Why we’ve put on weight during lockdown (and what to do about it)

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I think you’d agree that life as we know it has been totally turned on its head over the last few months of lockdown. And while lockdown measures are now finally being eased, there is one thing that for many of us may be sticking around for long – and that’s weight gain. If you’ve put on weight during lockdown then you are definitely not alone! Almost half of Brits (47 per cent) say they have put on weight since lockdown began back in March.

Whether it’s due to an even more sedentary lifestyle (who thought it could get even more sedentary anyway?), or comfort/boredom eating and drinking, or because the fridge and cupboard are right there so why not? – many of us have gained weight during lockdown.

Sure – you might be tempted to get rid of that accumulated extra weight during lockdown by trying some Orlistat from an online pharmacy. But what else can you do? Here are my top tips for losing those additional pounds you may be carrying:

Get back into healthy habits

For a long time, everything seemed like it was out of control..and to be honest, much of it still does. But now everything doesn’t feel as horrific, it’s time to take back some of the personal control in your life wherever you can and recreate some of those healthy habits. You can do this by getting back on track with any healthy eating habits you may have binned during lockdown, or starting entirely new ones.

Make time for self-care

To look after yourself and be mindful of what and how you are eating, creating time for yourself so that you are not feeling totally frazzled and reaching for the wine bottle at 5pm every day is vital. A standard glass of wine can contain as many calories as a piece of chocolate.

However, if you create some time every day to relax and unwind, then hopefully that will translate to less of a burning urge to blur your stress with a glass of wine, which also translates into fewer calories. So instead of reaching for the wine, try some meditation, mindfulness, breathing exercises or yoga.

Get active

Now that there are no restrictions on the amount of time we can spend outside, there’s no excuse not to be more active. You could start the day with a quick HIIT (I love the Heather Robertson videos on YouTube), then take the kids out for a kick around or game or frisbee in the afternoon.

One thing I’ve also started to do is going for a run while my daughter rides beside me on her bike which is a jolly good work out I can tell you. If you need additional fitness motivation, you can also call up a friend and suggest that the time of you go for a jog/run once or twice a week. It’s so much easier getting back into being active when you have someone to do it with!

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Stop the snacking

During lockdown, many of us fell into bad habits because we couldn’t necessarily get hold of the food items we usually would be able to so easily. Now that is no longer really the case for most people, it’s time to stop reaching for the snack jar. Even better – get rid of it completely!

Yes, it may have been easier to get hold of crisps and biscuits than fresh fruit or veg back then – but that was then, not now. Now is the time to start choosing your snacks wisely and cutting back on saturated fats and free sugars.

Some healthy snacks you can try are:

  • Trail mix
  • No added sugar yogurt and berries
  • Roasted chickpeas (we love the ones from Brave)
  • Hummus and carrots sticks/cucumber
  • A protein shake
  • Cottage cheese and apple
  • Pulsin bars
  • Propercorn
  • Hippeas

Don’t be too hard on yourself

Yes, many of us may have put on weight during lockdown but let’s be honest – we were also really struggling with the mental side of things, with the days blurring into each other and no distinction between the weekdays and weekends, plus the mounting pressures of homeschooling, remote working and everybody being in the house the whole time.

So if you have put on weight during lockdown, know that like with everything else Coronavirus, it won’t be forever. Take back control with these above tips and create a new norm for your body!

Did you put on weight during lockdown? What is your plan of attack for shifting those extra pounds? Do share in a comment below.

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14 comments

  1. It has been very hard to keep the weight off in lockdown! We’ve started just having lots of salads now the weather is great. I do think it’ usually easier to stay slim in the Summer.

  2. I will admit I have been snacking a lot lately. But I have also been more active to compensate. So important for me to find a good balance!

  3. I didn’t put on any weight at all. But I’ve always been skinny. It’s hard for me to gain weight, but so easy to lose weight even without trying hard. LOL.

  4. I have definitely put on a few pounds over quarantine. I started walking the dog twice a day and that has really helped. Thanks for sharing your tips!

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