San Francisco was really working out during lockdown.

By Stacey Leasca
June 03, 2020

Spending time in self-isolation has meant one thing and one thing only to many people: Eating whatever the heck we want.

For months, people have heeded official warnings to stay home and self-isolate to stop the spread of the coronavirus. While stuck inside many took to baking to calm their nerves and frankly just have something to do. (Seriously, if you didn’t bake banana bread did you even quarantine?)

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Because of this natural desire to head to the kitchen, many Americans believed they’d quickly gain what is often referred to as the “Quarantine 15,” or a few extra pounds due to all the delicious foods we’ve enjoyed at home. However, it turns out we might not have a lot to worry about, and that’s doubly true for those living in San Fransico and Miami.

The consumer product company Withings, which produces smartwatches and smart scales to monitor personal health, released a new report outlining the state of America’s health since entering quarantine and stay-at-home orders. And it shows we really aren’t doing all that bad.

“There is no doubt the pandemic has changed many people’s daily habits around the globe. But some common assumptions about the effect this is having on our bodies just don’t add up when we look at the data,” the company explained in a blog post.

The company’s data, which was pulled from analyzing the anonymous aggregated data from over 2 million users, with at least 1,000 users within each city, found that those living in San Francisco, Miami, Philadelphia, and Boston are actually the most likely to have lost weight over the last few months. San Francisco leads the pack with an average loss of .14 pounds.

On the other end of the spectrum, those living in Indianapolis were the most likely to gain weight, with the data showing an average weight gain of .59 pounds.

As the company noted in its findings, any change in weight is likely due to people’s changing habits, including walking less and sleeping more.

For example, the company’s data shows those living in New York City are walking 29 percent less than they normally do, followed by San Franciscans walking 23 percent less and those living in Boston walking 19 percent less.

“But although many fear self-isolation is leading to excessive comfort food weight gain, Withings has found that, actually, most people haven’t put on that many extra pounds,” the company added. “In fact, in the U.S., only 37 percent of people have gained more than a pound, with the average U.S. weight gain at only .21 pounds (.095 kg).”

How are we eating more, walking less, and not gaining weight? Withings gives that credit to online workouts. According to the findings, “globally, people have really ramped up their yoga (increased by 42 percent), started hiking more (increased by 34 percent), hit the indoor cycles (increased 19 percent) and are running more (increased by 18 percent).”

Long story short, don’t worry about your weight. Eat the bread, workout if you want, but give yourself a little grace while getting through a global pandemic.