Did you know it’s possible to lose weight while you work? One of the secrets to ridding yourself of fat for good is learning how to eat smart and be active all day.
Here are the superbly easy ways to do exactly that:
1. Minimise your meal.
If the office is ordering in, always request a half portion. In one study, participants felt just as satisfied after eating a half sandwich as they did after devouring a whole one.
2. Split your lunchtime into two.
Truth is, the actual eating part of lunch takes just a few minutes. So why stay seated for the rest of your lunch break? Spend a little time eating and socialising, and then go for a walk each and every day.
3. Bring fruit.
Every day, on your way out of the house, grab two pieces of fruit. Apples, bananas, oranges, peaches—it doesn’t matter. Develop a habit of eating one midmorning and one midafternoon.
4. Swap coffee for green tea.
Although coffee (in moderation) is healthful, green tea is probably more so. A study from the University of Geneva in Switzerland found that in addition to caffeine, green tea contains catechin polyphenols, or plant chemicals that may boost metabolism. Sip two or three cups daily.
5. Close your eyes for 20 minutes.
Being well-rested helps balance the hormones that regulate appetite. Strike a deal with your boss: a short daily nap in exchange for more productivity. If that’s not possible, just close your eyes for a bit. It provides many of the restful advantages of a nap.
Let that nervous leg do its thing. Researchers have found that people who drum their fingers or bounce their knees burn at least 500 calories a day, equivalent to losing half a kilo a week.
7. Change your bathroom commute.
If your normal route to the restroom takes you by the office candy dish or cookie plate, go the long way instead. Not only will you burn more calories, you’ll also avoid snacking.
8. Skip the vending machines.
Most vending machines offer high calorie, low nutrient, over-priced snacks. Visits often have little to do with hunger and everything to do with boredom. Skip the snack run and bring healthy snacks from home.