The office environment can present many triggers for bad eating habits. With many of us spending between 8 and 10 hours at our desk each working day, it is no great surprise that office workers can consume around 650 additional calories each day through snacking alone.
Try the following tips to help keep you on the straight and narrow:
If you do find yourself snacking throughout the morning, make sure there’s a trade off. So if you have a chocolate biscuit or several spoons of sugar with your 11am tea, commit to a brisk 15 minute walk at lunchtime or make an extra effort to get to the gym after work.
Exercise not only burns calories but it also help encourage you to eat less and make healthier food choices, so it’s a great habit to get into.
One of the keys to maintaining good eating habits during the day is to start with a nutritious breakfast (and grabbing a croissant en route doesn’t count).
Cereal and porridge are popular choices; try topping them with natural yoghurt plus nuts and seeds to boost the protein content and it’ll help keep you going till lunchtime, temptation free.
© Sarah West Nutrition
It’s a popular dieting tip: drink more water and you’ll shed extra pounds. Sounds simple enough, but does it really work?
Studies have supported the idea, showing that overweight people who drink two cups of water half an hour before each meal eat 75 fewer daily calories and lose 5 pounds more than those who don’t. Water drinkers are also shown to be more likely to keep the weight off long term.
Staying hydrated is essential for everyone, but those who exercise regularly have an even greater need to keep drinking. Research has shown that losing as little as 2% percent of your body weight through sweating creates a drop in blood volume, causing the heart to work harder to circulate blood.
A drop in blood volume can also lead to muscle cramps, dizziness, fatigue and heat stroke, making adequate water intake essential for comfort, performance and safety when exercising. So to get the best results in the gym, never go thirsty.
Water is no magic potion; it is believed to help people shed pounds simply because it contains no calories and fills up the stomach, making you feel less hungry and less inclined to overeat.
However, drinking more water also stops people from reaching for high-calorie, sugar-filled beverages; and the fewer calories you get from drinks, the healthier (and slimmer) you’ll be. It all counts!
© Sarah West Nutrition