If you are one of the many families trying to tackle to problem of child obesity today then here are four tips to help you when it comes to meal planning: Tip 1 - Buy the right ingredients. The starting point for any meal planning is to ensure that you are working with the right ingredients and here we would suggest that you should look at meals consisting of about 50% vegetables and fruit, 25% proteins and grains and at least one serving of milk or low-fat yogurt per day. You should also look carefully at the amount of fat you are using in preparing foods and only add the bare minimum of additional fat where necessary. Wherever possible, use unsaturated fats rather than saturated fats or think about using low-fat or fat-free alternatives.
You workout regularly, follow a diet plan dedicatedly but still aren't able to shed even an extra pound! This is not just your story but that of millions who are unable to succeed in their effort to lose weight. Around 20% of these people then take recourse to surgery. But how effective is weight loss surgery. Most of us are skeptical regarding the effectiveness of this surgery. Is it safe or risky? Celebrities go gaga over their fitness regimen chalked out by expert trainers and renowned nutritionists. But it is not possible for the man on the street to avail such facilities. Over the years, lap band surgery or gastric banding has become quite popular in the US.
One of the first lines of attack for anybody wrestling with the problem of obesity is a strictly controlled program of diet and exercise, but if you also lead a reasonably active social life then it is not always easy to find suitable places to eat out which will also allow you to stay on your diet. Of course this problem does not only apply to those of us who are already overweight, but also applies to those people whose weight is fine and who wish to keep it that way. In a recent report restaurants were shown to have enjoyed an increase in their earnings over the past ten years of more than sixty-five percent and this is a reflection of the simple fact that more of us are now eating out, and doing so more frequently.
There is a silent epidemic spreading throughout America. It is insidious and ravaging, and its victims are our children. What is it? Obesity. In 1974, only four percent of American children were considered obese. Today, approximately 30 percent of children are overweight and 15 percent are obese, and the statistics almost double in certain ethnic groups such as African American, Hispanic and Native Americans. This epidemic has not been reversed despite all we know about good nutrition and the benefits of exercise. If childhood obesity continues to increase, it could cut at least two to five years from the average lifespan and could cause our current generation of children to become the first in American history to live shorter lives than their parents.
A body shaping program is not usually found in the gym setting. There are several elements of body shaping, although not all elements apply to all women. Some body shaping programs attempt to combine the resistance exercise with cardiovascular or aerobic exercise. The best body shaping programs should be portable - meaning you can do them anywhere and anytime. On a more spiritual level a body shaping goal may be to 'feel' sexy, confident and full of energy to burn. The benefit of this type of program is extremely conducive to what body shaping is all about. Unique low impact cardio and body shaping exercises burn calories both during and after this dynamic workout.
Have you ever wondered why you can follow a weight loss program or a "new" diet, and have it work very well the first time to try it, only to go off the diet for a holiday, or a weekend, or vacation, only to find that it doesn't work when you resume it? What about the new diet that is the buzz of the office, or the latest celebrity endorsed program? Why do they work so well for some, but not for others? Is it because some people cheat and others don't? Is it because of factors beyond our control such as genetics or metabolism or even lifestyle? While these are all factors that are part of the weight loss equation, I would suggest that there is something more.
To date, the experts and the media have combined to portray childhood obesity as a complex problem with multiple, and hard to control variables. For example there's the modern fast food diet, and the working mom who lacks the time to cook for her kids. There's the TV, the video games, and the computer, all of which conspire to make sure 21st century kids remain as physically inactive as possible. Add to that all the advertising that encourages consumption of sugary foods, the lack of fresh fruits and vegetables due to a lack of supermarkets in poor neighborhoods, the lack of daily physical education, along with genetics and metabolism issues, and it all sounds complicated and confusing, right?
At the Risk of Pointing Out the Obvious... 1. Show me 10 boys who can do pull ups and I'll show you 10 boys who are not obese. * 2. Show me 10 girls who can do pull ups and I'll show you 10 girls who are not obese. 3. Show me 10 families full of members who can do pull ups and I'll show you ten families who don't worry about obesity and all the related problems. 4. Show me an elementary or a high school full of students who can do pull ups and I'll show you an elementary and a high school who've won the war on obesity. 5. Show me a school teacher, administrator, or a school board member who can do pull ups and I'll show you a school teacher, an administrator, and a school board member who are all setting great examples for the kids in their schools to follow.
It does not matter if you are rich or poor or if you ate foods that was not healthy for you that was prepared by your parents. It does not matter what cards was dealt to you in life all that matters is the choices you make right now. Due to high gas and food prices this will be a summer where most people will be staying home because they will not be able to take a vacation. Less people will be flying, and driving. So why not take this opportunity to walk with your family to your local market and purchase lots of fruits and vegetables in season and look for lean cuts of meat that you can prepare with your children. This is a great way to look at recipes that are tasty and good for you, this way you will learn how to make healthy meals and in return you will be teaching your children the value of eating a nutritional meal.
In terms of keeping weight off once you've lost it, one of the key factors is the level of control you have over your eating habits this is referred to as your level of dietary disinheriting. Simply put, if you are one of those people who turns to high fat or high sugar foods when you're tired or under stress, you probably have a higher level of dietary disinheriting. And for you unfortunately, this means you are also more likely to re gain the weight you have worked so hard to lose. If this sounds like you it is wise to plan ahead to reduce the likelihood that you will fall off the weight loss wagon and go down the path to obesity which you do not want.