Since starting your new job have you noticed a steady incline in your waist size?
You probably pinned this to getting older, or your poor eating habits finally catching up to you. But the truth is, this increase in weight is actually due to your job.
From the constant late nights, to business trips, and stress eating over deadlines, all of these factors come together and add up to an increase in waist size or two.
Here are a few simple mistakes we all make that unfortunately make us pack on the pounds without even realising it.
It is so easy to get caught up with work that we forget to tend to ourselves. Taking the time to get away is very important, especially in high stress jobs because we allow ourselves to become so consumed with deadlines and reports, which cause a lot of stress. We need to make sure that we are taking time out for ourselves to help reduce stress, studies have shown that high stress levels lead to keeping the pounds on, especially around the stomach area.
How many of us can honestly say we take the stairs every chance we get, even I sometimes slip and take the easy route, heading for the escalator. But taking the stairs is a great way to keep the pounds off, even though it may not seem like that much, every little helps.
When we are deep into a project, eating at our desk seems to be the only option because we don’t want to kill our flow. But munching on food while sitting at your desk is an easy way to over eat. Because you are not keeping track of exactly what you are putting in your mouth or how much, to help combat this, try to take a 5-minute break when you begin to feel hungry.
This is the most common reason for weight gain, always putting work ahead of yourself. Remember work will always be around, but your health will not. Starting a pattern of neglect early on in your work life will surely lead to an increase in weight in the long run. Start healthy habits now and make sure you are keeping up with your health and fitness while at work.
As if going away for business wasn’t stressful enough without thinking about the inevitable weight gain that comes with it. But this doesn’t always have to be the case, if staying in a hotel make good use of the fruit bar, and stay away from the actual bar. Eating healthy is just as easy away as it is at home, you just need to find the discipline to make the right food choices, and also visit the hotel gym from time to time.
After a hard week at work, who can resist hitting up the bar to celebrate not killing anyone, or getting fired that week. But doing this can pack on the pounds if we don’t watch what we drink. Try to limit the alcohol and go for water instead.
We all have the one friend that is always bringing in chocolates to snack on, or always wants to go to Burger King for lunch. My only advice, besides dropping your friend, is to stay strong. If they really want to go down the path of an increased dress size and double chin then so be it, but that doesn’t have to be your fate. Stay strong.
Ordering food from near by restaurants is a big no-no, not only do you not know what is in the food, you also don’t know the calorie content, and portion sizes are usually way over what they should be, causing you to eat more than you should. Try bringing your food from home, so you will know exactly what you are putting into your body, and can dish out the correct portion sizes.
Forgetting to eat can be just as detrimental as overeating; this is because when the time comes around for you to have a meal you are likely to over eat. Or on the flip side, if you are constantly forgetting to eat this could cause your body to lose muscle mass, and therefore slow down the rate of your metabolism.
Every office has that one draw filled with goodies, picking at this draw is the perfect way to pack on the pounds. Try swapping out the junk food for a fruit draw instead.
Become the face of fitness you’ve always wanted and follow these steps to keep the weight off while at work.
Fitness professional, studied health and fitness for a large portion of my life , even completed my degree in Sports Science. I am currently based in Barbados and just wanted a platform to be able to share and involve anyone who is interested in health and fitness and might not know where to go or how to begin.