If snacking has become your favorite new pastime during lockdown, you’re definitely not alone. Lots of us have been baking, cooking more, and turning to comfort foods in the last few months and it’s starting to catch up with us. We might not notice it at first since we’re wearing leggings all the time at home, but when we go to get dressed and try to put on actual jeans again, we realize we may have gained that quarantine 15 after all. But if you’re ready to lose those lockdown pounds, five things can help make it happen.
- Forget the comfort foods – When we’re stressed/emotional/nervous, we crave foods high in salt and sugar, but if we don’t buy the cookies and potato chips, we won’t have them to eat when that craving hits.
- Reorganize the fridge – After you get rid of the comfort foods, bring healthy back to your refrigerator. The easiest way is to organize it by category and dedicate half a shelf to lean proteins, one for high-fiber veggies, and another for healthy fats.
- Move your body – You’ll need some exercise to go with that healthy eating if you’re going to shed those extra pounds. Try working out three times a day for 30 minutes instead of a full hour of a hardcore workout – staying moving throughout the day instead of just for one hour is better for circulation, metabolism, and overall health.
- Try fasting – Intermittent fasting has become extremely popular recently for one reason: It works! Fasting creates clear boundaries since it structures your schedule by telling you when you can and can’t eat.
- Add foods good for your gut – You can balance your digestion and then lose weight by adding in foods like bone broth, yogurt, and fermented vegetables like sauerkraut. They offer good bacteria, which helps balance the gut and boost your metabolism, then helps shed those pounds.