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 an exercise physiology student from Lancaster, PA who is pursuing her Master’s degree and also working towards becoming a Certified Diabetes Educator. She also recently received her CPT, certified personal training certificate.