So what does it take to "win" at losing weight?
If you've ever tried to lose weight you know the answer is complicatedly simple: eat less, move more.
Part One: Changing your food lifestyle
According to 30 years of research, psychologist Dr. Leonard Epstein has concluded "it all starts with the family." Rather than focusing on what NOT to eat, the best interventions are educational and involve life style change. In other words. Kids don't do diets. If you look closely at the research on adult obesity. Parents don't do diets well either.
Lifestyle change involves an important shift away from "diet" mentality and embracing the concept of thinking "healthy." Some healthy habits to start (or continue):
- Parents need to educate themselves on good nutrition. Do a thorough google search to find a website where the information is delivered in a way that you can digest (ha!). Consider joining weight watchers or seeing a nutritionist if you or your family have special needs or if you prefer face to face information.
- It takes time to create a good refrigerator stocked with easy access to cut vegetables and fresh fruits. But when it comes to kids: if you prepare it they will eat! Okay, maybe not the first time . . . or so. Just don't give up!
- Clear the clutter: Remove the alternative high sugar, high calorie foods. Will your child be eager to eat over at their friends house for awhile? Absolutely. But ultimately your household will have more influence on your child's eating habits over the long term.
- Remember you can't call something a "treat" if you eat it every day. Reverse the pattern of what is eaten as a habit, and "treat" your family once in awhile with a special dessert.
The challenge in my weight watcher 360 meeting last week was to do a refrigerator make-over. We took before pictures to increase our awareness of what we were facing each time we opened the door. Then we were encouraged to invest in some clear containers and "have fun" preparing fresh fruits and vegetables that would be easy access and pleasing to view when it was time to search for a snack. Here is my before and after:
|The carrots were always there- who knew?|
Commit to one small shift in your food lifestyle, either in thoughts or deeds, and share in the comments!