Holding a sedentary job, working long hours at the desk, plus the lack of time for exercise, is turning more and more working women into a desk potato. Throw in the hectic workload and you've got a recipe for stress-induced snacking and compulsive bingeing. Before you know it, you're packing on the pounds. What to do? Here are some tips that can help you beat the nine-to-five flab.
1. Eat regular meals
Do you often miss meals because you get too busy? Skipping meals can actually cause weight gain since it slows down your metabolism, and also leads to frequent vending machine visits and snacking. So make time for your breakfast and lunch: A high-protein and fiber-filled breakfast can provide the energy you need to get you to lunch, and rather than cutting out lunch, shave off a few calories by controlling your portion sizes
and staying away from high-calorie foods.
2. Hang up the phone
Technology like email and voicemail makes it too convenient to deliver a message to your colleagues without getting off your chair. When you need to talk to a coworker across the office, don't automatically reach for the phone! Walk down the hall and relay your message personally.
3. Don't eat lunch in front of your workstation
If you regularly sit and eat lunch at your desk, you're not exposing yourself to any physical activity. Even a 10-minute or 15-minute brisk walk at lunchtime can boost your spirits, make your muscles stronger, and burn some calories. That's why it's really important to get up and move your body. Lunchtime break is also a great time to temporarily take your mind off work and unwind, so go out and have lunch together with your coworkers, where you can socialize and relax.