Fit Mom, Fit Kids: Slimmer You, Healthier Family (cont.)
SENA: Unfortunately, it's impossible for me to answer that question without knowing your body weight, and exactly how active you are. Everyone is different and everyone has a different percentage of muscle to body fat.
Remember what I said earlier: The more muscle you have on your body the more calories you burn even at rest. So again, not specifically knowing what you do for activity and what you weigh, it's hard for you, me, or even a nutritionist to figure that out.
Although I appreciate your question, I want you to remember that you cannot only be concerned with calories. Even though my principle says calories count, it's actually a play on words in many ways -- to say eat real food, make it balanced, and be active. That is truly the message of calories.
A health professional in your area might be able to do a better job answering your question once they know about your lifestyle. However, my job is to teach Americans to stop worrying about calories, enjoy life and keep moving.
MODERATOR: The final principle you offer is "You are what you drink."
SENA: You are what you drink; truer words were never spoken.
One of the examples I referred to before was a 20-ounce sports drink, for a young child who, in essence is not running around like Michael Jordan but who is marketed to want to be like Michael Jordan.
Remembering that a child's serving size is 4 ounces will help mothers understand the amount a child should consume, especially of any drink other than water and milk, which are my two favorites. Of course, skim milk or 1% is what I recommend. Fruit juices are OK, provided they are 100% fruit juice.
A great ways to get kids to drink more water, milk and real fruit juices is to remind them that their favorite sports heroes and people they look up to, like their moms and dads, drink lots of water and milk all day, which makes them feel great and healthy and strong and be better at their school work and their sports.
For adults, going down to our favorite coffee house in the middle of the afternoon and ordering a five-to-seven word coffee drink by name and adding that to their favorite treat in the showcase, can literally add up to 800 to 1,200 calories in a two-minute transaction, which is very often more than half of the calories they should consume daily.
So the point of this principle is to be very aware of what you're consuming and the amount of what you're consuming and remember that beverages can be as calorie-dense as food and can often be part of the problem, when someone is trying to manage their weight.
Finally, remember this: water is the fountain of youth. Water comes from the fountain of youth. So drink up!
MODERATOR: Once you have the principles, you are ready to put them into a family fitness action plan and your book gives great detail and guidance on how we can do that.
Michael, do you have any final comments for us?
SENA: I want to thank everybody at WebMD and those who joined us today. It has truly been my honor to share with you my vocation and passion in life. My one goal truly is to see the American family return to a healthy state of well-being and to reverse the downward spiraling health trends we're seeing across the board today for adults and our children.
I also want to say to our moms and to our dads, when the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and other health agencies, tell us our children may have a shorter life expectancy than their own parents -- which has not happened in more than 50 years -- I can only say look at my book as one of the solutions to keep your children growing and living a healthy, active, and fulfilled life.
I wish everybody the best of health. Thank you.
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