Weight gain in lockdown

…and why you shouldn’t give a [insert expletive here]

Has anyone else noticed the stream of diet pushing, weight-gain bashing, fatphobic posts and photo out there on social media at the moment?

From companies outright selling diet products so you don’t “get fat in lockdown” to posts by your friend of a friend about how she needs to social distance from her fridge.

Lockdown 2.0 seems to be no different.

But here’s the thing…

We are in the middle of a GLOBAL FLIPPING PANDEMIC. If you put on some weight, is it really the end of the world? If you feel like you want/need to comfort eat to help with your stress levels, I don’t think this should be seen as a sign of weakness. In many ways this is a sign of strength – you are surviving. You are doing what you need to to get through. We are all currently living through an unprecedented situation. There is no right or wrong way to handle that. On top of this, there is some crazy stuff going on in politics all over the world which does nothing but add to the stress factor.

As a personal trainer, you may think I’m about to tell you that exercise is the most important thing right now. It’s not. Looking after yourself in anyway you know how is. Whether that means baking and eating all that delicious food. Taking walks in the winter sunshine. Binge watching a great series. We are all different and we will all do different things to cope with the current situation.

Time to catch a break. If your body gets a little softer during lockdown, maybe instead of feeling guilty, be a little proud. Your body takes care of you in all situations. Pandemic or not. Your body will never let you down. It’s only job is literally to just keep you alive.

Lets show our softer bodies some love and ignore the Karens that are promoting their lockdown juice cleanse. Lockdown is hard. Dieting WILL make it worse. Just enjoy the cake/[fave “treat” food].

Lockdown baking at its finest: carrot cake with maple syrup and cinnamon buttercream

Love Becky xxx

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