“49 percent of workers claimed they’ve gained weight at their current job…Twenty-eight percent of workers have gained more than 10 pounds at his or her present job, while an additional 13 percent of employees have gained more than 20 pounds.”
- Cold Lunch – Get old school and pack your lunch a few times a week. Not only will this save you money, it will keep your food choices controlled.
- Walk around – Instead of spending your entire lunch eating and sitting more, get out and go for walk. Walking can help you digest, de-stress, and burn some calories.
- Make a Plan For Traveling – When I have clients who travel, we spend some time really planning out a game plan for their time away for work. I give them nutrition guidelines, tell them to make healthier choices, give them workouts that the can do anywhere without any equipment.
But the most important reason why we plan is to get them into the right mindset before they travel. If you travel, write out a game plan before you leave and include the things you will need to focus on for the trip.
- Know What Your Eating For Lunch – This one strategy that can absolutely rock the compliance meter. If you don’t know what your eating for lunch when you get to work (when your not hungry), chances are that by lunch time when you are starving, your not going to care to much whether or not it’s healthy just as long as you get some food.
Instead, make an effort to know what your eating for lunch and decide on something when you can think clearly and your stomach’s not making the decision for you.
- Eat Breakfast and Plan Snacks – When you skip breakfast and miss snacking opportunities, you are probably going to be starving at lunch time. This can lead to consuming a huge lunch, self loathing, and some serious after lunch sleep coma. On top of that, a huge lunch can lead to a late dinner, and more weight gaining habits.
A great way to curb your hunger at lunch time, is to get in a balanced breakfast or morning shake (check out our easy breakfast here) and snack every 2-3 hours.
- Find like minded co-workers – Not everyone is health conscious at work. I used to work with a guy who would eat out for lunch everyday and systematically alternate mexican food (taco bell was his favorite), burgers, and Ivars.
I think you can understand why I didn’t eat lunch with him.