Category Archives: Teen Weight Loss

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 Healthy Back-to-School Tips


After a long summer break, our teens will soon be going back to school. This is a great opportunity to create new healthy habits for your kids and the entire family. As experts in counseling families and teens, here are the top 5 tips we recommend to help you and your family get off to a healthy start:

#1: Set Early Bedtimes

It is very important that teens get a healthy amount of sleep each night to stay focused throughout the day. They also need more sleep than adults because they are in a time of very fast physical, intellectual, and emotional growth. To help your teen stay alert and focused, most experts agree that they get more than 8 hours of sleep each night. Sticking to a routine is important too, so don’t let weekends become a late-night free-for-all.

#2: Eat a Nutritious Breakfast

Most experts agree that breakfast is the most important meal of the day and should never be skipped. It is also a great opportunity for your teen to get a healthy dose of essential nutrients such as calcium, fiber, and calcium. To get your kids ready for breakfast each morning, consider making their bedtimes a little earlier each night so they have enough time to eat breakfast and whenever possible, can enjoy it together as a family.

#3: Stock up on Fruits & Veggies

Fruits and vegetables are rich in nutrients and low in calories! A healthy snack will also help your teen stay energized and alert during the day. To ensure your teen gets plenty of fruits and vegetables, we recommend you keep pre-washed produce available to simply grab and eat. Keep a bag of celery sticks and baby carrots or plenty of berries, grapes, apples, pears and bananas for your kids to snack on during the day. 

#4: Exercise at Least Twice a Week

It is important that your teen exercises regularly not only to stay fit but also to perform better in school! According to experts “exercise boosts academic performance in various ways: allowing kids to pay attention better and focus on their work; boosting self-esteem and mood; and increasing blood flow to the brain helping with memory and concentration.” We highly recommend that all our kids come to our Lean Teen Classes at least twice a week.

#5: Limit Liquid Calories

When it comes to building lifelong healthy habits, drinking 8 glasses of water is a must. Teens cannot replace water with juices or diet sodas! Water helps us stay hydrated and increases our metabolic rate which is important for weight loss. On the other hand, juices and diet sodas contain artificial sweeteners that are toxic and directly affect our hormone levels. Sugary drinks are simply empty calories and devoid of nutrients!

Maintaining Balance and Consistency

We will review these tips with our kids during the next few weeks as we prepare them for the new school year. If your family needs our help please call us at (704) 614-6700 or you can also enroll your teen for a Free Class. Being fit is all about learning balance and consistency and having the right guidance and support to be successful. Thank you for your support :)

Thank You for being a Valued Member!

Living a healthy lifestyle is a lifelong commitment and we are always here to guide you and your family on your journey. Here are a few important reminders:

  • We are always here to help you.  If you need anything or want to schedule an appointment to review your teen’s nutrition plan please let us know. You can also contact us anytime at (704) 614-6700 or email us with any questions or concerns.
  • Workout with a trainer on Fridays.  We recommend that our teens come to class at least twice per week since consistency is key to building healthy habits. Fridays is a great day to make up missed workouts and get more personalized attention.
  • Great deal on heart rate monitors.  We recommend that all our teens use a heart rate monitor during class. In case you need to buy one Amazon is selling Polar FT4 Monitors for $69.95 with free shipping. This is the perfect gift for your teen – Click Here.
  • We are always grateful for referrals.  Getting the word out about our program is not easy since teen weight loss tends to be a touchy subject. We are always grateful when our members refer us and it is the best compliment you can give us. Thank you!
  • Parent/Teen Exercise Classes.  Helping families become healthy together is very important to us! Come join us next Saturday July 21st and get a great workout with your son/daughter. We will also have parent/teen workouts on Saturday August 4th and 18th.
  • Thank you again for your support.  We are strongly committed to give your teen the tools to build healthy habits that will last a lifetime. And are always grateful for your support! For our complete class schedule please Click Here. Wish you a healthy week :)

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Teen Weight Loss Testimonials (News Video)

Did you know that adolescence is the most important time in a person’s life to start developing healthy habits? During the last 4 years we have helped hundreds of teens transform their lives! We can also give your son or daughter the tools to build healthy habits that will last a lifetime. Check out the weight loss testimonials below and register your teen (age 8-18) for a free class.
 
It just takes 2 simple steps:
 
1) Check out this News Video with Brigida Mack and see what our teens are saying. We know that trusting us with your child is a lot to ask but in this news story you will see Dr. White recommend our program and our teens tell you how our program has transformed their lives.
 
2) Click Here to register for a FREE class. The only way we will be able to help your teen is if you come visit us. And even though making changes is not easy, we can help you and will be there for your family every step of the way. So come visit us and see what we can do.
 
To see the full 4 minute news video with teen testimonials Click Here. You can also see the complete 40 minute interview in two parts. Click on the following links for: Part 1 and Part 2. Our promise is to always serve you and your family with excellence. Thanks 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!