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How can I lose weight quickly as a teen?

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Dr. Michael Dansinger of the Biggest Loser television show says that cutting back on sodium and carbohydrates results in a rapid loss of around 5 pounds of fluids, reports WebMD. To lose weight, burning 500 calories more than what is consumed every day for a week results in around 1 pound lost per week. Eating fewer calories and exercising more results in faster weight loss.

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A sedentary teenage female should need around 1,800 calories per day, and a sedentary teenage male should need around 1,800 calories per day. For fast, safe weight loss, WebMD recommends eating 1,000 to 1,200 calories per day and exercising for at least one hour a day. Consuming fewer than 1,000 calories per day on a regular basis should not be attempted without the direct supervision of a physician.

To successfully cut back on calories, Registered Dietitian Dawn Blatner suggests eating a lot of vegetables to feel full, drinking a lot of water, staying busy, only eating while sitting down with a plate, not skipping meals and writing down everything that is eaten, notes WebMD.

Mayo Clinic has a list of how many calories per hour can be burned doing various exercises. For fast weight loss, intense exercise activities such as high-impact aerobics, playing sports, jumping rope and running quickly burn more calories per hour than less intense exercises.

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