Lose Two to Four Pounds Each Week and Never Put on Back Again.
There is no easy way to lose weight. A gradual weight loss of 2 lbs to 4 pounds per week is optimal weight loss. It takes a long time for weight to be put on, and the most lasting way to lose weight is to do it gradually and let the new lifestyle become the healthy habit.
A healthy eating plan is part of a healthy lifestyle. Healthy eating gives your body the nutrients it needs every day. Your body will have enough calories for good health, but not so many that you gain weight. Instead you start losing weight as your body comes out of malnutrition mode.
Staying at a healthy weight and preventing overweight and obesity can be achieved through living a healthy lifestyle. Because lifetime habits begin in childhood, it s important for parents and families to create habits that encourage healthy food choices and physical activity early in life.
- Focus on portion size. Watch the size of portions in fast food and other restaurants. The portions served are often enough for two or three people. Children s portion sizes should be smaller than those for adults. Cutting back on portion size is a sure way to help keep energy IN and energy OUT in balance.
- Follow a healthy eating plan. Make healthful food choices, keep your calories and your family s calorie needs in mind, and focus on the balance of energy IN and energy OUT.
- Be active. Make personal and family time active. Find activities that everyone will enjoy. For example, go for a brisk walk, bike or rollerblade, or train together for a walk or run.
- Keep track of weight and other measurements. Monitor your weight, body mass index, and waist circumference on a regular basis. Also, keep track of your children s growth.
- Reduce screen time. Limit the use of TVs, computers, DVDs, and video games, because they crowd out time for physical activity. Health experts recommend 2 hours or less a day of screen time that s not work- or homework-related.