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Practical and Easy to Follow Program That Works!
on October 5, 2015
I have an 11 year old son who was born at 9lb 3oz and has been a big kid his whole life. However, within the last year or so his weight had gotten too high and he was starting to show signs of health problems such as High BP, joint pain, fatigue, etc. We have known for a while we needed to do something to help him, but it's not an easy task. What we needed was a plan for the whole family to follow; A life style change, not a diet. I stumbled across this book and read the reviews. Most were positive, but several were negative due to the use of artificial sweeteners and the types of food that are included. Some people criticized that sugar cereals are on the list as a green and that we should be promoting clean eating with our children. I got to thinking about these comments and realized that if we were doing clean eating, our children would not have a weight problem. If we take them from where they are now to clean eating, they will struggle and most likely rebel. This book is practical to help families where they are! It teaches kids that it's ok to eat all foods, but in moderation. It seemed like an easy to follow plan, so I ordered the book and set out on the journey.
The book arrived, I read through it, and planned the dinner recipes for the week (from recipes in the book). I bought snack items and created green light snack boxes in the pantry and refrigerator with items already measured out in the correct portions. I made charts for each member of the family and explained the plan to them. Needless to say, they were not thrilled at the idea but my son knew he needed to eat healthier so was willing to give it a try. Everyone had their first weigh in and we were on to our adventure.
My biggest fear was the portion control and that he would be hungry. Hunger drives you to make bad choices, so I was a bit worried. On the first day, he wasn't able to eat all the food he was allowed! He was not used to eating 2 snacks a day, in addition to meals. Through the entire first week, he only complained about being hungry a couple of times and he still had snack allowances so it was not a problem. The true test came at the end of the week, when it was time for weigh in. I put him on the scale and he had lost 7 lbs!!! I was thrilled for him and he was excited as well. My husband also lost 7 lbs! This plan works and it works for the whole family. If you have a child with a weight problem, you have to make a change before it's too late; and you have to make it together. I was overweight my entire childhood and into adulthood. I had gastric bypass surgery 10 years ago and lost 175 lbs. It changed my life! I look at my son and don't want him to have to EVER go as far with his weight struggle as I did. You don't realize how much being overweight robs you, until you lose it and feel so different. It's not about a diet. It's about a lifestyle change; one that includes the whole family all foods in moderation.