Weight management is a family affair, from buying ingredients to food preparation.

Keep your whole family motivated and promote a healthy weight by getting them involved in everything that deals with food. Weight management does not have to be a tedious process.

Here are some ideas:

Source ingredients together

Make shopping for ingredients a fun activity for the whole family, especially children! Create a shopping list and allocate each section to one family member. For example, you can be responsible for adding the dairy products to the trolley, your spouse can get the meat products whilst your children can be delegated the fruits and vegetables. Allow children to choose whichever fresh fruit they would like to have. This can help motivate them to eat foods which are good for them!

Prepare meals as a family

Prepare meals together, whether they are main meals or school/ work lunches. Even snack preparation can be done together!

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Delegate the simple tasks to younger children whilst the older children and adults can do the rest. Ask your family what their preferences are and perhaps take turns to prepare meals differently, every time you cook. You will learn much about one another too!

Always encourage your family to use healthy cooking methods that help keep the unwanted calories down. Grilling and steaming for example use minimal or no oil and are therefore preferred methods of cooking compared to deep frying your food.

Dine together

Dining together makes for great family time. Offer only healthy options when eating together. Treats and desserts can be an option afterwards. Teach your family about portion sizes and to avoid overindulging.

Remember that beverages also play a very important role in an effective weight-management strategy too. Always offer water as a first choice when having meals together, especially for younger children. This will not only be good for their weight management but for their teeth and overall health too!

If you need help in creating a diet plan of healthy and balanced meals, seek the help of a dietitian.

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