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How to Avoid On-the-Job Weight Gain

Avoid Packing on Pounds Behind Your Desk

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  • I manage to sneak in exercise by commuting on my bicycle (it has assist because I have a disability that might cause me to suddenly not be able to pedal anymore). I don't use the assist unless I absolutely have to. I chose to find a place to live within 30-45 min biking from my work and doing the commuting this way helps me use some of the commuting time in exercising, it helps me feel better in the morning and when I get home I don't need to worry about having to get to a gym. But if you have a super long commute, maybe you can get a bike to bike to a further bus stop or have your car or your ride share pick you up and park the bike there? I find if you use lots of locks and especially a mix of them (not only a U lock or only a big cable but both) the risk of it getting stolen (especially an old and maybe painted bike) is very small. - 12/18/2014 2:44:04 PM
  • MTDIAZ5555
    I can work out til the cows come home, I can not eat right. I get stressed and go straight to the carbs... Chocolate, bread, wine..name it. THis is sabotaging my diet. Any suggesting? How do you deal with the stress of the day ?? - 11/11/2014 4:41:17 PM
  • It's helpful if you can prevail on your company to begin a wellness program. - 11/11/2014 7:36:01 AM
  • I am much hungrier at work than at home. For one thing, I eat three meals when at work, and two when at home. I also have more sleep when I am at home. I am working toward having another career (at 75!) that will eventually bring in money and I can quit working away from home. I will be able to control how much I sleep better. And I will be helping people to overcome their unwanted pains and feelings. Feel free to mail me if you want to hear about it! - 11/10/2014 9:11:12 PM
  • I would add another one. Avoid the staffroom or lunchroom. If your workplace is like mine, there are treat days. Nearly every day when I walk in there, there is a table full of high carb, high sugar delectable treats. When I complain, I get told to just not eat them. Not so easy when you are suffering from an eating disorder. - 11/10/2014 11:00:34 AM
  • RMSLOVESFITNESS
    I worked so hard to lose weight but at this new job nobody knows that. They're always urging me to eat because I can "totally afford it" while giving me a once-over. Let's have an article for dealing with food pressure at work. - 11/10/2014 10:21:17 AM
  • Good tips - 8/7/2013 9:08:42 AM
  • Great article. Wouldn't let me save it. - 8/4/2013 5:39:28 PM
  • They left out - avoid the breakroom! My co-workers are always bringing donuts, cookies, cake... etc.. for all to enjoy. - 8/4/2013 11:58:00 AM
  • I found this article very helpful. I wish I had seen it sooner. Recently I have passed up sweets at work on the counter. I was even extra careful about what I consumed at the fair. - 8/4/2013 9:30:45 AM
  • DMORGAN16
    good article and i do some these already. since i started back at work 3 months ago, i have been walking to the bus stop to get work and back from bus stop to home. it takes about 22 minutes back and forth, adds up to 44 minutes walking everyday; not counting the weekends.

    salad, fruit, water or turkey sandwich is all good, when working at a desk job. slowly losing weight and i like, not going to bother with the scale. - 8/4/2013 8:39:13 AM
  • Thanks for the advice! I work with kids (substitute teaching during the school year, working at a summer camp now) and am constantly surrounded by treats. It's really difficult to say no to a cupcake when you have a smiling six year old giving it to you! - 6/25/2013 1:21:47 PM
  • I have a desk job working from home. I have a treadmill desktop... love it. I work and walk and hardly notice the time goes by and 16,000 steps later? ahhhhh - 6/25/2013 10:17:09 AM
  • Funny enough, I lost more weight after getting my (mostly) desk job! I think part of it actually had to do with having more defined times for eating. When I was spending most of my day at home, I ate whenever I felt like it, and I could easily cook myself up a big lunch. Now that I'm at work, I always eat a light breakfast to start my day, I pack a portioned snack or two, and my lunch is typically lower calorie than something I'd make at home. That said, I also walk a minimum of 1.5 miles as part of my commute every day and try to take the stairs as much as possible. - 10/21/2012 9:57:16 PM
  • I know Joani. I had an addiction to crunch too! I think it came from frustration. A lot of people don't like their jobs or some other aspect of their lives that leads to cravings. When I took a look at my life in greater detail, I was able to shake the crunch craving. Plus our modern lifestyle tends to keep us at our desks, or behind steering wheels. We definitely need to compensate by moving our bodies in other ways. I find walking for an hour or two with a friend helps the time pass quickly. Yoga is good too. - 10/20/2012 2:58:18 PM

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