🦠 It may seem like COVID is no longer in the spotlight, but some of us still need to wear masks and practice social distancing. Plus lockdowns are still happening in some parts of the world. There’s hardly any aspect of our lives left untouched by the COVID-19 pandemic, and for some people, it has negatively affected their physical and mental health.
🔗 The link between COVID-19 and elevated body weight
For many of us, eating habits have changed during the pandemic. Some of us spend more time cooking and eating at home and less time exercising. In addition, boredom and stress have contributed to many people overeating and munching on unhealthy snacks.
A study published in The Lancet journal (as well as a few other similar studies) concluded that excess weight and higher BMI are associated with an increased risk of severe illness and hospitalization due to COVID-19. Patients with obesity had more underlying diseases and a higher mortality rate compared to those without obesity. In other words, elevated body weight may influence the progression and outcome of COVID-19 and is considered a potential risk factor.
🤔 Right, but what does this have to do with Simple or intermittent fasting?
🧘 Intermittent fasting may be a good way to curb unhealthy eating habits and maximize metabolic health, which could help people achieve optimal health as we come out of the pandemic. A 2021 study found that"IF is associated with improvements in mood and emotional well-being. IF may be more sustainable than traditional diets because it allows individuals to maintain their usual diets with shorter eating durations. IF has been shown to have positive metabolic consequences, such as improved glucose homeostasis, even in the absence of weight reduction and/or no changes in overall energy expenditure".
A combination of nutritional lifestyles and physical activity are likely to play a vital role in supporting the immune system and reducing the risk of developing a severe case of COVID-19, a recent study from the University of Southampton revealed. If you're more of a visual learner, here's a picture for you:
Simple can help you incorporate intermittent fasting into your lifestyle, thus supporting your immune health, restoring metabolic function and leading to healthier eating habits.
Intermittent fasting is especially suitable for the current stay-at-home lifestyle that some of us experience, as it does not require significant alterations in your diet. Instead, the focus is on eating during specific time windows.
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