The COVID-19 pandemic isn’t going anywhere, and it’s probably already changed your life more than you expected. Outside of the threat of catching the virus, the pandemic has led to mental health issues and more. Another one of its side effects is weight gain.
There is no denying that the pandemic has changed how we do virtually everything. Eating habits and how our days are spent have undergone massive overhauls. Unfortunately, these changes might have put health on the back burner.
Being called the “COVID-15,” extra weight resulting from quarantine has the potential to cause further health problems. Weight gain caused by overeating and inactivity can lead to high blood pressure, heart disease, high blood sugar, and low-grade inflammation.
Getting a handle on it before it turns into the COVID-20, -30, or more is the best way to protect yourself against added health risks.
One great way to use this strange time to your advantage is learning to cook—even if you already know how. Expanding your knowledge of healthier recipes that incorporate a larger variety of ingredients, spices, and foods can help improve health.
Home-cooked meals can also help you keep track of exactly what you’re eating too.
Shopping can be a challenge during the pandemic, but shopping healthy is actually quite a bit easier than buying prepared or packaged foods. Fresh produce, meat, and dairy are generally around the perimeter of grocery stores and don’t require any meandering through aisles.
Further, produce stands are usually outdoors, making it a less-risky environment to contract COVID-19 (but keep your mask on).
Increasing physical activity is also a way to combat weight loss. It can improve metabolism, reduce blood pressure and blood sugar levels, and ultimately fight back against disease risk.
A couple of other things to keep in mind are starting small and avoiding fad diets. If it took you three months to put on 15 pounds, expect it to take roughly the same amount of time to lose it. Making small, incremental changes is a more effective strategy than trying to lose it all at once.
When it comes to shedding pounds for good, a slow and steady approach always wins the race.
Under these conditions, it’s essential to take control of the aspects of life you still can. What you eat and how you spend your time are two choices you always have, so think about how you can make them work for the best.