A new study reveals a dangerous link between Covid-19 death and obesity levels.
According to the World Obesity Federation, an organization backed by the World Health Organization, death rates for coronavirus are 10 times higher in countries (including the United States) where at least 50 percent of the population is overweight.
The head of the WHO, Director General Tedros Adhanon Ghebreyesus, told the Financial Times, “The correlation between obesity and mortality rates from COVID-19 is clear and compelling.”
The news should serve as a wake up call for anyone struggling to eat healthy: it’s time to get your diet back on track.
At Mystical Living, we want you to enjoy life to its fullest. Part of that means staying ON TRACK with your diet and exercise.
We have many delicious and wonderful recipe ideas and we encourage you to check them out. There are also specific foods that can assist your body in warding off contagious viruses and we will keep reporting on them and encourage you to read up on those, as well.
In the meantime, there are some important rules worth following, and we’ve listed them here.
1. Drink 8 Glasses of Water per day.
We’ve all heard to do that, but how many of us really do? If you’re not drinking at least 8 glasses of water per day, you need to start.
That’s because water can help build your immune system’s functionality. Our bodies are made up of water (50-70% of our body weight comes from water) and we need that water to perform our daily functions. Water helps us get rid of waste, toxins, and overall it a critical part of maintaining our health. The other benefit of water? It helps to fill you up. So, before your overindulge in food… overindulged in water! You can also add fresh lemon slices to make it extra special.
2. No Snacking After Dinner
Snacking at night is terrible for all the obviously reasons. In the best case scenario, you don’t have any fattening snacks in the house EVER. But, that’s not always easy. Especially if you have kids.
If you struggle with an after dinner snacking habit, here’s our remedy to break it. Buy a small cabinet with a lock. Put all the bad stuff in there and lock it up. Put the key away. Far, far away.
We know this may seem a little over the top, but it works. It’s that extra added step of going and getting the key that will cause you to think twice before reaching for those snacks.
3. Eat Protein at Every Meal: Preferably Fish, Lean Meat, Beans and Egg Whites
The biggest benefit to eating lean protein (in addition to nutrients) stems from the fact that protein is quite filling. This means that you’ll be less likely to snack, and less likely to try to fill up on fattening foods. Between plenty of protein and plenty of water, you’ll soon learn that you don’t really NEED to supplementing with chips and pizza and hot fudge sundaes.
Salmon, Egg Whites and Chicken (great recipe here) are great sources of protein as are beans.
4. Weigh Yourself Every Day
We know, weight fluctuates. In fact, our weight can even fluctuate up to 6 pounds in any given day! And we know, plenty of experts say weigh yourself just once a week. But, we disagree. You need to hold yourself accountable and the best way to do that is to be religious about weighing yourself. There are some great scales on the market these days, including scales that sync with your phone – so, it makes it easier to monitor.
5. Get 8 Hours Of Sleep
Sleep may be one of the most overlooked part of maintaining a healthy weight. We NEED sleep. When you don’t get enough sleep, you’re more likely to consume more calories. When you’re tired, you get hungry. It’s partly because hunger hormones like gherlin and leptin get out of whack.
As a result? Poor sleep is a major risk factor for weight gain and obesity. So, make sure you’re getting your Zs!
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And good luck. STAY MOTIVATED. This is your HEALTH we are talking about!