There are a few instances of name calling to encourage weight loss, but this is not likely the best way to go. A recent study shows that demoralizing children by calling them fat is making them gain weight. With that in mind, it is important to look at the best ways to encourage people to lose weight.
Supporting a healthy eating plan is the best way to go. This is that line between calling someone fat and letting them eat whatever and whenever they want. The National Health Service (NHS) offers advice for healthy eating, and that involves basing meals on starchy foods and eating plenty of fruit and vegetables.
Starchy foods include potatoes, root vegetables and whole grain pasta and bread. They break down slower than the simple carbohydrates that are often found in refined products, including cakes and biscuits, which helps to limit the glucose reaction in the body.
It is relatively easy to get the five portions of fruit or vegetables per day, which is the recommended guideline. Vegetables added to dishes, like adding tomatoes to pasta sauces, are counted as portions. Fruit can be mixed in with porridge or cereals, and even eaten on their own. Unsweetened fruit juice is also a great option to get a portion of fruit a day.
Family members especially are being encouraged to avoid name calling as it makes weight loss less likely. Children feel humiliated and upset about their size. Instead of doing something about it, they are more likely to comfort eat.
When encouraging someone to lose weight, encourage them to partake in more fitness activities. This does not mean a trip to the gym. A jog around the park, playing their favorite sport or just walking more throughout the day will help them burn more calories and reach their weight loss goals.
Trying to fit in long workouts into the day is not always easy, which is why the NHS has created a list of 10-minute workouts. Three sessions of these in a day will help adults meet their recommended daily workout. Six sessions helps children meet their recommended daily amounts of exercise. Once broken down, it seems more realistic than ever before.
Eating enough food is also important. Children can also gain an unhealthy relationship with food by being demoralized for their weight. It can lead to eating disorders, or the idea that skipping a meal will help them lose weight. This is not the healthy way to do it, and actually puts more strain on the heart. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. It kick-starts the metabolism on a morning, and helps to fuel the body until lunch time, making snacking much less likely.
There is also the aspect of drinking enough. Eight glasses (two liters) of water is recommended on a daily basis in average conditions. Those who exercise or are in hot climates will need to drink more. Drinking this amount is healthy overall, as well as helping with losing weight.
Avoid calling children fat to get them to lose weight. Studies have shown that weight loss is not likely to happen due to name calling, and encouraging a healthy and balanced diet and lifestyle is better.
Opinion by Alexandria Ingham
Los Angeles Times