“Reality Check” is an article series which looks at common mistakes people make when they begin dieting for weight loss. We’ll check out some ‘thought adjustments’ that will help you make better choices on your journey. The articles include tips, new ideas to try, strategies to follow, and encouragement to keep you moving forward.

Being negative isn’t helping…

Heard this before? “This lockdown has DESTROYED my diet and exercise plans. I was doing SO well, and now I’m back at the start.”  

Lockdown is tough. It’s tough for everyone, and it’s tough for a lot of different reasons. For some people, it’s because they can’t afford the loaf of bread they need to survive every day. For others, it’s because their small business can’t continue. There are some for whom it’s tough because they are all alone, and miss the ones they love. And there are some who just don’t like having to stick to the lockdown rules prescribed by government.

While the debate continues as to how and when lockdown should end, being negative doesn’t help

It doesn’t change things, and it doesn’t help you stick to your weight loss goals. Being negative could be having a negative effect on your weight loss through the production of the stress hormone, cortisol. Consistently high levels of cortisol in your body are known to be associated with increased appetite and therefore, with increased weight gain.

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While lockdown isn’t an ideal time to be on diet, don’t allow a negative attitude to make things even worse. Do what you can with what you have. If you can manage to wake up early and go for a run in the mornings, then do so. If you have access to healthy food, then eat it, if you are able to exercise at home, do it.

Above all, keep your calorie count where it should be. That means, don’t eat the entire loaf of banana bread in one sitting. You can still eat some, just make sure you count the calories into your day.

You can always go back to a strict diet protocol after lockdown, but set yourself free of the negativity and allow yourself to just make the best of a bad situation.

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