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Wednesday, June 6, 2012
3 Critically Important Fat Loss Lessons
According to The US Department of Health and Human Services, 14% of adolescents in the United States are overweight. This figure has nearly tripled in the last 20 years. The number of adolescents and teens that are being diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes, high cholesterol and high blood pressure is rising in exponential proportions. f you were to ask any overweight teenager, "What upsets you the most about your weight?" I assure you the answer will not have anything to do with the health implications mentioned above, but will be about the social criticizing, bullying and ridicule that they almost always receive by their, not so compassionate, peers. Below I will share some important steps I feel will not only help your own fat loss efforts, but will encourage the loved ones in your life (children and adults included) to also establish a healthy lifestyle. 1)Make healthy eating a family event. When you involve your children in every part of the food making process, they are excited to eat and share their creations. Start a small vegetable or herb garden with your family that you all take care of together. Where can you get your children or your family members more involved in food preparation? Even if it’s asking them to search the internet for new recipes they want to create, they’ll be excited to know that it was "their" recipe that is for dinner tonight. 2)Make exercise about having fun. Kids are supposed to play and so are adults. Who likes boring gym equipment anyway? (I don’t!) You’ll not only get an incredible workout by finding a playful activity (sports, jump rope, playground, playing tag in the backyard), but you’ll also experience the mood lifting hormones that come along with fun play. 3)Find your support system. There is a reason why there are support groups for drug addiction, alcoholics, and weight loss...because they work! It’s just too hard to make significant changes in our lives (especially when they’re challenging) without some cheerleaders on our side. The support system is a critical piece of the puzzle. With the wonderful support of family and community, it's much easier to stay on this healthy journey,especially when so many people are there to encourage you every day.