Life in lockdown has led many to overeat and gain weight, a phenomenon referred to as the “COVID-15.”
But some small changes can get you back into shape, a weight management specialist suggests.
These tips can help work off the excess pounds and return you to a healthy lifestyle:
- Learn how to cook. Or start other new hobbies to keep active. “Use this time as an opportunity to focus on the things that we can do in order to improve our health,” Jian said.
- Stay physically active. If you’re afraid to go to the gym, try biking, hiking and walking outside. You can also join an online fitness program.
- Eat a healthy diet. Buy nutritious foods with curbside pickup or delivery. If you shop in person, choose foods placed at the front and side aisles, where the fresh and organic produce is available. Avoid prepackaged and processed foods.
- To lose weight, start small. Gradually introduce new eating and exercise habits. This makes changes easier to adjust to.
- Stay clear of fad diets. Many of these programs aren’t backed by science and could be harmful. If you have difficulty losing weight, see your doctor.
For more on COVID-19 weight gain, read more on the American Heart Association website.
Nuts and Heart Health
Regular nut consumption can lower the risk of heart disease by up to 14 percent, says the American College of Cardiology. Nuts contain heart-healthy fats, protein, vitamins and minerals.
The group reminds people that a complete heart-healthy diet should include fruits, vegetables, beans, whole grains, low-fat dairy, fish and nuts.
But as one ounce of nuts can contain as many as 200 calories, be mindful of your portion size, the group says.