DON'T CATCH THE QUARANTINE 15!


With stress levels higher than normal, less physical activity and more snacking than we would like to admit it seems like packing on a few extra pounds is inevitable. So here's a few tips to help us navigate past the quarantine 15.


1. EAT NUTRITIOUS FOODS

Slowly digested high-fiber foods like whole grains and pasta stabilize blood sugar levels. Studies show that foods containing omega-3 fatty acids protect against heart disease and relieve mild depression. Seafoods, nuts, seeds, and oils such as canola, flax provide these nutrients.


2. PORTION MEALS

When you're at home, its easy to drink from cartons, eat out of containers, or snack from bags. But if you don't measure food, you automatically eat more, which contributes to unwanted weight gain and obesity. Instead of eating from cartons, bags and containers, portion out meals on a plate or bowl. Studies have shown that using small plates leads to less eating.



3. MINDFUL EATING

Avoid munch, gulp, and go- eating while standing, driving, on the run, or watching TV. Treat eating as its own activity. Sitting down, eating slowly, chewing a few times before swallowing help you relax and enjoy the meal as well as aid in digestion.


4. INVENTORY YOUR KITCHEN

Its said that surrounding yourself with healthful foods makes it more likely that you will eat better. When you're stressed out your appeitite can have a mind of its own and focuses on what's in front of you.


5. EXERCISE

The trifecta of health is good nutrition, ample rest and regular exercise. Gyms may be closed so get creative and find ways to exercise and stay fit while stuck at home, such as walks, jogs, and body weight routines.


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