If there’s one thing we’ve likely learned from the COVID-19 outbreak, it’s that our health is our most valuable asset. However, it can be all too easy to lose sight of this after spending months in isolation. Maintaining a largely sedentary lifestyle in lockdown while, at the same time, turning to food—the ultimate coping mechanism for the fear and stress of the pandemic—is not at all unheard of, resulting in considerable weight gain for many. As lockdown restrictions are lifted, however, this weight gain may have serious consequences, especially as the coronavirus continues to hold sway.
There’s no question that there’s no better time than now to retake control of your health and lose the extra (and possibly dangerous) quarantine weight. As a bonus, you could come out of lockdown and rejoin the world as your best and fittest self. So without further delay, here’s how.
Get guidance and motivation.
When it comes to weight loss, it can be said that the hardest part is actually not going on a diet or even finding time to exercise—it’s getting started. Indeed, losing weight does sound like a lot of work, so it can be hard to get motivated. Moreover, there’s so much conflicting information on the best way to lose weight (and keep it off) that it can get confusing and less-than-inspiring.
With this in mind, consider getting expert help, if you really want a nudge in the right direction to start your weight loss journey. There are, in fact, freelance professionals who can offer you the guidance you need to get started, as well as keep you motivated and accountable so you’re better able to stick to your goals. For one, a freelance personal trainer can get you started on the right exercises. For another, an hourly contract with a freelance dietitian can equate to healthy meal plans customized just for you.
Additionally, consider some added assistance through supplements or superfood powders like those offered by Nutrii. With their high-quality ingredients, you’ll be able to maintain your focus while burning calories.
Improve your eating habits.
It’s a known fact that the most definitive part of your weight loss battle will be fought in the kitchen. And it goes well beyond fad diets and eating less, for that matter. Indeed, if you want to drop some serious weight, it’s all about quality over quantity—that is to say, what you eat and how you eat matter more than how much you eat.
Now, the premise is simple enough—you need to eat fewer processed foods, as well as fewer refined sugars and trans fats. Instead, you’ll want to consume clean foods that are high in protein and healthy fats and carbs. Chances are, you don’t really need to purge your pantry because you probably have some of these healthy items already stocked without realizing it—it’s just a matter of knowing what to do with them.
Case in point, oatmeal is an amazingly healthy staple, but one that’s often overlooked. Consider inventive oatmeal recipes like a black bean-oat burger or savory Spanish oatmeal bowls—and maybe even a sweet treat like peanut butter chocolate chip oatmeal balls. Truly, you’ll be surprised at just how many delicious meals can be had when you start looking beyond junk and comfort foods.
Throw in regular exercise.
Finally, know that your weight loss journey won’t be complete without good, old-fashioned exercise. While it’s not the be-all and end-all of losing weight, the fact is, regular physical activity actually offers an amazing roster of benefits. Beyond just keeping you trim, consistent exercise increases flexibility and endurance, as well as strengthens your bones, muscles, and immune system—which is a real must as the fight against COVID-19 continues. As a bonus, it also reduces stress while, at the same time, increases your body’s production of endorphins, the happy hormones, which can be a real godsend at this difficult time.
The need to lose weight is more than just a cliche. Rather, it’s a necessity for health’s sake, especially in a time as critical as a pandemic. Needless to say, few pursuits are worthier at this time and always, so do yourself a favor and give your body this precious gift.