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Is Prom Destructive?

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Forty percent of teenage girls partake in harsh diets to lose weight, and this number increases when prom season begins. I’ve seen so often the mental toll that the idea of “looking good” in your dress takes on girls. I swear every girl I’ve seen at the gym the last few months has said they’re just trying to get in shape for prom and spring break. I am completely guilty of this as well. I have struggled with dieting and working out just to look good for a specific event such as homecoming or prom.

Many girls are obsessive in the months leading up to prom about looking good in their dresses. After all the money sweat and tears that are put into the lead-up to prom, it would be terrible not to feel pretty at the end of the day. It is very popular to partake in “Fad Diets” which are diets that gain popularity and promise fast weight loss or health improvements. Some girls will even buy their dresses in a smaller size in hopes that it will motivate them to stay on track with working out and eating healthy. Peer pressure from social media plays a huge role in the factors that lead to these problematic behaviors.

These diets can be anything from a certain substance that is “guaranteed” to help you lose weight to herbal substances to going days without food. Although not eating for many days can help you fit in a smaller size sooner, they can be very destructive in the long run. Depriving your body of food triggers your metabolism and overall immune system. Your body will begin to use the glycogen it has stored for energy and this will ultimately decrease blood sugar and slow down your metabolism. Not eating for days triggers larger binges at the end of your fast. Many teens who partake in diets become even more obsessed with food and this often leads to eating disorders.

Instead of utilizing fad diets here are some healthy ways to stay fit for prom if that is something you’re worried about.

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1. Cut out soda and sweetened drinks

Studies show that the average teenager drinks about 15%-20% of their daily caloric intake. Instead of starting your morning with a monster, try a cup of coffee with milk, or tea.

2. Exercise 4-5 times per week

Getting in 60 minutes of exercise 4-5 times per week will not only keep your brain healthy but can also help you stay in shape. Exercise does not have to be a hardcore workout in the gym, it can just be a light walk in the sunshine. The warm weather and sun are great for your skin and mood as well.

3. Eat 3 helpings of fruit and veggies per day

Making sure you are eating properly can help you stay fuller throughout the day and have more energy. Processed foods will often leave you still hungry and tired.

4. Less Screen Time and More Sleep

Staying off screens can help keep you active and get better sleep. Studies show getting the proper 8 hours of sleep can help you stay in shape.

5. Keeping a positive mindset

Always remember to stay positive and kind to yourself. Take time to appreciate how far you’ve come and how hard you’ve worked.

 

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