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If you're hoping to lose weight then we have discovered a wonderful plan that will encourage you and help you achieve a healthy weight loss. 53% of people say they have gained weight during lockdown, while 37% report an improvement in their physical fitness, reveals survey of over 700 people. Industry innovator, Shape My Plan releases new research as it celebrates welcoming over 10,000 clients to its tailored, family-friendly meal plans.

A survey of over 700 people has revealed that 53% say they have gained weight during the COVID-19 lockdown. Of those who gained weight, the majority (69%) reported a weight gain of less than ½ a stone, 28% between ½ - 1 stone and 3% gaining between 1 – 2 stone in weight. The research, carried out by Shape my Plan, which provides tailored meal plans to individuals and the fitness industry, also found that 41% felt that the lockdown has dis-improved their diets, with 63% saying that they snacked more and 46% admitting that they drank more alcohol while in lockdown.

However, in terms of physical fitness, the research reveals that more than one third (37%) felt that their physical fitness had improved as a result of the COVID-19 restrictions with 43% also saying they have taken part in an online gym class since lockdown began.

Marie Duffy, co-founder of Shape my Plan, opened up about how the plan can help, "This research is really interesting, it’s perhaps not surprising that our diet and exercise has been affected by these difficult times, but the findings also point to gaps in people’s knowledge in terms of the role of food and exercise in our overall health.

"Having come on a weight loss journey myself, losing 3 stone, I established Shape my Plan with my sister Edel, to help others who want to take control of their lives with affordable and accessible meal options. We’re delighted to have reached the milestone of supporting over 10,000 clients during the past three years and look forward to helping many more.”

Sisters Marie Duffy and Edel Littleton spotted a gap in the market when they both started in a gym in 2017, Marie wanting to lose weight and Edel keen to maintain weight and tone up. Both were given tailored exercise programmes but exactly the same meal plan, which struck them as strange and so the idea for Shape my Plan was born.

Shape my Plan meal plans are personalised to the goals of each individual, whether that is to lose weight, maintain weight or gain muscle. The online meal plans have proved hugely popular due to their variety, flexibility and family-friendly nature, incorporating accessible household brands such as Cully & Scully, Strong Roots, The Dublin Meat Company and Chopped.

Edel Littleton, co-founder Shape my Plan commented: “We’re so proud of Shape My Plan’s success to date, in particular that it has become a market leader of online meal plans for the fitness industry. As a result of the lockdown, we’ve obviously seen a slow down on the corporate side with gyms closing their doors, however we’ve experienced a notable increase in individual subscriptions during this period, as people recognise they can take control of their health and diet for themselves from their own homes. This research reinforces a lot of what we already knew, for example, that mental health is the main motivator for pursuing a healthy lifestyle. In these hugely challenging times, we’re delighted to be supporting those who need some dietary guidance and structure.”

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