The majority of people have probably heard of Freshman 15. Young adults go to college and the new environmental change causes stress and unhealthy habits to develop which contributes to weight gain. A new trend under quarantine has been termed COVID-15; with a lack of socialization, food directly in sight and boredom in the mind, many have found themselves gaining a few extra pounds.
"In a survey of more than 1,000 US WebMD readers, half of women and nearly a quarter of men have reported weight gain since COVID."
Social media has also trended with taglines of weight gain, alcohol overconsumption and poor nutritional choices. Unfortunately, those who struggled with weight problems, eating habits and socialization before now have extra risk. So what can you do to take action against COVID-15?
- Change your focus from frustration to optimism
- Adjust your environment by creating an office setting from the sofa and kitchen
- Try a new health meal or snack such as apples and almond butter or pretzels and hummus
- Skip alcohol or soft drinks and try sparkling water
- Shop smarter by making a detailed list, limiting impulse purchases, planning a week with meals in advance
- Get active by walking, hiking, running, etc.
- Seek the help of a dietitian , counselor or family as needed
Look for the silver lining during these times and take healthy actions in your life. Starting with the steps above will help you get back on track.