||[Feb. 14th, 2013|11:11 am]
The Question Club
tqc - help me help my father please?|
he has always been overweight, and has gained some more weight in recent years. he has already had two heart attacks and takes meds for cholesterol and type 2 diabetes. apparently at his last doctor's visit he got a talking-to about his weight and he seems to be serious now about wanting to do something about it...and has asked for my assistance.
my parents know that i know a lot about nutrition, and unlike them i am at the other end of weight spectrum, and combined with a good bit of firm denial that makes me the person to ask it seems...which, yes, i know quite a bit about nutrition, theoretically, but I have had an ED for ten years and have no personal experience with losing weight in a healthy way or what most people think of as 'dieting'. the way i maintain my weight is...not something i can use to advise others...
i have given him practical, general advice/info before but it has no effect, and thinking it might be easier for him to work with specifics...
Basically, my parents and especially father...don't eat unhealthy per se (fast food is very rare) but...lack of portion control and a lot of snacking, sweets, etc basically, from my observation. And not so much activity when he isn't at work but he does work on his feet all day so i think its more the eating that is main issue...
So I would like to ask those of you who have experience with losing some weight (he is doing this for health, so any improvements would be good, no need for drastic goals etc) and maintaining healthier eating/weight, or with helping someone else do so (especially someone older...he is 64). What worked for you? What kind of approach is easy to stick to?
Weight Watcher type point system? Simple calorie counting? Something else? I don't think he, or my mother (who does most of the cooking/food prep) would be interested in drastic food group elimination schemes (ie. Atkins etc) but father at least is quite not picky about what he eats. Is it better to eliminate snacking altogether, or to find lower calorie substitutes (fresh fruit, etc.)? Any advice/suggestions would be helpful.