Is weight coming in the way of your child's sports career? Here's a list of things you can do to ensure your child's overweight is managed in a natural, healthy way without affecting adversely on the strength and inner health of the kid.
• While in almost every weight loss regime, the enrollee is asked to cut down on calories; sports people shouldn't be doing it. Technically, athletes require a diet richer in calories than non-athletes, around 2000 calories per day. Meet a nutritionist to understand the exact calorie, carbohydrate, vitamins and minerals intake required by the body to keep fit and healthy. The nutritionist will also help understand the type of food, number of meals and timings or time intervals of meals, etc.
• Make your child exercise, run, swim or cycle, but do not allow the child to take up any form unhealthy weight loss program. Most children take up gym or eat less to control weight but these programs cannot be implemented for children till they reach adulthood and their body growth is not hampered.
• Weight loss should be a slow process. A sudden weight loss often backfires and the body gains more weight than the original position. Ideal case would be rough estimate of 1.5% of total body weight.