I don't know about you, but for me, being quarantined at home has led to an increase in snacking. In fact, the only thing I look forward to most days is my next snack—which is bad news for both my waistline and my bank account. With that said, I've come up with a few ways to stay fit while locked in the house with nothing but time to eat everything in sight.
Get up and move every time you eat.
It's simple, really: whenever you eat, get up and move.
The key is to challenge your body in some way—stand up and do something! Take a walk around the block or run around your office building. Or go over to that treadmill at the gym across town and get in a few minutes on it while you're waiting for your next appointment. The important thing is that you challenge yourself to move more frequently than just sitting down during meals would allow for naturally.
Not only will this help prevent weight gain from an increased number of calories consumed throughout the day, but it also reduces blood sugar levels and helps regulate energy balance throughout the day (which means less fluctuation between feeling too full after lunch compared with wanting another slice of pizza at dinner time). Plus it just makes eating more fun because now there's movement involved!
Drink a glass of water before snacking.
In the same way drinking a big glass of water before you eat helps you feel fuller, it can also help you digest food better. The process of digestion requires energy, so if your body is busy doing that instead of storing fat in your belly or thighs, it will be less likely to hold on to excess calories. Drinking water also makes you feel energized and able to power through those late-night cravings (which are often caused by dehydration).
To ensure maximum results while minimizing the time commitment required from our already overbooked lives, we recommend only drinking one full glass each day (you know: just enough to keep things moving along). This ensures that neither hunger nor thirst are left unquenched—and most importantly for our purposes here today: no need for snacks!
Don't keep things that trigger you in the house.
Keep your house stocked with healthy foods. If you don't buy it, you can't eat it. But how do you find time for grocery shopping when the fridge is always nearby?
The answer: Make a list before heading out and stick to it! Having a plan will help prevent impulsive purchases of high-calorie items that aren't part of your goals. And if you're really struggling with willpower, bring someone along who can keep an eye on things for you (you know, like that annoying friend who won't let anyone have dessert). This way, even if something does get in front of your face at the store or party table, there's someone there keeping tabs on what goes into those grabby hands of yours.
Take a walk around the block between snacks and meals.
It's all too easy to grab a bag of chips or a candy bar in between meals, especially if you've got snacks stashed all over your house. To make sure that doesn't happen, take a walk around the block whenever you get hungry in between meals. You don't even have to walk fast—just going for a 15-minute stroll is enough of a calorie burn to make up for those 100-calorie packs of cookies. Not only will this help keep your weight under control, but it'll also give you peace of mind knowing that there's no fridge within reach and no way to eat something without planning ahead (which will help prevent mindless snacking).
Even better than just burning calories, taking walks can be immensely relaxing and provide mental benefits as well. It's also one of the best ways to get some fresh air during winter months when going outside is undesirable (or impossible). Plus being outdoors offers lots more opportunities for exercise than working out indoors does; walking is great exercise because it counts as cardio while still allowing room for creativity: maybe try adding some side steps into your routine?
Distract yourself in other ways when you're bored, not food.
- Play a game. There are (literally) hundreds of games available on your phone, so look around and find something that appeals to you.
- Do something creative. If you're anything like me, you'll have more ideas than time in the day for creating things, but try to make some time for this if it's important to you—and if not now, then maybe next week?
- Watch a movie or TV show. Not only is there plenty of content out there (more than ever before), but there's also a ton of quality stuff too! While bingeing on The Breakfast Club might be fun at first, it won't help keep the hunger at bay when all those snacks start calling your name... so why not watch something else instead?
- Read a book/listen to audiobooks on Audible or Kindle Unlimited instead! Reading helps calm down both mind and body; listening does too—except it also helps keep our hands busy (which is great for avoiding mindless eating). And with audio books being free with Amazon Prime membership or $14 per month via Audible Channels+, this is an easy way to kill two birds with one stone: getting lost in another world while avoiding those stale chips!
To be honest, even after writing all of these tips, I still think the best thing is to just make sure you don’t keep any food in your house. If it’s not there, you can’t eat it! It’s really that simple.