Its easy to trip up on our diet and workout goals when holed up in country offices the working day. But that doesnt mean you have to resignation in the battle of the bulge.
Fox News spoke with Lauren Blake, a dietitian at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, and Angel Planells, a Seattle-based dietitian and spokesman for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, about some common diet mistakes people make at work, and how to fix them 😛 TAGEND
1. You sit for hours on end.
Sitting too long can really sabotage weight loss goals because every movement counts, Blake told. Try taking the stairs instead of the elevator, or go for a brief walk around the agency every 30 45 minutes, Planells recommended.
2. You arent prepared for a starvation attack.
If you dont have healthy snacks on hand, youre most likely to head for the vending machine or mindlessly reach into the agency candy jar. Blake and Planells recommended maintaining healthy snacks like fresh fruits and nuts on hand.
3. You suffer from on-the-job stress.
Chronic stress can trigger cortisol, a stress hormone that leads to fat storage and carbohydrate craves, Blake told. Try taking deep breathers, giving yourself small breaches, or going for a walking to manage your stress degrees, she recommended.
4. You eat at your desk.
Eating at our desks is a big no-no, Planells told Fox News. When you do so, youre not as mindful of what youre eating, and you may overeat, he explained. Opt for a common dining area instead.
5. You dont get enough sunshine.
Studies have shown sun exposure is associated with a lower BMI, so to continue efforts to get some sunlight throughout the day, Blake recommended.
6. You forget to pack your lunch.
If you dont pack your lunch, youre more likely to rely on fast food, Blake explained. Commit to packing a lunch one to two days per week. If you do eat out, look for any lane you can add veggies, Blake told, whether thats a salad or lean protein and veggies. Or, opt for a soup and salad, Planells suggested.
7. Your coworkers bad habits rub off on you.
Sometimes, “youve been” tempted got to go more with your coworkers, or else partake in some of the decadent treats or snacks they bring, Planells told. Even if you cant refrain from the treats, Planells told, try just taking a small portion a half or a quarter of a donut, for instance.
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