Weight Loss For Kids
As a parent, you truly want your kids to be at a healthy weight. However, getting them to that healthy weight is proving a lot harder than you ever thought possible.
We understand the issues you face and have developed a program to get them back in the healthy weight range – and to keep them there.
The program involves us doing a most of the hard work for you.
All you need to do is stick to the program steps and we guarantee your child’s weight will finally start moving in the right direction.
How It Works
We will develop a customised eating plan for your child which details exactly what they should eat for each and every meal – every day of the week. All you need to do is follow this plan and you will see your child’s weight begin to decrease gradually week after week. To make that happen we give you a ton of support – regularly checking the effectivenss of the plan and updating where necessary, home visits, grocery shopping assistance, regular weigh ins, recipe prepartion and more. We make it simple, easy to follow and very effective.
Why Our Program Works
One key reason our program is successful is that we customise the plan to be made up of foods YOUR son or daughter will eat. We don’t just mandate a set of healthy meals – we work with you and your child to develop a database of healthy foods they will in fact eat. From that database we build a set of meals and then a full blow meal plan.
We will then regularly review that the meal plan is working and make any changes necessary to ensure your child stays on track.
We also build a shopping list for you so that you know exactly what to buy each week. We’ll also give you specific recipes for any meals that require one and also keep all meal preparation to be fast and simple (no complex, difficult to prepare meals).
We’ll even do home visits to ensure your fridge and pantry and correctly stocked and configured and we’ll help you adjust them where necessary.
In summary, we will map out for you exactly what to have you child eat for each and every meal. All YOU need to do is follow that meal plan. It will easy to follow as every item on the plan will be foods that you child already eats and we’ll update it for any items causing major issues. To further assist, we’ll give you support around your shopping and meal prep to make everything as easy as possible. Again, all you need to do is follow through with the meal plan and we guarantee your child’s weight will begin moving steadily in downwards.
Limiting Their Choices
The second key reason our program works is that we limit their choices to healthy ones.
Young kids are not equipped to make the right dietary decisions. Any normal six year or ten year old is going to say yes to sweets or fast food if offered them. Then after you have offered them those foods regularly they start realizing they are an option – and so they move to the next step and begin asking for them (or even demanding them).
When you were six (or ten) and an adult offered you cake or chocolate, would you have said no? Of course not. If someone offers your son or daughter pizza, or chicken nuggets, or chicken rice it’s just not reasonable for expect them to say “No thanks, I’d prefer a healthy salad or sandwich”. After you have spent years building healthy eating habits you can expect them to make the appropriate dietary on their own – but you have to first do that.
The solution is removing the option to eat unhealthy food. By following our program and having a set meal plan, we completely remove the ability of your son or daughter to make the wrong choices. They can choose which foods they want within their meal plan – but they can only choose foods which are healthy. For the same reason you don’t let your ten year old decide whether they want a glass of wine after their lunch, don’t let them decide if they want Macdonalds or Roti Prata for lunch. Wine is not on the menu – and now Roti Prata, Macdonalds, soda and chocolates aren’t either.
Ultimately your kids will become capable of making the right food choices – but usually this occurs only after you’ve built good habits for them over a period of time.
The Steps Involved
We Get To Know Your Child’s Current Dietary Situation
Our first step is to spend time with you and your child understanding their current dietary habits – both good and bad. We’ll also cover any medical issues that are relevant (such as any allergies they may have) and do a detailed questionnaire with you both on their eating habits, preferences and challenges.
We work out a set of healthy meals that YOUR child will actually eat
There is no point giving you a set of recommendations on what your child should eat or even a specific meal plan – unless all of the foods contained within it are foods they will in fact eat. We KNOW that trying to force your child to eat a food they hate is pushing water uphill. So instead we spend time with them identifying what foods are both healthy and acceptable to the kids.
Just this step itself is a lot of work! But it is one of the key factors for success.
We Make Sure the Meals and Snacks are Easy for You to Prepare
We know you’re busy and don’t have hours to spend preparing your son or daughter’s meals. So the meals we prescribe for them are all very easy and quick to prepare.
From that list of healthy meals, we map a customised eating plan for your child which identifies exact what they should eat each day for breakfast, lunch and dinner
Most kids, most regular kids, are not going to make the right decisions about what they should and should not eat if you leave the decision up to them. Most normal eight year olds will choose Chicken Nuggets or Chicken Rice over a healthy sandwich. Similarly, your child is not abnormal or different if when given a choice of having an apple for a snack or a chocolate bar they chose the chocolate bar. But it is for exactly this reason that we do not allow children to make the decision on whether they want to drink alcohol etc until they become adults. So for the same reason, you need to take the dietary choices out of their hands – or at least limit their choices to an acceptable range.
So that is exactly what we do. We map out a list of acceptable foods, translate those into a set of meals and limit their eating to only those.
Normal six year olds are going to say yes if you offer them a slice of cake almost every single time – regardless of whether you explain the health consequences of it. So don’t offer it to them! Similarly for chicken rice, roti prata, Macdonalds, soda, chocolate etc. We take the decision making out of their hands and place it back into those of the adults.
We help you working out exactly how to stock your fridge and pantry with the right foods, and what foods you need to remove
Part of not offering bad food options to your kids is removing them from your fridge and pantry. If you don’t have chocolate bars in your fridge, you don’t have to worry about your child sneaking one in between meals while you’re not there or not looking. If you don’t have unhealthy dinner options in the fridge, no-one is going to cook them and feed them to your son or daughter.
The other key part is making sure you have adequate healthy options in your fridge and pantry. No parent wants to hear “There is nothing to eat” when it is true. You feel like a failure as a parent that you have failed to provide food for your family and you resort to ordering takeout food – which is almost invariably unhealthy and fattening. So if your fridge and pantry is well stocked with healthy options, when you hear that heart tearing refrain “There is nothing to eat” – you can confidently walk to the fridge or pantry and point out all the options they have.
We follow up with you and your child regularly on how their meal plan is working and what needs to be changed
Even with careful planning and preparation, some part of the meal plans will need to be adjusted. Perhaps it turns out your child though one recipe would be tasty but found they hated it when eating it. So we need to replace that recipe/ meal with another option. Perhaps their lunch box is not keeping their food cool enough while they are school. Or maybe the fruit is getting squashed in their school bag. So we need to come up with solutions for these. Could be that they do like a certain food but are eating it too often and so are getting sick of eating it and need more options.
As we are sure you have experienced, not enough good options will almost invariably lead to bad options being taken.
Requirements for Success
- You are going to have remove all the bad foods from your fridge and pantry. You cannot leave chocolate bars in the fridge for dad to have when he feels like it but not expect your son or daughter to also want them. Similarly for allowing one sibling to eat unhealthy food at home but forcing the other to eat healthy. ALL the bad foods needs to be taken out of the food and pantry. Apologies, but if you are not prepared to do this, any eating plan for your child is almost certainly doomed to failure.
- You are going to have to go shopping regularly to keep your fridge and pantry well stocked with healthy food options.
- We are taking the decision making away from your son or daughter until eating healthily becomes a habit and they are old enough to be able to make their own informed choices. You CANNOT say yes to Macdonalds, or Hawker Centre food, or chocolates when your child asks for them – and every normal child will ask for them. You instead need to simply say no and have them eat what is on the meal plan instead. Treat it as if your child has an allergy to Macdonalds, chocolate etc. You were never let him or her eat chocolate if it caused an allergic reaction when they ate it – even if they asked repeatedly. Nor would you let them have a beer or cigarette. Think the same way! You will definitely find when you have a clear, easy to follow food plan, it is much easier for you to have them follow it. But it will still take some work as we guarantee they are going to ask for the bad stuff – because they are kids and it’s perfectly normal for them to want it.
We wish we could tell you that everything will be fine if you don’t follow these three requirements – but that’s just not the case. You’ll need to follow all three of these if you want your child’s weight to move back to a healthy range.