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6 Simple Ways to Maintain Your Weight

Nutrition & Wellbeing

You don’t have to give up on your health goals while being more at home.

When you live, eat, work and exercise in the same place, it can be easy to fall into unhelpful habits including poor sleep, over-snacking and trouble maintaining an exercise regime. But isolating doesn’t have to mean gaining unwanted weight. Have a look at these tips for a variety of fun and useful ways to stay happy and healthy in isolation.

1. Regulate snacking by drinking

It can be difficult to regulate snacking when the kitchen is so tantalisingly close. But when you feel a hunger pang, rather than heading over to the cookie jar, why not make yourself a delicious herbal tea or a glass of water? Liquids fill you up and satiate hunger. And more often than not, that grumbly tummy was actually thirst in disguise.

2. Eat smart

When you go grocery shopping and stock up on too many indulgent treats, it’s almost impossible to put them in the cupboard and forget about them. However, if you stock up on healthy and filling snack options, when hunger strikes you can combat it without feeling guilty. Also, make sure to stock up on complex carbohydrates such as whole grains, vegetables, beans, brown rice, quinoa, apples, berries and bananas as these all offer a slow release of energy that keeps you feeling fuller for longer.

3. Make time to exercise

Even if your home is small and you don’t have any exercise equipment, there are plenty of ways to get your sweat on. The World Athletics Organisation suggests these simple, yet effective exercises to try at home:

  1. Planking - challenge yourself to do a plank every day and see how long you can maintain it for. 1 minute is a reasonable goal!

  2. Step-ups - All you need is something with a bit of height that can hold your weight, like a step, a low bench or even a small chair.

  3. Free weights - lifting weights is a great way to tone. You can use a number of items from your grocery shopping trip like tins of beans or bottles of water (just make sure you have two items of the same weight!)

4. Manage your stress levels

In times of anxiety, people often turn to comfort eating. But there are plenty of effective and relaxing ways to manage your stress that will leave you feeling lighter and brighter than before. For example, taking 30 minutes out of your day to meditate. You’ll feel refreshed, clear-headed and ready to face the day. Or, why not try a mindfulness activity like colouring in. There are plenty of great online resources that you can print off and start colouring in right away. And one of our favourite stress-reducing activities is getting lost in a good book.

5. Make a low-calorie mocktail

Drinking too much alcohol is easy to do during isolation, but it can have a negative impact on your weight. So why not try a delicious, alcohol-free, low-sugar mocktail instead?

6. And finally… sleep!

It might sound simple, but when it comes to maintaining good health in isolation, sleep is one of the most important things. Try maintaining a regular sleeping pattern and avoid looking at too much blue light (from your phone, computer or television) before bed. The better you sleep, the better you’ll feel.

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