Do you feel more jiggly than you used to?
Is your waist broadening and your love handles expanding?
Are you finding it difficult to shed those unwanted pounds?
The pandemic — and the stress it has brought — could be the culprit. According to the report, Stress In America™, three in five Americans have experienced undesired pandemic-related weight changes. While some people have lost weight, 42% reported unintentionally gaining weight. The average? A staggering 29 pounds.
So, what can you do to regain a slimmer frame?
Here are our top 4 tips for achieving a healthy, svelte physique.
Quiet your stress
Do you feel stressed?
If not, did you know your stress levels can be significantly higher than they actually feel?
Allostasis – defined as the ability to achieve stability through change – allows us to respond to stressors as they occur. To immediately react to physical and psychological strain. To protect us from harm.
This happens by firing up the fight or flight (sympathetic nervous) system and the stress hormone system (Hypothalamic-Pituitary-Adrenal [HPA] axis). However, because responding to stress is energy intensive it’s only meant to be a short-term situation.
When exposure to stress stretches into weeks, months, or years the accompanying continual release of stress hormones can cause “pathological consequences”. In short, it can push your body out of sync, make you sick, and cause you to pack on the pounds.
Quieting your stress, then, is key.
You might already have some effective strategies to calm your stress. As long as they are healthy, great! If not, here are 7 helpful ideas:
– Follow a whole foods, nutrient-rich diet
– Laugh. Yes, it is a wonderful form of medicine
– Get creative! Life can become heavy; work, bills, responsibilities included. Balance this by immersing yourself in spontaneous, innovative play. Play without a purpose!
– As we discuss below, prioritize your slumber
– Walk, cycle, swim, dance, play sport: exercise in moderation
– Seek professional support
– Meditate regularly
There’s a Zen proverb that says, “You should sit in meditation for twenty minutes every day – unless you’re too busy; then you should sit for an hour.” The point? Too much busyness takes its toll, one that needs to be balanced with relaxation. While you might not have one hour each day, you likely have five and ten minute blocks. Blocks where you could slip in meditation and dial down your stress.
Eat your oats
Is oatmeal a regular part of your diet?
If not, it probably should be.
Other than the delicious comfort contained in a bowl of oats, this humble food could help you shed fat in a number of ways.
A study published in the Journal of Functional Foods investigated the effect of specific polyphenolic compounds called avenanthramides — a particular type of plant-based chemical found in oats — on body weight. The authors found its consumption resulted in a significant drop in body weight.
The result suggests this drop in size may be triggered by a reduction in inflammation and oxidative stress, and by improving the health of the intestinal microflora; the bugs that live in your gut.
Tip: Overnight oats make for a perfect grab-and-go breakfast. Mix your rolled oats and any extras (for example, chia or flax seeds, blueberries or raspberries, banana or vanilla) in milk, water or yogurt. Spoon into a jar with a sealed lid. Leave in your refrigerator overnight. Then, enjoy!
Sound sleep promotes a healthy weight for reasons we’ll dive into in a moment. There’s little wonder, then, that pandemic-related weight gain could have links to poor slumber.
Again, to the Stress in America™ report…
The authors found that 67% of Americans noticed their sleep habits have changed since COVID-19 hit. More than one in three reported sleeping less.
Why does this matter?
Sleep loss has been shown to harm your hormones and metabolism. Fat-promoting changes include:
— a drop in glucose tolerance
— a decrease in insulin sensitivity
— an increase in the level of ghrelin, the “hunger hormone”
— a decrease in the level of leptin, the “fullness hormone”
— an increase in appetite
— a fall in body temperature and energy expenditure
— a desire for high calorie foods
How can you promote sounder sleep?
Simply sleeping well might be the easiest way to encourage a slimmer body. Except simple isn’t always so easy! Prioritizing slumber is the first step; deciding you wish to sleep better. Then:
— wake up at the same time each morning (Yes, weekends included)
— aim for a dark, silent, slightly cool, undisturbed bedroom
— put away your blue light-emitting screens at least 90-minutes before retiring (computers, e-readers, smartphones, and tablets)
— choose a comfortable mattress and pillow that support your spine
— enjoy time spent outside in the morning sunshine (we know, it won’t always be possible)
— exercise regularly (but not before bed or to excess)
— adequately manage your stress levels (this is key)
— supplement with ThermoSleep
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– accelerate the body’s ability to burn fat by increasing thermogenesis and fat oxidation
– boost metabolism
– cull hunger and cravings
– promote a calm, relaxed state
– help you feel full for longer
– enhance your energy and alertness, which may make it easier to chill and find the will to exercise
– raise your resting level of energy expenditure
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The pandemic weight loss takeaway
Achieving a healthy weight contributes to a long, healthy, and happy life. There’s nothing quite like being comfortable – even thrilled about – living in your own skin. But the pandemic has thrown a spanner in the works for many people; maybe including you.
To wrest back control of your waistline takes work. It also requires sensible steps that you can stick to because weight loss is a longer game. With the right approaches, though, you can turbo boost your results and decrease the time it takes.
So, quiet your stress, eat your oats, prioritize sound sleep, and supplement with HyperBurn. Be gentle with yourself, stick to your plan, and enjoy the experience of transforming your physique into a body you can be proud of!