How To Keep Weight Off During Lockdown
Have you noticed the waist size increasing during recent lockdowns? You certainly are not alone! In fact as many as half of all Brits (48%) said that they put on weight during the first lockdown which began in March 2020. Since then, we’ve been intermittently placed into different lockdowns and tier systems which have heavily restricted our movement, exercise and social life. So it’s no surprise that many people have put on weight during this period.
With the end now hopefully in sight, we’ve put together this guide to help you keep the weight off during lockdown and make sure we return to our ‘normal’ lives with our bodies in fantastic shape. Follow these simple expert tips and you’ll be able to squeeze back into that dress just in time for summer!
Go For a Walk Every Day
Even in a full lockdown as we are in now, you are still allowed to leave the house for a reasonable amount of time to exercise. Going for a walk or a jog every day is great for your body and your mind; both of which are important for staying healthy through this difficult time. A brisk 20 to 30 minute walk does wonders for keeping the weight off if done regularly. As a bonus tip, while walking try to tilt your pelvis under slightly to activate your glutes and deep abdominal muscles.
You might already be familiar with the general health benefits of caring for your gut, but what you may not know is that it can help to keep you slim.
Experts say that taking a probiotic can help with inflammation in the gut. There are hundreds of good bacteria in the gut that aid digestion. To keep the healthy living environment and ultimately help the nutrients get into your body, a probiotic can help keep the equilibrium, therefore keeping the pounds off.
Swap the Booze For Water
While it may be tempting to dive into the alcohol cupboard to beat the boredom of lockdown, this could be a leading cause of your weight gain. The consequences of alcohol for weight gain are fourfold: it stops your body from burning fat, it’s high in calories, it can make you feel hungry, and it inevitably leads to poor food choices (think takeaways!).
Staying hydrated is key to staving off food cravings, as sometimes we think we are hungry when actually we are just dehydrated. Swapping alcohol for plenty of water is a highly effective way to keep weight off during lockdown. Aim for two to three litres of water a day for maximum hydration.
Watch Your Portions
Eating small portions regularly is a better approach than piling up your plate high. By following this strategy, you shouldn’t ever get too hungry, and will be unlikely to be tempted to dish up big portions of food.
If you are going to pile the plate high, pile it with vegetables which are lower in calories yet your body will think you’re eating a tonne of food. It’s a sneaky trick to play on your mind! Plus, vegetables provide numerous nutrients to help boost your overall health.
Move Around Every Hour
Whether you’re stuck working from home, studying in your bedroom or perhaps looking after little ones, in lockdown we’re all typically sat down for long periods of the day. To help boost weight loss, we need to increase our movement at regular intervals throughout the day. Every hour, get up and walk around the house, do some stretches or some light exercise movements such as a few squats, lunges or press-ups.
Move from the Couch to the Carpet
Instead of sitting down all night on the couch while watching the TV, get on the floor and enjoy a little stretch. Carrying out some stretches when you’d normally be sat on the couch will really help your posture, release tension and ease lower back pains. It can also help with your weight loss plan because if you’re in pain, you might be more inclined to skip a day of exercise or not work out at all.
Try a Herbalife Weight Management Programme
As an independent Herbalife distributor, at Figure of Health we offer a range of effective weight management products including meal replacement shakes, herbal beverages and more. If you’re struggling to keep the weight off during lockdown with regular dieting, try one of our weight management programmes, or perhaps our tri blend select protein mix, available in our online store with free shipping*. They are a great way to stay on track with your goals and make healthy nutrition an everyday habit.