The lockdown of the 2020’s was probably never expected, but here we are. Staying home 24/7 bored most people to the bone they decided to get involved with various activities and hobbies; some have started their own home business, some decided to try new crafts and a lot of peeps have released their artistic soul to create a new atmosphere for their own space. But not everything was sweet and chill during these times. Spending time at home, particularly when bored, facilitates our access to more foodstuff. Whether bored or not, it’s hard to avoid snacking or grabbing a bite when you’re aware there’s food just within reach.
And it’s not simply boredom or the very presence of food that leads us here. Increased stress levels, be it pandemic anxiety or mental pressure due to working or studying from home or parenting properly, is a common culprit behind overeating. You can already guess what awaits after constantly excessive intake: weight gain. And in turn, getting overweight. If you haven’t been following a healthy lifestyle and diet up to this point, which is almost a year of lockdown, it might be time to reconsider some options.
Here are some tips to help you lose some unwanted weight without immediately gaining it back.
1. Avoid Snacking.
Snacking, uncontrolled bites specifically, is a common reason behind weight gain. We usually grab sweet or fatty treats when we’re bored or simply crave something to chew on. Doing nothing or doing something boring will also drive our mind towards snacks and make us want to eat something while we’re intentionally boring ourselves for legit reason.
If you know you can’t keep your mind off unhealthy snacks, do not buy such treats in the first place. Being aware about those snacks waiting in the cabinet tempts you to devour them all. Instead of unhealthy treats, get yourself healthy snacks such as vegetables and dry fruit so you’ll have something to munch on without gaining weight.
2. Exercise Regularly.
Yes, you can workout at home without much equipment! Working out is the ultimate solution to weight control; set yourself a plan to do daily exercises without wearing your muscles out. Sit-ups, squats, twists, weight lifting and push-ups are great workouts to be done at home.
It’s fine it you haven’t got equipment at home. For instance, when it comes to weight lifting you can use anything as long as it’s the appropriate weight. If you can afford the safety, go for a walk every day.
Note: Our emphasize on exercising doesn’t mean you’ve got to be pushing yourself to the verge of damaging your muscles and getting worn out. Keep the workout balanced, make sure your energy consumption is enough to provide necessary calories for each exercise you’re planning to do.
3. Boost Your Metabolism.
Boredom does indeed impact your internal system just like it does to your mood. Metabolism is affected by the way you feel and function; so if you’re way too sluggish to get moving, there’s a good chance your metabolism too requires some attention. Given this fact, you should manage your intake and choice of foodstuff to prevent disturbed metabolism.
Make sure what you’re consuming will provide adequate energy whilst containing low amounts of risky factors such as fat and sugars. For best results, include protein-rich and green foods, and drink a lot of water to help with digestion. If possible, check with a trainer to ensure your diet provides enough vitamins and essential minerals as well.
4. Get Your Sleep Schedule Right.
Sleeping has an essential role in all aspects of life; it regulates your physical energy usage and in turn, every function you get involved in through the day will get affected. Adequate sleep naturally means more energy and less boredom. If you have something to focus on, your brain will send less food craving signals.
Sleeping enough can also help with your stress eating. When you’ve rested enough, your stress level lowers naturally and you won’t have the annoying drive to munch on something in a futile effort to calm your racing and anxious mind.
5. Manage Your Stress.
As mentioned before, stress is one big culprit behind excessive consumption but did you know that it could also disturb your metabolism efficiency or make you lose appetite? With a majority of today’s nerve-wrecking issues, it’s hard to avoid getting stressed out.
You either overeat in a futile effort to calm your brains, or the feeling of your stomach twisting and turning takes your appetite away. Given such issues, consider some stress management skills right now. Learn how to cope with mental pressure and let go of what you cannot change.
6. Ignore The Scale.
If you’ve been weighing yourself every other day for the past six months, stop now. Going on the scale and anxiously watching the digits silently say “You’re getting fat!” is one of the worst things you can ever do. It does you no good, let alone all those negative feelings that discourage you from keeping up with efforts.
Gaining weight when you’ve had the ideal one all year round isn’t the end of your world. Get up, drop the negative vibes and keep in mind that you can tackle this weight thingie just perfectly!