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Is Your Teen Losing Weight and Feeling Down? Ways to Engage with Them More Deeply

 

 

It can be heartbreaking for parents to watch their teen go through depression and start losing weight. While depression in adolescents is fairly common, that knowledge does not make it any easier to handle. A teen suffering from depression will often...

 

 

  •  show little interest in previously enjoyed activities
  •  have poor sleep patterns, either sleeping too little or too much
  •  have poor eating habits, either losing weight or overeating
  •  show signs of anorexia and / or bulimia or other health issues

Managing teen depression is a challenging task. If you suspect your teen is going through a bout of depression, here are 5 things you can do to be more engaging with them! 

1. Focus on doing things with your teen. 

Starting Early: Teaching Kids to Cook Healthy Food

There are many good reasons to start kids on the path to healthy cooking from an early age:

- It develops their knowledge and understanding of how balanced, tasty meals are put together at all stages of the process, from handling raw ingredients through to final presentation (and washing up!)

- It’s a terrific way to prove to them that healthy food needn’t be dull

- It builds confidence and self-esteem

- It’s a creative outlet that keeps them occupied, via a series of quick goal-based tasks

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At What Stage of Weight Loss Should You Consider Liposuction?

The results of weight loss vary drastically for each person. Many begin a long journey of weight loss only to find that the results they had hoped for are still far from within their reach. Oftentimes, these individuals wonder if there is a better alternative to all the dieting and exercise. Weight loss warriors that are tired of the constant struggle to lose stubborn fat will often research the pros and cons of surgical weight loss procedures like liposuction. If you are considering this kind of plastic surgery, it is important to understand all the ins and outs of the procedure.

Cut the Fat—When is Liposuction Okay?

Wading through all of the vast information about weight loss surgery and liposuction can be a bit confusing. For those of us that are fed up with the minimal results we see after the tiring day-in-day-out gym runs, calorie counting and more, plastic surgery may start to seem like the only viable option. The question is, “when is it okay to start liposuction?”

 

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How to Sweeten Your Smoothie Naturally to Keep it Healthy

Most of us, if not all of us, like something that is sweet, a little tasty and appealing. In fact, even when it comes to green smoothies, we would like to add something that makes our drink a little bit tasty and enjoyable. However, while this can be good, using processed sugar could prove to be detrimental and only work to undo the healthy benefits you want to get from your drink.

It’s possible to sweeten your smoothie naturally by adding some healthy sweeteners to the blender as you mix your ingredients. Doing so will help you stay away from health problems such as liver dysfunction, diabetes, high cholesterol levels and weight gain among others. It’s true that some green smoothies can be a bit flat and unappealing to the taste but don’t turn to sweeteners and sugar while you could use natural, healthy substitutes. Here are some of the substitutes which are lower in fructose and also rich in minerals and vitamins.

Honey

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How to Maximize Weight Loss with Sleep

Even in sleep, the body burns 0.42 calories per pound per hour. That means a person weighing 150 pounds burns 63 calories per hour. That equates to 504 calories after 8 hours of sleep. In comparison, jogging for an hour consumes 398 calories for a person of the same weight.

We burn off calories even when we sleep because our body does not stop working—just to keep us alive.

It might seem counter-intuitive because we often associate weight loss weight energy-expending activities—not sleeping. Surprisingly, we don’t just burn calories during sleep. A good sleep can also help us increase the rate of weight loss and stave off the adverse effect of losing weight.

Here are some things you can do to maximize weight loss with sleep:

#1 Eat protein before sleeping

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Beating Arthritis and Keeping Active

When our body is in tip-top shape it’s easy for us to exercise. It’s something we enjoy doing. But when we encounter actual physical barriers in our movements, as in the case of arthritis, exercising to keep fit and lose weight can become much harder.

One of the most common forms of this is arthritis. While it is largely thought of as an elderly person's problem, arthritis can strike much younger. Anyone who has dealt with the condition will know just how hard even the simplest activity becomes.

Below are 10 tips for beating arthritis and making sure you keep active and healthy at all stages of life.

1. Warm up

Completing a thorough pre-routine warm-up prior to your workout will make your exercise session much less painful and much more enjoyable. Warming up improves the flexibility of your muscles and the connective tissues that support your joints—the better they move, the less stiffness you’ll experience. A light five-minute walk or bike ride will get you started on the right foot.

2. Hit the pool

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Bad Posture and the Best Ways to Correct It

 

What defines a healthy lifestyle? Is it solely the food that you eat or the frequent exercise that you do? The truth is, there is more to it than those two. There are no hard or fast rules, but there are lots of different factors to consider.

Keeping up with being healthy entails tons of discipline in all aspects of your everyday routine. With your balanced diet and choice of workout, you have to observe the proper use of your body. I am talking about good posture.

Most of us, if not all of us, are too busy going about our busy day to even think about posture. I never thought about it myself. I would just go on waking up, finishing work and going home without the slightest thought of how I stand; until I started streaming and watching exercise videos from which I learned a lot on the subject of keeping a good posture.

While we almost all neglect keeping good posture, we do not notice how important it is to our well-being. We do not realize how beneficial it is to improve our posture. Most importantly, we forget that good posture can boost our overall confidence and self-esteem too.

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Top 6 Best Cardio Methods for Losing Weight

In a society that is obsessed with good health, there have been countless methods of losing weight. Because it's effective, a cardio workout is regarded as one of the best ways of losing weight. When it comes to weight loss, a cardio workout is an effective tool that can help you lose that stubborn weight within a short time.

While all forms of cardio training provide many benefits, low intensity and high-intensity methods have specific benefits that you can enjoy. Here are some of the most important benefits of cardio:

  • It increases the number of red blood cells in the body thereby enabling greater circulation of oxygen.
  •  Strengthen the muscles used in respiration that in turn assist in muscle function.
  • Improves your self-esteem.
  • Strengthen the muscles of the heart thereby improving the pumping efficiency and resting heart.
  • Reduces tensions and stress and increases your overall well-being.
  • Increases blood circulation throughout all parts of the body.

But what are some of the best cardio methods for losing weight? Here are the top 6 methods

1. Running

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How Scheduling Your Meals, Workout and Life Will Ultimately Help You Lose Weight

Getting in a comfortable lifestyle routine can help bring structure to your life and ultimately help you lose extra weight. By sticking to a schedule with your diet, exercise, and life, you will be less likely to consume excess snacks and more likely to stick with your workout goals. With a schedule, you can keep yourself accountable and not accidentally slip up on your health priorities.

Schedule Your Meals

Whether you are someone who tends to skip breakfast or reach for a late night snack, when you choose to eat has an impact on how your body will process the food, which in turn influences the likelihood of gaining weight.

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What You Need to Know About Healthy Eating

What do you know about healthy eating? Have you experienced seeking advice from medical experts or people who have succeeded in losing weight?

Preparing a healthy food plan is no longer a difficult task with the advent of the Internet. Healthy recipes are everywhere in blogs, news articles, and the likes.

Furthermore, you may no longer need to hire a nutritionist to fix your diet. Almost all health concerns are now answerable by self-help books and DIY guides.

However, there could be a lot of unsolicited and terrible advice about healthy eating too. The thing is what we usually do is just follow the norm and conform.

Beginners feel the need to do just about any workout routine or diet plan in front of them. Although this could work for some, we still have to understand that following a healthy lifestyle needs careful planning too.

Moreover, we have to set our goals and minds to achieving them fully. This includes the understanding that a healthy body is more attainable only if backed up by regular exercise. Don’t worry; I will not be talking about the need to set up your gym or keep adjustable dumbbells.

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