“It’s not our fault ladies, it’s our hormones!”
How to lose weight, stay healthy, and build your immunity during the coronavirus lockdown.
Binging during the coronavirus lockdown isn’t just about Netflix. Housebound women from all over the country are spending the pandemic ploughing through their favorite flavored ice creams, cookies, and frozen pizzas, as stress-eating and boredom propel them through their lockdown isolation.
Does this sound like you? “I can’t stop eating – it’s the anxiety,” says one of New York’s acclaimed divorce lawyers. She’s been held up in her Second Avenue, Manhattan condo since last Tuesday, watching the news – and she can’t stay out of the kitchen. “This whole situation has put me in a snack mode 24/7; I don’t go an hour without eating. HELP!”
“I won’t weigh myself, I’m too scared,” she says. “I’ll put on 10 or more pounds by the time this is all over.”
As a weight loss and hormone expert, I have to say that this situational stress eating makes sense. I’m seeing this with my own patients as women park themselves on their couches for lockdown, a mere few feet from their refrigerator and the stockpile of sugary snacks in their pantries. Here are just a few of the stories I’ve heard:
- A patient of mine told me she ate a whole pot of pasta due to stress and wanted to avoid working out because her apartment was too chaotic with everyone home.
- Another patient ate a whole box of cookies because her fears of the coronavirus made her irritable and anxious – which led to over-eating.
- And yet another one of my patients ate a whole pint of chocolate chip ice cream because her friend didn’t want to meet up as planned – due to social distancing – and she felt bored and lonely.
So, how to stop the “open mouth, insert food” stress-snacking cycle? It’s tough! But the best way to move forward is to reach out for help if you need it, and help is exactly what we’re here to provide. Using advanced telemedicine and virtual wellness programs, we’re here to help you start the journey toward balanced weight loss and healthy eating. Just in get touch with us today to get started. We’re happy to help new and existing patients!
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