How to Not Gain Weight During the Coronavirus Lockdown
Overeating from stress has already become a “global problem” in the Coronavirus outbreak, which has left hundreds of millions of people stranded home.
Many people complain that going to the kitchen to eat snacks is their only exercise.
Some of the experts’ suggestions against overeating from stress are as follows:
Find the source of stress
Speaking to CNN Television, dietitian Martha McKittrick said that the source of stress should be determined first, “The thing that bothers you is watching the news or talking to a friend or family member. Try to find what triggers the stress. You can watch less news, or you can tell your friend you only have five minutes,” she says.
The Author of “The Slim Down South Cookbook,”, Carolyn O’Neil says that it may be helpful to keep a diary to find the source of stress. O’Neil’s advice is as follows:
“Here, make a note of what you’ve eaten; when, how much you’ve eaten, and make a breakdown of where and who you’ve been sitting with.”
Do not stop eating what you love during this period. Because eating is not just about nutrition, it is also a pleasure. According to experts, it is both realistic and not necessary to hope that you can give up one of the few things you love to do.
‘This is not the time to do popular diets’
“It could be chocolate, cheese or Chardonnay. Don’t deprive yourself of what you love in the Kitchen Kingdom,” says O’Neil.
Dietician Bonnie Taub-Dix, author of the book “Read Before You Eat”, says:
“Nobody should be damned for something he won’t do at normal times. It’s not time to do fashion diets. But it’s important to have a healthy relationship with your favorite foods.”
“This allows you to avoid the vicious cycle of overeating from stress, not gain weight and feel that you are in control. For this reason, eat your favorite foods in moderation.”
Divide snacks into portions in advance
One of the most important ways to avoid uncontrolled eating while eating the things you love may be to divide the things you will snack into portions.
Taub-Dix says that small zippered food bags can be used for this.
Ask Yourself ‘Am I really hungry?’
The kitchen here. Your heart draws carbs. But you had your lunch an hour ago.
According to experts, the smartest thing to do in this case is to leave the kitchen. Feeling the need to eat without feeling a real hunger may indicate that you are anxious or bored.
Instead, walking, calling a friend, taking a shower, listening to music, watching a movie, or simply brushing your teeth can be the solution.
Take a tea break
Drinking beverages like tea can help you cope with a stress-driven desire to eat.
“Drinking some herbal tea with a little honey can slow your appetite. Mixing a spoonful of cocoa in coffee can also work. It can help you get back to work and eat only when you’re really hungry,” says Taub-Dix.