Losing that bit of extra weight (for girls, it’s usually around the mid-section) is probably what a lot of us are thinking about with the summer season soon approaching. It really isn’t too difficult to do…as long as you have good self-control and discipline…in which case if you don’t, then you have a whole other issue to deal with.
If you don’t already know, losing weight is 25% exercise and 75% diet. Equipped with this knowledge, it should make sense as to why I say losing weight and staying healthy really is easy to do. You just have to be more aware of what you put into your body and eat/drink in moderation. Specifically here are 5 tips that you can follow (this is NOT a diet):
- Walk to work- How much easier can this get. Don’t be lazy–so many of us are so dependent on cars or getting rides, but if you are serious about getting into shape for the summer season, I suggest you suck it up and walk. I walk everyday to work, and if I calculate it correctly, to and from work, I walk a total of 30-35 minutes. Times that by five days a week, and that is a decent amount of my exercise every week (in addition to my regular runs).
- Avoid sweet or sugary snacks- Maybe it’s because I work in an office setting where most of the time I am sitting in front of a computer, but in my opinion, a lot of weight people gain is during work hours (unless work has you running around and not stationed at a desk for most of the day). This is one of the reasons I don’t like sitting for too long, and that is because I find that I get restless or need to chew on something to get my juices flowing. Those small candies or bite-sized cookies, or sodas might seem like it’s just once or twice a day, but in a week, you’re looking at calories on calories on calories…especially if you don’t walk to work either! Don’t snack on sweets during work..before you know it, that bag of candies is going to be gone and you will feel like you need to hit the gym hard. The only thing is, what you eat attributes to 75% of your weight…so it will be very difficult to work that sugary snack off. If you do want to snack, go for baby carrots, cherry tomatoes, or fruits! Yogurt is a good alternative as well.
- Stop buying lunch!- We’ve all heard it before: “I woke up too late to make lunch”, “I didn’t have any groceries in the fridge!”, “I hate bringing boring sandwiches to work”. Excuses are like butt holes–everyone has them and they stink. Sorry for the graphic analogy, but it’s true. If you set out to become more healthy especially when you work in an office where you sit almost all day, don’t make these butt hole excuses about your lunch. Definitely treat yourself once in awhile (I buy my lunch a few times per month), but you don’t need the large portions they serve at restaurants for lunch. You just need something like a more sexy sandwich or a salad with avocados, eggs, cheese, and chicken.
- Cut down on those “coffee breaks”- They usually turn into “grab a donut or pastry and make that a large latte” break. This goes back to #2 because these little once a day coffees and snacks will definitely catch up to you, and most likely sooner than you expect. It will “bite” you in the butt, for lack of a better word.
- Drink water!- Instead of having those coffees/lattes in the morning, replace them with water, or if you’re really fancy, have some green tea or honey lemon water which are both great cleansers for the body.
Don’t get me wrong–I’m not saying I don’t have my sweet treats here and there, as well as my coffees, earl grey milk teas and cookies once in awhile–but I make sure to balance my diet with a regular exercise regime, which frankly, I don’t think many people do. Because I sit in front of a computer for most of my work day, I am extra aware of what I consume everyday and make sure I don’t get into the bad habit and routine of buying a coffee and pastry every morning or buying lunch every afternoon. Once in awhile is OK though!
Personally, walking so much every morning to work (sometimes I get a ride home) is making a big difference and I feel great when I get to work. To enhance this, I drink water and don’t eat anything until closer to lunch. My philosophy that works for me is: As long as you regulate and moderate what you eat, you don’t have to “pay for it” and “work it off” at the gym (I really detest the gym…that’s another blog post on its own). After all, losing weight is 75% diet and only 25% exercise.
When trying to lose a bit of weight or stay healthy, what are some things you do, or don’t do, while you’re at work?