With various restrictions and work from home orders in place, our life has become a perfect setup for gaining some pounds. Back when things were relatively normal, daily activities such as shopping or traveling, kept us moving and helped us burn some calories. However, now with our daily life entirely resumed, gyms closed, and comfort eating on the rise, weight gain has become a serious side effect of the quarantine. While we all may have more important things to worry about, it is important for us to remember that weight gain can cause serious chronic diseases that make us more vulnerable to the existing pandemic healthcare concerns. It might be the best time to start focusing on being our healthy selves, and, TABIIB has created a list that will help you do just that.
1. Stop Stress Eating
We don’t always eat to satisfy hunger, sometimes we eat to comfort ourselves and relieve some stress. And when we do so, we usually indulge in junk, sugary, or high-calorie foods such as chocolates, pizzas or burgers. This form of emotional eating is absolutely dangerous as it only temporarily distracts us from our problems and doesn’t fix anything. In turn, it causes damage to our physical health in the long run. According to research, boredom can cause a lack of meaning in life, often leading to problems such as excessive eating as they can temporarily distract from that experience. So if you are stressed and working from home, observe your eating habits and try to curb your temptation to stress eat.
2. Get Moving
You don’t necessarily have to go to do hot yoga or run on the treadmill to burn some calories, as walking a few steps every hour will also help. You could also do some chores to indulge in physical activity and to distract you from the urge to stress eat. And remember, exercise and physical activities have mood-boosting benefits as well.
3. Indulge In Healthy Recipes
With quarantine cooking trending across all social media channels, you might want to follow some accounts that will urge you to try out some healthy recipes. Eating healthy and tailoring your tastes around healthy food will not only help you get all the necessary nutrients but will also improve your overall health and well-being in the longer run.
4. Shop Better
Shopping better and stocking up on healthy alternatives is the first step to healthy eating habits. Often when we buy junk food we tend to eat them even when we aren’t necessarily hungry, in fact out of boredom many of us might have walked up to the fridge or pantry to pick up some junk food. So, the first step to a healthy lifestyle is the elimination of all the unhealthy food items from home. And the next time you step out for grocery shopping, make a list of everything you want to buy and stick to it.
5. Meal Plan
Living during a pandemic essentially means that stepping out of the house too often can be dangerous. This also means that you can’t really run to the grocery store every time you have a missing ingredient for your meal. So, to improve your quarantine diet and curb your quarantine weight gain you could consider meal planning as it will help you plan healthy meals and stay ahead of time.
6. Get Some Help
Above all, if you can’t control your eating habits and often find yourself stressed, it might be time to get some professional help. You could consult a nutritionist for your diet plan or a therapist for some counseling to help you get through this situation better. Additionally, if you are too worried about stepping out, resort to technology that will allow you to consult a doctor from the comfort of your own home.