Children have dinner early, normally at about 6pm. Breakfast is the first refueling opportunity their growing bodies are given after a break of 12 to 14 hours when they did run mostly on empty. It allows them to catch up and set the tone for the day.
Children have an extremely important job to do. They have to grow up. They have to go to school and learn the skills that allow them to grow into happy, healthy and productive adults. That’s a bigger job than any of us adults do.
Cut down on your portion sizes whenever you’re eating. Many people think more about eating a smaller breakfast or skipping it altogether, but eating large portions for their lunches and dinners. However, this should be exactly the opposite. Eating a larger, more healthy breakfast is essential to get your whole body started right for the day. Then, you should watch your portion sizes throughout the day, still eating a large dinner, but not too large.
All this will obviously help our children perform better at tests, make school a more pleasant, happier experience for them, and set them up for life with good eating and work habits. In my book, this is a pretty good return for making sure they have a properly balanced breakfast every morning.
When you eat 5 to 6 small meals a day, not only will your body stay energized but your metabolism levels will increase which will prep your body for weight loss. Of course, the mere addition of several snacks throughout the day will not take the place of exercise. We all know that you must keep the body active to keep it healthy. Instead of taking the elevator or escalator opt for the stairs. Instead of looking for the closest parking space, park your vehicle a bit farther and walk. Get your family involved and implement a walking routine. With the introduction of video games, there are many games on the market today that include activities that the entire family can enjoy while staying healthy.
If you like having sandwiches for lunch and dinner, what you can do is to add lettuce, peppers, onions and tomatoes with ham or even a burger. You can also have vegetable soups such as squash or tomato for lunch or dinner. If you are the type of person who doesn’t like eating having stuff at dinner, then you can just have a salad. Just toss some lettuce, tomatoes, onions and carrots in a bowl, add a low-fat dressing and you dinner is already served.
I’ll be willing to bet you are overweight. Most of us are. Whether it’s a few extras pounds or a whole bunch, we’re fat. The fast food giants and junk-food manufacturers spend billions convincing us to eat their food. Even the so-called reduced fat kind are filled with calories. So we just eat more of those anyway, thinking we are cheating the scale. Restaurant portions are huge and my wife and I usually bring half home. But the rest of you don’t. So, what am I saying here? I’m saying that you have to stop whining and do something before you end up like my wife and mother. If not, you’ll get heart problems, cause liver or kidney damage, retain clogged arteries and as a result, produce a shortened lifespan.
You must have a cup of your favorite coffee to start your day but be careful. Coffee by itself is not harmful to your weight loss. And as summer approaches, pay attention to your coffee drinks. As you get more creative with them and start adding all those other ingredients the calories start added up. Try using skim milk or low fat milk for most of your milk needs.