A diet that simply refrains from calorie intake is not fit for kids. They may loose a few pounds but it’s at the expense of feeling hungry and a lack of proper nutrition. So what is a good diet?
CUT DOWN ON JUNK
Kids need vitamins, minerals, proteins, carbs and fat. Slow carbs are okay, and the right fats – in moderation. Too much sugar, refined food and processed meat means trouble.
SPLASH OUT ON FRESH
Start counting quality. Choose nutrient dense food, which is mainly fresh food, not the high processed stuff from a factory. Nutritious food will feed children and makes them feel satisfied for a longer period of time.
- a balanced breakfast and lunch will prevent children from unhealthy snacking and grazing in between meals.
- offer water and herbal tea. Simply skipping on soda and other high-calorie drinks has a tremendous impact on weight.
- last but not least: exercise! Kids need at least one hour of physical activity on a daily basis. Limiting television and computer time favors physical activity and a healthy weight.
Please note: when your child is seriously overweight or obese, always consult a health care professional for a tailor made approach.