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How to Put Children on a Proper Exercise and Diet Plan

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Published May 14th 2013
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It might seem odd to put your children on an exercise/diet plan for them to lose weight, but sadly some children really need it. So here is what I do to make sure my boys stay healthy and active.

Limit TV Time
TV and video games are children's worst habits. You need to limit their time using these devices so that they can go outside and get active, instead of sitting and staring at the TV for two hours after school.

Encourage Healthy Easting
Show your kids how good healthier foods are by keeping them in the house, offering them out and eating them yourself.

Only Give Snacks if Your Child is Hungry
Sometimes kids only want to snack because they're bored or want attention. Allocate certain hours of the day for snacks and that's all.

Exercise with Your Kids
Make it fun and go for bike rides, swimming, bouncing on the trampoline, playing tag or anything else that's active with them.

Balance Physical Activity with Relaxation Time
Give your kids a rest as well, an hour of physical activity a day should result in an hour of whatever they feel like doing.

Don't Give Children 'Diet' Food
Giving children foods that are altered to suit diets, like fat free milk and light cheeses; this is not the best options because kids still need to be eating the proper foods.

Don't Tell Kids They are on a Diet
When you have to explain to them about how they need to change their eating habits, don't mention the word diet because kids will automatically assume it means strictly no lollies or chips ever again and only steamed broccoli and cauliflower will be served from now on (that's what my youngest thought).

Tell them that junk food will be eaten at the bare minimum, and you'll be swapping certain foods for healthier choices.

Make up a Food Chart
Make up a "Sometimes" food section and and a "Healthier options" section. In the "Sometimes" section, you could put pictures of packet of chips, chocolate biscuits, Nutella sandwiches, McDonald's, KFC and lollies.

In the "Healthier options" section, you could put pictures of muesli bars, celery sticks, cheese sticks, fish and Vegemite sandwiches.

Children may not like this at all, mainly because they are used to eating whatever they want and not really going out to exercise.

Kids take time to get used to certain activities and ideas, so lead by example.
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