Effective ways to keep your body in shape and weight during the lockdown

Effective ways to keep your body in shape and weight during the lockdown


Many of us did not foresee the lockdown; mostly the effects it could have on some areas of our lives which includes our wellbeing.

Apart from the fear and panic the pandemic has caused, there is also more concern on how well to manage our health and general wellbeing.

The truth that most Nigerians do not really pay attention to wellbeing is no longer news; however, there is the need now to not only maintain a healthy lifestyle; but also sustain it.


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In this article, we have put together effective way at which you can maintain a healthy lifestyle and also your weight during this period of lockdown.

Intermittent fasting

This is a pattern of eating where you schedule meals to get the most out of them; that is, you cycle between the period of eating and fasting. It also means stalling a bit on how early you eat and how early you stop eating. To engage, try not to eat before 11 am and after 6:30 pm. This way you eat less than you eat regularly. If you must eat after 6: 30 pm, do fruit.




Drink a lot of water

Water is essential to weight maintenance and weight loss. It helps boost your metabolism, double as an appetite suppressant so you eat less and it keeps you hydrated. You don’t want to joke with being hydrated at this time. Also, drinking lots of water helps reduce the amount of water your body retains.

Sharpen your cooking skills

This lockdown seems to be the best time to boost your cooking skills. Studies show that people who understand how to prepare meals; and make different kinds of dishes are likely to eat more nutritious meals. Now is the time to cut down on our rice and bread intake. Learn to make healthy meals with available resources such as the internet.



Portion control

Lesson 101 of weight loss and maintenance is portion control. Eat whatever but in the right portion, that way you don’t feel like you’re on a diet; but you are cutting calories. Another trick is to serve food in smaller plates. Thank me later *wink*

Online challenge

This one is as important; you know those online challenges where you have to dance to a song on TikTok or make a thriller video? Yes, that one. It takes a couple of trials before you get the perfect video for the gram (Instagram). It is also a form of physical activity so go ahead and participate for your weight sake.

Snack on fruit
Fruits are usually high on fibre and nutrients and low in calories, it then makes sense to snack on fruits. Snack on fruit, and let us celebrate apples, bananas, and sweet mangoes instead.

Get more sleep
Well, sleep is most likely 50% of what we do now, so this is not a part of it. Consider it a bonus for when you get back to your active life, a minimum of 8 hours of sleep is required.

Say NO to sugary beverages
This means no carbonated drink of any kind. Choose water instead. Since we have a lot of time, you can make your natural juice. SAY NO TO SUGAR!

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