A new study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) indicate that the rates of obesity are on the rise, especially among kids. In the US alone, one in three kids is obese.
The alarming rate of obesity among children is scary because of the long-term health problems that children are likely to face. According to Dr. Axe, obese children are more likely to become overweight when adults.
However, that is not even the crux of the matter. Obesity is likely to pose your kids as potential candidates for previously grown-up, obesity-related conditions such as diabetes type 2, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, anxiety, depression, among a plethora of lifestyle diseases.
This is not to mention that obesity is likely to compromise your kid`s social life. In most cases, obese children are likely to be bullied, and teased by their peers. In effect, this contributes to a lower self-esteem, inferiority complex, and not being to engage with the rest of their peers actively.
For parents with overweight kids and are desperately looking to help their kids achieve the perfect weight, it`s always a struggle since they are unsure of how to get started.
Fortunately, we have prepared this awesome guide that will show you how to do it. However, you must understand that it`s not a quick fix; it demands long-term modifications of their lifestyle and change in diet.
But it can be done.
Here is how you can cut your kid`s weight fast;
Set Realistic Goals
The quest for weight loss is all about setting goals; being specific on what you want after a given period.
For instance, rather than telling your kids to eat less and get more physically active, you can identify behavioral goals such as instructing them to walk for at least 30 minutes or eating several servings of fruits or veggies daily.
The specific goals are more motivating to the kids but also serve as concrete and measurable benchmark that you and your kids can use to track their progress make adjustments if need be, and celebrate success together.
Encourage Exercise and Record-keeping
Exercises are crucial for kids to expend extra calories. Aerobic workouts, in particular, are excellent forms of workouts that will assist with drastic weight loss. Some of the aerobic activities include jogging, cycling, and rollerblading.
Besides the actual exercises, you should similarly encourage your kid to stay active in other ways, for instance using the stairways rather than the elevators or walking rather than driving to school.
In the same spirit of motivation, you should also encourage your kids to keep track of all their specific behaviors and exercises in a diary or notebook. Though it`s quite demanding, it helps your kid in realizing how frequently on infrequently, they truly are hitting on their targets.
The mere act of self-monitoring is not only motivating but can also result in behavioral change.
Set an Example
Imagine telling someone smoking kills while you have a cigar in your mouth.
Equally, you can never have your kid losing weight, while you`re eating all the junk food and gaining weight.
See, if you truly want your kid to lose weight, and enjoy a longer life without always having being picked on or having suicidal thoughts, then you have to set by example.
Do not be the kind of parent who is always consuming the wrong foods, never exercises, and then act surprised when your young one grows obese.
For your kid to register any weight loss and enjoy a fulfilling life, you must show commitment similarly.
This is to mean that you have to practice healthy eating habits, engaging in regular exercises monitoring your weight and being picky about what you consume.
Encourage your Kid to Listen to their Body Signals
At the time, providing your kid with the independence of making dietary as well as exercising choices proves effective in the quest for fast weight loss.
For instance, you should encourage them to eat regularly, and only eat when they feel hungry, as opposed to eating during three times a day.
Also, rather than serving food using the “family style,” place the food in the kitchen so that your kids will not get tempted into second or third helpings that occur out of habit rather than hunger.
Remember, you`re the Parent; Set the Ground Rules
Though most of the societies are democratic and build on pillars of freedom, your house should be a dictatorial domain.
When it comes to weight loss, do not to be the friendly dad or mum who lets their kid have anything they want until their weight sprawls to uncontrollable levels.
You can say no to Starbuck, no to burgers, no to ice cream, not to all junk food. Though not always, you can at least say it seven times per 10 requests.
Also, you can establish mealtime rules such as second helps with veggies or fruits only and not the starchy and fatty part of the meal.
Finally, establish a 15-minute rule where all family members have to wait for at least 15 minutes before the second helping. This waiting time will help your kid’s body to recognize their full sense of fullness.
Avoid using Food as Rewards or Punishment
The days of “if you do not finish your chore you`ll have veggies” or “if you finish your chore, you will have candy” are over.
See, treating food as a punishment tool will discourage kids from liking healthy foods as they associate them with punishment.
In effect, it makes them have a craving for the sweeter and less healthy foods, which ultimately results to weight gain.
Granted, you should think of rewards or punishment using non-foods such as toys, and games.
Be a Source of Support for your Kid
Like adults, many of the obese kids are often neglected, and they feel dejected. Growing up is tough for them.
Consequently, most of them channel their frustrations into food.
Ro avoids emotional eating, ensure that you are constantly talking to them in a safe and private environment while encouraging them to open to their life stresses.