Home » Health » Fitness

Low Carb Diets Are Not For Teens

Mar 28, 2008
Teenagers are often just as concerned, if not more concerned, about their weight than adults. They hear a lot about weight conditions, such as anorexia, bulimia, and obesity, but they seem much more concerned about obesity than about eating disorders. Obesity is visible, and bad for your image, but anorexia and bulimia are not so unthinkable - they are almost 'invisible' so there is less concern about them. Low carb diets can lead to long term problems, changing eating habits for life if the diet is picked up at an impressionable age, and having physical and mental effects on the teen too.

Parents and adults often have trouble sympathizing with these young men and women because they do not understand the exactly what is going on with their teens. Biologically, adolescents experience multiple changes in a short period of time, and what was previously easy to deal with becomes difficult. Teenagers and stress is a topic of growing concern, as the consequences are severe, and the causes are becoming increasingly common.

The Short Term Side Effects

Teenagers do have one advantage over adults when it comes to starting a low carb diet, and that's that fewer teens drink coffee and caffeinated beverages than do adults. However, in today's soda culture, though you might not be thinking of those cokes as equivalents of your coffee and tea, your teenager's soda drinking habit, if caffeinated, will cause their side effects of low carb diets to be similar to yours would be. Assuming that teenagers do not experience caffeine withdrawal as part of their low carb diet side effects, the side effects that they will probably experience are over tiredness, bad breath, inability to concentrate, leg cramps, and in severe cases, dizziness.

One big problem with low carb diets in young people is the changes to the brain. A teenager needs their brain to be working at 'full power', and when the body begins to adapt to a low carb diet, it can lead to problems concentrating, as the brain becomes accustomed to running on low fuel, and becomes slow and hazy. In much the same way someone who is sleep deprived behaves, the body can adjust and continue to function, but the brain is still 'half asleep'.

The main thing to remember is that carbohydrates are the body's preferred form of fuel. Other sources can be used too, but carbohydrates are turned to first when the body needs energy. A teenager is still growing, and if you deprive a teenage body of carbohydrates, it will suffer, and they will have problems concentrating, low energy levels, and poorer performance in any sports that they enjoy. If your teen is considering a low carb diet, educate them in the problems, there are much better diets out there for teens, that can help them lose weight a safer and healthier way.

Encourage Your Kid To Eat Healthy Foods And Get Enough Sleep

According to studies, people who eat well and get enough sleep can cope with changing situations in life better than those who live on dangerous diets, fast foods and do not get enough sleep. To help your teenager grow up to become physically, mentally, and emotionally healthy, give him or her proper nourishment and encourage him or her to get enough sleep.
About the Author
Avoid stress and diet related illnesses in your family by finding out how stress management helps illness . Sign up for our FREE newsletter and make stress and health management a priority in your family.
Rating:
Please Rate:
(Average: Not rated)
Views: 138
Print Email Report Share
Article Categories
    • Artists
    • Gambling
    • Humanities
    • Humor
    • Movies
    • Music
    • Photography
    • Tattoos
    • Television
    • Classic Cars
    • Motorcycles
    • Recreational Vehicles
    • SUVs
    • Trucks
    • Vans
    • Branding
    • Business Opportunities
    • Careers and Jobs
    • Corporate
    • Customer Service
    • Direct Mail
    • Entrepreneurship
    • Ethics
    • Financing
    • Franchising
    • Home-Based Business
    • Human Resources
    • Import and Export
    • Leadership
    • Management
    • Market Research
    • Marketing and Advertising
    • Negotiation
    • Network Marketing
    • Networking
    • Organizational
    • Presentation
    • Project Management
    • Public Relations
    • Small Business
    • Strategic Planning
    • Team Building
    • Telemarketing
    • Training
    • Data Recovery
    • Databases
    • Games
    • Hardware
    • Networks
    • Operating Systems
    • Programming
    • Security
    • Software
    • Spyware and Viruses
    • Ask an Expert
    • College and University
    • Home Schooling
    • K-12
    • Languages
    • Online Education
    • Psychology
    • Accounting
    • Credit
    • Currency Trading
    • Debt Consolidation
    • Insurance
    • Investing
    • Leasing
    • Loans
    • Mortgage
    • Mutual Funds
    • Personal Finance
    • Stock Market
    • Structured Settlements
    • Taxes
    • Wealth Building
    • Coffee
    • Cooking
    • Gourmet
    • Recipes
    • Wine and Spirits
    • Arts and Crafts
    • Babies
    • Collecting
    • Elderly Care
    • Genealogy
    • Hobbies
    • Parenting
    • Pets
    • Pregnancy
    • Woodworking
    • Feng Shui
    • Gardening
    • Home Appliances
    • Home Security
    • Interior Design
    • Landscaping
    • Affiliate Programs
    • Article Marketing
    • Auctions
    • Audio
    • Banner Advertising
    • Blogging
    • Broadband
    • Domain Names
    • E-Books
    • E-Commerce
    • Email Marketing
    • Ezines and Newsletters
    • Forums
    • Internet Marketing
    • Link Popularity
    • Pay-Per-Click
    • Podcasting
    • RSS
    • Search Engine Marketing
    • Search Engine Optimization
    • Security
    • Social Media
    • Spam
    • Video
    • Viral Marketing
    • Web Design
    • Web Development
    • Web Hosting
    • Copyright
    • Cyber Law
    • Intellectual Property
    • National, State, Local
    • Patents
    • Regulatory Compliance
    • Trademarks
    • Buying
    • Selling
    • Baseball
    • Basketball
    • Boating
    • Cycling
    • Extreme Sports
    • Fishing
    • Football
    • Golf
    • Hockey
    • Hunting
    • Martial Arts
    • Running
    • Scuba Diving
    • Soccer
    • Swimming
    • Tennis
    • Dating
    • Divorce
    • Marriage
    • Weddings
    • Astrology
    • Buddhism
    • Christianity
    • Faith
    • Hinduism
    • Islam
    • Judaism
    • Meditation
    • Metaphysical
    • New Age
    • Cable and Satellite TV
    • Cell Phones
    • Communication
    • Gadgets and Gizmos
    • GPS
    • Satellite Radio
    • Video Conferencing
    • VoIP
    • Addictions
    • Coaching
    • Goal Setting
    • Motivational
    • Stress Management
    • Time Management
    • Clothing
    • Electronics
    • Fashion
    • Gifts
    • Jewelry
    • Causes and Organizations
    • Environment
    • History
    • Holidays
    • Men's Issues
    • Nature
    • Philosophy
    • Politics
    • Women's Issues
    • World Affairs
    • Air Travel
    • Camping
    • Cruises
    • Destinations
    • Outdoors
    • Article Writing
    • Book Reviews
    • Copywriting
    • Fiction
    • Non-Fiction
    • Poetry
    • Quotes
    • Screenplay
    • Tools and Resources