(ARA) - What does Mom really
want for Mother's Day? Here's a hint: it's not a box of chocolates.
A new national survey shows that Mom would prefer the kind of gift that
money can't buy -- like help with weight loss -- instead of traditional
gifts like chocolate. In fact, more than twice as many moms would rather
have thin thighs than chocolate for Mother's Day.
When asked what celebrity mom they'd most like to resemble, most
respondents chose Cindy Crawford, mother of two. Four out of 10 mothers
said they'd like to fit into her size 6 jeans.
To find out what moms really
want, EAS AdvantEdge surveyed 1,200 mothers and daughters from across the
country. The truth is that three-fourths of American moms said they want
to lose weight.
Here's the skinny:
According to the AdvantEdge survey, most moms (62 percent) say they are
hoping to lose at least 10 pounds - nearly the same amount of chocolate
Americans eat per person every year, perhaps much of it from Mother's Day
Less than half of daughters (47 percent) think they would have the nerve
to tell their mother she needs to shed a few pounds, yet 29 percent of
daughters would want to start a fitness program with her. Twice as many
moms would rather receive fitness advice from their daughter than their
The majority of moms (81 percent) have a body part they don't want to
pass along to their daughter. Likewise, daughters list Moms' abs and
thighs as the top two body parts they hope not to inherit.
Sadly, only one out of 10 moms thinks they're a "hottie head-turner."
While these moms say they may not look hot now, many of the moms (68
percent) believe they could look hot if they started a diet and fitness
On average, most moms consider themselves, well, average: 53 percent of
moms rate themselves as an "average Jane." There are also moms who think
they have a lot catching up to do: nearly one in four says they're a
"needs improvement Nellie."
Celebrity Fitness Tips
Even celebrity mothers can be surprised with that perfect "priceless"
Supermodel Cindy Crawford recently became a super role model for her
mom. With inspiration and support, Cindy helped her mom, Jenny Crawford-Moluf,
loose 25 pounds and gain back confidence she'd lost long ago. Jenny now
fits into Cindy's clothes.
"We always shared the same genes. Now we wear the same jeans," says
Jenny, who adds that she's happy now to have one more thing in common
with her daughter.
Mother's Day is a great jumping-off point for a mother-daughter fitness
program. So, how do you get started?
Cindy and Jenny offer their top three tips for getting and staying in
Lose weight by eating more -- Starvation diets don't work. The key is to
eat smaller meals, more often. Aim for six meals per day: breakfast,
mid-morning snack, lunch, afternoon snack, dinner and light evening
snack. Ensure that you adjust your portions. Use AdvantEdge bars and
ready-to-drink shakes as one of your healthy on-the-go meals.
Plan for success -- Keep a journal of what you eat, when you exercise
and how you're feeling. Be honest. When you know what and when you want
to eat, you're less likely to overindulge.
Create goals -- Do you want to lose 10 pounds or run a 10K? Everyone
will have a different fitness goal. Choose yours (be realistic) and
continue to remind yourself that you're working toward something
For more mother/daughter fitness tips from Cindy and Jenny, visit
www.eas.com. AdvantEdge also offers free educational materials on
exercise and nutrition online at eas.com and the 24-hour customer call
center at (877) 971-0947.