Many of us have lost their daily routine during the current unfortunate times. Not having to go out to the workplace or dropping kids off at school has led to us finding ourselves near the fridge way too much. That's why, understandably, losing weight, or even avoiding gaining weight has become a big deal for a lot of us during this pandemic.
Science shows that many things can trigger us to eat more when we're stuck at home. Boredom and loneliness are real problems. Numerous people have lost their jobs and are worrying about finances and health. Eating is known to be quite distracting and makes us feel good, which is why we turn to food when we're feeling stressed.
However, the good news is that with a few simple lifestyle changes, you can make sure the pounds stay off, or you can shed a few kilos while in quarantine. Now, before you read the following tips below, remember, never to overdo it. Always be cautious about making new changes in your health. I recommend you talk to a health provider before making dramatic changes to your lifestyle.
With that said, let's get to the 3 easy tips to lose weight while being stuck at home!
TIP # 1: Increase Your Activity Level – Dance It Away!
You don’t need to practice hardcore cardio routines to shed weight. All you should do is keep moving! Trust me; it can work wonders!
Dancing is one of the most popular ways to work out! You don't need any exercising equipment. All you need is yourself and some feel-good music to dance to. It is a fun and engaging way to exercise. Why not get the entire family involved? It's an excellent way to get your heart pumping, increase your strength, and burn calories while having a good time.
Of course, you don't have to take dancing seriously. It doesn't even matter if you don't consider yourself a good dancer. Just play your favorite playlist and dance it out. You can even try to follow steps from your favorite dance videos.
Tip # 2: Track Your Calorie Intake – No Unhealthy Snacks!
Controlling your total calorie intake is sure to get you to lose weight. To do this effectively, you need first to calculate your BMI (Body Mass Index). You can use the NHS BMI calculator. It will ask you detailed information about your height, age, and activity level to determine if you meet the healthy weight range.
Moreover, it will tell you how much calorie deficit you need per day to lose weight (depending on your goal). You will have to keep to this number, going below it could be harmful to your health. Again, talk to your health provider if you feel unsure about this.
Secondly, you can start keeping a calorie journal. Most of us are unaware of how many calories we consume per day, but when you are on a journey to losing weight, it is essential to know the number of calories every food you eat. There are numerous apps that can help you keep count, too.
And while you're at it, try and stay away from snacks in your house. It can be tough during quarantine, I know. But it's doable. Also, why not look at alternative natural and healthy snacks on your next grocery run or order?
Eating healthy snacks can help with your random cravings while helping you stick with your intended calorie deficit. Perhaps try out kale chips? Maybe a single protein bar instead of binging on Oreos?
TIP #3: Drink Plenty of Water – It’ll Keep You Full
For a lot of reasons, it is helpful to drink more water to lose weight. And now that we're all grounded in our houses, people can't even use the usual excuse of not drinking more, you know, the "I'm going to have to walk to the toilet more often!" excuse. You're staying at home. So, going to the bathroom shouldn't be much of an issue.
Drinking plenty of water can aid metabolism and, above all, allow you to feel fuller for an extended period.
So, yes, drinking more water can help you keep away from those unhealthy snacks that we talked about in tip number 2.
Drinking water will also make your skin remain hydrated and look healthy. And we all know we need all the help we can get to look good now that going to the salon isn't much of an option these days.
So, wrapping it up, increasing your activity level, monitoring your calorie intake, and drinking lots of water is a great way to shed some pounds.
If you are having trouble being motivated trying to lose weight while stuck at home, read stories about losing weight. Sounds strange? Well, taking inspiration from the journey others have been through is a great way to keep yourself moving.
So, consider that an extra tip!