Author:Katie Bick

Teen Weight Loss Success Story: Sadie’s new approach to eating and health amazes her parents and doctors.

After injuring her back in cheerleading class, Sadie, 15, began to put on weight. “As a result of this injury, Sadie stopped moving because of pain and continued to put on weight for almost two years.  It was a horrible time for us, and we wanted to find a way to get back to a healthier lifestyle,” Sadie’s mom, Fran says.  

Fran wanted to find a program that would give Sadie a mentor. She found that with Kurbo. “We wanted someone who Sadie could confide in about her food struggles. In the first 10-15 minutes when she was speaking with Coach Lindsay over videoconference, I knew that we had done the right thing,” Fran says.  

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Planning for a Healthy Summer

Summer is a great time to try new things. Without the work and restriction that schools put on children, kids have much more time and energy to put into some other fun summer activities. This is true for exercise as well, as kids can experience different types of exercise and see which one they enjoy the most. So, here are some summer activities that will encourage kids to step out of their exercise comfort zones this summer!

1: SwimmingAs this article points out, swimming is one of the best forms of exercise, as it uses most muscles in our bodies, thus making our whole bodies stronger as well as being key in the fight against obesity. There are many ways that Kurbo kids have tried to get involved in swimming in the summer. For example, Meg started synchronized swimming, while other Kurbo kids joined swim teams, water polo, or just started swimming daily laps in the pool.

2: Picking up a new competitive sport: Competitive sports are fun ways to getting that heart rate up and making sure we are developing the weekly exercise habits we desire. Kurbo kid Amy gave tennis a try, while some others started team sports like basketball, volleyball, and soccer. Such sports help Kurbo kids learn sportsmanship, teamwork, and improve athletic ability too!

3: Dance: For those inevitable summer days where it’s just way too hot outside, dancing is a great indoor alternative form of exercise. You can look up dance videos or songs on your computer and just move along to them. Dance is very popular among Kurbo kids because it is just plain fun. Not only are we getting the necessary exercise by moving around the room, but we are having loads of fun while doing it. Dancing is a great way to express ourselves and it improves our flexibility, strength, and endurance.

4: Rock climbing: What better way to step out of our comfort zones than by climbing a colossal mountain? Rock climbing is yet another form of exercise that can be fun for anybody. There are many great rock climbing camps out there for kids to sign up for and do not require a lot of time commitment, such as the one Kurbo kid Ethan is going to. In addition to the satisfaction of stepping out of the comfort zone, climbing is really good for overall strength and getting some fresh air.

5. Bike: Get on your bike, and go wherever the wind takes you (with your parents permission of course). You can bike around your neighborhood or find new biking trails in the area to bike as a family over the weekend.

6. Community Centers: Find a local community center that might offer free work out classes or subsidized exercise classes and call them to find out about the schedule and offerings and how you can sign up. For example, the YMCA or Boys and Girls Clubs often offer fun exercise classes for kids.

Summers are not meant to be spent on the couch staring at a screen all day. So, get off the couch and dabble in a few fun forms of exercise! See which one fits you best. Maybe you will even find your new favorite hobby!

Adult Weight Loss Success Story: When bariatric surgery failed for Lindsay, she found success she was looking for with Kurbo.

After cycling through diets and even trying bariatric surgery, Lindsay wanted a healthy lifestyle she could sustain. “When I was 17, I had weight loss surgery, and then struggled with disordered eating throughout all of college and then had the surgery reversed right before I started Kurbo. I’ve probably been on every diet under the sun and I realized that dieting wasn’t how I wanted to live my life, I wanted to achieve more of a healthy lifestyle,” she shares.

Lindsay also wanted to prevent the long-term health effects of being overweight. “I work in the wellness industry, I know that being overweight is not good for your health. My work and the fact that my grandfather was diabetic contributed to my fear of becoming diabetic. I knew that I wanted to prevent the effects of being overweight,” she explains.

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Teen Weight Loss Success Story: Michelle, age 15, learns healthy alternatives to her family’s favorite cuisine, and loses 11 lbs!

Michelle signed up for Kurbo after her doctor at Texas Children’s Hospital suggested she try it to improve her health. “I was interested because I wanted to see if it really worked for me. I was gaining more and more weight each year as I grew older, and I decided I wanted to change my lifestyle,” Michelle says.

Michelle was also concerned about her family history related to weight management. “My mom and my dad both have Type II Diabetes and my mom also has hypothyroidism, which makes it harder to loose weight. I was concerned about both of these health issues impacting me and I wanted to prevent that,” she explains.

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Grain Bowls

Grains are hot. Grains in a bowl tossed with a bunch of yummy, crunchy, flavorful and nutritious ingredients is even hotter. All you need to do is pick a base, like brown rice, quinoa, millet, or oats, then decide if you’re going sweet or savory. For sweet bowls, you top the grain with a variety of fruit, spices, yogurt, and almonds. If you’re feeling savory, you add chopped veggies, protein, and a light sauce.
Grain bowls provide a balanced meal in one spot. Whole grains are packed with fiber, helping you feel fuller longer and keep everything moving through your system with ease. When consumed with the vitamins and minerals of fruit or veggies, your body is charged up for a healthy, energized, and wonderful day.

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Adult Success Story: Jenny, 35, transforms her relationship with her body, food and exercise and loses 11 pounds.

Jenny heard about Kurbo from her employer and decided to sign up to gain healthier habits. “After the holidays, I got into some bad habits and I just needed a kick start. I wanted to lose a couple of pounds and feel healthier. As a parent with a full time job, I didn’t want to do anything that involved a huge commitment. I wanted something that was simple and less of a hardcore diet.”

She and Coach Maxine worked together to transform her typical food choices into healthier options. “I used to think that a protein powder shake in the morning would be a good idea. Coach Maxine explained that I didn’t need to focus so much on protein, especially from the calorie dense foods I was eating, like peanut butter. I learned there are plenty of places to get protein that are better for my body. Now I have a fruit and veggie smoothie with yogurt instead.”

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Family Success Story: Kurbo allows Mom, Liana, to build a new relationship with her 12 year old daughter, Mya, who also loses 10 pounds.

Liana wanted to stop arguing with her daughter, Mya about food, so they signed up for Kurbo. “I wanted her to gain healthy eating habits in a positive way. I just needed someone other than me to teach her,” Liana says. “I didn’t think I was healthy for someone my age and I was concerned about my weight,” Mya shares.

They were both happy that Kurbo wasn’t focused on counting calories. “I have personally tried counting calories and it is something I didn’t want Mya to do. I don’t think it’s a positive way to change your behavior. We wanted a program to start tracking food and exercise that was kid friendly. Kurbo is the only kid friendly program that’s out there to choose from, and it’s perfect,” Mya shares.

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Weight Watchers for Teen Boys?

Weight Watchers for teen boys, is this a good idea? There are numerous weight solutions out there, all of which using different strategies, so it’s important to critically analyze which programs will improve a teen boy’s health instead of potentially damaging it. Is it Weight Watchers for teen boys, MyFitness Pal, or Jenny Craig? We first have to note that teens are not mini-adults. The challenges to weight loss that teens face are not the same as those faced by adults, so we should not provide them with adult weight-loss solutions. When addressing a topic as important as weight, finding a solution designed for teens is crucial to their overall health and development.

Teen boys who are turning to food to feel comforted typically find themselves in a negative feedback loop: they eat to feel better, then they look in the mirror or compare themselves to their peers or men in magazines, they feel bad, then eat again to distract themselves from their pain or to feel instant gratification. This cycle can persist into adulthood, but it can be avoided with a straight forward solution: health coaching with coaches trained specifically to work with teens.

Kurbo uses a behavior modification and an accountability program much like Weight Watchers; the difference is that Kurbo’s coaches are experienced to work with teens and the evidence based curriculum is suited for adolescents with an 88% success rate.

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Family Weight Loss Success Story: After trying many different diets, Gracie and her parents finally tried Kurbo and lost a combined 80lbs as a family.

After her doctor suggested she lose weight, Gracie signed up for Kurbo with her parents. “I wanted to show my doctor that I could lose weight and also I wanted to fit into my musical theater costume,” Gracie says. Gracie’s parents, Brad and Mandy, joined the program too in order to support her, but soon after began seeing results themselves.  

The whole family started making changes after watching the educational videos on the app. “We realized that even when we were eating the right foods, like brown rice, we were eating too much. Now, at suppertime we’ll say to each other, ‘That looks larger than the size of your fist!’ We are empowered with knowledge,” Mandy shares.
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Child Success Story: Valentine, age 8, drops 11 BMI points and transforms her family’s health trajectory

Worried about Valentine’s rapid weight gain, Aurore decided to try Kurbo. “I liked that it was tailored to kids and their parents. I thought the approach was really about health and empowering kids to make the right choices,” Aurore, Valentine’s mom says. Valentine was also excited to start. “I wanted to lose my belly fat,” Valentine shares.

Valentine’s favorite part about Kurbo was getting her coach. “I got a new friend. Coach Zoe is the best,” Valentine says. “She loved Coach Zoe and really looked forward to the session with her each week,” Valentine says.

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