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How to Drop the Weight While Your Kids Head Back to School
It’s that time of the year again – that bittersweet beginning of September, when all the kids go back to school…and all the parents do a little happy dance with joy. Sure, you’ll miss your kids, but there will be much-anticipated free time coming your way – newfound time to focus on yourself. So this September, make you and your weight-loss goals a priority by following these three easy steps.
Eat a Well-Balanced Diet
If you’re like any other parent who spent the summer entertaining their kids, then the warm months off of school were filled with endless ice cream cones, traditional barbeque food and one-too-many nights of eating out. While these are all delicious ways of getting your daily caloric intake, they oftentimes lead to an excess amount of saturated fats, sodium, cholesterol and carbohydrates – and ultimately, severe weight gain. When your kiddo heads back to school this month, don’t just reinstitute a healthy diet for them Monday through Friday – change your own eating habits, too (they follow your example, after all!). Consulting a weight-loss professional is a good place to start; they’ll be able to give you a good idea of exactly what to eat, based on your height, weight and body mass index. Regardless of your size starting out, anyone seeking to drop pounds should eat a well-balanced diet. So, be sure to get your proper serving of the five food groups: fruits, vegetables, grains, protein and dairy.
Get into an Exercise Routine
Going back to school for your kids means settling into a routine again – which just so happens to be the exact thing you need to achieve weight loss. Getting into an exercise routine, in particular, can be pretty rough – but the results will definitely be worth it. After your children get on the bus, set aside a specific time each morning to workout. Not a morning person? Wait until your little one heads to bed, or once you’ve had your family dinner, to sneak in your routine. If you find that you’re having trouble with your new exercise regimen, there is a countless amount of ways to help you stick with it. Try working out with a friend, who can actually hold you responsible for going to the gym or taking that much needed run. There are also a ton of fitness apps worth downloading that help you monitor your weight loss, keep track of the amount of steps you take, and offer amazing advice and insight.
Balance Your Hormones
While diet and exercise are two key factors used to get healthy, losing weight doesn’t always happen as quick as we’d like – in fact, losing weight can be problematic for most parents, even when they commit the proper time to working out and indulge in a nutritious and wholesome diet. The reason? Our bodies can have trouble balancing the hormones that create the proper atmosphere to turn sugars, glycogen and carbohydrates into fat burners. There are three hormones in particular that can cause chronic weight gain – and make it extremely hard to lose weight – if they are imbalanced. These hormones are ghrelin, which causes our bodies to feel hungry; leptin, which sends a signal to our brain that we are full after eating; and cortisol, the stress hormone that makes us hold onto fat and increases our cravings. So, if you’re having trouble losing weight and cannot figure out why, participating in a hormone-balancing program may be beneficial. The B3H+ program is an amazing option to try, focusing on two main components: an innovative two-week detox plan, which helps reduce inflammation, followed by a six-week hormone balancing food plan.
If you’re in the Westchester County area of New York, New York Health and Wellness Center offers the groundbreaking B3H+ program – one that has helped other parents, just like you, successfully lose weight. Contact our office at 914-775-7396, or fill out a contact form on our website, to find out more about the program and lose weight while your kids head back to school.