When I stepped on the scale a week ago, I wasn’t surprised – but I also wasn’t happy – to discover that I’ve gained about eight pounds since the start of the year. That’s unusual for me. I’ve created a mostly peaceful relationship with food and the number on the scale doesn’t change much. In fact, I actually had to go looking for the scale once I realized my clothes were getting tight because weighing myself is just not a thing I normally do.
These are unusual, and unusually stressful times, and like a lot of women, my eating habits and my daily routine have been affected. I talk to women every day who are struggling more with overeating and emotional eating because of the way that COVID has affected their lives.
When things feel out of control, it can be extra tempting to reach for a familiar solution. But if you’re feeling like you should go on a diet to lose pandemic weight, my recommendation is to consider a different approach. We all know that diets don’t work and that they add another level of stress – something nobody needs right now.
In this video, I’m going to share with you how I’m handling my COVID weight gain – without going on a diet or making myself miserable.