The current restrictions imposed by the government for COVID-19 are; we have to keep in groups of 6 or less from different households and we have to maintain the social-distancing of at least 2 metres.
In addition to this we also have to wear a face mask on public transport and non-essential retail is probably going to open in mid-June.
But I think I speak for everyone when I say – fuck knows what’s going on.
These restrictions could be in place for a few weeks or maybe a few months – I personally will probably be working from home until 2021 so I’m settling in for a long shift of isolation.
Regardless of how long we are in lockdown, you’re going to want to know how to diet properly to ensure you’re ready for whatever lockdown has to throw at you.
HOW THEY IMPACT ON DIETING
The restrictions on public transport and keeping 2 metres apart are going to make it very difficult for you to go out shopping for your favourite bits and pieces.
So whilst we’ve got the time, we might as well think of ways to make lockdown work in our favour.
Although it is going to restrict what you can buy, you’re better off shopping local. This will avoid you wasting time queuing to get into major supermarkets and generally keep your stress levels as low as possible.
Increased stress makes your body release cortisol and contributes to weight gain (mainly through water, but still!).
Another impact the restrictions are going to have on us is that is going to be a lot easier to eat shit.
This is because we’re going to be restricted on what is available for us to buy. Everyone is going to want to stock up on staple foods so you may just be left with the odds and sods on the shelves.
The solution will most likely be online shopping – most major supermarkets let you click and collect or they deliver so this will make sure you’re not missing out!
With this in mind, the need to be flexible is more important now than it ever has been so planning is going to be crazy important if you want to make dieting work whilst in lockdown.
KEY THINGS TO CONSIDER:
There’s going to be some key considerations you should think about to make life and dieting as easy as possible during lockdown:
FOCUS ON THE PROTEIN
You are going to want to aim for foods that are higher in protein. This is because protein helps to keep you fuller for longer.
Additionally, protein is the building blocks of muscle and therefore it is important to keep this in your diet whilst you’re trying to achieve your fitness goals to make sure you’re not losing hard-earned muscle on the way.
For some on lockdown, money is a bit of a difficulty especially with people falling through the net of the Furlough scheme and the inefficiency of the universal credit system.
With that being said, you are going to want to look for cheap sources of food.
This could be through looking for deals online/in-store or by choosing frozen food options for meat and vegetables and these are usually much cheaper than their fresh alternatives.
A great way to also keep money spending to a minimum, is to create a shopping list before you go shopping.
This helps to make sure you don’t go off-track and start to buy stuff for the hell of it.
Another way to get the biggest bang for your buck is to make big batches of food using bulk ingredients.
Examples could be Casserole or Chilli Con Carne – you could just get a big bag of mince, a can of kidney beans and stir in some rice.
That could last you a good 3 to 4 days depending on how much you make and will be a fraction of the price if you were to make a few different individual meals.
Another thing too often overlooked during lockdown is the importance of micronutrients.
Micronutrients are needed to make sure that your body keeps functioning properly and that you feel healthier in general.
Obviously the easiest way to get micronutrients into you would be to eat vegetables however getting these fresh may also come at a cost so you can look at exploring cheaper alternatives such as frozen fruit and vegetables as mentioned earlier in the article.
Fibre is super important to have as you will want to keep your movements regular – no one wants to be backed up so much that they are chatting shit… literally.
Great sources of fibre include:
- Grains; and
You’d be amazed at how much extra fibre you can get throwing in a handful of seeds or stirring in half a can of beans into your meals.
Personally, I like to add chia seeds into my porridge every morning because it gives me a good 5-ish grams of fibre and gets my fibre intake off to a good start.
HOW TO MAKE THE MOST OF THE LOCKDOWN
Since we are in an unprecedented position there are definitely a few ways that we can make the lockdown work for us:
REFINE YOUR DIET FOR WORK
As you are going to be inevitably going back to the office at some point and you’ve got a lot of time on your plate now, now is a great chance to think about the best ways to refine your diet before going back.
Obviously you haven’t got to reinvent the wheel but thinking of simple meals that you can have are tasty and also fit in with the facilities available at work.
If your office doesn’t have a microwave then you don’t want to be programming in food that you need to heat up. You’d probably just want to opt for something cold like a salad or a simple sandwich.
DO RESEARCH ON SUPPLY IN THE MARKET
It sounds a bit stupid but research the market.
I’m not talking about SEO keyword research or what you want to invest your money in – more what places are doing good deals just so that you can make your money work a little bit harder.
If you know that there are going to be shortages in certain foods based on the news, then you know there won’t be a lot of deals on. I think a recent one was broccoli – whether that is still a thing, who knows.
On the flip side, if you know that there is too much of one food on the market, then you know that there is likely to be more of them in the shops and you can probably get them at a better price.
CREATE GOOD DIETING HABITS
Creating good diet habits while you are on lockdown could be an absolute godsend.
If you get into a good rhythm of meal prepping and surviving on 2 to 3 snacks a day, this is going to set you up really well for when you go back to the office.
Unfortunately, you can’t just casually graze on popcorn and ice cream when you get back to the office.
This kind of goes without saying but hydration is super important whether we’re in lockdown or not.
So my advice is to just keep drinking water. We’re approximately 60% water anyway so I like to just see it as drinking life force back into our body.
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