Many of us sit at our desks all day, only paying attention to our work. This eight hours of constant sitting is not natural or healthy. Try to take breaks as often as you can by getting up to get a sip or water or walk to visit a coworker. This will help burn more calories than being sedentary all day.
If you have a really busy day, you may end up working through lunch and not eating anything throughout the day. Skipping lunch is not a great way to lose weight, because you are likely to overeat at your next meal. You may also find yourself snacking throughout the day on processed and unhealthy foods if you get hungry.
If you really want to avoid snacking, make sure that you don’t keep snacks at your desk. Even seeing a small snack may make you grab for it a few times. It is easier if you keep your desk food-free and just focus on the task at hand.
There is always someone in an office who brings treats in on a regular basis. It may be doughnuts in the morning or cupcakes in the afternoon, but someone likes to leave sweet treats in the kitchen to share with their coworkers. You may even have a baker in the office who likes to show off their talent.
When these treats are in the kitchen, avoid going in there and passing the treats with the temptation of taking a bite. If you refuse the first bite, you are not likely to take the second.
Walk as Much as Possible
The office can be a great place to walk around during the day. This may seem difficult when you are busy at your desk, but in between tasks make sure to get up and get moving.
One option is to park you car far away from the office, requiring you to walk a bit to work. Also, opt to take the stairs instead of the elevator to burn off a few extra calories.
Also, if you are going to write an email to a coworker, just get up and walk to their office to talk to them in person. Not only is this healthier for your body, but it also gives your mind a break by having a bit of human interaction.
Avoid Snacks Provided by the Office
If there is a vending machine at work, or other snack options available, avoid it. While this may be difficult, especially when you need a mid-afternoon pick me up, bring your own healthy snacks to eat as a substitute.
Bringing an apple to work to satisfy your sweet tooth is a much healthier option than reaching for chocolate in the middle of the day.