SETTING APPROPRIATE LIMITS One of the bigger challenges parents face concerns setting appropriate limits. If your child is like most of our students or campers, he or she has demonstrated.
difficulty with portion control, overeating, and making healthy food choices. However, setting appropriate limits is crucial for not only short-term success, but also long-term weight control.
The most important tool for long-term weight control is learning how to set appropriate limits and stick to them. Here are some tips to help you get started:
- Portion control: Teach your child about appropriate portion sizes and help them learn how to measure and control their food intake. You can also use smaller plates and bowls to help visually control portions.
- Healthy food choices: Help your child learn how to make healthy food choices by offering a variety of nutritious options and limiting access to high-calorie, high-fat foods. Encourage them to try new foods and flavors, and involve them in meal planning and preparation.
- Consistency: Be consistent with your rules and expectations for food intake, and don’t waiver in the face of resistance or tantrums. Stick to your plan and remind your child that healthy habits are important for long-term health and well-being.
- Flexibility: While consistency is important, it’s also important to be flexible and allow for occasional treats or deviations from the plan. Help your child learn how to enjoy these treats in moderation and return to healthy habits afterwards.
Remember, setting appropriate limits is a crucial tool for long-term weight control. By teaching your child about portion control, healthy food choices, consistency, and flexibility, you can help them develop healthy habits that will last a lifetime.