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Stop Stressful Eating During the Pandemic

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By    |   Wednesday, 10 June 2020 06:26 PM

The “quarantine 15” weight gain caused by lockdowns is a reality, according to a WebMD poll. In the U.S., more women piled on the pounds in isolation, while globally more men report they’d had to loosen their belts during the pandemic.

The New York Post reported that 47% of women and 22% of men who responded to the WebMD poll said that they gained weight due to “COVID restrictions.” The good news is the vast majority —75% — said they only gained between 1 and 9 pounds. Only 4% of respondents had weight gains over 21 pounds.

According to the Post, 59% said they put on the pounds because of stress eating and lack of exercise, and 21% said they were drinking more alcohol.

Dr. Daryl Gioffre, a celebrity nutritionist and author, told New York’s PIX11 that sugar cravings and stress eating are intertwined. His book, “Get Off Your Acid,” outlines ways to reduce sugar cravings by avoiding triggers.

He told PIX11 that eating leafy greens and adding healthy fats to your diet can reduce sugar cravings. He also recommended drinking a little apple cider vinegar with water and cinnamon to stabilize blood sugar levels. “That will stop that craving right in its tracks,” he said.

Coconut oil is a good fat that helps suppress hunger, said the expert.

“When you eat more fat, it’s going to suppress hunger,” Gioffre said. “And it’s going to stop your body from craving those carbs right there in the moment.”

Another trick to prevent stress eating is to pull a switch. Set a goal of drinking up to three liters of water a day and when you start to reach for food, take a sip instead.

“We have to understand that when these cravings come, thirst and hunger go to the same parts of the brain,” he said. “So many times, we weren’t hungry or craving that sugar, we were just dehydrated.”

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