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Healthy Weight Loss For Kids

Introduction And Background
Obesity is such an alarming subject for most because of the troubles it brings to society. No one is happy when obese because let’s face it, everyone wants to be fit and thin and look good. However, when we think about obesity and weight gain and the entire dieting regime, mostly adults come to mind. Rarely do we associate this with kids but nowadays, with the diet that is and the rate of obesity increasing in kids; it is not subjected only to older people anymore. And it should not be either because kids need to think about the fat they have put on as well or although dieting is not exactly a healthy option for any kid, there are healthy ways for weight loss in kids too, just like adults.

Should Kids Really Try To Lose Weight?
Most parents are of the opinion that kids should not even think of weight loss, no matter how much weight they put on but the parents need to be told that it is okay for kids to lose weight but the only thing is that it should be in a healthy manner. Parents often try to state that kids are of a growing age and turning them towards dieting and exercise will probably ruin their childhood or stunt their growth. This is not the case. There is no ruining of childhood if one is trying to get healthy and fitter and kids need to exercise more nowadays anyway with the rise of techno games and electronic gadgets that entice them to stay indoors. And if the parents take a little care about their diet by not feeding them less but feeding them the right things, they will eventually lose weight.

Baby Fat
If a kid has baby fat, it shows clearly that it is baby fat but there are kids who cross borders of weight gain and are morbidly obese for their age. For them, it is not just baby fat anymore but fat that needs to be gotten rid of properly. Making someone try to lose weight below the age of six or seven is not good but above that till the teen years; it is okay to make a kid try to lose weight in a healthy manner that will not affect in an adverse way. Then it isn’t about baby fat anymore. Then things get serious.

What Is Healthy Weight Loss For Kids?
The question arises now, what is healthy weight loss for kids? How can they lose weight in a healthy manner? Well, the answer is really simple enough:

  • The metabolism of kids is at a faster pace than adults and since they are at a growing age, all they need to do is stop eating junk food and sweets which are bad for them anyway and turn towards healthier foods. It is also the responsibility of the parent or the guardian to ensure that their kid is eating healthy fruits and vegetables and protein rather than bags of chips because a kid is not going to diet by himself or herself at such an age. They would probably need a lot of help from the adults in the household to even grasp the concept that they need to lose weight.
  • Exercise also becomes an essentiality in times like these. Make your kid join a fitness class or any other type of club where physical exertion takes place. Take him or her to the park where they can play around and burn calories. Have healthy outdoor activities planned so that your kid can enjoy as well as have healthy weight loss.
  • If there are other kids whose parents are trying to make them lose weight, get your kid to interact with them too. It will help them immensely and might even boost them up to go according to your plan rather than cry out loud for normal oily foods that they are usually fond of.
  • Keep a severe check on sweet intake. Kids love sweet things and although it is not that good for them, they still want to have it. Turn them towards natural sweets, like fruits for example.

And If A Kid Is Reading This…
Don’t fret it! You can lose weight really quickly and you don’t have to follow any strict diets. Just play outdoors and eat healthy as your parents tell you to and within a few weeks you’ll weigh the same as any other kid around the block!

Conclusion
Having kids lose weight is normal and one shouldn’t think of it as unhealthy. In fact, an unhealthy thing to do would be to let the kid be as he is and this habitual eating or obesity can even grow with him into his adulthood where it will be much harder for him to try and lose weight.

 

Beware Of Beverages – They Are Not Necessarily Juices

Introduction And Background
When you go to eat or if you go to a gathering, usually the first thing you are offered are beverages. And that is the one thing that you do not at all consider when you are counting your calories or are calculating on how much to eat. We often forget that though beverages may be liquid, they can be filled with calories as well. And what’s more, we often give the excuse that they are juices and could be very healthy. But there is so much more that you are missing out on. Read the article to further acquaint yourself how wary you should be of beverages and how they could actually ruin your diet unknowingly, that is if you are following one. And how they could be the reason behind your weight gain in the first place!

They Have Carbs
Unless you are drinking pure lemon water or something like green tea, be assured that your beverage does have sugar. Whether you are having a glass of juice, whether or you are drinking some sort of cool-aid or your host has made this delicious new punch, you have to acknowledge that somewhere in it there is sugar present. And this kind of sugar you have to be aware of because if you are a calorie counter, you usually forget to include the calories of the drink you have had.

Avoid Sodas
No matter what people say or how they can justify drinking sodas, beware of them and avoid them if you can. Sodas not only are bad for your health but did you know they almost have the same number of calories as the meal you are having? There are many people who are accustomed to having sodas with every meal and it becomes a family deal but this is one dangerous tradition and parents should never indulge their kinds in this. The amount of sugar present in sodas as well as the carbonated water and food coloring make it one of the worst drinks to have daily. If you want a soda, have it once in a while, perhaps once a month or once in two weeks. But even having it every other day is somewhat of a crime to your diet, your weight as well as your health!

Juices Are Not All That Healthy
Unless you are drinking a juice which you have made yourself with fresh fruits in the blender, juices are not that healthy if you are drinking them out of the carton. They contain preservatives and added sugar which will raise your caloric count anyway. And they also contain elements which can trigger the brain into making you feel hungrier; a recent research study has shown. Drink the healthy and fresh juices if need be but if your beverage is an entire carton of juice which is not exactly fresh and has a lot of added sugar, coloring and preservatives to it, it is not the best option for you.

The Best Beverage To Have
The best beverage that you can have is water. It is the most refreshing drink out of all and it is one that will always be beneficial for you, no matter what. If you drink water before every meal, not only will you be filling your stomach and making less space for water but you will also be aiding your digestive system as well by doing so. It also decreases appetite gradually as you begin to eat less. Water is a refreshing stimulant and you should take full benefits from it. It is right there in your house!

Minty Beverages
They are also something you should be careful with because minty beverages not only contain mint but have sugar as well as sodas mixed up in them sometimes. You think you are having a healthy drink but in reality you really are not. They have many calories in them too and if you want the benefit of mint, have mint leaves rather than a mint beverage unless it contains that and water and perhaps a bit of lemon. But other than that, try to stick to better beverages if you are fond of them. There is green juice which is terrific and made from vegetables only, there is pure orange juice made at home as well as milkshakes without sugar.

Conclusion
The conclusion that you must have come to after reading this article is that you should be careful of what you drink as well, not only what you eat. Usually we only end up focusing on what we are stuffing our mouths with, not what we are gulping down.  It will help you better in your diet and weight loss regime and to keep an overall check on your weight as well.

 

Are Sports Drinks Healthy For Us?Are Sports Drinks Healthy For Us?

Introduction And Background
Sports are a healthy interest and something that keeps us fit (if we are the ones playing the sport and not just watching it). Anything to do with sports, automatically a healthy and fitter feeling envelopes you, doesn’t it? However, can the same be said for sports drinks? Every boy or girl who are accustomed to playing a sport usually has a sports drink or an energy drink before or after a game, depends on their hydration or energy level and what they’re about to do. A friend’s brother is a basketball player and he gulps one down after every game. But the question here is not whether a person drinks it or not. The question here is whether or not sports drinks are healthy for us. Are they? Satisfy your curiosity by reading further.

Depends…
Sports drinks are not exactly unhealthy but they can be if not used in the appropriate time. The main drink that everyone loves and should have is water but the thing with water is, it keeps us hydrated but does not really give us energy. Another thing about water that can go against a workout is that water does not contain any sodium or has very minute traces of it. Sodium helps to retain water and since water does not have that and one does not eat while exercising or playing, water is lost. So all in all, if the truth is looked at, sports drinks can be healthy for us but it depends on what type of workout one is doing. If it is a normal stroll or a normal jog around the park and one is drinking a sports drink because of it, it’s not that good. Water should keep you hydrated enough and is good for you too. However, if you are undergoing some strenuous workouts or are playing a game for a long time in which you require energy and stamina, sports drinks are alright in that scenario.

Are The Ingredients Unhealthy?
Not really. Sports drinks usually contain carbs, meaning glucose, for quick energy and are designed in a way that they are quickly absorbed too. This gives all sports players a mechanism to get quick energy. Ever seen a tennis player run to the side to get a sip of something? It is usually a sports drink that energizes him and can lead him to get back that spring in his step which was somehow lost during the game. The Sports drinks also have the essential salts and some contain specific vitamins as well, making it an overall perfect combination for your sports regimes. The ingredients are not unhealthy and if there is some coloring present, then that too is present in most of the foods and is not something that should bother you.

Another Benefit To Look At
Sports drinks are usually yummy! Even though water is a good hydrating agent, you have to admit that it has no flavor. And most of the sports drinks are designed in a manner that you want to taste them over and over again during a game or when you are thirsty. This is a major benefit amongst other things as well. One more thing that you should definitely look at is that when you are sweating and losing a lot of water, your electrolyte balance of the body also suffers. This means that you are losing important ions of the body such as sodium or potassium. Sports drinks contain these electrolytes and can set the balance straight!

But…
There is one unhealthy factor to sports drinks. Since they have sugar in them, the entire point of exercising is not entirely met since you are gaining all the calories back. And this is an adverse effect especially if the strenuous workout was not done for enjoyment purposes but for weight loss. Your insulin levels are also disturbed if you keep drinking it after every workout because of its sugar content. Another thing that makes water a good alternative to sports drinks is the money in your pockets. Sports drinks are not cheap and they usually cost a good deal, especially if you want to buy a crate for yourself. Thus, if you want to have a sports drink, make sure you are suitable for it and that it is healthy for you and not unhealthy; the major thing to look at is your weight.

Conclusion
The conclusion that can be derived from this entire article is that you need not worry about sports drinks if you are fit and healthy and just want to have a good drink after playing some sport. But if you are obese and are working out to lose those pounds, sports drinks are not a good idea for you.

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