Shedding Weight After Quarantine
Life changed drastically at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. Americans went from working, going to school, attending public events, to sheltering at home without physical schools, hair salons, barber shops, or social gatherings. The changes may have taken a huge toll on your physical and mental health, and caused you to lose focus on yourself, your health, and your good habits. Do not feel alone if your healthy habits slipped or you put on a little weight!
As we’re seeing New York open up, it may be a signal to focus on yourself again. Knowing how to start transitioning your habits back will help you stay on track as you venture out again in coming weeks.
Health is wealth by way of nutrition, and there are plenty of delicious foods that can put you on the path to better health. Healthy proteins, healthy fats like omega-3’s and olive oil, leafy greens, veggies, and fruits can give you what your body and immune system the support it needs to fight off bad microbes, disease, and infection, without packing on unwanted pounds.
- When grocery shopping, prepare a full list and stick to only the items on it
- Consider frozen foods that can be handy and beneficial, such as fruits and vegetables.
- Use a slow cooker to prepare meals, particularly if time or fatigue is an issue at dinnertime.
- Read the ingredient list on food packages. Impulse foods are often highly processed with a long list of ingredients packed with sodium and sugar.
It’s important to note that in order to lose weight, regardless of the food, you will need to be at a calorie deficit meaning you must eat less calories than you burn.
Exercise -- in a Meaningful Way
Finding a trainer or workout that makes you happy is actually very important to weight loss. When you enjoy doing it you'll be more likely to stick with it. Commit your intention and bring your A-game to each and every workout. There’s a wide selection of physical activity you can undertake from interval training, running, swimming, dancing, cycling, the list goes on!
Have a chat with your general practitioner. It is always a good idea to check in with our General Practitioners for regular health check-ups. GPs can check your blood pressure, cholesterol and heart health to ensure you’re in a healthy condition before kick-starting any healthy changes.
The future is never certain, but we do know one thing: it’s not too late to take charge of your health and diet. Creating and following a plan will make it easier for you to get back on track and HealthBridge Platinum Concierge can be there to support you. Send us a note or call us at 516-627-4433 to begin your personalized plan!