Why you should stop worrying about pandemic weight gain, according to 4 experts

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According to a study by Gelesis, at least 71 million Americans gained weight during the pandemic.

Here are four tips from experts on how to deal with any weight-related stress you might be experiencing.

1. Therapist Jessica Sprengle says it's important to show yourself some self-compassion during these “trying times.” 

"We are all living through collective trauma, every day, and coping with that in all of the most adaptive ways can be incredibly difficult," Jessica Sprengle, tells HuffPost.

2. Registered dietitian Emmaline Rasmussen recommends erasing the words “bad” and “good” from your food vocabulary.

Guilting ourselves about our food choices doesn’t usually change our behaviours, and it robs us of the enjoyment of the indulgent experience, which can lead to further unhealthy food choices," says Emmaline Rasmussen.

READ MORE | Everything you need to know about intuitive eating, plus 7 great habits to consider adopting 

3. Therapist Jenny Weinar recommends rethinking how you want to view this pandemic period.

"Do you want to recall being consumed by thoughts about your body and the fear of it changing," says Jenny Weinar.

4. Psychotherapist Andre Watcher says that instead of shaming yourself for what you eat, think about why you are eating in the first place.

"When we feed our bodies non-restrictively and respectfully, offer ourselves compassion, speak to ourselves kindly... food takes its natural place in our lives as nutrition and pleasure," he adds.

Do you have any strategies that have helped you deal with pandemic weight gain? Tell us about them here.

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