According to the National Center for Health Statistics, nearly half of Americans surveyed between 2013 and 2016 said they tried to lose weight in the past year.
Fact is, over 95 percent of people who experiment with fad diets aren’t able to achieve their health, calorie-burn or fat-loss goals.
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 . . .
One of the reasons that you don’t hear the “Retired” word any more whenever AARP is discussed is that the organization realized that most people are not retiring at age 50, when they are eligible to join.
In fact, many of us are not officially retiring at traditional retirement age, either.
We might be “semi-retired,” working part-time, volunteering, or maybe we just love working and never want to slow down.
But our metabolism does slow down, regardless, and so we do have to work even harder to keep muscle mass.
There seems to be a rising interest in boosting metabolism these days. Many want to super-charge their energy levels or get help with health and weight loss goals.
But what is metabolism really, and is it difficult to improve?
Metabolism occurs in every cell of our body. It’s a series of chemical processes that turn the calories we eat into the fuel that keeps us alive.
However, the word metabolism is often used for the term metabolic rate, which is the number of calories you burn. The basal metabolic rate (BMR) measures how many calories we burn while at rest.
Even while sleeping, the body is busy converting food into energy, using up our calories to keep us breathing, circulating blood, grow and repair all our cells, digest food and keep all major organs functioning.
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