Low-Carb Diets Efficient for Teens Who Need to Lose Weight

Low-carb diets seems to be efficient in case of obese teenagers trying to lose weight, according to a recent study by the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.

The study involved children between twelve and eighteen years old, with a body mass index (BMI) gFor free weight loss tools and diets, visit Project Weight Loss, a growing weight loss community featuring BMI calculator, calorie counter, carbs counter, diet planner, workout planner, and many other weight loss tools. Visit Project Weight Loss and start losing weight today!reater than ninety-five percent of their peers.

The study’s subjects followed a diet with up to fifty grams of carbohydrates per day. They were supervised by their dietician and pediatrician during the six month duration of the study.

The teenagers lost up to fifty-three pounds, their body mass index decreased, and their self-esteem was improved. The participants also reported a significant decrease of the daily calorie intake, from 2,400 to 1,153.

Almost eighty-four percent of the teenagers who finished the study lost weight, said Dr. Robert Siegel, lead author of the study. Their mean weight decreased from 206 pounds to 195 pounds.

Twenty percent of the American children are considered overweight or obese. Only nine percent of the American teenagers eat the recommended portions of a food product, according to a report at the Pediatric Academic Society.

The National Health and Nutrition Examination conducted a survey between 1999 and 2002 and collected data from 4,414 children of twelve to nineteen years old.

The survey showed that only nine percent of the teenagers ate five servings of fruits or vegetables per day, twenty-seven percent spent less than two hours per day in front of the TV, thirty-two percent followed a fitness program for an hour or more per day, and fourteen percent did not drink sweetened beverages.

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