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High-Calorie Foods to Avoid During Quarantine

High-Calorie Foods to Avoid During Quarantine

When you’re home all day during quarantine, it may be tempting to reach into your stash of snacks or have your favourite junk food delivered to you. But sadly most of these food choices tend to be high in calories, even if you eat only a small portion. Given that it’s more important to stay healthy these days, you may want to minimise their consumption or avoid the high-calorie foods altogether. Too much of these foods can cause you to gain weight and become obese, which could put you at risk of becoming diabetic and develop other conditions, such as heart disease and common types of cancers.

What are high-calorie foods?

They are usually processed foods that are high in sugars, starches, and fats. Here are some examples:

  • Cakes
  • Chocolates and other sweets
  • Biscuits
  • Ice cream
  • Fast food (i.e. fried chicken, burgers, and fries)
  • Pastries
  • Pizza
  • Chips
  • Processed foods

In some cases, you might find yourself drinking your calories, such as when you consume sugar-laden drinks, sodas, and too much alcohol. So, you may also want to be mindful of what you drink during quarantine to avoid consuming too many calories in one day and reduce your chance of gaining too much weight.

You may be tempted to reach for high-calorie foods when you’re hungry. Try to resist that temptation and make smarter food choices, which include fruits, vegetables, and whole grains in controlled portions, so you can feel full longer, while consuming fewer calories per meal. Opt to cook your own food. That way, you can maintain a good shape during quarantine and stay healthy.

Sometimes, you can’t help but eat high-calorie foods. In that case, you may want to reduce the portion and consider adding regular physical activity to your daily routine to help burn those extra calories. Exercise is so good for you and can boost your immunity, especially when paired with a healthy diet.

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References:

https://www.wcrf-uk.org/uk/preventing-cancer/cancer-prevention-recommendations/avoid-high-calorie-foods#:~:text=Limit%20consumption%20of%20’fast%20foods,in%20fat%2C%20starches%20or%20sugars&text=Limiting%20these%20foods%20helps%20control,to%20be%20overweight%20or%20obese.
https://www.euro.who.int/en/health-topics/health-emergencies/coronavirus-covid-19/technical-guidance/food-and-nutrition-tips-during-self-quarantine