Quarantine 15: Weight gain during COVID-19

Quarantine 15 is a term storming social media. Life in lockdown has become the perfect environment to put on weight with very little effort. A lack of mental or physical exertion has ended in not only the UK nation, but the world population becoming heavier and less fit during the COVID-19 global pandemic.

What is Quarantine 15?

The latest phrase, Quarantine 15 is jokingly used by social media to describe the 15lbs of weight gain that the typical person experienced over lockdown. Whether 15lbs is an accurate figure is up for debate, but the fact that people having been putting on weight during quarantine is no laughing matter.

Becoming heavier is nearly always a bad thing for your health, which is the exact opposite of what we should be doing, particularly when there is a global pandemic which has more serious implications for those who are overweight.

The quarantine diet

So what’s fueling our Quarantine 15 weight gain? Sugar, alcohol, more carbs and lower quality food – in a nutshell, comfort food.

Cambridge defines comfort food as ‘food that provides consolation or a feeling of well-being, typically having a high sugar or carbohydrate content and associated with childhood or home cooking.‘ Essentially, foods that make us feel better, which typically have higher caloric levels and less quality nutrients.

What’s the cause?

The number one culprit is stress. Lockdown came with a lot of concerns, ranging from fears of contracting COVID-19 to the worry of losing jobs, particularly in the UK knowing that the furlough scheme will be withdrawn soon.

With stress comes emotional eating and we’ve already mentioned comfort food being the leading culprit of lockdown weight gain. Normally, working-day routine can help curb urges and cravings for poor quality, calorie-dense foods, but during lockdown what else is there to do? That’s what we were thinking, but now it’s time to fix that.

What can we do about it?

  • Plan your new lockdown / emerging-from-lockdown routines. Routine, routine, routine. There’s nothing more powerful than sticking to a well thought-out routine that guides your day. Wake up to a healthy breakfast, have your mid-morning snack, then to lunch that you’ve already thought out and planned …and so on.
  • Plan your meals in advance. Include as many healthy, whole foods as you can. Knowing what your going to eat and when takes away all the guessing and mental energy out of the equation. Sit down and plan your meals and shopping list for the week coming up, and then stick to it.
  • Focus on being healthy, not on your weight. It’s easy to focus on your weight rather than your habits. Look at changing bad habits to good habits, or at least to better ones and then over time, you’ll see the positive changes.
  • Get active and moving. That’s where we come in! With Personal Training and Bootcamp Classes available, designed for busy people looking for great results, you’ll be able to get your exercise in, lose weight, feel amazing and have plenty of time left over to spend with your family and enjoy the rest of your life.

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