Pamper him, show him how much you care: Dads everywhere deserve to be treated specially on Father's Day. Whether you're celebrating your Dad or another special man in your life, what better way to mark his special day than by showing him you support his efforts to improve his diet and his health?
You see, celebrating Father's Day does not have to result in diet sabotage -- if you honor Dad the healthy way! Here are some tips to help you do just that (if you're the lucky father being honored, print them out for your family to see).
By Mehmet C. Oz, M.D.
Because your body thinks you're about to starve. Thousands of years ago,
hunger was a caveman's primary source of anxiety. When food became scarce, his
body coped with the resultant stress by releasing steroids, which were absorbed
by his omentum — a fat reservoir that hangs like an apron over the stomach —
and promoting fat storage. And since your body doesn't know the difference
between a demanding boss and a depleted herd of mastodons, your omentum will do
Consider celebrating Dad by cooking and serving him a nutritious and delicious Sunday barbecue fit for a king. Father's Day should be easy on the cook -- and that cook should not be Dad -- put the chef's hat on and take over as barbecue master for the day. Let the kids help -- it can be fun for all of you to do it without him.
While you prepare the healthy feast, prop Dad up in his much loved chair, give him a well deserved back rub, the Sunday paper, and tune in his favorite sports team. A plate full of healthy snacks such as fresh veggies with a low-fat dip, a handful of nuts, a few slices of low-fat cheese, and whole-grain crackers will keep him satisfied as you continue to pamper your favorite guy.
Look for barbecue recipes that are both healthy and easy for you (and the kids) to prepare. Check out our healthy barbecue recipes from Elaine Magee, our Recipe Doctor. And make as many dishes ahead of time as possible. This way, the meal will be fun and more relaxing for you and your special guy.
Eating Out on the Town
If you want to celebrate by taking Dad out to eat, choose a restaurant he loves, but stay clear of those hard-to-resist buffet restaurants. At most other restaurants, it's easy to make healthy choices. Check out our expert tips on how to do this.
If you just can't decide where to take Dad on his special day, just ask him! He might decide to skip the diet this one time, splurge on a special meal, and enjoy a little indulgence. This is not a problem, as long as he remembers to watch his portion sizes and does a little planning in preparation for the feast.
A good strategy for him would be to bank some extra calories throughout the week and get some extra exercise in anticipation of the celebration. Come Monday morning, he can get right back on the WebMD Weight Loss Clinic program.