Millions face battle of the bulge after adding weight during lockdown

New research has revealed more millions of Britons have gained more than a stone in weight during the pandemic lockdown.

However, the 1:1 Diet by Cambridge Weight Plan commissioned a study also revealed the motivation to change lives for the better is stronger than ever.

Half of UK adults questioned said they’ve been inspired by the coronavirus crisis to lose weight in order to become fitter and healthier.

And two-fifths of people polled said they were keen to combat the effects of lockdown by adopting a healthier diet.

The younger generation is particularly affected, with one in 10 aged between 18-24 experiencing weight gain.

From more exercise to getting jobs done around the house, here are the top five things people wish they had done more of during lockdown:

  1. Exercised more (39 per cent)
  2. Lost more weight (35 per cent)
  3. Got more jobs done around the house (30 per cent)
  4. Made the most of my spare time (27 per cent)
  5. Learnt a new skill (24 per cent)

Mark Gilbert, nutritionist at The 1:1 Diet by Cambridge Weight Plan, said: “This uncertain time has been hard for many people, and our research shows that it’s not been kind on our health.

“It’s understandable that many have struggled, however it’s really promising to see so many people are going to be moving forwards as restrictions continue to lift, feeling motivated to lose weight and become fitter and healthier.

“Motivation is half the battle, but we know choosing the right diet plan and receiving the right support is crucial for successful and sustainable weight loss.”

Ex-British 400m runner, Roger Black MBE, added: “It’s great to see that people are positively reacting to the pandemic, but reaching our fitness goals can be a challenge, especially when doing it alone.

“I’ve always been lucky enough to be supported by a full team when achieving mine, and it’s fantastic to see the results people can have when they have a consultant behind them during their personal weight loss journey.”

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