Set the stage for your kids. Both your child’s health and weight are influenced by your health and weight. If one parent is overweight, the child has a 25% chance of becoming overweight or obese as they get older. If both parents are overweight the risk of becoming an overweight adult jumps to 50%.
Be encouraging. No one enjoys receiving negative feedback. Talk to your child with compassion and encouragement. Instead of saying, ‘Lose weight’, say, ‘Let’s be healthy and start taking care of our bodies’. Focus on the foods you can eat, not the ones that you cannot. Instead of telling your child ‘You aren’t allowed to eat that,’ tell them ‘We need some fruit for our salad at dinner tonight, will you help me pick some out?’
Make healthy eating a family affair. A family that eats together, eats better, according to a recent study in the journal Archives of Family Medicine. The study also showed that children that have frequent family dinners had far healthier diets than their peers who did not. Your fridge and cabinets should be full of healthy snacks such as fresh fruit, low-fat cheeses, nuts, and other items that everyone can snack on.
Always have breakfast. A breakfast that consists of protein, starch and fat will keep your children more alert during school. Studies have shown that weight loss is much more difficult in people who skip breakfast.
Make time for physical activity. Physical activity should be enjoyed by everyone in the family together. Every night after dinner in the summer, go for a half-hour walk and make it an activity that kids look forward to. If your family can afford it, enroll your children in a sport or dance activity that they enjoy, for they will have to enjoy the activities to keep doing them. You can even turn on music in the house and dance around together!
Refrain from saying the word diet. Putting your child on a diet could very easily drive them into an eating disorder – whether it is binge or closet eating, or another disorder. The easiest and most effective ways to lose weight and keep it off are simple lifestyle changes.
Work hard to keep your portions regulated. Do your best to plate the meals for your family to avoid buffet or family-style eating. It is far too easy for your eyes to be larger than your stomach when you are offered too much food. Resist the first temptation to have seconds then check in with yourself to see if you are really hungry.For balance nutrition see www.naturalhealthorganics.com.au
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