Weight Gain and The COVID-19 Pandemic

We are about six months into the COVID-19 pandemic; it’s time to check-in with yourself. Have you gained weight? If so, you are not alone.

As a St. Augustine Therapist working with weight loss clients, I can tell you that there are many reasons for your weight gain during the COVID-19 pandemic. The question is: what are you going to do about it?

COVID-19 Weight Gain is Similar to “The Freshman 15”

Some liken COVID-19 weight gain to the weight gain that sometimes occurs when students first go away to college, AKA “the Freshman 15.”

Usually, Freshman students gain weight due to additional stress and new freedom from parental guidance. Students are learning how to adapt to their new lifestyle, and choose how, when, and what to eat, without limits like those previously imposed by their parents.

Young adults struggling with weight gain need to learn how to monitor their own choices around food and drinks and make the conscious decision to eat foods that are part of a healthier lifestyle.

Similarly, during the COVID19 pandemic, many people have gained weight due to the profound stress caused by life changes, many of which they have limited control over. 

Have you had a lack of social activities, challenging schedules (or no schedule at all), relationship changes or loss, income/job change, parenting challenges, concerns about your children returning to school or being homeschooled, etc.?

Being under quarantine has affected all of our lives. It’s important to be compassionate with yourself as you assess your reactions to the changes you’ve been experiencing.

Help and Hope with a Personal Weight Loss Plan

Life changes can be extremely stressful. It is not surprising that people revert to unhealthy ways of coping with food and drink during very abnormal circumstances, like the COVID-19 pandemic.

However, your stressors and how you handle them are personal to you. And you deserve to have a weight loss program with counseling that is tailored to your needs. 

That’s why I created my 6 Session Weight Loss Program. This program is a combination of therapeutic hypnosis and life coaching tailored to you, to help you reduce your weight by changing the way you think and feel towards food. As a result, you’ll take control of your eating behavior, feel motivated to eat healthily, and increase physical activity.

You can click here to learn more about my 6 Session Weight Loss Program. This program can be conducted either in person or through telehealth sessions. I offer a FREE 15-minute consultation to go over the program, so you can determine if it’s right for you. Please contact me at Info@IsobelMcGrath.com or (904) 436-5576.

Isobel McGrath is a licensed International Mental Health Counselor, Life Coach, and Certified Hypnotherapist located in St. Augustine, FL.

Isobel provides therapy, counseling, and hypnosis in person at her St. Augustine Beach office, and through Telehealth. She is dedicated to providing exceptional, collaborative care, and truly cares about her clients and their well-being. 

For more information about St. Augustine Therapist Isobel McGrath, please visit: Mindful-Options.comIsobelMcGrath.com, and 30SecondsOfCalm.com