While many people have complained of gaining weight since they are staying at home during Covid, there are, however, many people, including myself, who have learned how to get fit from home even if you can’t get to a gym.
I Recently Heard of a Guy
I recently read a story of a guy who lost 41 kilos in the 5 months we have been confined at home because of this Virus. He didn’t do it by going to a gym. His story is pretty amazing.
As I understand, this guy did not use some fad diet. By eating 5 to 6 small meals a day and spending many hours walking, he got incredible results!
I did something similar myself and I achieved results. They were not quite so remarkable as his 41 kilos in 5 months. His results are pretty amazing! Since January, I lost 20 pounds and lowered my A1C blood sugar levels, by walking and watching my diet. Losing weight can be done, and you don’t need a gym. While others are complaining of being bored and packing on the pounds, you can lose weight!
Begin with the End in Mind
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Steven Covey, in his classic, best-selling book, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, gave the often quoted maxim, “Begin with the end in mind.” He also said, “Goals are pure fantasy unless you have a specific plan to achieve them.”
In order to accomplish anything of significance, you first have to decide what it is you want to do. There are many Olympic gold metal winners. They did not just go out on the day of the Olympics and do a pole vault or any other major win, without first putting forth day to day effort.
I do not know of any magic pill to make the weight magically disappear, even though there have been many claims to do this. You need a goal, so when you are discouraged and tired, you don’t go and blow it by quitting.
How to Get Fit from Home
This gentleman I mentioned at the beginning of this post, had a plan. He didn’t like being unhealthy and decided all the things he could do if he was healthier. He decided to eat in a healthy way and get out and walk. First, he walked as far as he could, gradually he walked farther and before he realized it he was walking several hours a day.
I can’t express it strong enough, you need motivation that will carry you through the difficult times.
There is not one right diet for everyone. He found that 5 or 6 small meals a day helped him become healthier. I have used intermittent fasting. The Mediterranean diet is also a tried and true healthy diet.
It Must Be Sustainable
You must have something that is sustainable. It may be a great idea, but unless you can live with it day in and day out it will not work in the long run.
I began my weight loss journey back in 2013. I joined a weight loss group for support, and I had great and noble ideas, Somehow, they were not working. Not until I got serious and got an end goal in mind, did I begin to see results.
You often hear of Lifestyle Changes. It is seriously true. We can’t eat junk food and expect to have optimum health.
The Carrot on the End of the Stick
If you want to be successful in weight loss, or in anything for that matter, you need to have a goal set in front of you. When days seem long, and you want to veer from your course, you need that carrot on the end of the stick, to keep you going in the right direction.
In case, you have never heard of the “carrot on the end of the stick” metaphor… In the day when donkeys were used as field labor, to keep those stubborn mules going they would place a carrot on the end of a stick, dangling just out of reach of their nose. The donkey, it is said, would keep moving forward in hopes of reaching that carrot on the end of the stick.
If you don’t know where you are going, any road will get you there.
– Lewis Carroll
So many fail losing weight and keeping it off, in my opinion, is because they do not have that carrot at the end of the stick to keep them going when times get tough.
An insulin resistant person has too much insulin in their blood, and the body is not using it properly.
With too much insulin in the body, you end up increasing your fat storage and you have less ability to use the stored fat to fuel your body’s needs
By keeping your blood sugar levels down where they belong, it decreases the body’s need to produce more insulin to deal with the excess blood glucose (blood sugar). It is in your own best interest to keep from eating high glycemic index foods which will spike your blood sugar levels. I found this list of foods and their glycemic index. They are listed in 3 categories.
11 Ways to Lower Your Blood Sugar
1- Plan Your Meals
When you plan your meals out in advance, you can choose well-balanced, healthy options. As a rule, with planning on your side, your blood sugar should be stable.
Research suggests that during World War I and World War II sugar was not as readily available. During this time incidents of diabetes was a lot less. When sugar is more readily available, there is also an increase in diabetes.
2- Drink Water
It is recommended to drink 8 glasses of water a day. By drinking adequate water, your body releases plenty of urine. Excess blood glucose is released in your urine. As a cautionary note, if you have kidney or heart trouble, do not drink excessive amounts of water as it could cause an imbalance in your system.
If you drink excessive amounts of water you will want to keep your electrolytes in balance. There are electrolyte drinks available. This should be done in close cooperation with your doctor and the lab results which are taken.
You can also boost your electrolyte count naturally with small changes to your diet. Foods like low-fat milk, bananas, sweet potatoes, nuts, and seeds provide key minerals to keep you in balance.
4- High Protein
High protein foods can help stabilize your blood sugar. Eggs have a zero glycemic index. Eggs would be a good choice to keep your blood sugar low as would other healthy proteins such as cold-water fish and chicken.
Most fruit (except for pineapple, melons, and over ripe bananas) have a low glycemic index (GI) of 55 or less. This is because most fruit contain large quantity of water and fiber. This balances the naturally occurring fruit sugars – fructose – in fruit. However, as fruit ripens, the sugar content of them increases and so does the glycemic index of the fruit.
6- Vegetables – Raw, Cooked or Roasted
Choose low-carb veggies. Broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, and asparagus are all low glycemic vegetables. Onions, eggplant, tomatoes, and zucchini are all great to include in your diet.
Yams are a great choice (white potatoes have a high glycemic index) on the other hand, sweet potatoes are very nutritious and have a much lower glycemic index than white potatoes. Research shows that the flesh of the sweet potato has a lot of fiber. This is good news for everyone who wants to increase their fiber intake.
The glycemic index of cucumbers comes in very low at 15. They also contain a hormone needed by the pancreas to produce insulin. The enzyme erepsin in cucumbers works toward breaking down excessive protein in the kidneys.
8- Sea Vegetables
Gram for gram, sea vegetables are higher in minerals and vitamins than any other class of food. Algaes such as chlorella and spirulina are two of the most nutrient-dense foods available and are whole, perfect superfoods.
9- Whole Grains
Oatmeal and oat bran contain fiber. Fiber slows digestion and helps to stabilize blood sugar levels. Pumpernickel bread and 100 percent stone-ground whole wheat bread have low GI scores of 55 or less on the GI scale.
Most nuts have a low GI score, between 0 and 20. The cashew is an exception with a GI of 22. When choosing nuts; walnuts, almonds, and macadamias are great choices.
The American Diabetes Association says that “Physical activity can lower your blood sugar up to 24 hours or more after your workout by making your body more sensitive to insulin.” By checking your blood sugar level before and after exercise, you will see how your body responds to exercise.
A minimum of 30 minutes of exercise, 5 times a week, and two days of strength training exercise is recommended.
Symptoms of Blood Levels that are Too High
If your blood sugar level is too high
, you may experience:
- Increased thirst.
- Frequent urination.
- Nausea and vomiting.
- Shortness of breath.
- Stomach pain.
- Fruity breath odor.
- A very dry mouth.
- A rapid heart beat
Low Blood Sugar (Hypoglycemia)
Signs and symptoms of a low blood sugar level may include:
- Shakiness or nervousness
- Dizziness or light-headedness
- Difficulty speaking
You need to see an end in mind if you are going to reach your goal. As Lewis Carroll said, “If you don’t know where you are going, any road will get you there. It takes making a plan and working that plan to get you to the road of better health. How to get fit from home? Make and follow a healthy plan.
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I would love to hear from you. Do you have any success stories to tell of getting fit at home? Success stories especially during this Covid 19 time?
Disclaimer: I am not a doctor. If you have any concerns or questions about your health, you should always consult with a physician or other healthcare professional. No content on this site should be substituted for direct medical advice from your doctor or other qualified healthcare practitioner. The information contained here is for informational purposes only. It is from my research and personal experience.