With stay-at-home orders in place for weeks, many people are finding that they are having difficulty maintaining their weight. With gyms and parks closed, the opportunities for exercise are few and far between. That combined with poor eating habits can have a huge impact on your weight.
Even if you have the means to get some exercise, such as walking or jogging, it may be difficult to get up the motivation to actually do it. That’s normal right now, and you shouldn’t be hard on yourself. With social distancing measures in place, many people are feeling detached, depressed, and anxious. This can lead to executive dysfunction, which basically means that no matter how much you want to do something, you can’t bring yourself to do it.
There are a few things you can do to manage your weight during these difficult times. Above all, it is important to stay active. Even if you just walk around the block once, that exercise will help you tremendously. It will help you burn some calories, while also getting you outside in the sunshine, which is also good for your mental health during the crisis.
You also need to be careful about your eating habits. Luckily, the food shortages that were happening at the beginning of the pandemic have ended for the most part. That means that you should now be able to get healthier food options, even if you are needing to get delivery. However, it may still be difficult to get fresh produce because produce is often self-serve and therefore unsafe during this time.
If you have already gained some weight, don’t worry. Our offices are still open, and we are following all of the guidelines set forth by the state and county. We offer physician-managed weight loss programs, both with or without medication management. We can help you get back on track.