Think it's impossible to lose weight during lockdown? Read on....
With the nation entering it’s 7th week of lockdown, boredom setting in and us spending the majority of time sat at home binge watching boxsets, the prospect of losing weight during quarantine can seem pretty slim (no pun intended!)
But with a bit of will power, focus and determination, these tips could help you control your calorie intake during quarantine and bring you through the other side feeling healthy and re-freshed. So why not put all that spare time to good use (if you are at home) and work on your weight loss goals.
Social media is awash with personal trainers uploading free home workout videos on a daily basis and is a great way to keep your exercise routine ticking over whilst raising that heart rate and getting your blood pumping! Videos not your thing? Do your own workout, incorporating objects around the house to help you exercise. Stairs are great for stretching, bicep dips and cardio, whilst bottles of water and tins of food make great weight alternatives!
Ditch the takeaways
Now we’re spending more time at home in our comfies, with boredom setting in and our favourite restaurants being closed, the temptation for take outs is all too real right now. But all those extra and un-needed calories add up, so it’s important to sustain a healthy mind-set and diet during lockdown. To save calories, and not to mention cash, why not make your own fake-away?
With a whole host of recipes available online and with ingredients being more easily accessible in the supermarkets, now is the perfect time to polish those cooking skills and swap those greasy takeaways for healthy fakeways.
Limit your snacking
When the urge to snack strikes, it’s hard to resist the temptation of chocolate, crisps and other high calorie, high fat foods. With boredom being one of the main reasons for doing it, it’s important to keep your mind occupied and focused on other things apart from food. Puzzles, books and boxsets are a great way to help you concentrate, so clear your cupboards of snacks and fill up your fruit bowl with nature’s vitamins to help keep you on track.
Create a calorie deficit
Creating a calorie deficit is how our bodies lose weight. Reducing portion sizes, cutting back on snacking and choosing healthier options at mealtimes can all help towards creating a calorie deficit, as well as burning off more calories by exercising than you consume.