It’s been difficult to stay active and be fit during the Coronavirus Pandemic. Numerous people spent the spring lockdown marathon watching TV shows, being on social media like Instagram, Youtube, and Tiktok or preparing bread, or sitting on the love seat throughout the day.
The difference between losers, gainers, and maintainers during the pandemic, experts say, is largely dependent on your mindset: how you approach a new set of circumstances and cope with change.
One of the many challenges of Covid was the abrupt change to day-to-day schedules. People began working from home, if they had worked at all, in many cases joined by their kids. Gyms, recreation centers, and parks closed, curbing exercise routines. Stress levels skyrocketed for many, with baking, eating, and drinking becoming major outlets and means of reward.
These are some tips and new habits that you should follow in order to lose all the weight after the COVID-19 pandemic
Set smaller, incremental goals. “Realize that even with small amounts of weight loss, you can see benefits to your health, such as lower blood pressure and better blood sugar control for patients with diabetes,” Smith said. “A weight loss of 1 to 2 pounds per week is what we consider to be healthy and safe.”
Reset your sleep levels
If you’ve fallen out of your usual 9-5 routine, your sleep patterns could be suffering. Lack of sleep is commonly linked to weight gain. You lose energy which means you might lack the enthusiasm to make yourself something good for dinner and go for the easy (and usually worse) option. You also lose all motivation to get yourself moving around too.
Push yourself to get back into a good sleep routine. The best place to start is going to bed and waking up at the same time (even on the weekends). This can regulate your natural body clock and can help you fall and stay asleep for the night. Avoid sleeping in the day! Power napping may help you get through the day, but if you find that you can’t fall asleep at bedtime, eliminating even short catnaps may help
Do not skip breakfast
Skipping breakfast will not help you lose weight. You could miss out on essential nutrients and you may end up snacking more throughout the day because you feel hungry.
Eat regular meals
Eating at regular times during the day helps burn calories at a faster rate. It also reduces the temptation to snack on foods high in fat and sugar.
Drink plenty of water
People sometimes confuse thirst with hunger. You can end up consuming extra calories when a glass of water is really what you need.
Keep Unhealthy Foods out of the House
It’s pretty simple: If you don’t have it, you can’t eat it. Instead of chips and cookies, keep convenient and easy-to-prepare items at close reach. Such items include nuts and seeds, precut fruit and vegetables, string cheese, eggs, salmon, and yogurt. This doesn’t mean you can’t have treats. Just buy yourself one serving to enjoy at a time
People who are not usually physically active should slowly increase the amount of exercise that they do and gradually increase its intensity. This approach is the most sustainable way to ensure that regular exercise becomes a part of their lifestyle.
Weight loss is a gradual process, and a person may feel discouraged if the pounds do not drop off at quite the rate that they had anticipated.
Some days will be harder than others when sticking to a weight loss or maintenance program. A successful weight-loss program requires the individual to persevere and not give up when self-change seems too difficult.
Some people might need to reset their goals, potentially by adjusting the total number of calories they are aiming to eat or changing their exercise patterns.
The important thing is to keep a positive outlook and be persistent in working toward overcoming the barriers to successful weight loss.