Approximately 50% of women and 20% of men have gained weight since we began sheltering at home. Many are referring to this as the “COVID 15 weight gain”. Here is how to shed the weight you’ve recently gained.
Determine The Why
There is a variety of contributing factors to pandemic weight gain. Here are the top culprits:
- Comfort eating
- Boredom eating
- Decreased physical activity
- Poor quality of sleep
- Spiked cortisol from stress that throws off your metabolism
Create A Personalized Plan
Once you identify the top culprits, you must take an active approach to minimize or eliminate them. The stress of increased health risks, financial strain, and overall uncertainty are top factors—so unlike other times that you have gained and lost weight, minimizing your stress must be part of the equation. Yes, diet and exercise are essential, but pandemic weight gain will require a mind, body, and spirit approach.
Get Up Every Hour
If you are still sheltering at home you will need to do more than just work out 5 days a week, but get up at least once per hour. Your increased sedentary lifestyle isn’t just burning fewer calories but leads to chronic decreased circulation. Sitting too much is more damaging to your health than smoking, so it’s time to get up and walk, stretch, and move. Play with the kids, take a walk around the block, walk the dog, or do a mini head to toe stretch session.
Here’s to getting healthy and balanced!