Although during the COVID pandemic, many people have embarked on a healthier and weight loss journey while working from home, other individuals have found this period more challenging.

If you found yourself with a few extra kgs since the beginning of the pandemic in 2020, be assured that you are not alone.
According to The BMJ journal of the UK and Public Health England, more than 40% of adults in England have reported weight gain, and obesity is likely to have also increased the numbers in children. People have reported that COVID lockdowns had disrupted daily routines and made it challenging to eat healthily and keep fit.

This statistic is not a surprise since routines have suddenly changed drastically. Due to the pandemic, stress has increased for many people, and it is still unclear when things will return to normal. However, there are things you can do to reverse the scale and feel better.

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Working from home and unlimited snacks are linked to weight gain.

Around March 2020, when the country went into a lockdown, the majority of the people who were able, quickly shifted to work from home. Arrangements among taking care of family and dealing with home-schooling children was an addition to many people’s lives. These people were left to set up a home office, and for a great majority, the kitchen table seemed like the most convenient place. But if you had to stay there, sitting near the fridge and for long periods of time, the chances are that you had easy access to food, causing you to be mindlessly snacking most of the time.

Studies highlight that snacking while you are distracted, causes you to eat more than you need. On top of that, physical activity has also decreased. Being more mindful about your snacks and mealtimes and being physically active will help you avoid overindulging and consequently avoid weight gain.

Healthy weight loss

British Nutrition Foundation (BNF) highlights that being overweight or obese increases your risk of developing serious diseases such as type 2 diabetes, coronary heart disease and some types of cancer. Furthermore, obesity can also affect your quality of life and lead to physiological and emotional problems.

Healthy weight is far more than just a number on the scale. To help you find out if you have healthy body weight, we offer a body scan that measures your full body composition such as:

  • (BMI)B
  • Body fat percentage
  • Muscle mass
  • Lean mass
  • Visceral fat
  • Metabolic rate
  • and more

Elizete, our Science Nutritionist will perform a full body composition scan analysis. From there, we can set realistic goals to achieve a healthy weight. Even a 10% of weight loss can have significant health benefits and can help you to set on a path to a healthier life.

Public Health England guidelines recommend that you should try to reduce your weight gradually, about approximately 0.5 – 1.0 kg a week. As our bodies respond differently, you need a unique approach to weight reduction. Therefore, you must contact a registered nutritionist that creates a weight-loss plan which will work for you.

The bottom line is, find a professional to support you to rediscover nutrition, make peace with food, create a healthy eating plan, lose weight healthily and sustainably as well as make lifestyle changes that you can keep for life; even when have reached your desired weight, so you don’t fall back to the weight and habits that you

Elizete Reis Bennett
Elizete Reis Bennett

Nutritional Scientist BSc ANutr

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