Having grown up in the 1990s, a lot of millennials know just how merciless people can be about weight, especially in high school and middle school. Sometimes, that torment can motivate people to lose weight for all the wrong reasons, like self-consciousness and doubt.

Is back-to-school season approaching and you are trying to look your best? MediPlan Diet can help you lose those unwanted pounds with a healthy weight-loss plan that will take care of your physique and mental well-being.

Here are a few beginner’s tips for losing weight so you’re well-prepared for the upcoming school season!

Tip #1: Lose the Sugary Drinks

A lot of teens and people in their early 20s live off junk food and crash dieting. However, unlike many who are soon to wake up in their 30s with the repercussions of their eating habits, you have youth on your side. Use that to your advantage and form healthy eating habits by following the first rule in the world of balanced diets: Drop the soda and other sugary drinks.

Fruits are not meant to be liquefied, frozen, and consumed with added sugars, carbonated water, and food coloring. Don’t be fooled by the clever marketing of corporations saying their OJs are “freshly squeezed” with “whole pulp.” Eat your fruits fresh and whole.

All-nighters can be a weekly event for students, but consuming energy drinks is just you doubling down on the unhealthiness of your lack of sleep. Instead of reaching for a can, try other drinks that are naturally caffeinated. Black teas and coffees provide hours of energy, although drinking too much will still mess with your circadian rhythms.

Tip #2: Don’t Eat Out So Much

In America, fast food is like a religion. A lot of parents have formed the habit of feeding their children cheeseburgers and salty fries, robbing them of the opportunity to know healthy foods while their bodies are still developing.

Eating out is unavoidable, but if you’re trying to lose weight, you should avoid it as much as possible. Fast food joints and restaurants are incentivized to bring you the least amount of nutrients in the shortest amount of time. Eating flash-frozen preservative-filled meats and pesticide-ridden microwaved vegetables is not a good way to fill up.

Opt instead for preparing home-cooked meals. Home-cooked meals are more carefully prepared and are likely to help you stay full between meals.

Tip #3: Don’t Follow a Fad Diet

In the age of social media, fad diets have exploited the “I want it right here, right now” mentality without the help of celebrity endorsers. The truth is, there are no shortcuts to weight loss and you can’t hack your body like it’s a machine.

Only three ingredients are needed for weight loss: balanced diet, exercise, and patience. If you’ve lived with unhealthy or overweight people all your life, this can all appear a bit foreign and daunting.

Start your weight loss journey with MediPlan Diet Services, and you’ll be getting ahead while you’re young.