Intermittent fasting - I'm underage but overweight

by - April 19, 2019

Every good parent wants the best for their child, as much as they can afford it. Sometimes, they just tend to overdo it that it now becomes harmful to the child e.g. buying a child all the junk and candy they want and their becoming overweight as a result. Balance and discipline are two major things that every good parent must imbibe if they must bring up great and healthy children.

If you have an overweight child-or you are overweight and under aged, intermittent fasting is a good option to get back into shape.  It is not dangerous for a child to skip a meal here or there, especially if there’s good reason. A child will not starve because they skipped one out of the three meals (with snacks in between) for a little while.

If as a parent, you’re wondering if you could offer the amazing benefits of intermittent fasting to your child(ren) without harming them in the
process, then the answer is, yes, actually, you can. Here’s why:

Fasting is a great remedy against disease and aging. As quoted from Omega Center, “Without any alteration to the types of foods one eats, intermittent fasting has the power to increase longevity and quality of life by reducing brain insulin signaling, lowering triglycerides, fighting cancer cell rejuvenation, stimulating the production of growth hormone, and kick starting cell repair and waste elimination.”

So when your child(ren) is encouraged to fast (skip a few meals here and there), you’re actually setting them up to live longer, healthier lives, and age slower than their mates who did not partake in the exercise.

Also from Omega Center, “When physically active children become absorbed in play, food becomes no more than an annoying disruption to their games. Coming in for dinner seems another dumb thing parents make them do. But even children won’t let themselves starve. Our bodies are designed for survival. While we all have observed children whittling away the hours, not so much as a thought on food, they are perfectly capable of regulating their own appetites.” They therefore don’t “always” need you to remind them to eat, and will get to the exercise when their bodies encourage them to. Letting them skip that meal on their own accord will go a long to help them develop a lifestyle that’ll prove very beneficial to them as they grow up.

When the Paleo diet was discussed, it was noted that the prehistoric people living in that time were hunters and gatherers who will leave their homes for lengths of time to gather food for their families, and will stay fasted during the period of hunting and gathering. Suffice it to say that these people had children (but of course they did) who had to wait in the caves for their parents to return with their catch, dress, cook and then give them to eat. How many hours do you think these would have taken? That is how long the children had to wait to eat, making it evident that they did not have access to three square meals a day, but still managed to live and grow and bare their own children till the times evolved and we’re now here.

Children will survive, no thrive, on less number of meals per day, and the ones who have already crossed the threshold to obesity will be, even the more, better for it.

Teaching children to fast is a process and they should never be forced into it. They don’t have to be experts at the first time they try, but should be encouraged to start out at their own pace and groomed to get better. They should be taught disciplined eating habits and restraint when it comes to gorging on food. If they are forced or allowed to fast for too long, the positive effects would be reversed and complications could set in, so caution and moderation are keys to success.

With the right kind of direction and encouragement, the child’s body will fall into rhythm with the demands and effects of intermittent fasting, and they will be all the better and healthier for it.

Keep your children safe, keep them healthy. After all, they are the leaders of tomorrow and our tomorrow must be preserved.

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