Raise your hand if the Covid-19 stay at home order caused you to make different dietary choices than you previously would have (I’m raising my hand).
Likely, your exercise program took a seat on the back burner as well. Personally, I didn’t gain weight but I gained a whole 2 inches around my waist which means my body fat was redistributed to the most unhealthy place to hold it. Have you put on a few extra pounds over quarantine? If you answered yes, you are not alone.
A new WebMD poll finds that many people have said they gained weight during the stay-at-home orders.
“Among the 1,012 WebMD readers questioned, about 47% of women said they gained weight “due to COVID restrictions.” About 22% of men said they gained weight.”
People reported an average weight gain of about 8 pounds. Results were as follows:
15% said they gained 1-3 pounds.
34% said they gained 4-6 pounds.
26% said they gained 7-9 pounds.
21% said they gained 10-20 pounds.
4% said they gained 21 pounds or more.
Why have so many of us gained weight?
About 72% of poll-takers reported a lack of exercise
About 70% said they’ve been stress-eating
59% said both a lack of exercise and stress eating was a problem
About 42% reported they have fallen off their diet
Weight control is an important aspect of a healthy lifestyle. With things starting to feel a bit more normal, it’s important to get back into a routine that includes regular exercise and good dietary choices. Additionally, a regular exercise routine and proper nutrition help reduce stress, anxiety, depression, and more.
If you would like help achieving safe/healthy weight loss, give our office a call. Our new clinician, Dana, has a special talent for working with people who want to shed unwanted pounds.
Kathryn Gentile is a clinical exercise physiology student from Lancaster, PA who is pursuing her Master’s degree and also working towards becoming a Certified Diabetes Educator. Additionally, she is an ACSM-CEP(clinical exercise physiologist), Certified Personal Trainer, and Certified Sports Nutritionist.