Staying Healthy With ADHD
Obesity and hyperactivity may not seem like a logical pair, but unfortunately, there is a connection between the two. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than one-third of U.S. adults are obese and studies have shown that adults with ADHD are at an even greater risk. Research has also shown that children with ADHD symptoms into adulthood have higher obesity rates than those with ADHD only during childhood. Simple distraction can me a major factor that puts adults with ADHD at a higher risk of overeating and carrying excessive weight. Being easily distracted can make sticking to a fitness plan hard. Even though you may be planning on heading to the gym, losing your focus can derail your workout plans. While having ADHD can make maintaining a normal weight more difficult, it is not impossible. Here are some tips that can help take the weight off, and keep it off:
- Understand why you are eating: Studies have found that having ADHD can significantly increase the odds a person will overeat. “Men and women with ADHD take the term ‘comfort food’ to heart,” says Dr. Quinn, a developmental physician, “and often eat to overcome the frustration associated with ADHD.”
- Always use a grocery list: Sticking to a written list when grocery shopping can help you to avoid spontaneously tossing unhealthy foods into your cart. Also, don’t go to the grocery store on an impulse. It will help you to reduce your chances of splurging on fattening treats you might otherwise not eat.
- Use prods and reminders to exercise: Making a commitment to getting fit is an important step, but wanting to work out isn’t enough. You can use tools to help you keep your fitness goals in sights. Set an alarm or timer to remind you when you should go to the gym or for a run.
- Lock in a Workout Schedule: Try to work out at the same time every day to help keep your schedule consistent.
- Exercise with a friend: Having someone who can hold you accountable can help to increase the odds that you will get to your workout and make it all the way through.