Suffering from lockdown weight gain? You’re not alone. Nearly 50% of the UK population are coming out of lockdown larger than they went in.
With the end now in sight, restrictions lifting and a happier, more sociable future just around the corner, it’s time to start looking ahead and getting back on track.
Whether you’ve got a few extra pounds or a few extra stones, losing your lockdown lbs can help you feel better about your body – and help you feel a little more in control of your life.
But why are so many people suffering from lockdown weight gain? It all comes down to stress…
Why Stress Makes You Comfort Eat
Think stress eating is all in your head? Think again.
There’s an actual physiological reason for our stress bingeing – and the lockdown weight gain it’s brought with it. Whether you’ve indulged in too much chocolate or gorged on gin and tonic, there’s more to it than “weak willpower” or a “sweet tooth”.
It all comes down to your sympathetic nervous system – and the fight or flight response.
You’ve probably heard of the fight or flight response before; it’s your body’s way of preparing to protect you when it comes under threat.
When faced with a threat, say a tiger in the jungle or a masked burglar in your house, your brain responds by preparing you to fight your attacker – or run away.
Stress hormones (such as adrenaline) flood your body and your brain. More blood is directed to your muscles, breathing speeds up to increase your oxygen levels, your pupils dilate to improve your vision and your brain becomes more single-focused – allowing you to concentrate on the threat at hand.
It’s super clever – and very handy if you ever find yourself facing a rogue tiger.
The problem is it’s not only physical threats that can trigger this cascade of chemical reactions in your body – emotional stress can too.
The fight or flight response is supposed to be a quick-hitting temporary solution to deal with an imminent threat – not a permanent state.
When we live under constant stress, we can spend a lot of time operating within our sympathetic nervous system (in our fight or flight state).
With adrenaline constantly surging around your bloodstream, your cortisol levels can start to rise and you find yourself stuck in a constant cycle of fight or flight existence.
This is what we call chronic stress – and chronic stress is the big baddie we all hear so much about.
How Chronic Stress Affects Your Weight
There’s no denying we’ve all been under stress these past 12 months, but does stress really have a big impact on our weight? Could it really be to blame for your lockdown weight gain?
In short, yes. Here’s why…
Your adrenal glands, which are responsible for making your adrenaline and cortisol, use a lot of resources and energy when they’re in a fight or flight state.
Your brain, exhausted by the demands placed upon it, looks for the quickest “high energy fix” available – carbohydrates and sugar. Think pizza, bread, cakes, sweets…
You might also notice that you crave salty foods – this is to help replace the electrolytes that are fast depleted by your constant stress state. So as you can see, your stress eating isn’t all in your head – it’s in your body too!
Losing Weight After Lockdown
So what if you’ve piled on the pounds? What if your stress levels are through the roof and your only solace is a glass of wine and bag of Maltesers every evening?
The good news is this is a solvable problem – and you don’t have to solve it alone.
Start With Stress
First, look for ways to reduce your stress levels. By reducing your chronic stress you’ll naturally lessen your cravings and help your body to return to its natural healthy eating habits – putting an end to the ever creeping lockdown weight gain.
Easy ways to reduce stress include:
Research shows that meditation is one of the most effective ways to reduce stress. If you’re new to meditation check out my blog post here…
Exercise can help burn off that adrenaline and keep your stress levels in check. It doesn’t have to be a hard-hitting workout – even a walk can help.
Practising mindfulness can help combat overwhelm and reduce anxiety.
Herbal Teas –
Herbal teas such as ashwagandha, valerian and chamomile aren’t just for hippies – they’re an effective and easy way to reduce your stress levels.
Get Your Diet Back On Track
You really are what you eat. If you’re bingeing on fatty, high-carb junk foods for that quick fix energy hit, you’re going to struggle to put an end to your lockdown weight gain.
You might already know what works for you – but if you’re stressed out, overweight and overwhelmed – then it might be time to get a little extra help.
The One To One Diet gives you everything you need to make sure your weight loss journey is a success. From a personalised diet plan and accountability to one to one support from a weight loss coach who truly understands your struggles. If you want to learn more about what the One To One Diet can do for you click here…
Kick Start Your Success
There’s nothing more motivating than seeing progress – but sometimes that first bit of progress is hard to come by.
Non-surgical fat removal treatments could be the ideal solution. Treatments such as Fat Freezing, 3D Lipo and Exilis Elite destroy your unwanted fat cells and stimulate your body to clear them out over the following weeks and months. This gives you noticeable results very quickly and can help keep you on track with your diet and lockdown weight loss plan.
Here at The Body Clinic, our Body Transformation Programme combines our weight loss programme with a personally tailored course of body contouring treatments to help you shed the pounds and inches quickly, helping you unlock the key to successful, long term weight loss.
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