Teenage years represent the period where a quite large number of people gains weight.
Not only do their hormones tend to be very unbalanced, thereby causing significant weight shifts, but they are also not really kids anymore and can’t afford to eat whatever they like whenever they want to because the calories tend to stick to undesirable areas of the body much more quickly.
Of course, none of this means that teenagers should all undergo a diet, but simply that they should pay attention to what they eat and make sure that they take in all the necessary nutritional elements while trying to avoid junk food. Finally, some kind of physical activity is also highly recommended.
The importance of breakfast in the life of a teenager
Nutrients are necessary for everyone to provide them with sufficient energy to make it through the day. That’s why it’s particularly important to receive them in the morning, which means that breakfast is a meal that really should not be skipped.
This needs to be highlighted especially because most teenage girls tend to obsess about their weight and think of skipping a meal, which usually turns out to be breakfast as it is the easiest one to skip, as a part of a plan to keep it under control.
Unfortunately, this doesn’t solve anything at all because avoiding calories received from breakfast is utterly pointless, as they are the so-called positive calories and they are spent while performing everyday activities, therefore they do not really affect the weight.
What kind of nutrients does a teenager require daily?
There are three kinds of nutrients that every teenager should make sure to take in every day in order to remain strong and healthy and preserve a good immunity. These include proteins, complex carbohydrates and the healthy kind of fats.
Protein is one of the most important kinds of nutritional elements and it is highly beneficial for many things in the organism. For example, protein is required to grow properly and it also keeps the red blood cells healthy. It can be found in foods such as eggs, cheese and soy products, as well as a large variety of meat, like chicken, turkey, pork, beef, fish, and also some nuts and beans.
Carbohydrates are the key to getting sufficient energy and they can be found in fruits and vegetables, and also whole wheat and beans. These carbohydrates are called complex, and they are to be separated from simple carbohydrates which contain in sugar and are found in desserts. One should make sure to set a limit when eating those.
Finally, fats are also an important way to provide the body with the needed energy, but it is necessary to differentiate the good fats from the bad ones. The good fats are the ones that contain the Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids in oil, different kinds of fish, walnuts, and seeds.