How not to gain weight during a coronavirus epidemic?

Many people wonder how not to gain weight during the coronavirus epidemic. An epidemic, more precisely, being at home all the time has caused more and more people to cook at home. It's great because we discover new flavors and gain new skills. Even a few ebooks with coronavirus recipes were created (of course, using pasta or rice). If I thought about it for a long time, it's not such a stupid idea. I am already losing my inspiration for coming up with new recipes for quarantine dishes.

When I noticed that more and more people were joking about weight gain during quarantine, I found that I would write a few words about it on the blog, because I fell into continuous eating mode myself. A few said "enough" and changed my quarantine habits. I also encourage you to do this, if you are afraid that the time of isolation at home will cause +5 kg to appear on your weight. Remember that this nightmare will end and we will have to go back to normal life (honestly? I can't wait for it).

Physical activity - necessarily!

Lack of physical activity is a bane for our body and metabolism. I feel the negative effects of sitting at home myself, mainly because I miss flying around the city and getting different rights. I will not say ... I miss it a bit (especially now, when the sun comes out more often).

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I have never been a fan of exercising (I did everything I could to avoid PE lessons at school). I still don't belong to fit girls and I'm not rushing to the gym with a smile. Nevertheless, I found something that I enjoy - yoga. I don't practice as regularly as I would like, but I try to practice yoga whenever I can. It is a wonderful time for me, not only for my body, but also for relaxation for the mind. Contrary to appearances, yoga is not boring at all (and you will feel its effects the next day, when you cannot get out of bed, because you will have sore muscles that you had no idea about).

Another way to move your body when we can't leave the house is to dance. I'm not talking about professional dance lessons (although many dance schools now offer online classes), but ordinary dance to your favorite songs. All you need is 15 minutes to feel better and automatically improve your mood (seriously, I know what I'm saying - I practice it almost every day). Launch your favorite Spotify playlist and your legs will make you dance.

Sitting at home promotes a constant desire for food

It is proved that often when we are not hungry we just eat out of ... boredom. I also often snack when I work and I'm very focused (which is not necessarily associated with boredom). Then I usually reach for nuts that give you an energy kick. Of course, it is better to choose those without the addition of salt or spices. I like roasted peanuts (peanuts) without salt the most. Even now, when I'm writing this article, I like to eat it.

woman in a beige jacket at a cafe

During the isolation we are more eager to spend time on the sofa watching movies or series (we also, but we combine it with learning French). And if it's a movie, we'd love to eat something (salty snacks are my nightmare!). If watching you associate with food and you can not get rid of this habit - reach for healthier snacks, e.g. nuts, dried fruits, roasted chickpeas or kale chips (I do not like these, but if you like it, I highly recommend it).

How not to gain weight during a coronavirus epidemic?

First of all, take care of regular eating of full-fledged meals. I'm not a fan of sweet breakfasts, but sometimes I want to start the day in this way - then I usually make vegan pancakes, which I serve with maple syrup (in summer also with fresh fruit). More often, however, I reach for salty porridge with black sesame and fried mushroom or crispy oyster mushrooms. Such porridge is not only tasty, nutritious, but also gluten-free (which is very important in my case - due to hypothyroidism, I try to avoid gluten whenever I can).

Especially now, when our activity is limited - reach less (and preferably at all, but I know it is difficult ... especially on these days) for unhealthy snacks or sweets. If you feel like something unhealthy, reach for healthier options - you can make a burger at home, and if you want something sweet - you can bake a carrot cake or bean brownie.

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Take care of healthy sleep in the right number of hours (for me it is 8 hours so that I do not feel like a zombie). And if you have a problem with a desire to eat before bedtime, take advantage of the advice of Parisian women - it is better to go to bed with an empty stomach than to be overfilled. I don't know about you, but if I eat a meal too late, I can't sleep. I have nightmares and in the morning I feel full. This not a nice feeling accompanied me several times in my life, so for years I have been following the principle of Parisians, which actually works.

I hope that the above article will help you find a way to not gain weight during the coronavirus epidemic. The ground is to be reasonable in everything you do. Especially now, when an open mind is badly needed to endure difficult times.

Why don't Parisians get fat?


Perhaps you will think that in this post I will review the famous book Guiliano Mirelle (although I will mention the magic soup from leeks, the recipe of which you will find in this book), nevertheless today I want to raise the topic of the myth of Parisians and their magnificent figure, and I would like to share my thoughts about gaining weight, which has been bothering me for over a week. If I interested you in this subject, I invite you to read.

A perfect French figure

For years I lived in a magically created image of a beautiful Parisian woman with a Chanel purse on her shoulder and a perfect figure. Tell me which of you thinking about French people can't imagine a maple Coco Chanel in a small black string of pearls around the neck. I also perceived all French women through the prism of Coco. Only after reading the book The Whole Truth About French Women by Marie-Morgane Le Moël I began to wonder how the French chic overshadowed my real life.

stylization in the French style

Nobody is perfect and among French women we will also find women less well-groomed or also obese (because of which today we are talking). It is a myth that every Frenchwoman dresses a'la Coco Chanel and has the figure of Brigitte Bardot. Myth created by well-known fashion houses. A myth that admires hundreds of thousands of women around the world. As in every fairy tale, however, there is a grain of truth and you know what ... reading the book "The whole truth about French women" (this was imposed by testing vegan diet) it dawned on me. The key to a perfect figure is regular food.

Regular meals are a way to shape a slim figure

I have never been a fan of diets because I like to eat. Food for me is more than just a meal designed to provide nutrients necessary for life. I have learned to take deeper pleasure from eating, and to enjoy the taste and structure. I remember that I was on a diet only once - before the prom, because the idea came to me that if I was thinner, I would get back the boy I was after. As a result, we weren't together again, and Mama had to narrow my dress the day before my prom because she was too wide for me. Then I said enough. I decided that food would never rule me again.

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As I mentioned earlier - the box diet overlapped reading a book about French women, and I finally understood why, despite the fact that French women often eat - they are slim. That's right ... the key word is "they often eat." When we were on the box diet, I had 5 meals a day for the first time in my life. For the first two days I couldn't change because we always ate 2-3 meals a day, of which we ate too little at work, and ate too much when we returned from work. After a few days, the box diet made me realize that I had made a huge mistake (and many women make them too). We eat too rarely and too large portions.

During the box diet test, the biggest meal was dinner. In contrast, breakfast, II breakfast and lunch were really small meals that were simply aimed at boosting metabolism. I felt the effects of this diet after a few days, when my body did not feel hunger caused by too rare meals in the wrong portions.

Start eating regularly and healthy

I'm not a dietitian, I don't know anything about nutrition, but I share my thoughts with you. Changing thinking about nutrition is not so simple. Very often, even though we think we eat healthy, we don't see any mistakes. I did not see them until I gave away on 2 weeks of nutrition to specialists. I recommend you test 5 food meals a day.

I never understood women who are slimming by eating very small portions and are furious all the time being on a diet because they are simply hungry. Believe me, fasting only gives effects for a moment. Anyway, I have seen girls who after a diet (for example, losing weight to a wedding) throw themselves at food. For me it's sick and misses the point. Of course, the effects will not be achieved without physical activity, but healthy habits are the first step to a slim figure.

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Of course, once in a while I recommend detox with magical soup made of leeks from the book 'French don't get fat'. The recipe looks like this: 1 kg of leeks pour water. We do not season it! We bring to a boil, cook on low heat for 30 minutes. We drink a glass of decoction every 3 hours. As a meal, we eat leeks slightly sprinkled with lemon juice and olive oil. Season gently with salt and pepper.

Decoction of the pores is diuretic, so it cleanses the body. Leek is rich in nutrients and minerals, yet low in calories. We use magical pore detox 2x a year for 1,5 day. We start on Saturday morning and until noon on Sunday we only drink a decoction and eat time. On Sunday, we add 1 steamed vegetable to the season. On Monday we return to the normal diet.