In a number of cases one of the causes of obesity can be attributed to genetics. This is because of a genetic variation which means that some people store more energy as fat when food is available and lose fat at a slower rate when they eat less. These genetic outcomes can usually be controlled with a healthy diet and regular exercise, genetics should never be used as a reason for believing that you can’t lose weight. Use your genetic condition as a motivating factor to make you try even harder.
An even more powerful factor that impacts on the levels of obesity that exist in a family, is the diet eaten and example set by the parents. Children who have obese parents are more likely than other children to become or be overweight themselves. The mother is normally more important in determining or influencing their children’s diet,, as they are usually the person primarily responsible for the food shopping and cooking. Children with obese parents are also more likely to enjoy fatty foods and eat less fresh fruit and vegetables. Becoming fitter and healthier as a family is an excellent idea, but the impetus must come from the parents to get the family eating more healthy meals and getting more active.
Benefits Of Losing Weight As A Family
Here are a few of the numerous benefits to trying to lose weight as a family other than the obvious health benefits:
1. Improved Relationships
Coming together as a family for a shared purpose and vision can build a special bond between you and your children (not to mention your partner). Being there to support and encourage each other on your weight loss journey can be very powerful. Sharing success together can create some very special times and memories to cherish.
2. Reduced Feelings Of Isolation
Being on a diet can be a lonely business at times, eating your healthy salad while the rest of the family enjoy the good stuff (or at least that’s how it can feel). You can experience strong feelings of isolation when trying to lose weight, but that should not be the case when you are trying to lose weight as a family. Than can be nothing more rewarding than providing your whole family with a healthy diet.
3. Have Fun Getting Active Together
Exercise is a vital part of any healthy diet and lifestyle, but it can become quite stale and boring when you exercise alone. But when you lose weight as a family, you have the opportunity to make exercise fun for everyone. Why not join a Zumba class or enjoy some friendly competition playing a dance game on the Wii? Just getting out the house together and going for a walk, will help bring you all closer together.
Now you know the benefits of losing weight as a family, why not get your families weight loss adventure started?