\u201cOh my goodness!\u201d, I gasped as I stared at the flashing numbers on the weighing scale. \u201cDear, I think the scale is broken\u2026we should throw it out, really,\u201d I picked up the scale and headed to the dustbin. \u201cWoah, woah, woah, how broken is broken?\u201d, my husband asked suspiciously. \u201cWell\u2026it says I\u2019ve gained 5kg in 3 months! How's that possible?! Confirmed broken!\u201d, I protested loudly. \u201cErm, you sure it\u2019s not all the snacks and the new recipes you\u2019ve been trying out lately?\u201d, the husband was treading on very thin ice here. \u201cSo, what are you trying to say, hmm?\u201d, I asked carefully. \u201cUhhh, I mean, what\u2019s for our tea break today? I\u2019m starving!\u201d, he said as he gently slapped on his tummy; beaming. Crisis diverted. But in all honesty, my husband was right. There's no denying that the lockdown has brought on a whole level of eating \u201cdisorder\u201d, for lack of a better word, in many of us. I mean, what do you do while locked down at home? Cook, bake, order, eat, and be merry lah! Eat & Be Merry Overnight, online grocery shopping exploded and the F&B and delivery services were booming. Whether you enjoy cooking, forced to cook, or prefer ordering out, there's never a lack of supply. So really, putting on those extra weights isn\u2019t that difficult. To top it off, the lack of movement and exercise, what with being stuck at home all day every day, can easily get our weight balloons up. Losing them is the\u00a0problem. Not to mention, the stress of being contracted with the disease, losing income, worrying about loan repayments can drive a person to binge eating and start an unhealthy lifestyle of eat-sleep-and-repeat. Time to Face the Music In order to break that cycle, something\u2019s got to give, but don\u2019t worry, we won\u2019t give up on food, just yet! We can lose weight while still enjoying our favourite food by making a few simple adjustments to our habits and lifestyle. Most importantly \u2013 start right NOW! Procrastination will never get us anywhere. Get Back in Shape with These 7 Tips 1. Consistent! Consistent! Consistent! That\u2019s right, consistency is the key to our weight loss plan. In fact, to all plans in life! By being consistent with a routine, it helps our brain to automate it. We get it, in our busyness, maintaining something as \u201cextra\u201d as exercising can be demanding, but hey, that\u2019s one box we need to jump out of. Remember that regular exercises give us a whole range of health benefits and an underworked body will lower our immune system and cause all kinds of complications as we grow older. As you embark on a journey of healthy living now, take time to try out different activities and sports, experiment with different timing, schedule, and even frequencies. You'll eventually come to a rhythm that'll work best for you. And sometimes if you really can\u2019t make time for your usual regimen, just go for a walk or squeeze in a 15-minute at-home workout or stretching exercises. Whatever you do, keep at it and don\u2019t give up. 2. Stay Motivated Now that we are being consistent with our exercise routine, staying motivated is what is going to maintain our consistency. It\u2019s true we don\u2019t need a lot of fancy equipment and things to exercise, but a little help will go a long way. Perhaps investing in a set of quality working out clothes would do the trick; besides, it helps keep our womanly bits supported and protected, too! Setting goals will keep us on track but remember to set realistic and practical goals. Goals like \u201csqueezing into a size 0 pair of jeans when we're now a size 6 in 3 months\u201d is not realistic nor is it safe. Reflect on the reasons why you want to lose weight \u2013 a healthier image? To lead by example for my children? Better focused at work? Long term goals like this will help you set the tone in making an achievable short-term goal in your wellness journey. 3. Get Plenty of Sleep Lack of sleep affects our moods (thus, motivation!) and stimulates our appetite; that means we'll end up eating unnecessarily, and we all know that emotional eating often calls for unhealthy comfort food. So aim for 6\u20138 hours of quality sleep every night. Consider a pair of black-out curtains, switch off all gadgets before going to bed, and setting the right temperature in the room improves sleep, too. 4. Be in a Calorie Deficit Now that sure sounds like a big term! But all it means is to be mindful of what we eat. Our body needs only a certain amount of calories to keep us functioning optimally. Anything more will be turned into fat and that's how we gain weight. \u201cEating to live\u201d is then a more wholesome motto and we should abide by it. Without going into a whole complicated formula of counting and subtracting calories right off the bat, here\u2019s a straight forward tip \u2013 consume food that nourishes and heals (i.e. whole, natural foods, such as fruits and vegetables, lean meat, legumes, and nuts). Cut out simple, processed food, such as sugary drinks (yes, that includes Boba milk teas and boxed juices!), desserts like cakes and ice creams (did you know that a simple cheese platter makes a healthier choice than a piece of Black Forest cake?), and fast food. 5. Hydrate Well Our body is composed of 60% of water (our brain and heart are made up of 73% water and our lungs a whopping 83%!) and that tells us how important it is to our bodily function. Research suggests that the more hydrated we are, the more efficiently our body works, that includes staying sharp and attentive and burning body fat. Isn\u2019t that amazing? Whenever we feel hungry, instead of reaching out for a cookie, try going for a glass of water first, that'll suppress our appetite and ward off the empty calories that you might have consumed. Staying hydrated boosts our metabolism, too. So, if maintaining a healthy body and losing some extra pounds are your goals, then drinking enough water is definitely a good step forward. 6. Enjoy the Journey and Have Fun! Everything works better when we're having fun! While there are heaps of diet and weight loss plans out there up for our choosing, it\u2019s best to start with something simple, such as regular exercise and healthy eating. Paleo, Keto, Atkins, et al, are great if we exercise caution and do our due diligence by doing thorough research. It's definitely not a wise thing to just dive right into any weight loss plans just because it was made popular by media influencers. Without the proper knowledge, we may quickly fall off the bandwagon or worse, mess up our health. 7. Mindful Cooking; Mindful Eating Healthy eating and eating clean plays a big role in controlling our weight. Instead of avoiding fat or carbs altogether, why not seek out natural ingredients and healthier options? Choosing a cholesterol-free, fatty acids-rich cooking oil helps in maintaining a healthier eating habit. A high cholesterol diet can narrow or block our arteries in the long run, which puts us directly at risk of heart diseases. One way of treating high cholesterol is by swapping with a heart-healthy lifestyle and eating habits \u2013 hence, a cholesterol-free cooking oil is a great place to start. Fatty acids serve as energy for the muscles and our vital organs as building blocks for cell membranes and as energy storage for our body. 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