I am trying to help my son lose weight...any ideas?

Amy - posted on 07/29/2009 ( 12 moms have responded )

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I have a 10yr old that is overweight. I am struggling with keeping his weight down. I have another post going on about healthy lunches for school, but I need help with losing weight. Is it same to so weight watchers or something to that nature?

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Christine - posted on 07/29/2009

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Be sure that he has a glass of water before each meal. This worked for my son when the doctor didn't want to him gain any weight (but didn't say he had to lose).

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oh i forgot to say make sure he is drinking plenty of water.. no fizzy drinks.. i wish i could take my own advice on that one :) i just love coke :(

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Kristy - posted on 02/02/2013

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My daughter is over weight due to medical issues. The best thing that has worked for her is doing it with her. Eat the same, exercise, and encourage. She has a calorie count and has learned to read labels to know if it is really a good choice. Good luck.

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I agree with what others have said: Move more, eat less. Get him involved in something that involves moving. If he's not the "athletic type" then you may need to think outside the box- karate? dance? ice skating? Also, the best way to keep kids from being overweight is to do two things: UNPLUG THE TV and PURGE THE HOUSE of junk food. If it's not the TV that is the problem, severely limit PC or video game time. Crappy food is unhealthy for anyone and as long as it's in the house, it's unrealistic (and unfair) to think he's not going to eat it. If the only food available is fruit, whole grains and healthy stuff, they learn to like it and will eat it. We love granola bars around here. I have an enormous clear cookie jar. I fill it with different flavors of organic granola bars. They are filling, nutritious and give the kids a boost instead of making them sluggish and cranky like sugary foods do. Watch the labels, though. Some granola bars are as high in sugar and fat as junk food. The only drinks we keep in the house are 100% juice (I water it down), milk and water. I don't bring soda in the house. We do eat junk food or have a soda when we're out sometimes but when we are at home I make sure that it's not there for them to even eat.

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have loads of fresh fruit available.. we have apples, satsumas, blueberries, blackberries, apricots, strawberries every week.. oh and always fresh melon.. i just love cutting a melon!! (yes im weired!!). try to give your son smaller portions.. 3 small meals a day with healthy snacks in between meas (the fruit) is the best way to eat (IMO). try to have your son become more active.. a kick around with a football in the garden or a bike ride up and down the street.. a swimming class ect..i hope everything goes ok.. oh and one last thing that i think people may disagree with.. on a sunday after dinner a bit of chocolate cake with custard wont do any harm as a well done treat.. just a small portion though :) HTH

Sharon - posted on 07/29/2009

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I forgot to add that around here "instant snacks" are fruit. Apples, pears, peaches, grapes, strawberries etc.

Karlene - posted on 07/29/2009

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eat less, move more!..what i mean by that, is the amount of food intake portions, he needs to burn it off...sport! even a simple bike ride in your street..if he doesnt like to move much, eat less..

Cami - posted on 07/29/2009

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Have him pick healthy snack choices, obviously watch his diet. Go on family walks so he doesnt feel bad about being overweight. Or family bike rides. Get him into Karate, or something of that nature. Take away the video games and kick his butt outside to get some fresh air, and exercise. I water down all my juices and kool aids, there is so much sugar in that stuff, I dont know what you have him doing now but those are my suggestions. Good Luck

Sharon - posted on 07/29/2009

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Sports. Get him on a city soccer league or in swim lessons, something. its not just about diet.



not for my kids but for myself and hubby I quit buying easy snacks. If they want jello or pudding they have to make it or cook it. My 10 yr old can make jello via the microwave and the 6 yr old can make pudding, the 14 yr old can make cookies with a mix.



Its funny how they are to busy to actually "make" stuff.



but sports, swim lessons, it works.

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