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Your Healthy Family: Gaining weight during the pandemic? You're not alone

Posted at 12:36 PM, Aug 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-14 12:31:38-04

COLORADO SPRINGS — What is more certain in life these days than about the only thing we can count on in life right now is uncertainty because of the pandemic?

Uncertainty is leading to stress that is taking a toll on all of us in different ways. Dr. Kristen Kells, D.C., B.S.c. owns Dr. Kells' Weight Loss in Colorado Springs and says for many of us, the stress is manifesting itself in extra pounds. “If you are feeling down about your health and you've gained weight you are not alone. 47% of women and 22% of men have gained weight and 70% of those people say it's because they're stressed and there is a real physiological reason for it.”

In past stories, (Your Healthy Family: The science behind stress eating) Dr. Kells has explained more about the reasons many people stress eat. The cravings are tied to the nervous system in our gut and as the pandemic stretches on, so will the stress and a quest to manage it somehow.

Dr. Kells says, “We are in a perfect storm for weight gain. I am not meant for social isolation to sit in my house with my adult children home with me all day.”

The struggle to lose weight is one that Dr. Kells knows personally. (Your Healthy Family: Dr. Kristen Kells’ weight loss journey) She says, “I face many of the same challenges myself, but if we can have that conversation now that this (pandemic) is really going on and what do I do? What am I in charge of? What can I control? The first thing we can control is becoming a critical thinker.”

What does it mean to be a critical thinker? Dr. Kells says, don't fall for fads or habits that have failed you in the past. “Don't buy the hype or the claims. The FDA and FTC are cracking down on claims of a magic cure for this, and a COVID magic bullet to make you lose 30 pounds overnight. Be a critical thinker and get really clear on, what do I want for my health? That's where I would say we need to start.”

In a world where so much feels out of our control, Dr. Kells chooses to focus on the fact that the only thing we really can control is ourselves. “Our health has gone from the periphery to now I know I need to take care of myself. It’s at the center of the conversation right now, and in some ways I believe we can use that as an opportunity as a society, to say, ‘Yeah, let's take care of ourselves, it’s bad right now and it’s important to know there's no judgment for those people who are struggling.”

If you are interested in learning more about Kells’ Weight Loss Center, and Dr. Kells' unique wellness program you can visit them on Facebook, or go directly to their webpage (HERE) or give them a call in Colorado Springs at 719-259-0773.

Kells’ Weight Loss is a proud sponsor of Your Healthy Family