The Biggest Loser Kid Plan Review

by The Diet Critic on May 5, 2016

The Biggest Loser Kid Plan Review
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It is no secret that childhood obesity is at an all-time high. According to the CDC, obesity now affects 1 in 6 children and adolescents in the United States. To help combat the growing epidemic that is putting more children at risk for health problems, weight loss diet plans have been developed exclusively for children to help them lose weight or maintain weight and stop bad eating habits from forming in the first place. This is the idea behind The Biggest Loser Kid Plan, better known as Red Light, Green Light, Eat Right, which is a weight nutrition program that has been created for kids by pediatrician Dr. Joanna Dolgoff, a child obesity specialist who joined “The Biggest Loser” Expert Team during the Reality TV show’s 14th season.

As the name Red Light, Green Light, Eat Right suggests, the nutrition plan is based on the principles of the traffic light (green, yellow and red) and has been designed to encourage families to get excited about healthy eating. Essentially, here are the basics of how it works:

Green Light (Go!) foods – these foods are low in fat and calories and include lean protein, low-fat dairy products and whole grains. Based on their age, gender, height and weight, children get a certain number of Green Light foods at each meal and snack. There are “Healthy Greens” and “Junky Greens”. The ones that fall into the junk category have no nutritional value. Kids are allowed one per day while the rest of their choices should fall into the healthy category.

Yellow Light (Slow!) foods – these are foods that are moderately high in fat and calories and should be eaten in moderation. Examples of foods in this category include red meat, chicken nuggets, hot dogs, hash browns, tuna salad, animal crackers, movie-theatre popcorn, etc. To have one yellow food, kids must give up two green foods. This teaches them that when they make a healthy choice, they can eat more but if they make a less healthy choice, they eat less.

Red Light (Uh-oh!) foods – these foods are high in fat and sugar and should only be consumed twice per week. They include foods like pizza, cake, fried chicken wings, premium ice-cream, etc.

As for fruits and vegetables, they are considered “Free Fuel” foods and are unlimited. Kids can eat as much of them as they like.

Pros

Red Light, Green Light, Eat Right was created by a licensed pediatrician who has personally witnessed the effects of childhood obesity. Her diet plan for children and adolescent youth, utilizes a simple strategy of applying a traffic light system to eating, which is easy for both children and parents to understand and follow.

While The Biggest Loser Kid Plan diet program teaches children how to make healthy food choices, no food is off limits, which means kids are allowed the occasional treat. This helps to keep them motivated while following the plan.

The program has received high praise and has reportedly been proven to be very successful with an impressive 96% success rate according to its description on Amazon.

Cons

At the time this review was written, other than Amazon, no additional sources could be found to provide further details about the 96% success rate claim or support it. That being said, the diet does appear to be highly effective.

Overall, this weight nutrition program makes a lot of sense and can help children learn about nutrition, make healthier food choices and manage their weight.

That said, before a child is placed on a diet, their medical practitioner should first be consulted.

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