76% of Americans Gained as Much as 16 Pounds During COVID. Have You?
It has never been easier to stress-eat than it is right now.
Most of North America is locked down into their homes and locked out of their public gyms. This is leading to countless people putting on the so-called Quarantine 15.
As funny as the name may be, it's no laughing matter for 76% of respondents to a recent survey. They said that they have definitely put on weight during the lockdown, with people putting on as much as 16 pounds.
If you've gained a few pounds, you're not alone. And here's what you can do about it.
Count Your Calories
If you're working from home, you're now just a few quick steps from the fridge all day long. That makes it easy to snack, and even easier to lose track of what you're snacking on.
You can most likely lose the weight if you simply become more aware of how many trips to the fridge you're making, and what you're eating while you're there.
Tracking your food and being aware of your intake is absolutely crucial to weight loss, and it's actually very difficult to sustainably lose weight without doing it.
The good news is that there are calorie tracking apps that will do all of the work for you. It can be as simple as scanning the barcode on everything you eat.
Think About Body Contouring
Would something like liposuction work for you? Very possibly!
The ideal body contouring candidate is someone who is near their ideal weight and just needs a little bit of help. It's not really a viable option for people looking to lose large amounts of weight, or people dealing with significant obesity.
If a liposuction procedure is too intrusive for you, there are a number of non-surgical options that can help you tone your figure. You might consider something like CoolSculpting or VelaShape.
Find the Time to Work Out
The time to work out isn't going to magically appear in your schedule. You need to create it.
Maybe you used to duck into the gym on your way home from work, or maybe you were one of the few blessed ones with a gym on site. In either case, you need to schedule exercise into your day and give it the priority it deserves.
This could be getting up an extra 30 minutes earlier in the morning for a jog, or it could mean working out over your lunch hour. The important thing is that you schedule it, and pretty soon it will simply become part of your routine.
If you've built unhealthy habits over the COVID-19 lockdown, you're not alone and it's not your fault. This is uncharted territory for all of us, and we're all doing the best we can. However, the most important part of breaking bad habits is recognizing that you have them. Once you do that, you can come up with a plan to get back on track.
Plan your work and work your plan.