Recent reports our LighterLife press office have read suggest that an increasing number of us are now spending eight hours or more at work chained to our desks everyday. This busy lifestyle means many of us are finding it harder to find time to plan meals in advance and therefore our eating habits are becoming more and more irregular.
Skipping lunch, snacking, eating fast food and consuming ‘office treats’ are just some of the bad habits that we are giving into at the workplace and as a result many of us admit to finding it hard to avoid piling on the pounds at our desks.
So just how can you avoid weight gain at work when you’re surrounded by such easily available temptations?
Here at LighterLife we have put together some top tips to help you get through a healthy working week in the office:
1. Take the stairs
If you work in an office, you will probably find you spend a significant part of the day sitting in front of a computer. There are a number of things you can do to make the rest of your day more active. Take a little walk every hour; even if it is only to the toilet or water cooler, every little helps. Walk to colleagues’ desks instead of emailing them, park further away from your building and take the stairs instead of the lift. If you travel into work via public transport, get off the bus or train one stop earlier.
2. Pack your own lunch and snacks
This will help control your portion sizes, prevent you from accepting sugary snacks from colleagues and will even save you money. An apple and berries are great healthy snacks to have on your desk as they fill you up.
3. Keep water at your desk
Thirst can often be mistaken for hunger and people tend to snack on food rather than sipping water. Drink water regularly throughout the day, and when you think you’re hungry have a glass of water instead.
4. Keep yourself busy
Snacking when you’re bored is a main culprit for weight gain. If you manage to keep yourself busy, then you’ll be less likely to snack. Always make sure you have tasks to complete to keep your mind off those sweet treats – why not create a ‘to do’ list to spur you on, making sure you list even the smallest tasks.
5. Don’t carry loose change
If you don’t carry spare change in your pockets it means you won’t be able to use the vending machine or cafeteria at work to buy crisps, sweets or sugary drinks.
We would love to know if you have already tried any of our tips and if you found them helpful – similarly if you are thinking of giving any of them a go. Let us know your feedback in the comments below!