The next pandemic is already here and is called COVID-19 pandemic weight gain. Also known as the “quarantine 15”.
Back in the summer of 2020, about one in three NorthAmericans were complaining of weight gain. A WebMD poll of over 1000 Americans found that 47% of women and 22 % of men had gained weight during the pandemic. In Canada, roughly three in ten people reported weight gain. About two in five Australians also admitted to gain weight during the outbreak, and surveys from some countries in Europe, South America, and Asia suggest the same results. The clothing industry is taking notice of this trend as manufacturers to add larger sizes to their offerings.
However, buying larger clothes is really the solution?
There is an abundance of recommendations about stopping the spread of COVID-19, flatten the curve, and protecting others. They are essential, and you need to know them. Very few talk about what to do to stay healthy. The purpose of
this book is straightforward. I think it is critical to losing the “quarantine 15,” and I will tell you how to lose those pounds in a matter of 2-4 weeks (depening on your current diet and lifestyle). And it works really well. So well, I’m already back to my prepandemic weight.
The peer-reviewed medical journal, Obesity, highlights that during these times of COVID-19, quarantine is of “great concern because small changes in body weight in relatively short periods can become permanent and lead to substantial weight gain over time.”
I agree with the researchers.Gaining 15 extra pounds in a very short period is unhealthy. These pounds will likely turn into “quarantine 30 or quarantine 40”, as the pandemic will continue into 2021. Quite different from what experts estimate that most adults would gain naturally in an entire year: 0.6 to 1.7 pounds, right?
Excess weight is a reflection of your state of mind. This “pandemic weight gain” is different from any other weight gain you have experienced in your entire life. It is also more stubborn and harder to lose because it is packed with superintense emotions. This is a once in century crisis. While diets typically don’t work anyway, guess what? They are less likely to work for the “quarantine 15”.
Luckily, I’ve learned a lot over the years. I know why most diets don’t work and what you need to do to get real, long-lasting results. I spent the last two decades of my life practicing, researching, or teaching medicine in one form or another -conventional and alternative medicine combined. My mission is to help you restore your physical and emotional health, using the power of nutrition, supplements, and healthy lifestyle habits. Because nothing is more important than your health!
It is mid-July 2020, in the morning. Coffee was brewing in the pot. I’m in the bathroom. The shower is done, and I’m brushing my teeth. I’m in front of the mirror.
I look once. I look twice, ….and I can’t recognize myself there. What ????
My body was aging faster than I was. As if several years passed by, not a couple of months. My arms were flabby, the
waistline larger, and the natural shape of my body was lost. Did this happen overnight? Nope. This was just a moment of acute self-awareness. Could I blame those weeks of quarantine? Of course, because I used to go 5-6 times a week at the local gym. How about having plenty of food at home and frequent snacking? Sure, this could be another reason for getting out of shape. I couldn’t blame alcohol because I rarely have a glass of wine. Alcohol is another common culprit of a pandemic the quarantine 15, by the way.
I knew at that very moment that I need to get my old self back. Otherwise, the probable scenario would have to look like this: an extra 20 pounds by the end of 2020. Another 20-25 pounds by the end of 2021. This extra weight means increased risk to die prematurely from all causes, increased risk of high blood pressure/heart diseases, high cholesterol, diabetes, arthritis, gallbladder diseases, stroke, depression, anxiety, sleep, apnea, several types of cancers, and overall low quality of life- as per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Also, per CDC, excess weight puts you at much greater risk during the COVID-19 pandemic because it increases your chance to develop more severe forms of infection, triple the risk of hospitalization, and more likely to die from it. That’s because obesity impairs the immune function, decreases lung capacity, and overall creates a state of inflammation.
Before the COVID-19 outbreak, we have different stressors.
Sitting in traffic for hours, busy schedules, and tight deadlines.This low-grade, chronic stress was the most common form of stress.
Once Sars-Cov-2 started to spread, all of a sudden, the stress becomes acute, intense, threatening our survival. Fear. Panic. What is expected after a severe, acute episode perceived as life-threatening? A recent research paper on COVID-19 said it very well:” disease itself multiplied by forced quarantine to combat can produce acute panic, anxiety, obsessive behaviors, hoarding, paranoia, and depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in the long run. These have been fueled by an “infodemic” spread.” Another study looked at the many psychological sequelae related to quarantine. Their results: plenty of negative emotions, including stress, depression, irritability, insomnia, fear, confusion,anger, frustration, boredom, and stigma. Some persisted after the quarantine was lifted. Now it is more important than ever to watch your weight and your emotions.
Do you want to lose the pandemic weight gain and de-stress your life?
This is the first chapter.
Read this book, and you will have the 4- step, researchbased formula to get back in shape physically and emotionally.