Lockdown weight gain

If you have gained weight during the national lockdown, you are not alone! Nearly 50% of the UKs population is coming out of lockdown heavier than what they in. However, with the end now in sight, its time to start looking ahead and getting back on track. Solihull Medical Cosmetic Clinic offers many treatments which can help you do so.

But firstly, why are so many individuals suffering from weight gain during lockdown.

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Reasons for weight gain


The main reason for weight gain during lockdown is stress. When individuals are stressed, many turn to eating and usually, it is eating unhealthy foods. This comes from the ‘fight or flight method’ as it is a response which temporarily gets us out of a situation and when individuals are stressed, they turn to food to try and relieve the stress they are under.

Chronic stress

If you are under considerable amounts of stress, this is known as chronic stress. When stress is chronic, your body produces high levels of cortisol (the stress hormone). The glands which produce cortisol use a lot of energy when in ‘fight or flight’ mode and therefore because your brain is exhausted, it looks for a high energy fix. This is often sugary foods or carbohydrates.

Boredom eating

Individuals eat simply to give themselves something to do and to relieve boredom as food is a way to occupy your mouth and your time.


Experiencing different emotions such as anger, sadness, anxiety and loneliness can lead to overeating. While you are numbing yourself with food, you often forget about the difficult emotions you are feeling.

Losing weight after lockdown

If it is stress causing you to gain weight, firstly you will need to find a way to reduce your stress levels. This could include:

  • Meditating
  • Reading a book
  • Walking/ running
  • Other types of exercise

However, some people may need a helping hand. Solihull Medical Cosmetic Clinic offer a BodyTite treatment to help you loose weight quickly. It is a body reshaping procedure which reduces stubborn fat while at the same time re-contouring and tightening your body.