It can be challenging to shift the pounds and keep the weight off. It’s all too tempting, while there is a worldwide pandemic occurring, to reach for the chips and dips, to have an extra piece of candy, and to spend time binge-watching Netflix with popcorn. You need to find the willpower to make a change and stop using Covid-19 as an excuse to pile on the pounds. To start eating better and be more active, going it alone is tough. However, lockdowns have meant that we aren’t spending as much time with our nearest and dearest. Take a look at how you can find the motivation to lose weight and not put it back on.
While we might be limited to meeting outdoors at a social distance and using Zoom to converse with our pals, this doesn’t cut it when we need a listening ear to help us stay motivated to lose weight. Sometimes, we need the guidance of people who are going through the same thing. Plenty of online groups and forums are available and free to use for those people who are struggling to lose weight. Here, you can find tips, vent, or find a person with similar issues to bond with. Finding a weight loss buddy can help you find your mojo and eat better, exercise more, get outdoors, and stop reaching for the snacks.
If you are embarking on a healthy eating plan as a family, check out the Kurbo Weight Watchers program to inspire the younger members of your household. Cook together and talk. Don’t go it alone.
Don’t Banish Food Items
Banning food will make you crave it more. If you are partial to cake and love nothing more than fresh cream filled sponge, don’t rid your life of it forever. Going cold turkey can leave you irritable and moody. You won’t be a pleasure to be around and you will begin to develop an unhealthy relationship with the food you should be eating. Instead, eat treats in moderation and try to stick to calorie intake. If you are limited to 1,200 calories a day, but that slice of cake takes you to 1,400 calories one day, make sure you cut 200 calories from your meals the next day. Losing weight is largely a mathematical exercise. Simply make sure that you expend more energy than the calories you put into your body.
Being indoors because you can no longer venture to the cinema, head to the gym, or pop to the shops on the high street can leave you feeling claustrophobic. Instead, you need to get outside into green and natural spaces. Being surrounded by flora and fauna will inspire you to get active. You could join a yoga class in the park at a social distance to try and strengthen your core and to improve your mental well being through breathing exercises. Alternatively, you can go for a hike in the hills, a cycle ride through the countryside, or a scramble up a mountain. Being more active will help you to feel fulfilled and will release endorphins into your bloodstream. Exercise is the key to keeping weight off.
You can lose weight and keep it off by following these three simple strategies.