40 episodes

Want to help your teenager get in shape by following a healthy lifestyle? Dr Gourgari is here to help you understand the science around safe weight loss in children. Because what works for adults in not always the best for kids! 
Dr Gourgari is a pediatric endocrinologist, obesity medicine diplomate and certified weight loss coach for teens with more than 15 years of experience. She helps teens build healthy habits that last, so they can feel happier, be more confident and love their body again . 
Get a free copy of 30 healthy and easy recipes for teens that are high in protein LIFESTYLEFORTEENS.COM/RECIPES 
To learn more about the LIfestyle For Teens / LIFT Program, visit LIFESTYLEFORTEENS.COM/PROGRAM 

Lifestyle and Weight Loss For Teens Dr Jenny Gourgari

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Want to help your teenager get in shape by following a healthy lifestyle? Dr Gourgari is here to help you understand the science around safe weight loss in children. Because what works for adults in not always the best for kids! 
Dr Gourgari is a pediatric endocrinologist, obesity medicine diplomate and certified weight loss coach for teens with more than 15 years of experience. She helps teens build healthy habits that last, so they can feel happier, be more confident and love their body again . 
Get a free copy of 30 healthy and easy recipes for teens that are high in protein LIFESTYLEFORTEENS.COM/RECIPES 
To learn more about the LIfestyle For Teens / LIFT Program, visit LIFESTYLEFORTEENS.COM/PROGRAM 

    Ep. 40 Can puberty cause insulin resistance?

    Ep. 40 Can puberty cause insulin resistance?

    Are the weight loss struggles of your teen linked to something deeper than diet and exercise? I  explore the complex relationship between insulin resistance, metabolic syndrome, abnormal lipid profiles, and how these factors compound the difficulty of achieving a healthy weight during puberty's hormonal turbulence.

    This episode also brings to light a pivotal study: 
    Bergström E, Hernell O, Persson LA, Vessby B. Insulin resistance syndrome in adolescents. Metabolism. 1996 Jul;45(7):908-14. doi: 10.1016/s0026-0495(96)90168-7. PMID: 8692030.



    Dr Gourgari is a pediatric endocrinologist, certified in obesity medicine expert and weight loss coach for teens with more than 15 years of experience. She helps teens build healthy habits that last, so they can feel happier, be more confident and love their body again .

    To get a free copy of 30 healthy and easy recipes for teens that are high in protein, visit
    https://lifestyleforteens.com/recipes

    To learn more about the LIFT Program, visit lifestyleforteens.com/program

    • 13 min
    Ep 39. How Can Teens Improve Belly Fat

    Ep 39. How Can Teens Improve Belly Fat

    I hear a lot from teens that they want to improve their belly fat. Is this possible?
    Yes it is!! It is actually a great thing to do, not only so that teens can look more beautiful but also because less belly fat helps decrease the inflammation in the body.

    In this episode, I talk about research that was done to investigate the above. 
    Listen to learn more.

    Title of the manuscript: Visceral fat decreased by long-term interdisciplinary lifestyle therapy correlated positively with interleukin-6 and tumor necrosis factor–α and negatively with adiponectin levels in obese adolescents. By Fábio Santos Liraa et al
     Metabolism Clinical and Experimental 60 (2011) 359–365
    Dr Gourgari is a pediatric endocrinologist, certified in obesity medicine expert and weight loss coach for teens with more than 15 years of experience. She helps teens build healthy habits that last, so they can feel happier, be more confident and love their body again .

    To get a free copy of 30 healthy and easy recipes for teens that are high in protein, visit
    https://lifestyleforteens.com/recipes

    To learn more about the LIFT Program, visit lifestyleforteens.com/program

    • 13 min
    Ep 38. How To Handle Homework Stress and Unhealthy Eating.

    Ep 38. How To Handle Homework Stress and Unhealthy Eating.

    In the comprehensive Health and Behavior in Teenagers Study (HABITS), valuable insights were gathered from 4,320 students, with an average age of just under 12 years. This research sheds light on an important aspect of our children's lives: how stress influences their eating habits. 

    Title of manuscript: Stress and Dietary Practices in AdolescentsArticle in Health Psychology · July 2003 
    Martin Cartwright, Jane Wardle, Naomi Steggles, Alice E. Simon, Helen Croker, and Martin J. Jarvis

    Listen to learn more
    Dr Gourgari is a pediatric endocrinologist, certified in obesity medicine expert and weight loss coach for teens with more than 15 years of experience. She helps teens build healthy habits that last, so they can feel happier, be more confident and love their body again .

    To get a free copy of 30 healthy and easy recipes for teens that are high in protein, visit
    https://lifestyleforteens.com/recipes

    To learn more about the LIFT Program, visit lifestyleforteens.com/program

    • 11 min
    Ep 37 . The 17 motivations for weight loss in teens

    Ep 37 . The 17 motivations for weight loss in teens

    In this episode  I discuss why teenagers decide to get to a healthier weight and how we, as caretakers and supporters, can help maintain that flame of motivation. We're not just talking about health; we're addressing the spectrum of desires from seeking peer acceptance to gearing up for significant life events.

    Listen to learn the 17 distinct motivations driving teens toward a healthier lifestyle.

    Details of the research manuscript that gave the answer to this question:

    Motivations for weight loss in adolescents with overweight and obesity: a systematic review. David Franciole Oliveira Silva1, Karine Cavalcanti Maurício Sena-Evangelista2, Clélia Oliveira Lyra2, Lucia Fátima Campos Pedrosa2, Ricardo Fernando Arrais3 and Severina Carla Vieira Cunha Lima2
    Dr Gourgari is a pediatric endocrinologist, certified in obesity medicine expert and weight loss coach for teens with more than 15 years of experience. She helps teens build healthy habits that last, so they can feel happier, be more confident and love their body again .

    To get a free copy of 30 healthy and easy recipes for teens that are high in protein, visit
    https://lifestyleforteens.com/recipes

    To learn more about the LIFT Program, visit lifestyleforteens.com/program

    • 13 min
    Ep. 36 Why build muscle as a teen when losing weight

    Ep. 36 Why build muscle as a teen when losing weight

    Have you ever wondered why keeping muscle mass is key to a teen's healthy weight loss journey? I'm here to share with you essential insights on how a balanced approach to exercise can safeguard your child's muscle mass as they work to lose those extra pounds. This journey isn't just about outward appearances – it's deeply connected to maintaining hormonal balance and optimal cardiovascular health, essential pillars for lifelong health.
    In this episode, we dive deep into the significance of muscle in regulating insulin sensitivity and offer practical tips that teens can apply to stay healthy. 
    Dr Gourgari is a pediatric endocrinologist, certified in obesity medicine expert and weight loss coach for teens with more than 15 years of experience. She helps teens build healthy habits that last, so they can feel happier, be more confident and love their body again .

    To get a free copy of 30 healthy and easy recipes for teens that are high in protein, visit
    https://lifestyleforteens.com/recipes

    To learn more about the LIFT Program, visit lifestyleforteens.com/program

    • 16 min
    Ep.35 Skipping Breakfast and Student Weight Gain

    Ep.35 Skipping Breakfast and Student Weight Gain

    Could breakfast be the hidden key to your teen's weight management success? Join me, as I uncover the truth behind the science of breakfast and its impact on adolescent weight. Many parents wrestle with their teens over the morning meal, armed with good intentions but lacking clarity on whether enforcing breakfast can actually aid their child's health. 

    As a dedicated advocate for nurturing healthy habits in young people, I break down the complex relationship between skipping breakfast and weight outcomes. Whether you're a mom on a mission to assist your teen's weight loss journey or a listener keen on understanding the nuances of nutrition for adolescents, this podcast is your research-backed compass, pointing the way to informed decisions about your teen's diet and well-being.
    Dr Gourgari is a pediatric endocrinologist, certified in obesity medicine expert and weight loss coach for teens with more than 15 years of experience. She helps teens build healthy habits that last, so they can feel happier, be more confident and love their body again .

    To get a free copy of 30 healthy and easy recipes for teens that are high in protein, visit
    https://lifestyleforteens.com/recipes

    To learn more about the LIFT Program, visit lifestyleforteens.com/program

    • 12 min

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