Andover Townsman, Andover, MA


October 17, 2012

Advice to avoid common pitfalls for kids, adults


The reality is that the child is NOT the one going to Market Basket to do the food shopping. That falls to mom or dad. If poor food choices are a problem, than it is up to the parents to make sure the candy, soda and chips are not available in the first place. As a parent myself I realize this is easier said than done.

I recommend a “family meeting” where the children and parents can come to agreement about what foods can be available after school. Include the kids in the process of selecting alternatives. As a compromise, parents could allow one “cheat meal” per week where the rules are relaxed a bit.


How can I figure out how many calories I am supposed to eat? What did YOU eat yesterday?

Cara Green: There are great calorie-counting apps and websites out there to assist anyone in counting calories. Based on height, weight and activity level, it will calculate how many calories you need to maintain or lose weight. I track my calories and exercise on My Fitness Pal. I eat around 1200 net calories per day. Yesterday I ate 1840 calories but I burned 638.


What do you see as the most common obstacles people face when trying to lose weight? What is your solution?

Cara Green: I think a lot of people look at achieving a healthy weight as a burden and deprivation. Living healthy is a lifestyle and it needs to be something you can maintain on a regular basis. Crash diets and physical activity that is unreasonable or something you truly hate to do, will not keep you motivated.

I recommend finding a good variety of healthy food that you enjoy. Also, continue trying new things and add them to your diet. Never say never. If you want something that isn’t a healthy choice, go ahead, but limit those things to once a week. Not a whole day of it but maybe a meal or snack. Also, stay active doing things you enjoy. You can burn calories and have fun at the same time.

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