Thursday, July 22, 2021

How To Lose The Lockdown Weight



Lockdown was something which caused a lot of stress and upset for a lot of us. While some people embraced lockdown life and began exercising daily and concentrating on new healthy living lifestyles, a lot of us didn't and this may have led to unwanted lockdown weight.

Now, lets not be hard on ourselves, our bodies, after all, have gotten us through a global pandemic and still are, but for those of us who are uncomfortable in ourselves at a bigger size, losing the lockdown weight is a goal of hours.

I put on two stone over lockdown, the two stone which I had previously lost by training with a P.T. and going to the gym. In February I decided enough was enough and I decided to make a conscious effort to lose the lockdown weight and I'm so glad to say that I've now shifted that two stone and feel so much better in myself again.

But how to lose the lockdown weight?

Losing weight is hard, I'm not going to lie. Doing it yourself, like I did, means you need to be your number one motivator and some days it's incredibly hard to stick to eating healthily and making room for daily exercise.

You can read about my own post-lockdown weight loss efforts here.

Some people choose to stick to a diet plan as they get better results from having set meals and foods they can eat. A diet plan which I've seen people achieve fantastic results from is the 1:1 Diet. 

The 1:1 Diet differs from other diet plans as each dieter gets their own diet consultant. Not only do these consultants give weight loss advice, but they act like a life coach, offering advice, guidance and being there to listen. I can say from experience that having someone there to mentor and encourage you really pushes you to keep going and want to achieve the best results possible. 

Also, as so many people are coming out of lockdown feeling anxious, lonely and seeing the impacts on their mental health, diet consultants are able to help dieters not only lose their lockdown weight, but bring back their confidence too as we return to 'normality'.

I have learned that it truly is nutrition that is the major factor in losing weight. There's no point in going to the gym and putting your all into exercise if you're overeating or not eating the right foods.

It is our diet that contributes to weight loss and in making our bodies feel better and I think after lockdown we all want to feel our absolute best.

If you enjoy going to the gym and find that exercise helps you to keep your mental health in check, then it's great to incorporate those into your daily routine too. Aiming to achieve 10,000 steps a day is a great goal. Investing in a Fitbit or other step tracker is a good way of helping you to reach this goal each day - but don't become too obsessed with the numbers. Remember, we're still living in global pandemic times and are all just trying to do our best.

I found that a daily walk, after I dropped my sons to school, really put me in a good mindset for the day and gave a great source of low-impact cardio.

Drinking plenty of water is also needed for weight loss. Make sure to drink at least two litres of water a day. Investing in a leak-proof water bottle that you can bring out and about with you is a great way of keeping on top of your daily water goal.

Remember, when it comes to weight loss, all we can do is our best. There will be some weeks where your weight will fluctuate up or down due to hormones, or you may not see the results you were hoping to straight away. 

However, sticking to a good manageable diet and doing whatever exercise you can each day will really help you to lose the lockdown weight.


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