Have you put on a few extra pounds during lockdown? Join the club. Lots of us have gained weight while staying at home and snacking on comfort foods. There’s nothing wrong with that, but if you’re ready to lose those lockdown pounds, these doctor-approved tips can help.
Ditch the comfort foods
When we’re stressed and upset, we crave foods high in salt and sugar, but if we don’t buy the cookies and potato chips, we won’t have them to eat when that craving hits.
Reorganize your fridge
After you get rid of the comfort foods, it’s time to bring healthy back to your refrigerator. Dr. Bhatia says the easiest way to think about food is to organize it by category and she suggests a shelf dedicated to lean proteins, one for high-fiber veggies, and another for healthy fats.
You’ll need some exercise to go with that healthy eating if you’re going to shed those extra pounds. “The real secret to weight loss is that we need to move throughout the day,” the doc explains. She suggests working out three times a day for 30 minutes instead of a full hour of a hardcore workout.
The reason intermittent fasting has become so popular is that it brings results. Dr. Bhatia says that fasting creates clear boundaries since it structures your schedule by telling you when you can and can’t eat.
Add gut-friendly foods
You can balance your digestion and then lose weight by adding in foods including bone broth, yogurt, and fermented vegetables like sauerkraut. These offer good bacteria, which helps balance the gut and improve metabolic rate, which helps with shedding those pounds.