The rise in unstructured time, the closure of gyms and recreational centers, movement restrictions, and the enormous stress of the pandemic will all likely affect people’s sleeping patterns, eating habits, and levels of physical exercise, which may contribute to weight gain.
People may also struggle to focus on weight management due to increasing work demands, unforeseen hardships, and safety concerns.
While it may be tempting to indulge in convenient or comfort food, they are typically not healthful options.
A 2018 study notes that a healthful diet is likely to be rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and high-quality proteins. A person following this type of diet may also wish to cut down on foods with added sugar, refined grains, and highly processed foods.
If possible, it may also be beneficial for people to eat home-cooked meals as often as possible, rather than relying on takeout or ready meals.
A 2017 study suggests that people who ate five home-cooked meals per week were 28% less likely to have excess weight and 24% less likely to have excess body fat than those who ate home-cooked meals fewer than three times per week.