YOU(R) Teen: Losing Weight: The Owner’s Manual to Simple and Healthy Weight Management at Any Age

How do you know what foods to avoid and strategies to use when you’re face to face with foods that are more evil than an Avengers villain? Here are some tips from YOU(R) Teen Losing Weight that will give you the foundation to help you make healthy living easy(and fun).

BY: Michael F. Roizen, MD and Mehmet C. Oz, MD

 

Excerpted from YOU(R) Teen: Losing Weight: The Owner’s Manual to Simple and Healthy Weight Management at Any Age. Introduction copyright © 2012 by Michael F. Roizen, MD, and Oz Works, LLC Excerpted with permission by Scribner, a division of Simon & Schuster, Inc.

How do you know what foods to avoid and strategies to use when you’re face to face with foods that are more evil than an Avengers villain? Here are some tips from YOU(R) Teen Losing Weight that will give you the foundation to help you make healthy living easy (and fun).

Know good versus not good. Generally, ingredients can be classified into these two groups. By knowing which foods fall into which categories, you’ll go a long way toward making lasting changes—and making smart choices at every meal and snack.

Healthful ingredients: lean protein (such as skinless turkey and chicken, fish), healthful fats (such as omega-3 fatty acids, unsaturated fats), healthful carbohydrates (100 percent whole grain), fiber (oatmeal, vegetables, psyllium husks).

Unhealthful ingredients: the five food felons: (1) added simple sugars, (2) enriched (or bleached or refined) flour, (3) added syrups such as HFCS (also called corn sugar), (4) saturated fats (four-legged animal fat, two-legged animal skin, coconut and palm oils), and (5) trans fats.

First, avoid simple sugars and syrups. Saturated fats and trans fats are other ingredients to avoid. Finally, stay clear of enriched, bleached, and refined flour. All three words mean that the flour has been stripped of its nutrients. All of these in excess can contribute to obesity and lead to other long-term health risks. Use flour made 100 percent with whole grains instead.

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