As we all strive to live long, healthy, and happy lives, losing weight is a major concern for lots of people. Being locked inside for several months meant less exercise, more junk food, and a general tendency to gain weight for many of our readers. But what to do when you get out of the sweatpants and realize that your pre-pandemic jeans don’t fit anymore?
Here are 3 of your best weight loss solutions:
“I was so tired from work, that I felt almost happy at the beginning of the lockdown. No more early waking up, no more running around all day long, and no more high heels. I could just stay in my PJs and watch TV. I was naïve. After 2 weeks of binge-watching everything I could find, I was more tired than before and felt dizzy all the time. Days went by, and I didn’t even leave my apartment. I ate what I felt like, gave up on my fixed eating hours, and forgot to drink water. I didn’t feel sick, I just had no energy for anything anymore. The great shock came when I put my jeans on. They didn’t fit. It scared me, so I made a quick recovery plan: I started eating regularly and threw out all the junk food in the house and I started exercising inside my apartment, using YouTube videos. In one month, I lost the pounds I had gained since the beginning of the lockdown and was happy to see that I fit into my jeans again.”
“I was already overweight when 2020 began, and during winter I only gained more weight. I overindulged in everything, from sweets to meat and alcohol. At one point, I found myself unable to tie my shoelaces, because I couldn’t bend down anymore. So, I decided to do something about it, because I was feeling worse and worse and had trouble walking up the stairs. That’s when the lockdown began. So, instead of doing what I always did, I stopped ordering takeout food and subscribed to several local delivery services for fresh food. And I started cooking. It was hard in the beginning because I didn’t have many recipes, but now I had enough time to search online. I also understood just how much food gets thrown away and attempted to reduce that. I have to tell that you when you buy organic, local products, it gets a lot harder to throw them away. I learned how to use most parts of the vegetables and meat and stopped wasting. For two months, I cooked every day for me and my family and had at least one hot meal a day. We gave up eating pizza and pasta (they were a big hit in our house) and started using vegetables more. I also cut down our sugar intake, replacing sweets with fruit. And I chose smaller servings and kept track of everything I was eating. In two months, I lost 15 pounds and I have no trouble with my shoelaces anymore.”
“I was planning to lose weight since the beginning of the year. It was one of my New Year’s Resolutions, but I always found a reason to postpone it. During the first lockdown week, I tried a fast diet plan I had used before, which had previously helped me lose 6 pounds in 7 days. But it didn’t work. Later, I found out it had previously worked because my body worked differently 15 years ago. Frustrated, I started exercising. Pilates, yoga, aerobics, I tried everything. The more I exercised, the hungrier I felt. I also lacked energy. So I ate, and instead of losing weight, I gained more. Finally, I talked to a friend who suggested that I might need a metabolism booster. That did the trick, as I felt more energetic, and I craved less food. I could finally do all my exercise routines, eat less, and lose the weight I wanted.”
What’s your story? What is your best weight loss solution?