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Yep, We Really Have Gained Weight During Covid

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You might’ve felt like you were gaining weight during the pandemic. After all, how many jokes did we all tell about gaining our “Covid-20,” right? Do you feel like you gained weight during Covid?

Well, now we are beginning to see studies about how much people gained. It could have been about 2 pounds a month – or 20 pounds over a year – say authors of a new report in the JAMA (Journal of the American Medical Association) Network Open.

“During the initial US surge, 45 out of 50 state governments issued shelter-in-place (SIP) orders from March 19, 2020, to April 6, 2020, to slow disease transmission,” the report says. “The initial SIP coincided with an observed decrease in daily step counts, likely reflective of changes in physical activity and patterns of daily living, as well as concurrent self-reported increases in snacking and overeating.”

Have You Gained Weight During Covid?

If people kept up their initial lower-activity rates over the last year, it could amount to 20 pounds. Now, this survey was small and not scientifically conclusive. But the average age of participants was 52. And, let’s admit: It makes sense, doesn’t it?

“The detrimental health outcomes suggested by these data demonstrate a need to identify concurrent strategies to mitigate weight gain, such as encouraging healthy diets and exploring ways to enhance physical activity,” the study says.

Or, as we like to put it: Watch what you eat and exercise every day.

I am here to help you shake off any bad habits you picked up (understandably) during the last year. We’re coming out of this. It’s time to re-embrace healthy habits. And helping people fifty and older build healthy habits is what I do for a living 🙂

Have you gained weight during Covid? If you’d like to learn more about how I can help you build healthier habits through online fitness and nutrition coaching, contact me today and get started!

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