Want your child to lose weight? Know that diet books is not the place to look. When it comes to weight loss for a child it is very important to handle this matter with discretion. Instead of putting your child on diets, use this opportunity to teach them healthy eating habits, instill in them the proper mindset and show them how important staying active really is. Follow these three tips and your child will not just lose weight but will also gain some valuable principles to remain healthy in the future.
Below you will find the 7 powerful ways to make your kid lose weight:
- Take small steps- Don’t make them give up candy, sodas, cookies, chips all in one day. Instead take small steps. If they have been indulging in junk foods for a long time, it is going to take time to break that habit. So don’t make them go cold turkey because chances are they will get tempted as soon as they come across a can of coca cola at their friends birthday party. A better approach would be to give up one unhealthy item at a time. Also tell them exactly why it is bad for them. For example, sodas can cause obesity, weaken their bones, affect their vital organs and make them prone to many health risks such as cholesterol, diabetes and cancer.
- Get the family into it- Parents matter a lot when it comes how kids learn to treat their bodies. Getting your whole family into the healthy eating bandwagon is a great way to encourage your child into becoming healthy. Rather than eating out as a family, prepare home cooked meals. Better yet, get your child involved in the process of meal planning. If there is an adult in the family who is overweight, ask them to lose weight. That will motivate the child by demonstrating to them that the advice you give them actually works.
- Eat till you are just full- Many of us overeat to the point where we feel sick and grumpy.
Some ways to make sure that your child doesn’t over eat is to ask them to eat slowly. It takes 20 minutes for your brain to receive the signal of fullness. Make sure that your child also places their utensils down between each bite. This will ensure that they eat mindfully.
Do note that your child could develop an unhealthy relationship with food by eating unnecessarily when bored, sad or stressed. Because if not stopped, they will turn to food every time a challenging situation arises. Encourage them to keep a food journal, where they record every food item they eat throughout the day. Before bed, sit with them and reflect on what they could have done better.
- Be aware of liquid calories- The amount of calories we can drink up through juices, coffee and tea is mind boggling. If your child is having too many sodas or multiple glasses of juices a day, that might be a problem. When thirsty, encourage your child to turn to water. Teach them the benefits of water and how important it is to keep our cells hydrated at all times. For juices, try to make your own juice at home. Commercial juices are loaded with sugar and other additives that not only makes you gain weight, but also makes you addicted to sweet things.
As far as sodas go, the best option would be to avoid buying them on your weekly grocery trips. If they do have a can at school, that’s okay. But keep your kitchen healthy, because your home is where your child will most likely indulge in.
- Snack throughout the day- Rather than restricting them to three meals a day, encourage them to snack on something healthy throughout the day. These could include carrots, nuts or a piece of fruit. This will make sure that their blood sugar remains constant throughout the day, preventing them from over eating at main meals, or getting tempted by unhealthy food items.
- Limit don’t eliminate- Rather than eliminating food items completely, limit them as much as possible. For example, rather than not allowing your kid to eat pizza, limit it to once a week, or a few slices a week. With sodas, limit it to one can a week. By doing this, your kid will be less prone to giving into temptations, because the item is no longer forbidden. It’s just limited.
- Stay away from fad diets- Keep your kids away from fad diets. They will not help them now and nor will they help in their future. In fact it might be detrimental to their physical and psychological development. To lose weight healthily, they have to nourish their body with the right foods and stay active. The sooner you can engrave these qualities into your child, the better will be his/her future health.
I hope these pearls of wisdom help your kids get back to the best form of their lives. If they do fail, encourage them to get back up. Remind them that they didn’t learn to walk in one day. It was the culmination of several small steps and multitudes of tripping and falling and rising up that made them such good walkers. Losing weight is the same way. It takes thousands of small steps to become healthy, and failing is just a part of the journey.
In the comments below, please share- how do you make sure that your kids stay healthy?