Before putting your kids on any new diet program, it is important to consult your nutritionist or physician. Here are a few healthy weight loss tips for overweight children.
Cut out Processed Foods
Processed foods contains many toxins like chemicals synthetic colouring and flavours as well as harmful preservatives. If you want you child to lose weight cut out processed food from his or her diet and replace it with natural foods. For example, you can replace dairy ice cream with a homemade non-dairy fruit sorbet. Replace candies with fruits and honey based nuts.
Replace with high fibre dietEnsure that your child eats high fibre diet consisting of fruits and vegetables. To fill their little tummies give them foods rich in fibre that keeps them full for a longer time. High fibre is found in whole grains, vegetables and fruits.
Body building elements
Proteins are also very important for growth of the child. Give your children lean meats, fish and eggs are important sources of protein. Protein also takes longer time to digest and keeps your kid full for a longer time than carbohydrates.
High Quality CarbohydratesYou cannot eliminate carbs from your children’s diet to make them loose weight. These carbs provide energy for various important body functions and lack of carbs may lead to dullness, poor concentration and fatigue.
Use high quality carbohydrates like yams and sweet potatoes instead of breads and pastas.
Ensure that the diet contains all macro and micronutrientsSome essential nutrients that are present in natural foods are important for various functions of the body to be carried out. Your child is undergoing growth hence you need to make sure that the new diet is balanced and does not cause any nutritional deficiency that could lead to weight gain.
Sneak in healthy food
Most kids do not like green vegetables that actually help them lose weight. Sneak in the greens in their food using camouflage. For example, you can add spinach to their omelettes and broccolis to their soups and sandwiches.
Sports and gamesPlaying outdoor sports and games help your child develop not just physically but also help build up their cognitive and motor abilities of the brain. It not only keeps them busy to think about food but also helps burn calories and boosts their metabolism.
Your child is at very important stage of growth. Hence, you may adopt a new diet program for your child under the supervision of your physician. However, ensure that all nutritional needs of your child are met in your choice of diet menu.