Diet is not the answer
You probably know some adults and kids who worry about their weight and say they’re going on a diet. Maybe even you wonder if you should be on a diet. In this article, we are going to present you the best ways to keep children from gaining excess pounds.
Diets are entirely inappropriate for kids, who are still growing and therefore need to eat a varied food that is rich in vitamins and minerals, and that contains sufficient amounts of protein, carbohydrates, fruits and vegetables, and certain fats. So, what is a parent can do if one or more kids seem to be putting on a exess pounds?
The meal plan must put perfect for health rather than weight loss
The meal plan should be high in fruits and vegetables, deficient in white foods, white rice, white bread, and with reasonable portion sizes for meats and fats. All children should benefit from eating good quality, healthy, fresh food to use for fuel so they can be active and to feel good and happy, so don’t diet them.
Hunger plays a key role, and when a kid goes hungry, he or she tends to overeat, crave sweets and fatty foods. You should be aware of the fact that going hungry slows metabolism and increases appetite. However, eating healthfully doesn’t need to exclude the occasional treat. Have in mind that cookies aren’t prohibited for life. It’s merely a matter of knowing when is enough and when portion sizes are out of whack.
Some of the good-quality snacks include a small bowl of cereal with a handful of frozen blueberries and skim milk, a toast with peanut butter, muffins with melted mozzarella, low-fat yogurt with fruit, banana covered with peanut butter, rolled in nuts, and wrapped with waxed paper and frozen.
Now, you should also know that it is all about the timing and it is highly recommended that kids eat on somewhat of a schedule. Exercising and some physical activity is very, very important, because kids bodies are built to move, and they need to wiggle and play. Parents should take a stand in front of the TV or between the kid and the computer. Kids must go out and do something, like, to play basketball, volleyball, to run or something like that.
Parents must focus on what is right for the kid, and enjoy sports with their kids – maybe camping, hiking, going to the driving range, swimming, skiing.
So, diet is not the answer. In fact, dieting can cause excess pounds and obesity. First, make the meal plan for your kid and keep in mind that all that kids need is a different kind of healthy foods. Encourage active playtime because kids just need to be moving and having fun doing so.
Don’t forget about the timing and eating schedule.
A healthy diet and fun-based physical activity, and right timing are part of the prescription for a healthy childhood, but overall happiness and a developing sense of self-worth is one of the most important things for your kid. So, make these simple changes. You can make a difference today, for you and your kid. And, create healthy eating habits for your family, because one day your kids will pass that habits on to their kids.