How to Lose Weight with Kids
You’re a busy parent, you work 40+ hours a week, take care of the home, yard, bills and…you have kids. Small kids. Running through the house, dirtying up clothes and dishes, demanding chicken nuggets, pudding and fries. You are fried. How in the world can you lose weight or stick to a plan when your plans are run by tiny adult dictators?
First, breathe (no seriously—that’s how we get rid of fat.)
Next—make a plan.
How to Lose Weight with Kids #1 Family Engagement
The most effective way to lose weight with kids is to get them involved. Make being active a family deal. If your kids are smaller—get a jogging stroller. If they’re big enough, get bikes, go hiking, count steps and let them be a part of picking healthy foods.
Have everyone help to throw away junk food and replace it with the things you all selected at the store.
Have little contests on a dry erase board for the most steps taken or most active family member.
If your gym has daycare—take the kids. Make it so ‘going to the gym’ is a normal part of life so they continue the active lifestyle when they’re grown.
Inclusion can make a world of difference in your endeavor to lose weight with kids.
How to Lose Weight with Kids #2 Meal Plan
It’s so easy to ruin a diet with animal crackers and mac n’ cheese. Seriously—if you have kids—you have access to a lot of different snackable foods—some are just staples in a kids’ diet and you can’t toss them.
So—plan your meals so you can avoid popping cheerios, or sneaking bites of pudding while you’re waiting for dinner. These seemingly harmless indulgences can really add up.
Get a dry erase board if you must, involve the fam and plan out what you’re eating for the week. Pack your lunches for work and cook dinner when you get home.
How to Lose Weight with Kids #3 Pencil in Workouts
You can’t keep saying “you don’t have time” while your weight goes up and health declines. Working out can have a myriad of benefits not just for you—but for the family. It boosts hormones that make ya feel good, and if you are happy—everyone is happy, right?
So—whatever you have to do, pencil in you time for the gym and work with your partner or family to make it happen. Again—if your gym has daycare, this might not even be an issue.
If you can’t go to a gym—get home workout DVDs. No excuses. You can get in shape right at home.
How to Lose Weight with Kids #4 Turn Routine into Opportunity
The biggest obstacle to losing weight with kids is consistency. Up your odds of staying active consistently by turning routine into exercise. Do calf raises on the stairs, squat or do walking lunges around the house. When you take the kids out to play, run with them, do some pull-ups on the monkey bars.
How to Lose Weight with Kids #5 Track Everything
Having to work and care for a family can take its toll on your brain. It’s easy to forget about a snack you ate or activity you completed. Get a fitness tracker and track your food and activity so you can stay accountable.
Make it fun and have the kiddos track their activity on dry erase boards if they’re too young for a fitness tracker.
Have contests, have fun—and lose weight!
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