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Weight Loss: How Can I Get Rid of the Quarantine 15?

Woman checks her weight after quarantine. Sad smile on balance screen. Concept of unhealthy lifestyle during self-isolation.

Thanks to the COVID-19 lockdowns, many people have been stuck at home for the majority of 2020. With cases continuing to rise in some areas, many gyms are closed, and many employers are still requiring employees to work from home. With this combination, along with the emotional turmoil and stress that a global pandemic can cause, it is easy to understand that a lot of people have experienced some degree of weight gain over the last few months.

Looking at search trends across the country, it is even easier to see why. Some of the most common Google searches consist of comfort food recipes, food delivery services, “my gym is closed” related searches, and a lot of searches involving “emotional eating.”

To date, there is no scientific research available on how COVID-19 has impacted the nations weight.  John Morton, MD, MPH, MHA, medical director of bariatric surgery at Yale New Haven Health System, says he has seen patients in telehealth appointments who have gained five, 10, and even 30 pounds. There is even a name for it – “The COVID-15″ or the “Quarantine 15.”

This is causing a new wave of Google searches, primarily centered around the topic of weight loss. Many people around the world still do not have access to a gym, and many cannot afford to purchase an entire home gym thanks to the rising costs of home equipment. The questions “how can I lose weight without a gym?” and “How can I get my pre-pandemic body back?” are commonly typed into Google. At Hilton Head Health, we get asked this question a lot, both by former guests and by those who are looking for an authority on healthy weight loss. To help, here is our list of tips and tricks to help you get rid of that “Quarantine 15.”

Schedule Your Exercises Weekly

Despite your gym being closed, there are still plenty of ways that you can get your heart rate up at home. Whether you go for a jog, do some aerobics in your living room, or subscribe to an online workout/weight loss on-demand program, anything is better than nothing. The key is to schedule your workouts and commit to completing them as consistently as possible.

Exercise can also improve your mood and acts as a phenomenal stress reliever, both of which can help contribute to weight loss.

Woman Working Out At Home

Commit to Cooking Healthy Food

One of the most common Google searches is currently “How to make a perfect pumpkin pie.”

While pumpkin pie is certainly one of the best things about the Fall season, all the top results yield recipes that are very high in fat and calories. Try simply adding the modifier “healthy” to your searches. You would be surprised how many healthy recipes there are that taste delicious. Be sure to include whole grains, fruits, vegetables, and lean meats in your cooking.

If you need additional ideas or would like assistance with learning to cook, Hilton Head Health ONDEMAND offers a full suite of nutrition videos, cooking demonstration videos, and healthy printable recipes.

Salmon w Farrow Slaw

Be Mindful of Your Feelings

One aspect that seems to get overlooked when it comes to weight loss is how you feel. Are you stressed? Anxious? Nervous? Angry? All these emotions are common, especially during a global crisis. Unfortunately, those emotions, when left unchecked, can manifest themselves sun unhealthy habits, such as binge eating. We feel so strongly about this element that mindfulness is a cornerstone of our core weight loss program.

Some things you can do to help reset your mental state are yoga, meditation, going on walks, light exercise, and mastering the controlling of your emotions.

Young girl listening to relaxing music with her laptop doing yoga (child's pose)

Attend a Health Retreat

Traveling may be challenging right now, but many health retreats across the world are working meticulously to operate in a safe manner. At Hilton Head Health, we are operating at half capacity, giving guests their own private villa, socially-distancing stations in fitness classes, extensive cleaning protocols, and have revamped our dining areas. To accommodate those who are working remotely, we give guests the options to enroll in our WorkWell program, which has all the weight loss and wellness benefits of our other programs with scheduled-in times for guests to complete their professional work.

It helps to lose weight when you experience it with others who are in the same position. If you are questioning whether a health retreat is a right decision for you, give us a call and talk to us. We have been helping people successfully lose weight (and keep it off) for over 40 years. We’ve even been named the best weight loss and wellness resort of 2019 and 2020 in America by USA Today!

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