If you’re packing on the kilos every day you’re in the office, you’re not alone.
Every morning, many pledge to be ‘good’ and healthy with their food choices, only to find themselves indulging in cake for a colleague’s birthday or blowing out on a takeaway lunch.
Clinical nutritionist and food scientist Dr Vincent Candrawinata said there are different reasons as to why your work causes you to gain weight.
‘Stress, lack of physical activity, free cakes and chocolate in the office, business lunch and dinner or even commuting all play a part,’ he told FEMAIL.
Clinical nutritionist and food scientist Dr Vincent Candrawinata (pictured) said there are different reasons as to why your work causes you to gain weight
‘You need to take a moment to really dissect your daily life to understand what aspects of your work habits need changing.’
According to Dr Candrawinata, the worse jobs are office jobs, including reception and administration jobs where people sit for long periods of time.
As it turns out, having a stressful job can make your waistline blow out.
‘Stress is one of the causes and precursors for many health conditions, including heart disease,’ said Dr Candrawinata.
‘Stress triggers the release of hormones that can increase appetite, which make you crave more sugary and fatty foods while at the same time, lower your metabolism.
‘Managing your stress level is key to stop the domino effect of work-related-weight-gain.’
Stress could be the reason you’re gaining weight. It triggers the release of hormones that can increase appetite (stock image)
You are too busy
‘Poor time management could be an underlying cause of stress and unhealthy habits,’ explained Dr Candrawinata.
‘When you are late, you take a taxi instead of walking. When you are late, you don’t have time for breakfast, so you snack on a chocolate bar. When you are late, you have less time to prepare for a meeting which in turns gives you a tremendous amount of stress and we all know what stress can do to us.’
Lunching out with colleagues
Choosing a healthy salad for lunch can be difficult when there are other temptations.
‘If you pay attention to the lunch options around offices, at least three out of five options are actually unhealthy,’ said Dr Candrawinata.
‘A study proved this by showing that the group with the most exposure to takeout joints at work was almost twice as likely to be obese in comparison to those with who were least exposed.
Office treats and lunching out with colleagues can cause you to pack on extra kilos (stock image)
‘Sure, we can always choose a healthier option or menu but let’s be honest and realistic, would you really swap those fries with the sad looking salad in a fast food joint? And if you say yes, let me ask you this, how often do you actually do it? A key way to stop eating junk food is to stop going out to lunch with colleagues,’ he added.
Packing your own lunch encourages you to eat healthily at work. So instead of indulging in a burger and chips, sit with your colleagues in a park and eat your sandwich or salad.
‘Not only will it save you on the unnecessary calorie intake, it will save you dollars and without you knowing it, it does save you time,’ said Dr Candrawinata.
Dr Candrawinata said to avoid weight gain, walk to work more often, take the stairs instead of the lift and get up out of your chair as often as possible (stock image)
Stop drinking coffee and start drinking water
If you’re someone who drinks two or three coffees a day, you might find that you have gained a few extra kilos.
‘In this modern lifestyle, 50 per cent of the time when we think that we are hungry is actually a sign that we are thirsty,’ said Dr Candrawinata.
‘So, before you reach for a handful of MnM’s or a pack of chips, drink a glass of water first. Staying hydrated also helps to ensure that your body’s systems work well which means you could be less likely to experience headache, cramping and even bad breath.’
Limit yourself to one coffee a day and instead opt for water or a herbal tee.
‘While everyone drinks coffee and it is good to catch up for a cuppa with the boss to pretend you are interested in what they are saying, you could be drinking water instead. Drink out of a mug and no one will know the difference,’ added Dr Candrawinata.
Be more active
Walk to work more often, take the stairs instead of the lift and get up out of your chair as often as possible.
‘Every little thing counts,’ said Dr Candrawinata.