food that will make me lose weight & grow .
I feel I am over weight, but I'm in the safe range for my age, 13. I like to grow a lot more and
was wondering if there is a certain food that will not only make me lose weight, but grow. I
feel I'm being pressured about my weight and that only makes me eat more. Can you help?
Like many youth of today, an increasing amount of your time is spent viewing TV & playing computer games and less time
is spent on being physically active in a game or sport. As a result, you are slightly overweight and experiencing outside
pressure from family, friends and society to not become obese now for fear it will lead to a lifetime of being overweight.
These are valid concerns as obese children often remain obese throughout life. But in your early teens it is important
to understand that you have many growing years ahead of you and your basic nutrient needs are critical in this period of
your life to maximize your growth patterns. Which means that calorie restriction may not be the answer unless you are eating
too much candy, sweets or high fat snacks/foods (these are the only food restrictions that you need to consider).
Growth requires sound nutrition. Weight loss requires a
combination of becoming more active and eating less low nutrient foods (french fries, potato chips, ice cream, candy, fatty foods...the
list goes on). Unfortunately, there is no specific food that can help you lose weight and grow. But the best example of a food that is
perfect for your situation is oatmeal, suggested as your morning meal with fruit and low-fat milk (most people who do not like oatmeal
have not experimented with various texture, thickness and added fruit choices & various other combinations).
In summary, as an early teen that has a little extra weight there is no immediate need for concern or stress from worrying about it. Look
at the types of foods you are eating and cut down on the low nutrient foods. Evaluate how much time is spent on the computer or watching
TV and compare that to the amount of time spent being physically active. Your TV/Computer time should be no more than half (50%) of your
activity time (i.e. 1 hour Active Time; allows up to 30 minutes (or less) TV/Computer Time.
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