Struggling with the “quarantine 15”? Simple steps to stay healthy & lose weight even while stuck at home
Has staying at home added 15lbs to your waistline?
We’re all feeling extra stresses right now. The truth is, you shouldn’t worry too much about a few extra pounds on the scale. But you should prioritize your health, both physical and mental. By doing that, you’ll find a better balance with your weight.
Move your body for you – not the scale
Your body is meant to move. Moving your body releases endorphins, which help you feel good, relax your mind, and reduce stress.
Try to exercise every day, but don’t get discouraged if you feel like you aren’t doing enough. In terms of weight-loss, the jury is out on how effective exercise can be. But exercise does have other, broad-reaching health benefits, including maintaining muscle mass and flexibility, boosting your immune system, improving sleep, and reducing stress, so don’t stop trying to fit it into your day!
Manage your stress – manage your weight
Even during “normal” times, studies find over 75 percent of people experience at least a moderate amount of stress every day.
Stress causes your body to release cortisol, a hormone that can produce a build-up of fatty tissue and cause weight gain. By reducing stress, you be able to reduce the amount of cortisol produced, which will limit your body’s fat storage and help curb any thoughts of over-eating.
Skip the quarantine baking – sugar is not your mental or physical friend
Making another loaf of homemade bread or batch of cookies might sound like a stress-reducer, but those treats are a double-edged sword. Sugar (also read: carbs) is a key contributor to weight gain.
Sugar is made up of glucose and fructose. Glucose is what your body uses for energy. Fructose is a molecule that your liver turns to fat and is a crucial contributor to weight gain and disease – the kinds of underlying conditions that are a dangerous combination with Covid-19.
We know that by moving your body, making smart dietary choices, and managing your stress, you will put yourself in the best place possible to live your life to its true potential.
Visit us at www.tpcportland.com and check out our Blog and Resources. Be well! By Dr. Bryen A. Bell, a Board-Certified Chiropractic Physician with over 20 years of professional experience. Contact Dr. Bell at True Potential Chiropractic family care facility. Call 503-574-4872 or visit tpcportland.com.