Category Archives: Childhood Obesity

Focus on Habits not on Weight Loss

By offering the first fitness and weight loss program for kids and teens ages 8-18, we are helping our members literally transform their lives. Our proven program has a 90% success rate and includes nutritional guidance, group support, and exercise classes to train our teens how to change their habits and achieve their goals. It is the first complete program of its kind that is designed to empower teens with the tools to reach their full potential.

Our members include teens like Marquis (age 14) who lost 50 pounds in less than six months and has been able to successfully keep the weight off in over a year. Sisters like Logan (age 9) and Jordan (age 11) who together lost 17 pounds in two months while Jordan still grew an inch in height. Teens like Dariq (age 17) who loses about 5 pounds per month and has lost a total of 21 pounds in only four months. And many more…

Even though we specialize in helping kids lose weight the focus is always on their habits. In fact, all our coaches are trained to minimize praise around weight loss and emphasize healthy behavior such as drinking water, working out at the right intensity level, eating more fruits and vegetables, and portion control. By focusing on being fit rather than losing weight, we train our members to build healthy habits that will last a lifetime.

Keep in mind that when it comes to helping teens to lose weight the focus should always be on behavior modification and not on calorie restriction. The fact is that weight loss is generally 80 percent nutrition and 20 percent exercise. So you can’t out-exercise bad eating habits! However, simply restricting calories is not the answer. We train all our teens to follow a balanced nutrition plan and measure them monthly to keep them accountable.

By teaching your child how to eat nutritious and balanced meals, and how to workout at the right intensity level you will set him or her on the path to sustainable long-term healthy habits. If you or your child needs our help, please give us a call at (704) 614-6700 or register for a free class at http://leanteenprogram.com/register/. We have the expertise to help your teen and look forward to serving you with excellence. Thank you for your support!

5 Myths about Teen Weight Loss

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To build lifelong healthy habits it is important to start early! The reality is that once you are an adult it is very difficult to change your habits. If you don’t believe me, look at the numbers. Even though there are over 37,000 fitness centers in the US, the overweight and obesity rates have skyrocketed from 47% to 67% among adults. Instead of training adults to change their habits, we need to teach our kids how to build healthy habits as EARLY as possible!

As the Lean Teen Program we specialize in helping kids (ages 8-18) build healthy habits and achieve their goals. And even though we have the highest teen weight loss success rates in Charlotte, losing weight is not always easy. After many conversations with teens and parents struggling in this area, there are several weight loss myths that often hold people back from achieving success. The following are the 5 most common teen weight loss myths:

Myth #1: You can Skip the Vegetables

To have a balanced nutrition plan, it is essential that kids learn to eat more vegetables during meal times and fill half of their plate with plenty of veggies and fruits. Making a veggie smoothie is a good alternative for teens that do not like their texture. However, completely skipping vegetables is out of the question since they are high in nutrients and low in calories. Click Here for 14 smoothie recipes that sneakily add more veggies to your teen’s nutrition. 

Myth #2: Working Out is Always Fun

When it comes down to exercising it is all about training teens to be consistent! According to Scarlette Johansson who is in the new Captain America movie, she got in shape for the role of the Black Widow doing “boring 5am workouts.” It wasn’t about the coolest workout fad or latest gadgets, it was about working out even when she did not want to. Likewise, Katherine (pictured above) earned her shirt for always giving it her best effort during her workouts!

Myth #3: You Don’t Need to Lift Weights

Lifting weights is essential to building lean muscle and having a fast metabolism! That is why it is important that kids get used to doing strength training at an early age. To stay fit Katherine comes several times per week to our circuit training classes that include both weight training and cardio. Our Lean Teen coaches always make sure that Katherine works out to her potential by exercising within her target heart rate zone and using good form.

Myth #4: You Just Need to Exercise More

Even though exercise can be beneficial, when it comes to losing weight, nutrition makes up 80% of the equation. The fact is you cannot out-exercise bad eating habits! That is why it is essential kids learn how to eat balanced meals, control their portions, and make healthier food choices as early as possible. Katherine earned her shirt by making big changes to her eating habits and is now at a healthy weight for her age and height.

Myth #5: Diet Soda, Juices, and Weight Loss

When it comes to building lifelong healthy habits, drinking 8 glasses of water is a must. That is why it is important that kids do not replace water with juices or diet sodas. Water helps us stay hydrated and increases our metabolic rate which is important for weight loss and staying healthy. On the other hand, juices and diet sodas contain artificial sweeteners that are toxic and directly affect our hormone levels. 

It is all about Balance and Consistency

At the Lean Teen Program, we specialize on training kids to build healthy habits that last a lifetime. If your teen needs help losing weight, please call us today at (704) 614-6700 or register for a free class at http://leanteenprogram.com/register. Weight loss does not need to be something your child has to face alone! It is all about learning balance and consistency and having the right guidance and support to be successful. Let us help your family get fit!

Childhood Obesity: Call to Action

Why Is America Unfit and How Do We Get Fit Again?

Jack LaLanne known as the “Godfather of Fitness” started the fitness craze in the 1950s proclaiming to millions of television viewers that “exercise and a healthy diet are the keys to a great life.” With Gold’s Gym in the 1970s to CrossFit in the 2000s, the fitness industry has been growing rapidly and today there is a gym for just about anyone that wants to get fit. Yet with over 30,500 fitness centers in the United States, we are more unfit than ever before in the history of our country. How is it possible that while the fitness industry expanded the overweight and obesity rates among adults jumped from 47% to 67%? Continue reading

Teen Weight Loss Program

One of every three children and teens in the U.S. is either overweight or obese. If you are a teen struggling with excess weight, you are not alone. Many teens today find it hard to maintain a healthy weight. And many parents find it hard to help their teens develop healthy eating and exercise habits.

The Lean Teen Program is the only year-round, affordable fitness and weight loss program designed especially for teens. By combining nutrition, support, and exercise, our program gives teens the tools to transform their lives and build healthy habits that will last a lifetime. Continue reading

Join the Movement!

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Did you know that 33% of our children are considered overweight or obese? That once they become adults that percentage will double to 67%?

According to our military leaders, most Americans are too overweight to serve in our military making obesity our greatest threat to national security. Obesity is also our country’s number ONE cause of death as more adults develop heart disease and stroke early in life. The GOOD news is that all this is preventable! Continue reading