Since the Victorian Ages the woman’s “perfect” image has become smaller and smaller in size. Beginning as early as the late 1700’s women began using corsets, which were designed to reduce their waist size. A full-figured woman was not considered beautiful, forcing them to give into society’s wrath and wear a corset. Since then, corsets are no longer needed, but have been replaced with fad diets. That’s right, not only women, but young girls, no longer have to worry about hiding their “full figure” with a corset-they just get rid of the “unacceptable” weight by following a ‘starve-yourself’ diet!

So many women, especially teens, have been brainwashed into striving for society’s “perfect” figure. Girls think that in order to be beautiful they must wear a size 2, a ridiculous image for everyone to set their goal by. Girls have to understand that they all don’t have the same body type. Each girl should know and understand their body frame. One way girls can determine their body frame is by measuring the circumference of their wrist.

It’s important for girls to know their body frame because it helps them determine a healthy weight and size for their body. This way, they can enjoy a healthy diet instead of starving themselves to reach an unattainable size for their body frame.

Now, a healthy diet does not consist of skipping breakfast, eating a salad for lunch, and nibbling on half of a sandwich and some celery sticks for supper. Average teen girls need about 2,200 calories a day. To some girls this number may seem like a ridiculous amount and to others it may sound like not enough, but it’s a HEALTHY amount.

These calories should be spread out each day in 5 small separate meals, beginning with breakfast. It’s a clicher statement, but breakfast actually is the most important meal of the day. Not only does it get your metabolism fired up, but it keeps you fully satisfied and prevents lunch or supper time bingeing. Three hours after breakfast you should rejuvenate your belly with a snack or meal. Smart snacks in between meals could be fruits or raw veggies sliced up. Meals such as lunch or supper should be rationally proportioned and nutritionally balanced. Stay away from foods full of saturated fat and sugar such as fried foods and canned vegetables.

Many teen girls are uneducated about a healthy way to diet, and are actually doing more harm to their bodies by going on these fad diets than actually helping their bodies. People must understand that fad diets are roller coasters to their metabolisms, which may cause fast weight loss results in the beginning, but prepare the body for fast weight gain in the end. When the metabolism goes from getting a certain amount of food when the tummy is hungry to being deprived food, it goes into “starvation mode” and slows waaaay down. Girls may be happy with the results they get at first by skipping breakfast and lunch, but a person can only pass over meals for so long. Eventually they have to go back to eating meals regularly. Well, now that the metabolism is super slow, the person is going to gain weight back-and then some. Screwing with your metabolism is probably one of the stupidest things a person can do. So what is the smartest thing to do when dealing with your metabolism? Listen to your tummy! When your stomach is growling, it’s trying to tell you it’s hungry. LISTEN TO IT! But what if you’re hungry at 4 in the afternoon? Go ahead and eat a small snack! Every time you eat you keep your metabolism working hard at a steady pace-just what every smart, healthy person wants! YAY FOR METABOLISMS!

So Ladies, if you want to go on a diet, please make sure you’re making healthy, balanced choices. Now, let’s remember that it takes more than a week or two to lose 20 lbs. Set realistic goals that will be easy to follow, and that can be slowly increased. Be patient, not STUPID, and you’ll soon be ON YOUR WAY!!! And remember young lassies, you don’t need to be a stick to look good; “Yeah, baby … when it comes to females, Cosmo ain’t got nothin’ to do with my selection! 36-24-36? Ha ha, only if she’s 5’3” Sir Mix-A-Lot

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