Regardless of the number you see when you step on the scale, if you’re significantly overweight, you’re no more likely to become infected with the coronavirus than someone whose weight is well managed.
It’s what happens once you get the virus that makes a difference for people with obesity.
Impact of Obesity on COVID-19 Patients
With obesity, the body is often already in a chronic inflammatory state and suffering from co-morbid conditions like diabetes, heart disease, high cholesterol and sleep apnea.
According to a recent report that examined COVID-19 patient data, for patients with underlying health conditions like these, “Hospitalizations were six times higher, ICU admissions five times higher, and deaths 12 times higher” when compared to patients without these conditions.
Obesity doesn’t just create more severe symptoms, though, it can also complicate the ability to safely treat the illness.
In particular, if you’re suffering from cardiovascular disease or pulmonary hypertension, narrowed blood vessels or existing damage to the lungs can decrease airway responsiveness to a ventilator, potentially complicating recovery. Hospital staff may also have more difficulty moving you to the prone position (on your stomach), a strategy that has been found to helped COVID-19 patients get more oxygen into their lungs.
Improve Your Health Naturally
While the lockdown has certainly created a more stressful environment that lends itself to eating more and making poor food choices, You must start looking to develop healthier habits.
The most direct route to eating well is shifting from an animal-based diet to a plant-based diet. So, when restructuring your diet, look for more non-meat and non-processed options like:
- Food sources that are rich in antioxidants. Choose fruits like blueberries, strawberries, goji berries and raspberries or vegetables like kale, spinach or red cabbage.
- Seek out vitamin-boosting foods that contain calcium, Vitamin B12, Zinc, Potassium and Vitamin C, like cashews, garbanzo beans, oranges, peppers and bananas.
- Eat high-fiber foods like avocado, bran, lentils and chia seeds for beneficial gut bacteria that normalizes your bowel movements and helps clean out your system.
Overall, developing smarter, healthy eating habits pays off in dividends. Supplements can also offer big benefits to giving your body the vitamins and minerals it is missing and making healthy eating choices a lot more convenient and easier to manage!
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We suggest replacing two meals per day with the Slender Shake Meal Replacer or High Protein Vegan Shake and having one (1) healthy low carb meal for dinner.
In addition to changing your diet, adding exercise to your daily routine will go a long way to improving health. And with the longer summer sunlight hours, outside activity will also allow you to naturally soak in much-needed Vitamin D. Aim to do a daily walk even if it is just for 30mins. Build up to 10 000 steps per day.
It’s never too late to start losing weight and improving your overall health. Although it may not protect you from getting the coronavirus, it could help save your life in the long run. START TODAY