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       Volume I - January 28, 2008

Don't Let Your Job Make You Fat!
by Alice Osborne

10 tips to Keep From Eating Too Much at the Office

Most offices are high-calorie zones. Even with the best intentions, it can be difficult to eat healthy at work. It seems there's always another birthday, breakfast meeting or business lunch, and these events can easily throw someone off their diet. And since January is traditionally the month many of us decide to get back into shape, here are some guidelines:

1. Avoid storing food in your desk or eating at your desk. The closer it is, the more you will think about food while working. Take breaks in a break area instead.

2. Take a walk to avoid eating during mid-morning/afternoon slumps.

3. Have a non-calorie beverage, such as herb tea, at break time instead of hitting the pastry tray by the coffee machine.

4. Eat breakfast and lunch. Don't skip meals.

5. Keep raw veggies available for snacking.

6. Enlist co-workers to join your diet efforts. Take group walks over breaks or lunch, and agree not to bring in high-fat/high-calorie foods to share.

7. Bring an apple or baggie of raw almonds to eat on the way home from work so you're not starving when you get home.

8. Plan dinner ahead so you aren't inclined to use the drive-through on the way home. Don't stop for groceries on the way home.

9. Buy a case of bottled water to keep under your desk. Commit to drinking half in ounces as you weigh in pounds. (Example: If you weigh 150, then you’ll need to drink 75 oz per day). Water not only keeps your skin hydrated, it’s an amazing boost to weight loss, and if you have it handy, you’ll drink it.

10. Finally, and we all know this, stay out of elevators and take the stairs. Research shows we can drop 5 to 10 pounds in a year if we took the stairs religiously (not to mention what this can do for our hips, girls).

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