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Moms — You Are Responsible for Your Children’s Weight, Study Says

Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola

A team of researchers has laid “the heavy” on moms, reporting that, after an 11-year study, they have determined that children mirror the weight gains and losses of their moms. In other words, if a mother is active and loses weight, the children follow suit, The Telegraph said. However, the same didn’t hold true for dads. Researchers speculated that moms were more influential because they are probably the ones more likely to be planning activities and meals.

Obesity has been a topic of discussion for the past 30 years in most parts of the world, so the last thing mothers need to hear is that their personal struggles with their own weight are the cause of any their children might have. Instead, why not look at the real sources of these weight problems, adult’s or children’s?

What I’m talking about is the widely-held belief that all you have to do to normalize your weight is eat less and be more physically active — which is the conventional misinformation touted by the food industry

Certainly, the adult in charge of bringing food into the home bears a responsibility for what’s in those grocery bags, but the thing is quite often many people firmly believe they’re bringing home highly-nutritious food, when they’re not. In other words, it doesn’t matter whether you’re a mom or a dad or simply someone living on your own, if the food products you believe are nutritious are actually contributing to your weight gain, you need to know that.

Unfortunately, way too often, labels on packaged foods are designed to deliberately deceive you into thinking that adding a few synthetic vitamins to a product filled with carbs, added sugars and artificial flavorings and coloring is good for you. To make matters worse, the labels often use a combination of different, multi-syllable names for sugar so they don’t have to call it what it is: sugar.

The fact is, these sugar-coated lies come in 61 different names. Now how are you supposed to know that a “nutritious” food you think you’re feeding your children is filled with sugar, if you don’t know all 61 names for sugar? Or, how are you supposed to know that 74 percent of packaged foods contain added sugars, if someone like me doesn’t tell you that?

You won’t. That’s why it’s important to avoid processed foods altogether. Translation: If it comes in box, carton or bag and it’s ready to eat or heat up, it’s processed, and most likely full of additives in the form of sugars, dyes and fake flavors — even when they say it’s “natural.”

True, avoiding processed, packaged foods may not be as convenient as a ready-to-serve meal. And, yes, preparing fresh foods is a little more time-consuming, but in the long run your body will thank you for it. The good news is making permanent changes to your lifestyle and nutritional choices is easier when you know the why behind the change.

Begin by increasing healthy fats in your diet, as fat increases satiety, reducing cravings for something sweet afterward. Avocados, coconut oil, nuts and seeds increase your healthy fat content, fill you up and reduce your sweet cravings.

Next, reduce your net carbs. Your net carbs are calculated by taking the total grams of carbs and subtracting the total grams of fiber. By keeping your net carbs below 100 grams per day, and for a healthier diet as low as 50 grams per day, you will reduce your cravings for sweets. To learn more, including the importance of cycling in higher amounts of net carbs once you’ve become an efficient fat burner, see “Burn Fat for Fuel.”

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