Eat Better, Not Lesser

Many adolescents are misguided when it comes to ways on how to lose weight. And with the birth of many forms and types of diet, it gets more and more confusing which often leads to harmful weight loss, poor health or worse, dangerous weight gain. This may affect the adolescent’s health. 

How to Eat Better (Not Less!)

According to the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute of the US Department of Health and Human Services, the secret to maintaining one’s healthy weight is to balance every meal with food which are low in fat and have the right amount of calories for one’s daily activity. But before anything else, calories must be misunderstood as energy found in food. The amount of calories to take depends on an individual’s age, gender and lifestyle. The more active a person is, the more calorie intake he or she requires. Too low can cause weight loss and too much can cause weight gain, however, it doesn’t mean that taking in too little calories is the right way because it can also take a toll on one’s overall health.

The key is to take the right kinds of food. Many are aware of the Go, Grow, and Glow foods, but for the NHLBI, the key is GO, SLOW and WHOA foods. This categorization doesn’t rely too much on the type of food but on how it is prepared. For instance, vegetables are generally good for the body. Anyone can eat as many as they want as long as it is prepared raw and steamed. This is classified as GO. But when these vegetables are dipped in sauces or seasoning, it becomes part of SLOW Foods, one can eat it sometimes or in moderation. However, when the vegetables are deep fried like Potatoes, it falls under WHOA foods and this type should only be eaten in small amounts due to its high fat content.

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