Is a New Baby as Good as a Gym Membership?
Probably not, according to a study published this week in the journal Pediatrics that investigated the eating and exercise habits of parents with small children. The study of 1,500 men and women found that, not only were the mothers heavier than their counterparts without children, but also that they ate about 370 calories more each day and exercised an hour less each week. Sugar-sweetened drinks and saturated fats contributed substantially to the extra calories. The researchers didn’t find a significant difference between fathers of small children and their childless counterpart in weight or eating habits, but did find that the dads exercised about two hours less per week.
Relevance to Natural Weight Loss:
Weight Loss Tip: If you will soon be a new parent, be prepared for an interruption to your regular eating and exercise habits. Make a special effort to reserve some time for exercise, and be careful with those sugary drinks and processed meats.