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Health Information For Teens
I’m a 16-year-old guy. I heard that eating fewer carbs will help you lose weight. I play basketball and baseball so I stay active, but I’d still like to lose weight.
The first thing to ask yourself is: “Do I have too much fat?” A lot of teen athletes, especially guys, may weigh more than average for their age because they have extra muscle — not too much fat — on their bodies.
Only people who have excess body fat should consider cutting calories and trying to lose weight. If people with normal amounts of body fat go on a low-cal diet, they lose muscle tissue, which just makes them weaker, slower, and saps them of energy. Not exactly what you want if you’re driving to the hoop or trying to smack one out of the park. So check with your doctor first about whether losing weight is right for you.
If you find out that you really do have too much body fat, the best way to get rid of it is through a combination of exercise and eating fewer calories. Despite all the media fuss about low-carb diets, research into their effectiveness (especially among teens) is still limited.
There isn’t much evidence that cutting down on a particular food group, like carbs, is a better way to lose weight than just eating fewer calories altogether. In fact, no diet that drastically restricts calories or cuts out particular foods has been proven to keep weight off over the long term. One helpful change can be to cut out sodas and juices, which contain large amounts of sugar and empty calories.
So if you do need to lose weight, regular exercise along with eating fewer calories (especially from sugary drinks and junk food) while maintaining a balanced diet is the way to go.
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Note: All information is for educational purposes only. For specific medical advice, diagnoses, and treatment, consult your doctor.
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