It’s likely that throughout this pandemic many of us have picked up unhealthy habits while being stuck at home. Thankfully, with most locations relatively opened up, there are finally opportunities for losing weight after quarantine. Here are a few ways to kick those unhealthy habits to the curb and get back to feeling like your best self.
Losing Weight After Quarantine: Start With Modifying Your Meals
If you’ve been snacking more since you’ve been at home more often, it’s time to start reducing those snacks. Don’t cut yourself off entirely though as it can be easy just to work your way back to that when you’re having cravings.
Instead, try to start adding 1-2 healthy snacks like veggies and hummus into your regular snacks. Then, cut back on the number of unhealthy snacks you’re eating.
For example, instead of just munching on a bag of chips from the bag, pour out an amount you want on a plate and put the bag back in the cupboard. This way, you’re not tempted to eat more than what’s in front of you.
As for meals themselves, it’s time to do a little research. If you’ve been eating unhealthy meals or ordering in too often, look online for dishes that are easy to make, but offer healthy additions. Even just working a few more vegetable sides into your meals can make all the difference in losing that quarantine weight.
Get Moving With Activities You Missed
If you weren’t a regular gym-goer before the pandemic, it’s going to be a bit of a shock to your system if you start going regularly. That’s not to say you shouldn’t do it, but it can be difficult to stick with it and be motivated to go if it feels more like work than an accomplishment.
Instead, look for activities you actually want to go to. What sports have you wanted to do? Are there trails you love to bike or hike? Start with the activities you’re excited to participate in or do then work gym routines into your schedule so you’re combining the best of both worlds to improve your fitness levels.
Don’t Neglect Sleep
When you’re working out on no sleep you’re not getting the maximum number of gains possible from your workout. On top of that, you’ll more often turn to unhealthy snacks for quick energy boosts.
In general, getting a better sleep helps you function better as a whole and improves your mood and motivation, so getting the appropriate hours of sleep can make all the difference in losing quarantine weight.
Overall, understand that you’re not alone in your weight loss journey, especially after this pandemic. By slowly adjusting the food you eat and working your gym workouts into your schedule, you’ll lose those pandemic pounds in no time.