According to data from Candystore.com, 95 percent of American households will buy candy for Halloween, spending a shocking $2.6 billion! 

In fact, a major public health organization published a report in 2018 saying that the average American eats at least 2 pounds of candy on Halloween, adding 3,500 to 5,000 calories from sugar and fat.

And if our children are successful in their quest for treats, the candy can stay around the home for weeks — sometimes for months. That makes them hard to resist.

It’s so easy to grab a few tiny candy bars or a handful of candy corns. Plus, for adults, the candy sometimes drifts over into the workplace and can be spotted in bowls on counters, in desks and in office lunchrooms. 

Since each piece is so small, the calorie, sugar and fat levels seem like no big deal, until they add up that is.

Highlights

  • Quarantine weight gain is real
  • Stress is a big part of “pandemic pounds,” and a good part of that is due to inflammation
  • Low-glycemic high-protein eating is part of the weight-loss solution
  • 5 tips to help us get healthier, and lose weight, in these times
  • Diabetic-friendly Almased may offer us a metabolic advantage

The “#Quarantine15” hashtag started trending on social media right after the coronavirus pandemic began.

Many of us poked fun about how easy it is for people to gain weight — whether it’s 15 pounds or even more — when we’re dealing with COVID-19 lockdowns, self-quarantines and stay-at-home orders.

The reality is that pandemic pounds and “COVID curves” are no joke. 

We’ve been cooped up indoors, going from hitting the gym to pounding the remote.

And the stress of all of this — plus being more or less isolated from our loved ones, friends and work colleagues — hasn’t helped with our health hopes, weight-loss goals or fitness aspirations.

On the other hand, quarantine weight gain is nothing to be ashamed about; it’s normal to expect that the body goes through some changes when life is altered in such a drastic way.

In a minute, we’ll give you 5 tips on how to take on the weight-gain-caused bunker blues, but first let’s mention stress and inflammation . . .

Highlights

  • There are 30 to 400 trillion gut bacteria that call us home, and most of them are in the gut.
  • These trillions of bacteria, which make up the microbiome, do so much for our body that they’re considered an actual organ!
  • We need a balance of bacteria to extract nutrients from food, make vitamins, produce energy and support immunity.
  • Gut bacteria support cardiovascular health, power immunity, aid brain health and help us fend off obesity.
  • Soy contains bioactive peptides, such as lunasin, that support our health in many ways, including supporting healthy levels of hunger hormones, leptin and ghrelin.
  • Research shows that the protein, amino acids and bioactive peptides in gut-health-friendly Almased work together to help the body curb appetite, process sugar, burn fat and preserve muscle.

Don’t look now, but there are between 30 trillion and 400 trillion gut bacteria that call the human body home. 

Nearly 200 years ago the average American only ate 6.3 pounds of sugar a year.

Not that a 19th-century menu was great — but at least we know it wasn’t loaded with the refined sugars, high-fructose corn syrup, hydrogenated fats, starches, gums and tons of artificial ingredients that we have today.

This is to say nothing of the diet of our hunter-gatherer ancestors, whose food selections featured fruits, nuts, seeds, fish, tubers, roots and wild game.

It’s obvious that the nutritionally compromised U.S. diet — stripped by modern processing of many of its minerals, vitamins and natural enzymes — has gone off the rails.

And so has our health.

Your new diet was going so well. You lost some weight, gained a bit of extra confidence, plus you’re doing some exercise, too.

So why can’t you lose those last 10 pounds?

The last remaining pounds are often the most frustrating thing about weight loss. Plus, those final 160 ounces are, for many people, the most discouraging part of any diet plan.

In fact, they’re so disheartening that some people either give up when they feel they can’t overcome the weight loss plateau or just adjust their expectations downward, pretty much writing off that extra weight loss as “a bridge too far.”