since kids and teens are
still growing, losing weight is even harder!
and teens trying to live healthier end up staying at the
same weight. This helps stop the weight gain. Their bodies get healthier as they
and teens can lose 1 pound per month. Others can lose 1 to 2 pounds per week.
Chat with your doctor or dietitian. They can help you make a plan. In this plan
you can include how quickly you want to lose weight.
You may have
a goal weight. Many kids and teens want to get to their goal weight by a certain
time. Some want to get there by Christmas. Others say they want to get healthier
by prom. Having a goal is great. Be sure to remember that weight loss is a
journey. Take it one day at a time. It takes lots of time. Be sure to give
yourself enough time.
weight is hard work. And, it is good work. Believe in yourself and you will get
this a healthy week!
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