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Teenagers and Weight Loss

Teenagers trying to lose weight should engage in an exercise program that includes both aerobic and resistance training, a randomized trial has found. It also found that diet without exercise accomplishes little. Canadian researchers put 304 obese teenagers on a diet with a daily energy deficit of 250 calories (measured from their resting energy expenditure).

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Dr. Sears Comments:

Dr. Barry Sears

Teenage years are characterized by rapid growth of bone and muscle, both requiring increasing levels of growth hormone. This is why teenagers are constantly hungry. However, high levels of insulin can block the release of growth hormone. At the molecular level this is probably induced by increased inflammation in the pituitary gland. Teenagers should always exercise, but overweight teenagers should also be following an anti-inflammatory diet.

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