Are You Shifting to Elastic Waistband Pants?
When we’re worried or frightened, we’re more likely to seek out sugars, fats, and carbs for a quick energy boost. These comfort foods act like a natural tranquilizer that calms us down in times of peril.
Here is a Quick Quiz
- Have you spent the Spring “Sheltering at home” in sweatpants?
- Have you finally perfected banana and/or sourdough bread?
- Did you indulge in pandemic-induced stress eating?
- Have you recently done a google search for “elastic waistband pants”?
- Are you choosing less fitted clothes lately?
- Are you noticing more weight around your middle?
The more you answered “yes”, the more likely you are to have quarantine weight gain.
Elastic Waistband Pants
Google searches for “elastic waist” spiked in recent weeks.
Some are calling the 15-pound weight gain during self-isolation “quarantine 15.” Under stress, the body craves foods like pizza, chips, and chocolate that are high in sugar and fat.
Tips to Jumpstart Your Wellness Plan
Lockdowns are lifting and it’s time to fit back in those clothes. Here are some tips to help you get back on track
1. Change Your Routine
When we don’t have a schedule, it is easy to walk past the refrigerator and have a snack from boredom. I set my exercise as an appointment I commit to every day and I set when I am going to be working and when I plan to relax.
2. Move “at least” 30 minutes every day
Only 30% of Americans get the “minimum” amount of 150 minutes of exercise a week. Move constantly!
3. Donate the cookies and comfort food to a food pantry
Surrounding yourself with healthy foods makes it more likely that you will eat better. When you’re stressed, your appetite has a mind of its own and focuses on what’s in front of you. Consider purging your fridge and cabinets of unhealthy choices that tempt you.
4. Use smaller plates!
Studies show that using smaller plates leads to less eating.
5. Consider my 5 Day Jumpstart HERE
The 5-Day Sugar Busters helps you get off the sugar roller coaster and understand crazy carbohydrate cravings. A person’s weight is a reflection of so much more than simply calories in, calories out.