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Speak Up: How Do You Avoid Gaining Weight at Work?

Many jobs require you to sit for eight hours a day, and if you don't have time to break away for lunch, you may have to grab the quickest meal, which tends to be not so healthy. Then there are the office parties complete with chips, soda, and cake, the frequent Dunkin' Donuts runs, the co-workers who bring in baked goods weekly, and those who make microwave popcorn daily. Stress from your job and long hours make you feel too tired to work out, and all this can translate to an expanding waistline.

So for those of you working 9 to 5 (or longer), tell me, what are your tricks and secrets when it comes to avoiding office weight gain?

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Jemsfirst Jemsfirst 8 years
I keep Lean Cuisines in the fridge and 100 cal "desserts" in one of my desk drawers. I avoid most of the "food freebies". The gym (2 treadmills,, elliptical, and free weights) is 50 steps from my office. The kitchen is 10 steps from the shower room. I love it! Today I ran outside on a country road behind our office complex. In the evenings, I'm free to spend quality time with my family! I'll sleep well too!
Soniabonya Soniabonya 8 years
I constantly drink tea and water. I'm the one that stocks the office with food so I avoid buying anything unhealthy. We have juice drinks for my boss/dad, apple sauce, trail mix, and mix bars, fiber one bars and whatever sandwhich I make him in the morning. The trail mix is tricky because it's sooo yummy and I could easily devour an entire container. :( I generally bring fresh fruit or vegetables with me to work to snack on, though i think I should start stocking the mini fridge with them. . .
Zulkey Zulkey 8 years
I psych myself out of the food that's put out for co-workers most of the time. "You don't want that food that's been picked over/sitting out there for forever." It's really not worth it. Every now and then, sure, when the company sends up the treats just for our suite for the holidays but I have no problem avoiding the crappy cheap meeting leftovers. I also have no problem being somewhat antisocial (friendly, but antisocial) at my office so I'm not dealing with the showers and parties and things. I'd rather eat with my real friends!
traciepwns traciepwns 8 years
I always pack food for breakfast, lunch and snacks the night before so I don't have to worry about getting hungry and snacking. Also, I'm vegan, so it's easier to stay away from cakes and cookies and other stuff that my co-workers bring in - since I can't eat it anyway :p
lilxmissxmolly lilxmissxmolly 8 years
i actually prefer eating at work. on weekends, i'm so bored in the afternoons i tend to graze. i have an hour lunch break, so i eat my healthy packed lunch and go for a walk (i work-out before/after work).
deanna024 deanna024 8 years
I packed my lunch and try to pack enough for one or two healthy snacks during the day. I also avoid the breakroom, where there's usually free food. When there are birthdays or people bring treats in, I go but don't have a slice. I'm usually not the only one who abstains, so it doesn't make me feel awkward. I also did something a year ago where I kept a tally on a post-in on my wall of all the times I didn't have a piece or cake or a bagel at work. Looking at it made me realize I had the willpower to turn away so many times before, that I could surely do it again.
Advah Advah 8 years
I'm more savoury than sweet, so I'm not really tempted by cookies or cakes - I know they'll make my teeth hurt while I won't really enjoy them. My problem is we have a great cafe at my work place, so I feel too lazy to bring lunch I just think "oh that's ok I'll just get something from the cafe". And not only it's expensive, their food is also a bit rich.
sparklestar sparklestar 8 years
I make my own lunch and take my own snacks.
HonestMuffin HonestMuffin 8 years
COMMITMENT to just saying no!... and a whole lot of gum. I deal with his every freakin day. And one day... I wasn't having it anymore. I just say no. I keep a truck load of different kinds of sugarless gum in my desk. You'd be surprised how many things you say no to because you have some gum in your mouth. **Note: I do breakdown at birthday's, though. I feel bad if I don't have a slice of cake. BUT I do have them cut a much smaller piece for me :)
seven7 seven7 8 years
I bring in fruits (when I remember), drink only water (I never carry change or cash, so I can't get anything from the snack or soda machine anyway). I work on the first floor and have made it a point to get my water/take my restroom break to the third floor. We have a restroom and a breakroom on my floor (obviously), but I feel every little bit counts, so whenever I need anything like that I go to the third floor for it using the stairs.
sundaygreen sundaygreen 8 years
I always avoid the goodies table when it's someone's birthday (cakes, sweets, cheesy savoury treats etc) - I'd rather just grab a quick cup of tea and go back to my desk. I also usually have something healthy on hand like apples or almonds for snacks (but not too much - otherwise I'd end up eating an entire bag of nuts!), if not I just keep myself going with Rooibos tea before & after lunch. For lunch, I usually go home (I live close enough) and eat how I would usually eat, or I go to a local spot that has healthy salads & other dishes. I don't find it difficult at all, in fact. I find weekends much more stressful when it comes to avoiding bad food, because there's no routine to stick to!
tamaradulva tamaradulva 8 years
I stopped carrying loose change. Whether it was $1 or 50 cents, I didn't take it to work. It stops me from buying a soda and chips and candy to get that little, worth-nothing jolt of energy to meet deadlines. I have also changed what I take for lunch at work and divide each part by hours. If I know that I will feel tense or tired, I keep a stash of cashews or almonds in my desk to add to salads or eat on their own to help curb sweet cravings.
Antioxidant Antioxidant 8 years
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Antioxidant Antioxidant 8 years
Pack a very healthy lunch before I go in. Whole grains, nuts, raw fruits and veggies, maybe some lean protein, and fat free yogurt. Drink only water and/or tea. At my job I run around so much, I swear I'm losing weight because of the lunches I usually bring and my activity level. I hadn't even realized until someone I hadn't seen in a while pointed out that I look like I've lost weight. Weighed myself and I've lost at leat 5 pounds in a few months. I may actually need to pack some low fat yogurt instead. ;)
darc5204 darc5204 8 years
I don't avoid all of the free temptations, but I limit myself to one or two small ones a week.
laellavita laellavita 8 years
I work at a gym and took the job because I knew it would be a healthy atmosphere!
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