On social networks, we have all seen these memes before / after confinement that show us considerable weight gain in a short time. And what about that friend who is worried about putting on 10 pounds if he can’t leave his house anymore? Rest assured, it will not happen thanks to our smart advice.
Pay attention to the way you eat
We are not going to lie to each other, we will obviously spend less energy than in normal times. But this is not inevitable, far from it. The first rule to follow in order not to gain weight during this period of confinement is not to snack between meals, quite simply.
No need to follow a cabbage diet for 15 days: already that you are locked up, do not add to the frustration. On the other hand, take advantage of the situation to prepare balanced meals, composed of proteins (animal or vegetable), a dairy product, fruits and vegetables and starches can be a good solution. Complementary, these families of foods will prevent you from cravings for 15 hours. And if, despite this, hunger is felt, don’t deprive yourself, but think smart : a fruit will stall you more than a chocolate bar. Likewise, opt for water flavored with sodas and fruit juices which will give you more energy than you need.
Cook the right dishes at home
Ready meals have pride of place in our cupboards. Of course, with the children to manage and telework to provide, it is not always easy to make time to cook for lunch. But, by anticipating your meals, you will be able to eat homemade dishes, and thus have control over the amount of salt, sugar and fat. By the way, to help you cook smart, here is a full article on the subject.
Maintain minimum activity
For now, and despite the coronavirus pandemic, it is not excluded to go around the block to stretch your legs. So much the better: take advantage of this moment of solitude to get some fresh air and maintain minimal physical activity.
House in the countryside or Parisian studio: we are not all equal in the face of confinement. If you are lucky enough to have a secluded garden or a living room with no neighbors below, take the opportunity to do some cardio, there are lots of tutorials on the internet. In addition to keeping in shape, it helps clear your head. And why not do some weight training on an empty stomach, to tap into the calorie reserves that we store each day?
Even if you put on 1 or 2 kilograms and are healthy, don’t panic. This very slight weight gain is due to the circumstances. Once the situation is back to normal and we re-adopt a habitual lifestyle, we will eliminate them. And then, finally, our little bulge of superficial kilos is useful, as explained a nutritionist in this article dedicated to the Wonderful World of Fat.