Help Your Child Lose Weight with These 5 Simple Steps

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If you are a parent that has overweight kids, you are in the right place. It is not easy to tell your child that they are overweight and instructing them to eat healthy foods. At such young age, kids are still in exploring stage and eat whatever they wish to eat; this is one of the factors that most parents are struggling with regarding children obesity. Fret not! There is still time to change your kid’s eating habit and help them live a healthier lifestyle while they are still young. And when they are old enough, they will thank you for helping them to lose weight.

Children who are in average and healthy weight are usually the ones that have more self-confidence, focused and better when they grow up than those who are overweight which are most likely to be bullied and have low self-esteem. What’s worse is that they have higher chances of getting health problems in the future.

Keep in mind to not putting your kids in a weight-loss diet program, how much more to force them. Kids doesn’t like to be force and health-wise they are just unsuitable for a weight-loss program since they body need nutrients in order to grow taller. Suppressing their hunger can lead to binge eating therefore making them crave more foods in no time. Your goal is to maintain their weight to a healthier one. To know more about it, keep reading.

First, show a good example to your kids when it comes to health. Kids don’t do what you said, but do what you do. This is a great way to instill to their mind to practice a good eating habit because they learn by examples. If you told your child to be active while you are sitting on the couch watching TV, your child will end up watching TV as well. What you should do instead is to go and join him in an active routine like going for a walk, bike ride, swimming and perhaps joining sports. It is beneficial to both you and your child since you get the chance to spend time together while helping your kid in pursuit of losing weight.

They will thank you later for being with them throughout the process. Helping your child to lose weight is not a one-person’s work but it involves the whole family. You might consider changing your family’s eating habit one day at a time.

Second, be active and exercise. Overweight kids burn more calories than the slimmer ones. A 60-minute physical activity every day is good enough to help them lose weight. If your kid happens to be at the age of 5-7 years old, you might consider playing ball games, chasing games, riding a scooter or playground swing and etc. For the older ones, active sports like skateboarding, martial arts, skipping etc. is good enough for them. If school and your house is just around the corner, encourage your kid to ride a bike or walk daily instead of using a car.

Third, let’s talk about the kitchen! When preparing the food for your kid, do not give them an over-sized meal or servings. You be the judge of how much food is good enough for them. According to expert, the best way to feed your kid is to serve them only in small portion of food and let them ask for more if they are still hungry. Do not restrict them to finish their meal, and set aside kids plate and adult plates since adult plates are bigger than that of kids.

Eating slowly is one of the best ways to help your kid lose weight. During this time, you can also talk to them about eating a healthy and balance diet everyday so that they understand that being overweight is bad for their health.

Fourth, be more creative. One way to get your kids eating fruits, veggies and other healthy food is to be more creative in order to make them eat it. It may take some efforts but it is worth it. Kids love eating colorful foods, you can combine the fruits and veggies in a way that it can entice them to eat. This is the best and natural way to give them those vitamins, mineral, fiber and other nutrients. One of the reasons why kids are overweight is because they eat too much sugary foods like candies, high-fat sweets, chocolates in big amount and they love eating those because it is colorful and interesting. Therefore, it is time for you to change it to healthier option like juice, smoothies and fresh fruits. You can also search for more sugar swaps food on the internet.

Finally, don’t let your kid surfing the internet and uploading Facebook status until late night. This activity promotes weight gain because they tend to reach for food while facing the computer. According to expert, facing too much screens and lights could delay their bedtime. Kids should not watch TV, playing video games, or facing other electronic gadget 2 hours before bedtime. Children who stayed up late at night are more likely to become obese; it can also affect their mood, behavior and concentration in school.

Now you know what to do and how to help your kids who are struggling with obesity. Keep in mind that the first few weeks of adapting new habits are very tiring and surprising for your kid, but maintain the routine and be consistent. As a parent, we all want our kids to be happy and healthy as they grew up. Start the changes now!

 

 

Detoxing Your Body with 3 Great-Tasting Beverages

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Detox is a great way to start your weight loss program, but why? It is because detox helps your body to get its full nutrients, it also give your digestive system a time-out from breaking down food inside your stomach. Detoxification is always associated with the liver, since it is the organ responsible for detoxing. 

Added to that, there are also some areas in the body that are intended to detox like the skin, kidneys and colon. Since skin is the largest organ, automatically it is also the largest organ of detoxification by the means of eradicating the toxin through perspirations. Your kidneys on the other hand, screen your blood and removes toxins through urine. Finally, the colon metabolize the toxin in the body and out in the form of waste number two. If you are having trouble eliminating them, constipation occurs. That’s why you need plenty of water and enough fiber in order to eliminate it from your body.

Once you have known the role of detoxifying process in your body, I will give you lists of detox drink recipes that will help you be healthier not only through exercises, healthy foods or healthy lifestyle, but also having healthy organs, which is very important.

The Matcha Mango Pineapple Smoothie

Matcha is a green tea that is often used in Japanese tea ceremonies. Teas are good antioxidants and can definitely help you through your detoxifying process. The pineapple and mango added great flavor to it plus it contains vitamins that are vital for your health.

The Pomegranate Pineapple Lemon Juice

Experts have found that pomegranate is a great detox food and it has two times more antioxidants than the green tea. We all know that green tea is popular for its antioxidants content, but I wonder why people hasn’t discover this yet? Again pineapple plays big role in giving you vitamins and nutrients, no wonder why it is included here. Plus, lemon increases your metabolism and neutralizes the flavor. One way to go!

The Greenish Juice

So what exactly is this? With the mixtures of cucumber, spinach, collards this give your body a total boost for your organs. There are also some lemons to help you love your greens more. If you love the idea of eating greens, this one is definitely for you.

The Dieter’s Water

Do you love to keep things simple? This is ultimately water that is soaked overnight with variety of cleansing fruits and vegetables in it. The idea of this is to let the water absorb the nutrients of the fruits and vegetables. It’s how simple it is! Maybe you should try this.

The Hydrating Juice

First step to detoxing your body is to keep hydrated. Most people having a hard time detoxing their body is because they are not hydrated enough and drank a lot of drinks like coffees and sodas. Drink plenty of water so that your body can easily boost metabolism and flush out the toxins. Keep it natural!

The Colorful Cocktail

Mixing pomegranate and kale is a super duper combination that will do your body a big favor. Kale is high in protein, fiber and phytochemicals, while pomegranate helps fight free radicals. Aren’t they the perfect match? Then, add cranberries that serve as antioxidants, pear for the sweet taste and mint (optional) if you like a minty fresh taste.

The Rainbow Veggie Juice

According to experts, eating more colorful vegetables are good for your health because they have a lot of nutrients. Tomatoes and peppers, orange from carrots, yellow from lemons, green from celery, parsley, romaine and cilantro, isn’t that colorful enough? Perhaps adding something with blue-ish color? Why not! These veggies are great combination of a delicious juice.

The Citrus & Green Tea Smoothie

It’s quite rare to have green tea in smoothies, but they did it anyway. The smoothie name itself clearly shows how superb it works for detoxifying, not to mention its antioxidants contents. Citrus makes it taste better and gives you vitamins. Some people added banana and green yogurt for protein. You might want to give it a try, too.

The Turmeric Detox Drink

I wasn’t expecting turmeric has the power to boost metabolism and have detoxifying agents but not only that, it also aids in breaking down toxic chemicals in the liver. Isn’t this great? Added to that, you can mix the drink with ginger and organic lemon juice because it has strong cleansing value. These mixtures of spices are best if you add a little sweetness to boost its taste. You’re going to love this!

The Blueberry Fruit Smoothie

This is a nice combination of flavors because these are the concoctions of three super foods in one glass of juice; they are blueberries, bananas and cranberries. This is perfect for breakfast or any time throughout the day if you are trying to lose weight and detoxing at the same time.

The Orange Drink

This drink comprises of four ingredients and surprisingly there are no orange involved here! They are actually carrots, celery, apples and lime for a twist to enhance the taste. This health-giving drink is simple and easy to make.

The Mango Ginger Lemonade

Seriously, are these mixtures taste good together? Remarkably yes! Ginger is good to make yourself feeling calm while mango has the neutralize effect on the body with its amazing flavor, and of course the lemonade give boost to the drink.

The list goes on when it comes to detox drinks. You can also make your own drink or juice by combining any of your favorite fruits or veggies that have the same nutritional contents. Regular cleansing for the body is safe and good for your healthy especially for your colon, skin, kidneys and other internal organs.

How to Have a Good Outlook in Confronting Weight Loss Problem?

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How you see yourself in dealings with weight loss problem is important both for you and other people around you. The reason why most people were unsuccessful at their attempt in weight loss is because they confront themselves in a wrong perspective and went wrong along the way. What you actually need to do is setting your expectation and goals in a realistic manner and motivates yourself to succeed.

Losing weight can be very challenging to people who are struggling their whole life with weight problem. There are surely trials, temptation, and obstacles along the way that is why you need to prepare yourself mentally as well as you can. Our outlook is imperative although it is not appreciated but it plays a big role in our journey of losing weight.

The common approach of negative people is doubting whether or not they can lose weight immediately which is natural and usually end up giving up at an early stage because they haven’t seen the immediate result after working out very hard (well, according to them). This kind of negative attitude will definitely bring you downhill in all your future endeavors not only in terms of weight loss.

Perhaps, you are focusing too much on numbers and how you did not lose huge pounds in a week. It’s true that this could be the main factor of discouragement, but remember when setting goals you must make sure that it is Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant and Time-limited (SMART). There is no such thing as wrong goals, only the wrong outlook and attitude toward your goals.

How to fight this kind of mentally? It is as simple as having the positive outlook and approach toward the changes in life. This kind of mentality helps you stay focus regardless of what your plans are, how much more in weight management matters. Stay positive in every aspect of your life should be your primary motivation to be healthy. Yes, this may require a lot more time and effort especially if you are just starting but seeing the result and how far you have gone, surely worth it – it is for yourself.

When your perspective toward life changes to more positive ones, I am pretty sure your lifestyle changes including your diet! Why? Because you starting to love and respect yourself. Eat whatever you want in moderate amount and enjoy living. Weight loss is not about suppressing hunger or punishing yourself, you’ll be surprise to know it has a lot more to do with the psychological matter than of the physical.

Furthermore, practice positive self-talk as often as you can. It is a good way to increase your confidence and breaking down the walls between you and your goals. Self-talk helps you be more positive and think more practically about who you are and your efforts. Why not trying to use a diary or memo to record every success you have achieved. Remember: only focus on the positive ones.

To make things easier for you, I have concluded the best ways to make your journey easier and how you can start:

  • Ask yourself why you want it. Write it down and read it out loud whenever you feel like giving up.
  • Start to change your lifestyle, gradually. Do not tell yourself you are on a “diet”, but rather always remind yourself that you are just “getting healthy”.
  • Never talk or look down about yourself. When you put yourself in high regard, you will respect your whole being more.
  • Tell yourself you are thin and happy. Focus on the feeling so that you can make your goals more attainable and realistic as possible.
  • What is your most favorite part of the body? Hand, hair, eyes, legs, lips? I’m sure the list is long. Love your body and spend some time every day focusing on your favorite part of the body. Groom it or simply appreciate it for being there instead of complaining about how unhappy you are with them.
  • Do not rush things. It takes 13 hours to build a Toyota and 6 months to build a Rolls-Royce. If you want to see real healthy weight loss, you need time to work it out. Do not feel frustrated when things don’t happen immediately. Losing weight is not a contest of who finishes first. Remind yourself you are not in a hurry and you still got plenty of time as long as it is spent it well. Patient is a virtue!
  • Avoid perfectionism. Do not setting high expectation on yourself and never think “it’s all or nothing” terms. When you have cheat, never punish yourself instead learn from your mistake and try again.

Believe it or not, losing weight requires strategies and management. If it is done well and in the right method you will absolutely be on the brighter track. Don’t stress yourself out too much as this can lead to binge eating and cause weight gain. If you realized you are becoming stressed out due to problems and craving for foods, substitute those junk foods to healthier option like fruit juice, smoothies, veggies, or fruits.

Weight loss is more than just diet, it is a lifestyle change. Give your best effort to what you are doing. If you think you have done your best, maybe it is not your very best yet. The key is to start out with the right attitude train your brain to think healthy and enjoy the journey of losing weight. Be good to yourself and always remember to reward yourself once in a while for your effort (but never with food, of course), and everything will follow through after that.