How to Lose Weight (Without Leaving Home!)
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For the first few weeks of the pandemic, you comforted yourself with too much snacks and maybe a cocktail or two. But now it is clear that this new way of life will last at least for a while. If you want to deal with this without sabotaging your health, you need to find healthier ways of living at home.
Not only will these tips help you shed your self-isolating pounds, but they will also guide you into leading a healthy lifestyle while staying at home.
Learn how to cook from your pantry
It’s important to cut back on shopping trips during the pandemic, which means you no longer have to walk to the grocery store for an ingredient or two. Instead, learn how to cook with what you already have on hand. With a well-stocked pantry, it’s easy to whip up simple but nutritious meals like bean quesadillas, stir-fry rice, and homemade soups and stews.
Speaking of well-stocked pantry, when you’re shopping, stick to the outside aisles of the grocery store, which are usually whole foods. Or better yet, buy your groceries online to limit temptation and stay socially away!
Cut down on junk food
Chips, cookies, crackers – many of the most popular snacks are shelf stable, but they shouldn’t be kept on your shelves during the coronavirus pandemic. When trying to lose weight, use the principles of intuitive eating to curb cravings. When you’re hungry for a snack, reach for healthy options like raw nuts, hard-boiled eggs, fresh fruits, or vegetables with hummus.
Drink more water
What you drink is just as important as what you eat. Soda, juice, and alcohol are full of empty calories that contribute to weight gain. Water, on the other hand, is calorie-free and helps you feel full so you overeat less often. If you normally drink bottled water, invest in a household water filter so you can enjoy the same high quality water straight from the tap.
Get serious about fitness at home
Dieting is only half the battle. To lose weight and improve your physical and mental wellbeing, you need to make exercise a part of your life even during the pandemic.
If you have deserted places to run, bike, and hike, you’re in luck. Unfortunately, for many people, the only way to get exercise during social distancing is to stay indoors. Depending on your budget, this could mean setting up a fully functional home gym with barbells and treadmills, or having some simple equipment in the corner of the living room. No matter what home fitness looks like to you, use fitness apps to plan workouts, track fitness goals, and make the most of every minute.
Get virtual help with losing weight
Are you struggling to lose weight and lead a healthy lifestyle yourself? You don’t have to choose between helping with your wellness goals or protecting against COVID-19. You can hire a fitness professional like Chris Ryan and schedule virtual consultations using Zoom and other video chat platforms. You can also hire a freelance nutritionist to create a meal plan and advise you on how to eat nutritiously.
Losing weight is never easy, let alone when you’re stuck at home. But while losing weight has its challenges while protecting yourself on the spot, there has never been a better time to take your health seriously. While at home during the pandemic, make a commitment to developing the healthy habits you will need to enjoy a strong mind and body for years.