How Teen Girls Can Lose Weight Fast

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How Teen Girls Can Lose Weight Fast
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It was Friday, and I walked into my local pub (my brother in law owns the pub so don’t get any idea that I was a fast woman or a bit of a boozer!)for a much-needed pie and a pint. There was a group of young girls having an energetic and most emotional – hysterical – discussion on why they haven’t yet become bulimic – sorry because the label they give it is thin, but the description they give it, sounds like bulimia.

I drank the print – I needed it, but canceled the pie – maybe it looked a bit dry, I can’t remember. Driving home, I went into our local hyper. I avoid crowds, but it wasn’t too busy. I parked in the car park and went inside to buy some beef and chicken pies.

Near the freezer section, there was a large, noisy group of teenaged girls. They were banging on about weight and dieting.  Strange! They were rambling on – it didn’t really make any sense.

‘What’s with the weight thing?’ I wondered. Suddenly there were about 14 or so young girls, just staring at me, and I realized I’d made an ‘oopsie’ and said it out loud.

‘Sorry, ladies… not meaning to be rude, but not one of you looks a centimeter larger than my daughter, and she’s skinny’, I began seriously ferreting in the ice section for beef and chicken pies.

They all agreed that Holly was skinny, but I couldn’t see much difference between them and her – they all looked to be much the same weight.

My point wasn’t accepted, and they explained. (They were very vocal in their protest) that Holly was thinner, and now they were demanding to know what she had eaten and how she had exercised to get that figure – she was fit.

There was a little coffee section in the hypermarket, and as I slowly walked over to it, they all following me, muttering, whispering, and even shouting their comments. I listened carefully and took it all in.

They all plonked down in the seats, and we ordered lots of coffee.

“What’s up, ladies” I enquired, looking around at their facial expressions, “What can I do to help?”

They all started talking at once.

They agreed to speak in a ‘single file’ going round the table! There are too many names and too many nightmares to relate, so we’ll have to generalize here.

1. Some thought they’d never get a date with a boy unless they were thinner

2. Some said they felt they were so ugly they’d thought of suicide

3. Some believed that the food you eat to lose weight is madly expensive

4. Some thought that thinner people were smarter people

5. Some said the slimmer you can get, the more popular and successful you can be

6. Some were scared that their kids would be born fat and stupid.

These girls were following an athletic program at school, so they were very fit and indeed not fat and ballooning out.

I absentmindedly used the bottom edge of my long knitted scarf to wipe the coffee from my mouth, and a roar of laughter went up – another ‘oopsie’!

‘OK,’ I said and told them that I could see and understand their worries and concerns. Not because they were all true but because I could see how much it was worrying them and causing them to ‘go off balance.’ 

My daughter Holly was a few years ahead of them, and she also went through this mystifying time of feeling ugly and unwanted and unloved. I left the table for a moment and phoned Holly. I asked her permission to use some things of hers to help these girls, and she agreed.

Sitting back at the table, I explained what I’d done. I told the girls that Holly had been through this awful situation in her life and that we had kept diaries of it all. We’d also planned diets and kept those, etc. I went on to tell them that Holly had given her permission to share them with these young ladies – who were now, over the moon with laugher and relief!

We made arrangements for them to visit me the following week, which would give me the weekend to find these lists and notepads and things. I think I was as excited as they were. And on that note, we parted until the following Monday afternoon.

By Saturday morning, at home, I started searching for the note pads and all the other stuff I’d gratefully put away after that awful time of nightmares, nagging, and obsessions. It’s incredible how well we humans can hide things when we know even then that we’ll need them again.

Saturday afternoon said my tired limbs need a rest, so I dozed a little on the settee until my husband and grown-up sons returned from watching a football match. Suddenly the house was full of noise and bustle and famished men!

After Church, on Sunday, I continued with my search while my husband dozed and my sones wet fishing. Finally, my patience rewarded, I had all the items I needed and placed them all in a shopping bag in my workroom (I write the odd column for various websites). Hopefully, now I could bring help and remove some of the pain in those poor girls’ lives.

I spend Sunday late afternoon baking so that my Monday I was all ready.

The girls arrived at about 15h00 with very solemn faces. While their eyes darted around everywhere, they didn’t speak except for a polite word of ‘thanks.’ We all st around my big old family table, and I brought out all the helpful things I’ve found.

We’d just broached the subject for about half an hour when of all the surprises I could think of, Holly arrived and joined us. Or, better yet, Holly came to join us. After the phone call, we’d had on Friday, and the fact that she knows one of the girls’ mother, she found out the details and rocked up now.

I went to get the muffins I’d baked and some cold drinks while they all talk with Holly.

She was telling them that by obsessing bout their weight they could develop serious eating disorders and starting seeing themselves in a different light to who they really are. In order words they would easy see themselves are fat or chubby when in reality they had slim figures.

Holly suggested that as they were all in a group today, they stayed I that group and used it for self protection and moral support. That they all discussed everything together and uplifted each other – that way there was left chance of any of them slipping into a depression or a disorder of any type.

They looked through Holly’s papers and then they started to draw up a diet together  that was to last for a week. Here it is:

Monday

Breakfast:

One egg, boiled, poached, scrambled – not fried

One slice wholegrain toast,

Half cup blueberries

1 cup skim milk

Lunch:

Salad

4oz chicken breast grilled

Dinner:

4 oz salmon grilled

1 cup wild rice boiled

1 cup wilted spinach

1 cup fruit of any kind

Tuesday

Breakfast:

¾ cup oatmeal

2 links country style turkey sausage

1 cup blueberries

Dinner:

1 turkey burger

3/4 cup roasted cauliflower and broccoli florets

3/4 cup brown rice

1 tablespoon light balsamic vinaigrette

Wednesday

Breakfast:

Two egg Omelet,

1/4 cup chopped broccoli,

2 tablespoons each fat-free refried beans,

diced onion, diced mushrooms, and salsa

1/2 cup diced watermelon

Lunch:

Salad made with 2 cups chopped Romaine,

4 ounces grilled chicken,

1/2 cup chopped celery,

1/2 cup diced mushrooms,

2 tablespoons shredded low-fat cheddar, and

1 tablespoon low-fat Caesar dressing

1 medium nectarine

1 cup skim milk

Dinner:

4 ounces shrimp, grilled or sauteed with 1 teaspoon olive oil and 1 teaspoon chopped garlic

1 medium artichoke, steamed

1/4 cup garbanzo beans, 1 teaspoon chopped fresh cilantro, and

1 tablespoon fat-free honey mustard dressing

Thursday

Breakfast:

1 light whole-grain English muffin with 1 tablespoon sugar-free fruit spread

1 wedge honeydew

1 cup skim milk

2 slices Canadian bacon

Lunch:

Wrap made with 4 ounces thinly sliced lean roast beef,

3 medium tomato slices,

1 teaspoon horseradish, and

1 teaspoon Dijon mustard

Light Caesar dressing

Dinner:

4 ounces grilled halibut

1/2 cup sliced mushrooms sauteed with 1 teaspoon olive oil,

Salad made with 1 cup arugula,

1/2 cup halved cherry tomatoes, and

1 teaspoon balsamic vinaigrette

1/2 cup warm unsweetened applesauce with

1/4 cup fat-free vanilla yogurt,

Friday

Breakfast:

Burrito made with:

1 medium whole wheat tortilla,

4 scrambled egg whites,

1 teaspoon olive oil,

1/4 cup fat-free refried black beans,

Lunch:

Turkey burger

Salad made with:

1 cup baby spinach,

1/4 cup halved cherry tomatoes,

1 tablespoon light Russian dressing

1 cup skim milk

Dinner: 

5 ounces grilled wild salmon

1/2 cup brown or wild rice

1/2 cup all-fruit strawberry sorbet with

1 sliced pear

Saturday

Breakfast:

Frittata made with 3 large egg whites,

2 tablespoons diced bell peppers,

2 teaspoons chopped spinach,

1 small bran muffin

1 cup skim milk

Lunch:

4 ounces sliced turkey breast

Tomato-cucumber salad made with

5 slices tomato,

1/4 cup sliced cucumber,

1 medium orange

Dinner:

6 ounces red snapper baked with

1 teaspoon olive oil,

1 teaspoon lemon juice, and

1/2 teaspoon no-sodium seasoning

2 teaspoon grated Parmesan cheese

Sunday

Breakfast:

2 slices Canadian bacon

1 whole-grain toaster waffle with sugar-free fruit spread

3/4 cup berries

cup skim milk

Lunch:

Salad made with:

2 cups baby spinach,

4 ounces grilled chicken,

1 tablespoon chopped dried cranberries,

1 apple

1 cup skim milk

Dinner:

4 ounces lean pork tenderloin stir-fried with onions, garlic,

broccoli, and bell pepper

1/2 cup brown rice

light soy sauce, and rice wine vinegar

I share this with you now because they all followed this diet religiously and lost a good deal of weight.

I didn’t think they needed to lose weight, but I have to admit they all looked so much healthier.

I watched this happen so I can tell you that it works. Try it and see for yourself.

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