The joy of having family is to do things with them and enjoy what they have to offer. Spending time together is a wonderful thing, but when what the other person has to offer is a 2000 calorie cheesecake, the results can be disastrous. So unfortunately one of the most common things families do together is gain weight. Family lifestyles often cause weight gain among all members so the adaptation to a better lifestyle through simple tips can help everyone in the family do something great together – lose weight.
Maybe Dad’s beer belly is the subject of many family jokes. But you may not realize your kids have a drinking problem just as serious. More and more kids are drinking soda and preferring soda as their beverage of choice. Soda offers no nutritional value and worse yet is detrimental to over health and their waistlines. Rotting their teeth and their stomach lining is just one way soda causes problems. But the most common is because of the massive amounts of sugar in each can. Excess sugar easily leads to weight gain that can rival Dad’s beer belly.
The solution seems simple- curtail the drinking of unhealthy beverages like beer and soda. Many stubborn family members will balk at this so be prepared to offer a compromise. Have your family try light versions of healthy juices, or green teas. Make a deal that every beverage has to be alternated with a glass of water. This will allow your family to cut back on calories with every other drink of calorie free water. By cutting out the thousands of extra calories drunk each day, everyone will be down a few pounds (and have a few less cavities) in no time!
Eating on the Run Instead of Going on the Run
More and more families complain about the rigorous schedules they keep. Between work commitments, sports practices, educational events and just regular old down time, people seem to be running almost 24 hours a day. A quick take out meal is a necessity at times. However, eating on the run will most certainly add pounds, pounds that could be lost by simply going for a run. . But the idea is that any extra exercise will help offset those extra calories that sometimes because of the pace of life, are just unavoidable. Make a pact with your family that for every takeout meal, you will need to take the family out for some sort of exercise. Running may not be your thing but as long you all get out for a walk, some basketball or a tennis match, you will be paying off your calorie debt. By teaching your kids that everything has a cost, they will not only learn better eating habits, but better self control in general.
Vexing Veggies and Our Foes Fruit
Its hard for kids to learn to like fruits and vegetable when their parents don’t like them either. As important parts of a healthy diets, its is crucial that you and your children come to terms with the need to eat fruits and veggies. Be honest with your kids about your prejudices and take an evening and sit down with them to try and find what works for your family. Have a taste testing session, and maybe throw in a few dares. If you make it fun, you all might just learn that there are healthy foods that you never knew you liked!
Girls (of all ages) Just Wanna Have Fun
Pizza party or dinner out all sounds like fun! But why does fun have to focus on food? Why can’t the party full of people be fun? Or just meeting friends for conversation? Making food equal fun in the equation of events make you and your family’s focus shift. Every event you plan, from a shopping trip to a birthday, will begin to trigger the thought ” Oooh what good food can we get to go along with it?”. And this of course leads to excess pounds and unhealthy nutrition and financial decisions. Make it a priority to treat food as a basic need, and not a glorified event. When planning with your family don’t play up the food choices nearby, but instead illustrate he other benefits of the event, like time with family or experiencing something new.
Genetics and lifestyle, practically the definition of a family, are the determining factors of weight control. Working on lifestyle changes as a family can make them that much more doable, as you have your built in role models and built in support group. Tackle habits little by little and as a family, with a sense of humor and an upbeat attitude and you will all reap the rewards.
Childhood obesity: Make Weight Loss A Family Affair. http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/childhood-obesity/FL00058 . Accessed November 12, 2010.