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8 Tips to Get Your Kids to Eat Healthy and Loose Weight
From Dr. Dale Figtree

Weight loss is not about eating less food - That will slow down metabolism and calories will burn slower, leading to even more weight gain - along with lower energy levels. Try eating lots of delicious high nutrient foods, the body’s metabolism becomes stimulated and starts to burn off excess.

Create a list of your favorite foods - Write down your favorite foods and learn how to prepare them in their healthier, higher nutrient form. (You may need the help of a nutritionist, parent or cookbook for this).

Begin with small steps- When planning meals, have at least one fresh fruit or fresh vegetable with every meal.

What to choose? - For each meal, choose a variety of foods that contain a lot of vitamins and minerals - this means healthy wholesome carbohydrates such as salads, fruit, vegetables, whole grains, and beans, plus excellent protein and healthy fats from nuts, avocado, free-range eggs, tofu, and unfarmed fish.

Avoid empty calories - Empty nutrient processed foods such as white flour found in bread, pasta, most dry cereals, cookies, cakes and crackers, and also sugar and white rice. Their concentrated refined carbohydrates are the main cause of excess weight and health problems.

What to drink? - Avoid soda or fruit juice. These drinks concentrate carbohydrates plus add unhealthy chemicals to the body. It is much healthier to simply eat fresh fruit. The only juice that promotes health and weight loss is fresh mixed vegetable juices such as carrot and celery juice; otherwise, just drink water or herbal teas.

Read labels - Avoid chemicals and sugar in various forms such as cane syrup, high fructose corn syrup and rice syrup.

Reward yourself - Healthful snacks can be delicious! Try homemade popcorn, or carrot and other veggie sticks with dips such as humus, guacamole or tofu dip, or apple slices with almond butter.

 

 

 

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