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The Real Reason You Can’t Seem To Lose Weight

04.07.2014

Struggling to lose weight? Feel as though you’re constantly battling with your willpower?

 

New research has shown that being at work could well be the cause for halting your progression to achieving your goal weight.

 

 

There are a number of hurdles to overcome in the work environment in terms of reaching your goal weight. Some high risk and common situations are:

  • Not making time for breakfast - without it, you are already on a losing battle. Fuel up and start your day feeling energised.
  • Snacking on high sugar/fat foods such as crisps, chocolate and biscuits. We appreciate that these are regularly circulated around the office - but come prepared, bring your own snacks. 
  • Never having an empty coffee mug - don't rely on caffeine for energy, that's what food's for!
  • Moving minimally for an entire shift - make an effort to walk through the office, even if it's for no reason at all, it will re-engage your brain and leave you with a clearer thought path. 

 

Following we have top tips on what are the best foods and drinks to have throughout the working day to enable you to feel and perform at your best, and how to become more active in the workplace. By following these simple tips, you will find that your day-to-day weight won't creep up lb by lb, you will feel more awake, and therefore more productive and you will avoid that dreaded mid-afternoon lethergy that leaves you reaching for the packet of biscuits. 

 

What To Eat and Drink To Feel & Perform At Your Best

  • Golden rule – eat 3 meals and 2 healthy snacks today
  • Drink your water – 1.5-2L’s each day. We have lots of fruit flavoured waters for you to experiment with, check them out here
  • Breakfast. Always begin the day with breakfast to boost energy and wake the brain. Opt for porridge or fruit and yoghurt or a grilled cooked breakfast. Find out what skipping breakfast could be doing to you. 
  • Snack regularly, every  2 to 3 hours, to increase focus and concentration. Why? Because brain cells use 2 x more energy than other cells in the body and requires a regular healthy fuel intake to help it operate at it’s optimum level. Snack suggestions include fruit, nuts and seeds, low fat natural yoghurt, carrot sticks and hummus, oatcakes
  • Eat throughout the day. Never starve always have healthy food to hand. If you eat breakfast and then nothing until your evening meal your energy and mood will plummet during the day. When you eventually eat your evening meal the chances are you will overindulge and then have to face an increasing BMI.
  • Avoid processed foods. Processed foods are high in fat and/or high in sugar. They boost blood sugar for a short period of time but this is not sustainable. Ditch the sweets and chocolate, the fizzy drinks, the mints and the obligatory office cake and opt for healthy snacks instead – see above.
  • Avoid caffeine filled drinks if possible. If not, limit your daily intake to 4 cups a day. Instead of tea and coffee, try caffeine free fruit teas, they come in so many different flavours and are far more refreshing.
  • Instead of making more work for yourself, why not cook extra for dinner the night before ready to take some to work the next day? Quick, easy and delicious! Check out our main meals for inspiration on easy take to work lunches for the following day. 

 

Top Tips For Becoming Active In The Office

  • Take that small walk across the office to speak to a co-worker instead of firing off an email
  • Climb the stairs instead of taking the lift
  • Park your car further away from your office entrance
  • Take a longer route to your desk – even if it’s just a few more steps, every little helps!
  • Cycle to work. Where possible take the bike, perhaps become involved in the cycle to work scheme and reap the heart healthy benefits
  • Walk and talks, the new meetings. Why sit on your bum in yet another meeting when you can walk and meet at the same time? Ok, it’s not always possible but when it is make it the go to option.
  • Take a walking break at lunchtime. Move away from your desk and walk for ten to fifteen minutes to help clear your head and get your blood moving.
  • Take a mini gym break at lunchtime. If you have a gym in your building or one that’s just down the street why not pay a flying visit and spend twenty minutes on cardio or lifting weights or taking a brief class – many gyms fit in a 20 minute lunchtime class especially for office workers.

 

Know your numbers. Know what your BMI and hip-to-waist ratio are in order to gain control of your weight with ease. 

If you are part of business, here are 5 top tips on how to create employee health and wellbeing

If you are part of a company and would like to find out more about our healthy eating services please call 0845 533 5302.

If you are an individual and are interested in our 12 week online healthy eating programme you can find out more - here. When you're ready you can login to My Healthy Eating Programme using the login button at the top and entering the code VIP10 into the register now box. The cost of the 12 week programme for an individual is £49.99 and we have corporate rates available upon request.



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