The number of children having weight problems, too much weight at the first place, is increasing day by day. The main reason for weight problems in children are various snacks available and less physical activity. Although you may think the opposite, children exercise less today than in the past, and also some everyday activities, which kept them active are now changed, for example, fewer children walk to school today because they either go by bus or their parents drive them. The weight problems in children have to be taken seriously, because they can lead to some health problems, social problems (their friends tease them, or they have a low self-esteem, etc.) and so on.
In order to solve this problem and help your child lose weight fast, first you have to find out the following:
- What makes your child gain weight?
- What types of food does he eats most?
- How much and how often does he eat?
- How active is he or she?
When you find out the answers remember the following, although you want your child to lose weight fast, you also want it to keep the new weight and not gain back even more pounds. To make this happen, the solution is quite simple, make slight modifications in the diet (include more fruits and vegetables in the diet and low calorie food) and most importantly make your child physically more active. This is a definite way to improve your child’s health. It is recommended to avoid strict diets because they help lose muscles as well as fat, and the lost weight is gained back pretty quickly. Include regular physical activities in your child’s plan. One hour a day would be great. You can start with brisk walking, playing basketball, swimming, riding a bike, or some sports. In this way the weight lost, will not come back, and your child will feel much better. Even better, you can try various activities and see which one your child likes the best. If you manage to do that, encourage your child to do it regularly. Doing some home chores is also a way to increase physical activity. The goal of all these exercises and activities is to burn more calories than taken in.
It is important to remember that losing weight efficiently is not something you can do instantly, or in a short period of time. This is especially important for children, because the goal is to keep excess weight off. And one more thing, consulting with your child’s pediatrician is advised before you start with your weight-loss plan. Following the pediatrician’s advices can help you keep your child healthy and lose weight quicker.