Develop a Plan for Lifelong Health, Not Just Short Term Weight Loss

Weight Loss Program

Amid the daily barrage of fad diets and weight loss books, it can be easy to lose sight of the big picture: achieving overall good health.

Too often, people adopt the latest diet, which may work for a while, but then they hit weight loss plateaus and ultimately end the diet in frustration.

By putting more emphasis on your health, experts agree that you can raise your overall self esteem, resulting in healthy eating, weight loss and improved health.

It is the official position of the American Dietic Association that if food is consumed in moderation with appropriate portion size and combined with regular physical activity, all foods can fit into a healthful diet.

If you have gone from one diet to the next throughout your life, it’s time to get back to basics and focus on your overall health.

Determining Healthy Weight for Children

Body mass index, or BMI, is commonly used to measure a person’s healthy weight. Does BMI apply to children as well as adults?

Pediatric specialists say the best guide for determining a healthy weight for children is to use growth charts, which provide a range for normal weight and indicate when a child might be over- or underweight for their height. Discuss your child’s growth with your pediatrician to clarify any concerns you may have.

Healthy weight is important to children’s growth, development and overall happiness. Kids who learn to enjoy a variety of foods and get regular physical activity enjoy childhood and develop a healthful lifestyle.

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