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How to Avoid Work Weight Gain

By Donna Stark

If you love where you work, I'm sure you could list many things about it that you are very grateful for. Things like a good paycheck every week, an amazing boss, the wonderful friendships you created, and all those extra pounds on your body, right? No? You don't like that those extra pounds were mentioned? Well, it may be true. If you have ever given in to the pressure of eating those "It's Friday and the weekend is here" treats that your coworkers bring in, then yes, your work may be adding unnecessary weight on your body. But don't worry. There are plenty of things you can do to counteract that!

Gaining Weight From Work

Unless you work with a bunch of health-positive people or are consciously making excellent food choices throughout the day, there is a good chance that your work environment and the coworkers sitting next to you are influencing how healthy you are while on the job. Of course, this may not be done intentionally to hurt you, but there certainly are some things you need to watch out for. Here are a few examples.

  • Candy jars on desks
  • Free snacks, pizza Fridays, birthday celebrations
  • Baked goods and treats brought in from home
  • Soda machines
  • Eating out for lunches and happy hours

Blaming Others

While it can be easy to shift the blame to others (like your coworker that is famous for bringing in her homemade brownies), it is vital to remember the only person you can control is you. You have to set boundaries and take responsibility for what you eat, but if you have trouble doing so, take a look at the following suggestions.

  • Bring in your own healthy snacks to eat while everyone else dips into the brownie pan. Some great options are fruit, plain popcorn, yogurt, and sugar-free cookies.
  • Stick to flavored water instead of drinking the soda or juices from the vending machine
  • Fill your own candy jar with unsalted nuts or dark chocolate
  • Order a salad and lean protein instead of the deep-fried options when eating out at lunch
  • Decline the offers of baked goods with confidence
  • Stay on top of the calories you consume during happy hour
  • Win over the masses by bringing in your own, healthier version of brownies

Taking the First Step

It may just come down to someone taking the first step toward better health, so why not let it be you? Who knows? You may even become the major influencer at work and play a huge role in the improvement of everyone's overall health and wellness!

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Beaverton, Ore.

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