Tips to eat right and eat smart during the coronavirus pandemic to avoid weight gain

Stress and uncertainty during the coronavirus pandemic might bring our worst eating habits to the surface. But there are ways to maintain a balanced diet at home with what you store in your pantry or freezer. As people stock up and panic buy all sorts of groceries, especially canned food and instant food, you may also be wondering how you will handle healthy eating during the course of 4 weeks. Here are some tips to maintain a healthy lifestyle and a healthy weight during the coronavirus pandemic.

Eat healthy foods that support overall health and immunity.

Without a vaccine, none of us can entirely eliminate our risk of contracting coronavirus. And experts say the vaccine may still be 18 to 24 months away. During this critical period, it is important to eat healthily to keep ourselves physically and mentally healthy. A healthy diet has been shown to reduce our risk of chronic illnesses such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes and obesity, as well as depression and anxiety. Statistics have shown that those who have chronic illness have a higher risk of suffering from the coronavirus.

A nutritional goldmine for a healthy body is antioxidants. Foods high in antioxidants will help you to protect the body against harmful substances from the environment, in other words, boost your immune system. It is easy to eat more antioxidants. It can be achieved simply by eating a more plant-based diet focusing on foods like fruit, vegetables, wholegrains, nuts and seeds. Focus on eating all the colours of the rainbow when choosing your daily fruit and vegetables to achieve all phytonutrients. To incorporate all these fruits and vegetables in your diet, it can simply be done by making a smoothie. Berries are especially high in antioxidants. SOLLIFE ActivSol ActivTrim has a good amount of mulberry. Mulberry has a good source of antioxidants, iron, vitamin C, and several plant compounds and have been linked to lower cholesterol, blood sugar, and cancer risk.

Eat mindfully. Avoid overeating and unhealthy snacks.

It has happened to us all where we sit down to a tasty meal and one hour later we are searching for food in the kitchen again. Snacking can be a major downfall if you want to keep a healthy weight and blood profile. Unhealthy snacks are usually addictive, difficult to stop bingeing and they are high in sugar, salt and fats which may compromise your health, at the same time adding onto your calorie intake. Being stuck inside during the coronavirus pandemic makes the situation worse.

The key to filling meals is protein and fibre, but what does this really mean? How do protein and fibre keep us full for hours, and how can we include it in our meals?

Fibre has many practical benefits to health. It’s a great way to feel full so you don’t overeat. It can help lower cholesterol by ‘mopping up’ excess cholesterol from the blood to excrete it out of the body. It also lowers the glycaemic index of food you consume so you minimise blood sugar spikes. Fibre has the ability to keep you full because it swells in the digestive system with fluid. This means you will have food sitting in the digestive system for longer, creating feelings of fullness after every meal.

SOLLIFE ActivSol ActivTrim has a good amount of fibre from chia seeds and oat bran. Chia seed and oat bran help delay stomach emptying and increase feeling of fullness. Chia seeds are also a good source of omega-3 fatty acids, which will improve good HDL cholesterols and reduce risk of heart attack and strokes.

Protein can help you lose weight and belly fat, and it works via several different mechanisms.

Protein intake boosts metabolism, reduces appetite and changes several weight-regulating hormones by reducing the hunger hormone and boost several satiety hormones. Foods high in protein are highly satiating, so they lead to reduced hunger and appetite compared to lower protein diets. This makes it much easier to restrict calories.

SOLLIFE ActivSol ActivTrim has a good amount of protein from pea protein and whey protein. Whey is an excellent source of protein, and pea protein is easily-digested, rich in iron, arginine and branched-chain amino acids and offers benefits like improved muscle growth and feelings of fullness.

Stay active! Create a habit, a sense of structure and routine daily.

Staying at home for prolonged periods of time can pose a significant challenge for remaining physically active. Sedentary behaviour and low levels of physical activity can have negative effects on the health, well-being and quality of life of individuals. Self-quarantine can also cause additional stress and challenge the mental health of citizens. Physical activity and relaxation techniques can be valuable tools to help you remain calm and continue to protect your health during this time.

WHO recommends 150 minutes of moderate-intensity or 75 minutes of vigorous-intensity physical activity per week, or a combination of both. These recommendations can still be achieved even at home, with no special equipment and with limited space. During this self-quarantine, it is a great time to begin a new habit. You may use this time and take advantage of online exercise classes. Many of these are free and can be found on YouTube.

SOLLIFE ActivSol ActivTrim

If you are worried about weight gain during this self-quarantine season, ActivTrim will be beneficial for you. Other than the ingredients stated above, ActivTrim also contains ingredients that help to block fat and starch absorption such as garcinia cambogia, konjac glucomannan and white kidney beans. If you face problems such as constipation, ActivTrim will be helpful as well. Aloe vera, a natural laxative, acts as a detoxifying agent, promotes better bowel movement and enhances metabolic processes.

Authors:

Brenda Yeong Huai En
BSc (Hons) Nutrition
Product Development Specialist
One Green Solution Sdn Bhd
Dato’ Mohd Nazlee Kamal, PhD.
Managing Director
One Green Solution Sdn Bhd

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