Beat the lockdown bulge

2 April 2020

Finding yourself with itchy feet not being able to take that trip, but the real problem right now is the number of trips to the fridge?

It is human nature to stress eat during uncertain and emotional times like these, taking control now will be more beneficial to your health than trying to shed the extra weight later on. You could even use this time to come out of lockdown healthier than when you started.

Here are some tips to beat the lockdown bulge:

Stay active - Find ways to keep yourself active. Choose activities that you will enjoy. Search for video tutorials on YouTube – Yoga for beginners, exercise workouts at home, fun exercises to do at home. The goal is to get started and stick to it. Plan a schedule and specific times for activities, which helps with having more structure to your day and combat boredom. Get the whole family involved and have fun.

Stick to healthy options - Eating a healthy diet is not about being strict or depriving yourself of the foods you love. It’s about having more energy, improving your health and boosting your mood. While you have the time at home – find new, exciting healthy recipes to try. Everyone has an inner MasterChef and now is the perfect time to discover the culinary genius that you have always wanted to be while watching your waist at the same time. Keep snacking to a minimum, and if you must snack – reach for the nuts, fruit, popcorn or dark chocolate.

Portion control - Eat in moderation. Think smaller portions. By serving your meals on smaller plates you can trick your brain into thinking it’s a larger portion. If you don’t feel full at the end of a meal, add more leafy greens or have a fruit after your meal. Restaurant and takeaway servings have ballooned in size, being at home during lockdown gives you control over how much you eat and the size of your meals. Take your time eating your food and stop when you are full. Don’t eat in front of the TV as this often leads to overeating. Surround yourself with healthy snacks and control emotional eating; rather learn about healthy ways to manage your stress and emotions.

Drink Water - It’s common to mistake thirst for hunger, so staying well hydrated will also help you make healthier food choices. Water helps flush our systems. If you are not drinking enough water you could be dehydrated which causes tiredness, low energy and headaches. Drink a glass of water as soon as you wake up and a glass 30 minutes before eating any meal. This will help control your appetite too.

We have a 21 day lockdown and experts say it takes 21 days to make or break a habit. We have been given the gift of time in all this uncertainty, make sure to use the time wisely and form new healthy habits that you can continue with once lockdown is over.

In the meantime, take fewer trips to the fridge and rather start planning your next trip to your dream holiday destination.