This article was exclusively written for our site by Gabriel Patel of healthwellwise.com
If you’re like many Americans, you’re just emerging from isolation after a long quarantine. And, you’ve likely spent much of your time eating your feelings. There is no shame in that, but it’s time to take your body back. Keep reading for top tips on how to permanently lose this unwanted, temporary weight.
Learn how to put together a healthy meal
It’s one thing to learn how to cook — anyone can do that. However, if you want to watch your waistline whittle itself back down, you have to learn to pair foods together that nourish your body. Fortunately, you do not have to run out to the store right this second to fill your pantry with healthy options. Look around in your kitchen for foods like legumes, beans, and spinach that you can use in new recipes. A bean and cheese quesadilla, for example, or a tried and true soup-and-sandwich combination is a much better option than burgers and fries.
A healthy and filling meal should include vegetables, proteins, fats, and carbohydrates. Health.com recommends being generous with flavorings as these boosts satiety and can make even bland foods taste like your favorite treat. If you need help putting together a meal plan, Be Healthy Be Happy offers personalized menus so you get the nutrients you need without consuming too many calories.
Start a New Exercise Routine
If you can’t yet get back to your studio for a yoga class, you can still work out and start down the road to getting your body back in shape. One of the best ways to do this is to simply go outside. Even the strictest social distancing guidelines allow for time in nature, and you won’t have to wear a mask to feel safe and secure. If the Southern summer sun is a bit too bright and blazing, you can also turn to on-demand fitness videos to give you a boost.
Something else to consider is starting a challenge group with your friends and family. You can do this on social media sites, such as Facebook, or use your Apple Watch to share your progress and engage in friendly competition with people you know.
Get Help from the Experts
If you live in an area where the gyms have opened, you might also consider hiring a personal trainer. NerdFitness cautions, however, that your diet is the most important part of losing weight. Make sure that you are committed before you shell out the additional cash at the gym.
Make Small Changes to Your Lifestyle
If the thought of losing the five or 10 pounds you’ve gained is intimidating, don’t look at the numbers on the scale. Instead, make a few small lifestyle changes that will encourage you to do others. Replace sweet tea with water, eat scrambled eggs instead of a cheese omelette, or switch to whole-grain toast instead of white bread. These changes do not have to be drastic to add up and put you on a path toward success.
Pay attention to your current habits, and look for ways to overcome things that might make you gain weight. Insomnia, certain medications, and numerous health conditions can trigger weight gain. Talk to your doctor if you need to control one of these primary issues so that you can best manage your health and wellness.
Putting on extra weight when you sit at home day in and day out is easy. Losing it might not be. But it does not mean that it is not worth the effort, and every pound you lose will help you reach your fitness goals and put you in a better position to stay healthy and happy through the pandemic and beyond.
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* Information and statements made by be Healthy be Happy are for education purposes only and are not intended to replace the advice of your doctor. be Healthy be Happy does not provide medical advice, prescribe, or diagnose illness. The views and nutritional advice expressed by be Healthy be Happy are not to replace conventional medical service. Any choices and decisions you are making are at your own risk. If you have a medical condition or health concern, contact your physician.