In order to provide their kids with a healthy lifestyle and good self-image and confidence, parents must play a big role in encouraging and making it easier for kids to lose weight. The important thing is to avoid pressuring the child as well as obviously banning some of their favorite activities and snacks. Success can be achieved gradually and patiently, in a subtle yet effective manner.
Start with Food
Helping children lose weight has to start with food intake. Children need to have three regular meals with snacks in between. It’s up to the parent to prepare the meals that are healthy and nutritious for a child without hinting that you are putting them on a low-calorie intake. This is something that is easiest to control and therefore parents should take full advantage of it. Moreover, healthy snacks should replace chocolates and similar sweets. While children may dislike fruits, you can make some healthy sweet recipes such as fruit muffins, ice creams and popsicles that kids readily accept and enjoy. Of course, urge them to drink a lot of water. You can talk about various benefits of drinking plenty of water apart from weight loss. If kids prefer sweetened juices, you can always offer them flavored water.
Sign Them Up for Sports
All kids are interested in some kind of sport regardless of their weight and general physical ability. Therefore, it would be a good idea to ask the child about the sport they like in casual conversation and discuss with your child the possibility of them signing up for training sessions. Most kids will readily accept this, especially if some of their friends take part in the sport as well. Check out local clubs and training centers so that you can find one that would suit perfectly for a child’s beginner level. Regular exercise at training sessions will work wonders for weight loss as well as social development.
Organize Cycling or Hiking Adventures
Make sure to plan a fun trip into nature almost every weekend. This can be an enjoyable activity for the whole family. Not only will your children get the benefits of cycling or hiking to your desired destination but they will also have you as a role model to look up to. What’s more, these kinds of trips are great for expanding the child’s knowledge of nature and it can spark up many other interests and hobbies.
Fun Activities for Losing Weight
Losing weight can and has to be fun for kids. Taking them to trampoline centers can be a great way for them to socialize and move their muscles, thus burning all the extra calories and fat. There are some trampoline centers that both adults and kids can use which is a great solution if your child is a bit shy. What’s more, renting a trampoline for a birthday party or any other occasion really can be a good start for developing the child’s interest in this kind of activity. One can even get their own backyard trampoline so that the kids can have some healthy fun whenever they want.
Use the Seasons to your Advantage
Every season comes with its own interesting activities for children. Therefore, take the time to take your child skiing or ice-skating during winter and swimming during summer months. Your children will definitely enjoy this while the exercise will do them the world of good for healthy growth and shedding kilos.
Most kids have weight oscillations as they grow and putting a little bit of weight is not a reason for concern as long as you, as a parent, do everything you can to promote a healthy and active lifestyle. Instead of completely banning their gaming or TV time, control it efficiently. Refrain from yelling at them and accusing them of being overweight. Your calm demeanor and calculated tactics will ensure the child loses weight and increase their concern and respect for their own health and the way they look.