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The Lockdown Weight Loss Survey

With gym closures and extra time spent indoors during 2020, the pandemic has put a strain on waistlines across the UK! 

The question is, by how much?

To find out, we surveyed the counties of England to find out who gained, lost or maintained weight during 2020.

How did your county do?

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"Walking, cycling and weight lifting were the three most popular exercises overall"

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Walking

Walking is an excellent cardiovascular exercise — especially if you can walk at a pace of around 3 miles per hour. 

One significant benefit to walking versus jogging or running is the reduced impact on your joints if you are overweight. 

An hour of brisk walking can burn between 200 and 350 calories for most people. 

To put that into perspective, walking for an hour a day, five days per week, will burn between 1000 and 1,750 calories. 

And given that one pound of fat equals 3500 calories, this means you could walk off between ⅓ to ½ a pound of fat each week.

Walking is an excellent cardiovascular exercise — especially if you can walk at a pace of around 3 miles per hour. One significant benefit to walking versus jogging or running is the reduced impact on your joints if you are overweight. 

An hour of brisk walking can burn between 200 and 350 calories for most people. To put that into perspective, walking for an hour a day, five days per week, will burn between 1000 and 1,750 calories. And given that one pound of fat equals 3500 calories, this means you could walk off between ⅓ to ½ a pound of fat each week.

Cycling for weight loss

Cycling

Bike riding is a fantastic cardiovascular workout. 

It boosts your heart and lung health, improves your blood flow, builds muscle strength, and can lower your stress levels. 

Biking at a moderate speed of 10 to 12 miles per hour for 30 minutes will cause a 140 pound (10 stone) person to burn around 200 calories. 

This is why cycle to work schemes are so popular, with the average person burning 500 calories per day with a brisk 60-minute commute. 

If you did that five days per week (with two days of weekend leisure cycling), you could burn off a pound of fat per week.

Bike riding is a fantastic cardiovascular workout. It boosts your heart and lung health, improves your blood flow, builds muscle strength, and can lower your stress levels. Biking at a moderate speed of 10 to 12 miles per hour for 30 minutes will cause a 140 pound (10 stone) person to burn around 200 calories. 

This is why cycle to work schemes are so popular, with the average person burning 500 calories per day with a brisk 60-minute commute. If you did that five days per week (with two days of weekend leisure cycling), you could burn off a pound of fat per week.

Weight lifting for weight loss

Weight Lifting

Lifting weights is a fantastic way to improve your overall fitness, from burning body fat and strengthening your bones to preventing injury and making your heart healthier. 

Muscle tissue also burns three times more calories than fat, even when you are at rest. 

This means that 10 pounds of muscle would burn 50 calories per day, whereas 10 pounds of fat would only burn 20 calories. 

So the more muscle you have on your frame, the more calories you will burn by simply existing.

Lifting weights is a fantastic way to improve your overall fitness, from burning body fat and strengthening your bones to preventing injury and making your heart healthier. Muscle tissue also burns three times more calories than fat, even when you are at rest. 

This means that 10 pounds of muscle would burn 50 calories per day, whereas 10 pounds of fat would only burn 20 calories. So the more muscle you have on your frame, the more calories you will burn by simply existing.

"Only 35% of survey respondents were actively attempting to lose weight during 2020"

Calorie Counting

Many weight loss programs were popular in our survey, including Slimming World, Calorie Counting and The Keto Diet. 

These dieting programs have the same thing in common — they all rely on you to consume fewer calories than you burn to achieve weight loss.

Ultimately, being consistent with a healthy calorie deficit is the true secret to losing weight and keeping it off for good. 

That is why it’s always best to diet in a way that you can sustain long term. 

This is why so many people fail when they crash diet or omit entire food groups such as carbs.

What did carbs ever do wrong anyway? They contain the same number of calories as protein!

Many weight loss programs were popular in our survey, including Slimming World, Calorie Counting and The Keto Diet. These dieting programs have the same thing in common — they all rely on you to consume fewer calories than you burn to achieve weight loss.

Ultimately, being consistent with a healthy calorie deficit is the true secret to losing weight and keeping it off for good. That is why it’s always best to diet in a way that you can sustain long term. This is why so many people fail when they crash diet or omit entire food groups such as carbs.

What did carbs ever do wrong anyway? They contain the same number of calories as protein!

Weekly Takeaways

On average, 39% of people ordered a takeaway each week. 

Residents of Cornwall loved to indulge the most, with 52% enjoying a weekly binge. 

In contrast, only 12% of Herefordshire (the only county that lost weight overall!) indulged in a weekly belly bender.

It’s worth remembering the number of calories in the average takeaway. 

A 12-inch pizza contains 1,835 calories, a doner kebab contains 2000 calories, and the average Chinese takeaway packs a whopping 2,184 calories.

That means that those weekly Chinese takeaways add up to 113,568 calories over a year, which equates to 32.4 pounds of fat!

On average, 39% of people ordered a takeaway each week. Residents of Cornwall loved to indulge the most, with 52% enjoying a weekly binge. In contrast, only 12% of Herefordshire (the only county that lost weight overall!) indulged in a weekly belly bender.

It’s worth remembering the number of calories in the average takeaway. A 12-inch pizza contains 1,835 calories, a doner kebab contains 2000 calories, and the average Chinese takeaway packs a whopping 2,184 calories.

That means that those weekly Chinese takeaways add up to 113,568 calories over a year, which equates to 32.4 pounds of fat!

"68% of people in Northamptonshire said they felt positive during 2020. But only 39% of people in Cornwall said the same"

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Positive Outlook

Positive thinking isn’t just about putting on a brave face. 

Having a positive outlook can help with managing stress and can even improve your health. 

This includes lowering your blood pressure, reducing the risk of heart disease, balancing blood sugar levels and maintaining a healthy weight.

That said, positivity isn’t a magic bullet, and it can’t make all of your problems disappear overnight. 

What it will do, though, is make your problems feel more manageable and will help you approach challenges more productively and positively.

Positive thinking isn’t just about putting on a brave face. Having a positive outlook can help with managing stress and can even improve your health. This includes lowering your blood pressure, reducing the risk of heart disease, balancing blood sugar levels and maintaining a healthy weight.

That said, positivity isn’t a magic bullet, and it can’t make all of your problems disappear overnight. What it will do, though, is make your problems feel more manageable and will help you approach challenges more productively and positively.

Hobbies can help you feel more positive

Hobbies

Perhaps unsurprisingly, the uptake of hobbies was high during 2020, with 46% of Berkshire, 45% of Northumberland and 44% of Staffordshire all trying something new. 

However, only 13% of people in Somerset and 10% people in Cambridgeshire said the same.

Investing your time into an activity that you enjoy can radically improve your mental health and wellbeing. 

People with hobbies are less likely to suffer from low mood, stress and depression. 

Additionally, activities that get you out and about can make you feel happier and more relaxed.


Perhaps unsurprisingly, the uptake of hobbies was high during 2020, with 46% of Berkshire, 45% of Northumberland and 44% of Staffordshire all trying something new. However, only 13% of people in Somerset and 10% people in Cambridgeshire said the same.

Investing your time into an activity that you enjoy can radically improve your mental health and wellbeing. People with hobbies are less likely to suffer from low mood, stress and depression. Additionally, activities that get you out and about can make you feel happier and more relaxed.

Meditation

31% of Berkshire people experimented with meditation during 2020, but only 2% of Norfolk residents said the same. 

That’s still better than Cornwall, Lincolnshire and Northamptonshire, who all reported zero interest in trying to quieten their minds!

Meditation is a wonderful way to reduce stress and ease symptoms of depression and anxiety by thinking deeply or focusing your mind. 

While there are many forms of meditation, the ultimate goal is to induce relaxation and feelings of inner peace to improve mental and physical health.

31% of Berkshire people experimented with meditation during 2020, but only 2% of Norfolk residents said the same. That’s still better than Cornwall, Lincolnshire and Northamptonshire, who all reported zero interest in trying to quieten their minds!

Meditation is a wonderful way to reduce stress and ease symptoms of depression and anxiety by thinking deeply or focusing your mind. While there are many forms of meditation, the ultimate goal is to induce relaxation and feelings of inner peace to improve mental and physical health.

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