The consequences of the global pandemic are still not fully understood, and neither is the impact it’s had on the lives of those in lockdown. Some changes have certainly been noted, though. A study was conducted by King’s College London and Ipsos MORI that surveyed 2,254 people -- 48% of respondents reported gaining weight during lockdown. When you combine the fact that many gyms have been closed with more access to food in the house, the results make sense. Plus, studies have shown that boredom increases the consumption of less healthy foods.
Soza Weight Loss offers a wide variety of safe, natural weight loss programs in Louisiana that can teach you how to achieve your weight loss goals in a timely manner. If you’ve been struggling to maintain a healthy lifestyle, we have some tips to help get you back on track during lockdown and beyond.
Walk it Out
Aerobic exercises, also called cardiovascular activity, are great for getting your blood pumping and large muscle groups working. Cardiovascular exercises can also help to lower blood pressure and keep arteries clear. They regulate blood sugar, too, which will help to manage your body weight. Other benefits include strengthening your immune system, improving brain power and boosting your mood, which is a benefit many of us could use during these chaotic times.
Running is one way to achieve this, but if you have an aversion to running, walking for 20 to 30 minutes a day will still provide you many of the same benefits. It also gives you an opportunity to clear your head while you strengthen your glutes and abdominal muscles – double win!
Check Your Vitamins and Probiotics
Vitamin D deficiency is a major problem in the US, with 42% of the population being deficient. Because regular sun exposure is the most natural way to get vitamin D, our guess is that being stuck inside has made the situation even worse. Vitamin D is also known to enhance the beneficial effects of a reduced-calorie diet, so this deficiency poses an issue for those trying to lose weight.
Soza Weight Loss offers a “multivitamin complete,” which contains the essential nutrients needed to support your immune system, energy production, maintain strong bones and support nerve function. We include nutrients such as vitamin C, vitamin D, selenium, B-vitamins, calcium and magnesium to help your body achieve these effects.
Another important component of weight loss is probiotic supply. Probiotics help boost your body’s immune system and restore balance. They are made up of healthy bacteria essential for digestion, absorbing nutrients and providing protection from microorganisms that can cause disease.
Soza Weight Loss offers an all-natural and effective probiotic supplement that is perfect for those who need an extra boost in these areas or who have sensitive stomachs, chronic constipation or need to offset the effects of a recent round of antibiotics.
Another supplement available through Soza Weight Loss designed to support a healthy weight is Methyl B-12. It is one of the most essential B-vitamins for supporting a healthy nervous system. This is because it converts food into sugar and other fuels, has metabolism-boosting powers and the ability to provide energy. It also affects fatty acid synthesis, meaning it assists in maximum weight loss.
Drink More Water
This tip seems pretty simple, but it can be easy to forget when you’re sitting at home. When you remember to drink enough water, though, it can make a world of a difference in your weight loss journey. Water helps your body burn calories and may suppress your appetite. It’s an extra bonus for your body if you trade in the sugary drinks for water, too.
Doctors generally recommend that you drink between half an ounce and an ounce of water for each pound you weigh, every day. For the average American man, this would mean about 99 ounces minimum and for the average American woman, this would mean about 85 ounces minimum. In practical terms, this looks like around 12 cups and 10 cups, respectively.
Online Workout Videos
When gyms began to close, many of us found our routines being halted. We know it can be difficult to work up the motivation to follow along to a video, but we encourage you to think of it as an investment in your body that doesn’t have to be time-consuming.
Even if you can only find the time for a 15-20 minute video, your body will thank you. This can be a great mood-boosting trick, so don’t be afraid to have a little fun with it! Not sure where to begin? Dance workouts, HIIT videos, “blogilates,” yoga, strength training, boxing, low-impact workouts and cardio workouts are some ideas to get you started.
Remember to Move Around the Room
When working from home, we tend to get stuck in one position all day. Just like doctors recommend shifting around when you’re on a plane to keep the blood moving, it’s important to do this when working from home, too. Remember to get up and stretch, stand up for a bit or take those opportunities when you’re not in meetings to work on the floor. Prolonged sitting has been linked to obesity, cardiovascular disease and diabetes, so fighting against your natural inclination to stay seated will help you with your lockdown weight loss.
Watch Your Diet
This one seems the most obvious, but it can also be the most challenging. We understand how difficult it can be to find the proper dietary regimen for your body, which is why at Soza Weight Loss, we have created a multi-phase process meant to create long-lasting results.
We begin our program with a nutritional plan guided by support from our trained staff, and we follow up our program with a stabilization phase. This phase enables our clients to systematically reincorporate foods into their diet that were removed for weight loss. Our goal is to help you move forward in a realistic way by identifying the food groups that cause problems for your body and teaching you to proceed with caution in those areas.
If you could use a helping hand to guide you through your weight loss journey, a Soza Weight Loss program might be right for you! Call us at (504) 475-9817 or contact us online to schedule your free consultation.