Have you developed some love handles during the last lockdown? We get you. Everyone’s been there, and nobody liked it one bit. Just in case there will be another lockdown in your country or area, we thought about writing a short guide on how to eat well and form some healthy habits so you can avoid the nasty side effects of being locked inside your house.
Fortunately, you can avoid the formation of love handles and other fatty deposits by doing mild exercises and making slight adjustments to your diet during this time. So without further ado, here are our top tips:
- Lower Your Carbs Intake
Carbs are necessary in small amounts, sure. Well, at least as long as you don’t have celiac disease, case in point you should avoid most carbs because they contain gluten. However, carbs can also negatively impact healthy people in a number of ways, with or without gluten.
The thing is that carbs increase insulin dependance and thus push your body to produce more cortisol – the stress hormone – which comes with other caveats as well. Because of cortisol, you won’t be able to sleep properly and you’ll get even more food cravings. So, yeah, maybe lay low on the carbs.
If you want a low-carb meal that doesn’t sacrifice taste, we recommend looking up where to find morel mushrooms. They’re very delicious, and in combination with other healthy foods and nuts, you’ll considerably reduce your chances of getting fat.
- Eat Food Before 7 PM
Your stomach has to work to digest the food you’ve eaten. If you eat after 7 PM, you won’t be able to sleep comfortably because your stomach has to work overtime. Good digestion and sleep are the keys for a healthy weight management process.
- Stay Hydrated
Do you often feel hungry even though you eat quite enough food? Maybe there’s something you’re forgetting. Have you tried drinking more water? It’s not just a dank meme, hydration really is important.
The problem is that your body sometimes tends to intermix signals of thirst and hunger. That’s why you might feel hungry if you don’t drink enough water. And, of course, that’s why many people tend to eat unhealthy amounts of snacks. So do yourself a favor and stay hydrated!
- Divide Large Meals Into Small Portions
Your metabolism works better when you eat several small meals during the day compared to when you eat one or two big meals. This way, your stomach will have to perform less effort and your digestive system will be able to break down nutrients better and faster. As a result, you’ll have a much easier time managing your weight this way.
- Don’t Skip Breakfast
The first meal of the day is also the most important one. Not only does it give you a boost of energy after a good night’s sleep, but it also keeps you filling full until noon. Thus, you’ll be less likely to grab an unhealthy snack between these two meals, and you’ll be able to manage your weight much better.
Put these pieces of advice into practice in case the next lockdown comes, or even if it doesn’t, and you’ll be less likely to deal with those unwanted extra pounds. With that said, we wish you the best of luck in maintaining a healthy body and mind!
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