If losing weight is or has been at some point in your life a goal you’ve set up for yourself, you are more than aware how hard it can be to stick to a diet and fitness plan, especially if you have a busy work schedule or you are overwhelmed with family commitments and social events. Still, there are so many ways you can adjust your meals plan to fit your daily routine, you have no excuse not to lose pounds during the work day, or even a hectic day at home.
1. Healthy snacking: Make sure to always stock up on healthy snacks you can store in your desk drawer or refrigerator at work. This will help you curb cravings and avoid temptations at the vending machine or office parties. Great options include: almonds, Greek yogurt, apple slices and low-fat cheese, avocados, low-calorie cereal bars. Also, try and bring you own beverages at work: tea can easily be stored in an office space and it takes just minutes to make.
2. Find support online: If you’re having a rough day at work and feel like you’re ready to break down and just eat all the chocolate bars you can get your hands on, take a deep breath and find support online. Technology makes it super simple to get the support you need for your diet right from your desk when you log on to any of the community sites for weight loss and health care. You can find inspiration and motivation, diet tools and journals, plus a bunch of recipe ideas that will give you something healthy to look forward to when you get back home.
3. Use diet tools: Finally, your’re on lunch break! But before you order your lunch at your desk or go out with a couple of coworkers at a restaurant near the office, find out how many calories are packed into your meal of choice. This will help you keep your daily calorie intake under control and will allow you to make adjustments so that you don’t exceed your limit. If the salad you were planning on ordering had more calories than you anticipated, just pass the dressing and have water instead of orange juice. You can find plenty health care calculators online and tools for discovering what you’re really getting with your meal. Not only that, but you can also download apps for your smartphone and have access to information no matter where you are.
4. Curb your cravings: While snacking might not seem like such a good idea you’re trying to lose weight, the truth is keeping your body fueled up and energized with the right kind of foods will prevent overindulging later. Also, if you feel like your cravings are getting out of control, get up from your desk and move around. A quick walk downstairs or around the block can take your mind off your cravings.
5. Quick workout sessions: You can try and sneak in a few quick and easy work out sessions during your work schedule. Firstly, why not take the bike to work instead of driving or riding the bus? Summer is nearly here, so you can enjoy the fresh morning air and kick start your day with a healthy activity. Take the stairs instead of the elevator and volunteer to do extra errands such as running for the coffee next door or to message mail to the upstairs office.