Weight gain memes have become common around the world during lockdowns. Why? Well, because millions of people have been outspoken about the extra kilos they’ve gained during lifestyle changes.
Forced to stay at home, curfews, exercise restrictions, gym closures, limited shopping time, comfort eating, a change in eating routines, depression, conflict, fear — you name it and people have experienced it.
The result for many is this;
So, is there hope left in 2020 for you to turn things around? Whether it’s just getting back to your pre-lockdown self or hitting those gains, your eating and fitness goals can totes still happen.
Our Personal trainer Solly says the trick is to start small.
“It’s important to start small to build mental confidence.”
People need to be patient because small commitments will make goals more achievable.
The trainer, who focuses on weight management, toning and sports specific training, says it is also important for people to be organised.
“Be consistent. Prepare for the session the day before. Time management and commitment is important when working out.”
“Try not to weigh yourself every day. Not every change will be visible to the naked eye.”
Get your diet right
Dietitian Jessica Kotlowitz says lockdown has changed eating routines so finding a new routine is important.
“Even if you’re still working from home, make sure you get into a good routine with your eating. Do your grocery shopping for a week, pack your lunch as if you’re going to the office and stick to regular meal times.”
Kotlowitz, whose focus is plant-based nutrition, explains that eating mindfully is important.
“Lockdown has led to some bad eating habits, including snacking mindlessly throughout the day, eating in front of TVs and computers and eating at irregular times. If you’re having a snack, dish it up on a plate and eat it in silence. These might seem like small measures, but they can help you to eat slower, feel fuller and ultimately eat less while feeling more satisfied.”
Now lets exercise some of these tips and get our bodies in shape once more.