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Don’t Let Your Job Make You Fat

Desk jobs, coffee runs and birthday cakes can make working life a minefield if you’re dieting. Here’s how to ensure the 9-5 doesn’t sabotage your slimming plan…

Problem: You get food as a perk

Solution: In subsidised canteens opt for salads and lean meat, pasta and tomato sauce or a baked potato with tuna but no mayo. If a job in food or catering means you’re allowed to take leftovers home, share with friends.

Being employed by a fast-food resturant is the trickiest, but most now publish the calorie and fat content of their foods so you can do your homework and choose wisely.

Problem: The morning coffee-shop run is just too tempting

Solution: The way to avoid temptation is to have a good breakfast (e.g. grainy toast and Marmite, a yoghurt and a peice of fruit) before you leave the house, or to bring something healthy (like a sachet of instant porridge and some dried fruit) to eat at your desk.

A skinny cappuccino is OK at around 80 calories but avoid full-fat lattes and other fancy coffees.

Problem: You’re stuck behindĀ a desk all day

Solution: Try ditching your chair and sitting on a stability ball which works lots of core muscles (start with an hour a day and gradually do it for longer).

Or walk to a colleague’s desk rather then emailing.

You could also stand up while you are on the phone (standing burns 30 per cent more calories than sitting).

A 20-minute brisk walk each lunch time will stop your weight increasing by 2lb a year.

Problem: The only snacks available are from the vending machine

Solution: Bringing in your own healthy snacks from home keeps you in control. Good options are low-fat yoghurt, an apple, raisins or some fruit bread.

Keep a bottle of water on you desk too – it will give your hands something to do when you’re stressed and divert you from eating when you’re not hungry.

Problem: There’s always cream cakes when it’s someone’s birthday

Solution: Ask you colleagues to get you some fresh fruit instead. Or be really virtuous and ask them to put the cost of your cake into the charity box. Another option – if everyone agrees – is to put the money into a kitty and have a good night out at the end of the year instead.

Credit: Mirror.co.uk

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20 Mar
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3 thoughts on “Don’t Let Your Job Make You Fat”

  1. Pamela says:

    Good Post! I work in an office and feel i want to live a healthier life behind a desk. I am going to take these tips into consideration and see how i get on with it. Should be easy i hope.

  2. kerry says:

    This article could have been written about me! I graze at my desk, shovel food into my face with one hand while typing with the other – I dont take a coffee break or lunch break away from my desk and we’ve always got biccies in the kitchen which shout my name all day!!!! thanks for the informative post x

  3. Tanya says:

    this is perfect as i work in a office and theres a vending machines with chcolate bars and crisps and i never fail to get something from it each day but reading your advice on everything associated with working in an office has turned my work life for the better! thank you.

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