Did you gain unwanted pandemic pounds? Tips for shedding the weight the right way

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By , KYW Newsradio

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — The COVID-19 pandemic has caused a lot of people to take a closer look at their waistlines — and discover some extra weight. However, that quarantine bread you were making shouldn’t take all the blame.

The average American has gained about 1.5 pounds each month of the pandemic, according to weight loss specialist Dr. Winifred Constable. Constable, who runs Diata Medical Weight Loss in Bryn Mawr, told the KYW Newsradio In Depth podcast that stress has a lot to do with it.

"Weight is very complex," she explained. "It's a combination of understanding what you need to do to get the weight off and creating a routine, a structure of eating that is correct for your body, but it is absolutely not about will power and it is not about calories."

She said it's important to understand that everyone's body is different, especially when it comes to weight loss.

"I never look at calories. I'm not interested in calories. All calories are not the same," she said.

"If you eat 500 calories of chocolate cake, it is not the same as eating 500 calories of grilled chicken. So you need to learn about the chemistry of food and what combinations of food your body needs at the time of day."

Constable suggested your weight should be about self-care, and gave some tips.

"Go outside, count to ten, take a deep breath, look at the sky, look at the sun and then go back in and deal with whatever your situation is or take a drink of water, or sit down and close your eyes and count to ten," she advised.

"But then you need to relieve stress on a regular basis, that means exercising, doing something for yourself once a week as a treat at the end of the week — getting your nails done, going and playing basketball, calling a friend, having coffee with a friend. These are very important things. These are necessities of life."

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