In an effort to help curb childhood obesity, General Mills is reducing the amount of sugar in its sweetened cereals to no more than 10 grams per serving.
I just stumbled across some of your early "Me Minus 10" campaign articles. I am a very athletic teenager who is aiming to do the same thing. My doctor told me (nicely) yesterday that I need to drop about a dozen pounds to remain in the "healthy" weight range for my 5'4'' stature. Everything I eat is so healthy; no junk at all. Yet after I workout I can't seem to resist overeating. My goal is to fuel my body so I can stay strong and exercise hard but lose weight at the same time. Any suggestions about how to get in the "weight-loss mindset" would be much appreciated. -- Emma
First of all, Emma, it's a great idea to get a handle on maintaining a healthy weight while you are young. So, good for you! I wasn't able to start shedding my weight until I set the specific goal of losing it before I turned 50. I would suggest you set a similar goal. Then talk with your doctor again and get his or her help in devising an eating and exercise regimen that will meet your nutrition needs in a healthful, energy-balanced way. He or she may well recommend a program such as Weight Watchers. You might also get the inspiration and support you need from the on-line group SparkPeople, which has a special section for teens. And do stay focused on being active and healthy. Good luck, and please let me know how you do!
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