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Americans have lost all hope of getting a summer body this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to new research.

The survey of 2,000 Americans found 63 percent are now focusing their efforts on achieving a post-quarantine body instead.

Results found these long days in lockdown may have been a wake-up call for respondents, as 64 percent said they’ve felt an increased desire to eat healthier.

Conducted by OnePoll on behalf of Nutrisystem, the survey revealed 63 percent of those polled said they’ve now placed more of a priority on improving their diet.

As the days start to blur together during lockdown, 75 percent of respondents were in agreement that they’re starting to feel like they’re living the same day over and over again.

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Seventy-four percent of respondents were also in agreement that when their daily routines are thrown off, it’s a source of stress and anxiety for them.
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And as each day starts to feel like the last, 46 percent of those polled shared they’ve only been wearing sweatpants or yoga pants during quarantine – and a further 28 percent can’t even remember the last time they wore pants.

Seventy-four percent of respondents were also in agreement that when their daily routines are thrown off, it’s a source of stress and anxiety for them.

Inconsistent daily routines aren’t the only thing causing respondents stress, however; 76% of those surveyed have experienced increased stress because they’re snacking more.

In fact, four in 10 respondents shared their eating schedules have become increasingly inconsistent and six in 10 shared their diets were derailed upon entering self-isolation.

Seventy-six percent of respondents shared they’ve gained up to 16lbs during their time in self-isolation.

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These poor eating habits might be all connected to boredom while stuck inside, as 69 percent of those polled said they tend to start snacking because they have nothing else to do.

With 65 percent of respondents sharing they’ve been primarily eating comfort foods while sheltering in place, it’s no wonder a further 33 percent of those surveyed said their top struggle during lockdown has been eating healthy.

“So many people think that eating healthier means giving up your favorite comfort foods, and that is completely untrue,” said Courtney McCormick, corporate dietitian at Nutrisystem.

“That’s why programs like Nutrisystem exist, so you can achieve your weight loss goals without sacrificing favorites like burgers or mac and cheese. It’s also key to have healthy snacks like fruit and veggies on hand for when a snack craving strikes.”

Forty-two percent of respondents said one of their top struggles during lockdown is maintaining a consistent eating schedule.

Aside from the common struggles of inconsistent sleep schedules and a lack of physical activity, 41 percent of respondents also shared they’ve been struggling to maintain a positive attitude during their time in quarantine.

It’s no surprise then, that the top priority for respondents was improving their outlook on life by focusing on the positive in their lives.

“Maintaining a positive mindset is so important when you’re trying to live a healthier lifestyle,” said McCormick. “That means making positive thinking and mindfulness a habit as you work towards your goals.”

TOP PRIORITIES DURING SELF-ISOLATION

  • Focusing on the positive parts of their life – 49%
  • Eating healthier – 45%
  • Being more physically active – 45%
  • Improving their mental health – 44%
  • Losing weight – 33%
  • Being more productive while working from home – 27%

TOP STRUGGLES OF SELF-ISOLATION

  • Maintaining a consistent sleep schedule – 44%
  • Staying physically active – 42%
  • Maintaining a consistent eating schedule – 42%
  • Maintaining a positive attitude – 41%
  • Staying motivated while working from home – 34%
  • Eating healthy – 33%

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