Are you sending your overweight child or teen to a weight loss camp for the summer? Perhaps you’re looking for ways to get started today? An effective weight loss program boils down to diet and exercise, and there are many things parents can do at home to start their child on the path towards a healthier lifestyle.
Many kids become more motivated to eat better when they are involved in meal planning, shopping, and cooking. This gives them less of a feeling that a diet is being “forced” on them, and gets them more engaged in the process.
Boost their exercise levels with incentives, or by finding activities that they will not consider hard or frustrating. If your child prefers to spend hours in front of the TV, make a deal with him: for every three hours they surf the web or watch TV, he has to do one hour of something physical. Keep in mind that “exercise” doesn’t have to be things like jumping rope, doing sit-ups, and so on. Anything that gets a child moving is exercise – take a bike ride, jump on a trampoline, toss around a football, or even vacuum the house! If your child earns an allowance, try to assign chores that have a physical component, such as mowing the lawn, raking leaves, or sweeping.
Having support from friends and family will also help your child lose weight. Try to get the whole family to join a weight loss and fitness plan, even if weight loss is not the goal for everyone. Take a family walk – even if it’s just for 20 minutes after dinner, it can make a difference in your child’s level of fitness. Weight loss plans for children focus on healthy lifestyle habits, and that’s good for everyone.
Our weight loss camps create a supportive atmosphere where fun exercise and healthy dieting is emphasized. Fortunately, these are also the kind of things that can be done at home.