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Weight Gain and Work

Has Your Job Caused Weight Gain?

Many of us sit at a desk for eight hours (or more) a day, which doesn't do much for burning calories. Since we're so busy, we grab quick and often unhealthy lunches, beat afternoon slumps with Coke and sweets, and don't always have time to fit in a workout.

Even though we know how to avoid weight gain at the office, the dangerous combination of stress, eating junk food, and not moving a whole lot can translate to increasing numbers on the scale. So tell me, is your job to blame for popping buttons on your blouse?

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BlondeSugar BlondeSugar 7 years
I've always been slender but I've noticed that I've not only gained weight but also started getting cellulite on my thighs/butt from sitting all day. I sit at my desk for 9 hours a day and work late and don't always have time for the gym. It's really frustrating and upsetting. I wish my job was more active and I had more time to put in workouts.
sideways sideways 7 years
I just started an office job a couple months ago and I have noticed that I gained a couple pounds already. I'm working full time and taking full time school and managing the house with 2 kids and a grandma so I tend to be sleep deprived. But i am still determined to eat right and exercise whenever I can in the little ways
inlove23 inlove23 7 years
I'm a student in college, and as a part time job I babysit in college three times a week. I used to eat at my house, but like what they were having for dinner at theirs so I would typically eat twice even though I was already full. I promised myself to stop doing that, and now with working out I defiantly feel better about myself.
cotedazur cotedazur 7 years
I temped for a while in college as a secretary, and I totally expected to gain weight - I worked from 8-6, was always sitting, had a lot of stress/pressure... but I actually lost weight because I picked up some healthy habits. I ate a good breakfast to keep me going through the morning, I went for a brisk walk on my lunch break to get me out of the office, and I couldn't snack like I would have at home.
Autumns_Elegy Autumns_Elegy 7 years
In my last job I was a waitress, so I lost a few good kilos, which was REALLY nice as I'd put on 8 kilos when I tried out the nuvaring. The job was great when it was super busy, as anything I ate was burned away within the shift.
mek123 mek123 7 years
I was laid off a few years ago and even with starting a new job soon after; I gained weight with all the late nights and stress. About 5 months ago I start weight watchers (again) and so far, I've lost 22 lbs, 8 more to go to get back to my goal weight.
whitemouse whitemouse 7 years
Ah, lucky for me I work upstairs from a gym and one of the things the military pays me for is to be in shape and look good in my uniform so, although I go out to eat with the guys and don't eat the best, I've been able to maintain a healthy weight.
Allytta Allytta 7 years
my job is very active but it involves food catering. so i get a taste of a lot great things, as i often work for the most posh companies in London and eating 40 quid chicken biryani for free is pretty appealing :)
Sophia182 Sophia182 7 years
I've gained weight since I started working full time a few years ago. I find, as I'm sure many others do, that I get so busy at work I literally can't move from my desk. I don't have the time to snack either, meaning come dinner time I am starving and eat about three times the portion size that I should. Sitting for such long periods of time has also given me increasingly bad back problems.
Spectra Spectra 7 years
I haven't gained weight at my job at all. We can't eat at all in the lab, so that prevents most in-between meal snack temptations, plus we never really sit around...I'm usually on my feet the entire day and walking around the whole time.
TheLittleMonster TheLittleMonster 7 years
I work as a cake decorator and have days where I am constantly snacking at work- other days when I have no desire to eat the sweets around me. However, because I keep up with my work outs I haven't seen any weight gain. I've lost a few even.
lilegwene lilegwene 7 years
Snowday, THAT is truly inspiring! It does get hard to avoid bad foods and get to the gym all the time, but reading about you getting up so early to run and setting such a great example for the kids you teach has given me a blast of fresh air that will propel me to worker harder at health. Thanks! :)
insanitypepper insanitypepper 7 years
I gained a few pounds when I was laid off, too. It's easy to graze all day long when the kitchen is just a few steps away.
benheld benheld 7 years
I was laid off a year and a half ago during the financial crisis, and during the job transitioning I gained a lot of weight. At first, I ate and didn't exercise because I knew I was going to be out of job in a few months, then I didn't eat right/exercise because I was "too busy" looking for a job, and then I didn't eat right/exercise because I was working on acclimating to my new job. Needless to say, we all have to deal with life and its changes, and I'm working on not letting those things become excuses for not taking care of myself. If I'm not going to look after me, who will? :-)
Frenched Frenched 7 years
Like commenter laellavita, I've also been in both sides of the spectrum. During my last job, I actually lost TONS of weight. Once I started my new one (I've been here over a year) I've gained...a lot. I attribute it to the fact that this job is a bit more stressful than the I've resorted to comfort food a bit more. Can't really blame it all on that, though. If I really wanted to, I could control my urges. I am working on it!
tylergrl33 tylergrl33 7 years
I don't aspire to have some of my co-workers current and future health issues, so I avoid all the junk food they bring into the office.
laellavita laellavita 7 years
i've been on both sides of the spectrum -- my high school jobs were at cold stone and starbucks, and as anyone could imagine in those settings, i gained a lot of weight. my current job however really promotes the idea of wellness, so i've lost weight, and then some.
snowdaytoday snowdaytoday 7 years
I used to work as a teacher in a Preschool, and about 80% of the teachers were very overweight. They ate so much crap and never exercised - they took better care of their students than they did themselves, and it inspired me to get up before work and run on the treadmill. I also brought salads to work for lunch, and avoided snacking mindlessly. So I actually lost weight I needed to lose.
ticamorena ticamorena 7 years
I've lost around 5kg/11lbs since starting work, and now that worst of winter's over, and I'm back to my regular workout routine, I'm worried I'll loose more; it's really difficult with my food likes and dislikes to actually eat heavily and with meetings, crazy schedules and business wear (where you can't hide a belly full of food so easily), I'm just looking forward to easter breakmunchfest ; )
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