With our state on lockdown over the past few months, it’s no wonder that many of us are snacking more and moving less. Our regular gyms are closed. We have easy access to the kitchen. And we are dealing with sudden and significant life changes.
On social media, memes and posts with #Quarantine15 have been trending, a twist on the legendary “freshman 15” pounds. If your pants are feeling a bit tighter these days, you’re far from alone.
At the same time, many of us have been dealing with stress and uncertainty. We have enough on us right now without loading on extra pressure or guilt regarding diet and exercise.
But the trouble with weight gain is that a few pounds here and there have a sneaky way of adding up to much more over time. And obesity can wreak havoc on your health—not just your waistline.
If the idea of trying to lose weight seems overwhelming right now, instead aim to maintain your current weight. Focus on building more self-care into your daily routine.
This includes moving more, fueling your body with good nutrition, and getting enough rest. To the degree that you can, try to cultivate inner peace. Make it about feeling better and taking care of yourself, rather than just the number on the scale.
When you change unhealthy habits into healthier ones, in time you’ll see a difference on the scale, too. And you’ll start feeling better, inside and out.
Here’s a simple, three-ingredient recipe for heading off quarantine weight gain and stress, the healthy and sustainable way.