Evaluate Family Needs: Developing a family weight loss plan that works will require an evaluation of their specific needs. Maybe they need more exercise and in that case you can plan more outdoor activities for them. Perhaps you haven’t been paying attention closely to their diet and the foods it contains. Take some time and evaluate what foods or nutrients may be missing on a consistent basis. Plan some meals that will bridge the gap and give them the proper nutrients they need daily.
Introduce the kids to as many healthy foods as possible so you can get an idea of what they like and don’t like. Include those items they like in their meals over the next month.
Identify Unhealthy Habits: A family plan will require identifying any bad habits they may have developed. Hopefully they are limited which will make change much easier. But some changes will probably have to be made. Identify exactly what those changes are and how to gradually move more toward health. One change at a time will be more effective and will receive less resistance also. If you try to introduce a lot of changes all at once then they may be ready to handle you may have your hands full. Take it slow and steady to win the race toward a healthier lifestyle.
Start Early: Creating a family program correctly from the beginning is easier then having to go back and make changes later. The earlier you can start with healthy changes the better. Training kids to live a healthier lifestyle will allow them to make it their lifestyle as well. Many of the habits adults will have when they are older are due to training they received as children from their parents. If those habits are good and healthy the benefits will be long term. Starting off early and starting off right will ensure a much more successful program.
Consider All Options: There are many ways to get to the same destination and considering options is a way to make change easier. A successful plan may involve some formal exercise but it could also be in the form of a family hike or walk as well. Talk it over with other family members and find out those things they like to do and use them as options to get to the goal of more exercise. It doesn’t have to be formal at all as a matter of fact the more fun it is the more the kids will like it. Other family members may have ideas of their own for some healthy meals as well. Make sure to get their input and ideas.
Above All: Do It Together: Including everyone in the process of developing a family strategy and doing it together wherever possible will go a long way toward gaining their cooperation. Allowing other family members to contribute ideas for family activities is a good way to spark interest and excitement. Don’t forget kids love to do new things. Having family members take turns planning or preparing meals is a good way to foster a sense of responsibility and contribution. Kids love to help out in the kitchen and will very enthusiastic if you ask them. Someday they will prepare their own meals and this can be great training.