So, no more walking to the train or bus stop or long drives to the office. Also, you don’t have to worry about how things are being done in the office. Now, your living room couch is your new office area and you can dress the way you want as long as you get the work done. The kitchen is just a few steps away and is full of your favorite foods. So, how do you avoid putting on weight considering everything is in your favor? Many specialists suggest that obesity is the consequence of working from home. Everyone is aware of what causes weight gain and the resulting health issues. People might blame genetic composition, but the facts are rather straightforward: eat and drink excessively without working out, and you’ll put on a lot of weight. This article will help you know how not to gain weight if working from home.
Come Up with A Routine
Having an eating plan while working from home can be very difficult. But you must have a structure for the day: plan what, when, and how much you will be eating daily, and try to follow it as much as possible. Working from home can give someone the impression that every day is a weekend, especially when there is no structure, which renders most people unproductive.
A laid down routine helps to eliminate any bad eating behavior, plus you become productive, yet you’re working at the comfort of your couch.
Don’t Use the Kitchen as Your Workspace
It’s easy to find yourself using your kitchen table as your work area. Look for a different spot to work in, to avoid the constant temptation to snack. If you don’t have a home office, you can set up a small area in your living room or any other place away from your fridge to do your work. You should go to the kitchen only when it’s time to have a meal or snack as scheduled in your routine. What’s more, avoid eating while standing up, typing, or watching TV because eating while multitasking can lead to overeating.
Plan Your Snacks
Just like you plan your daily routine, you should plan your snacks too to avoid eating the same thing repeatedly. Remember to always keep a bowl of fruit in the fridge since it’s a healthy snack choice. Also, pre-prepare your snack, for example, you can cut vegetables like carrots, celery, and bell peppers with hummus and mozzarella cheeses sticks then store them. Most importantly, store your snack in small portions. Pre-potion the snacks in advance as it’s really easy to eat an entire jar of nuts mindlessly.
Make Time For Work Out
Working out doesn’t necessarily mean buying huge equipment and taking a quarter of your day to train. Taking a break and walking around the neighborhood a few minutes every day is a great start. Additionally, online yoga, dog walking, and dancing are other types of activities you can engage in. But if you must, you can buy home workout equipment and plan when you will be working out. The aim is to avoid sitting for long hours without being active. If you’re working, you can set a timer and get up, walk or stretch for five minutes then continue working.
Start Your Day Off Right
If your morning routine has changed, it doesn’t mean you skip breakfast. Nutritionists say that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and if you eat the right things in the morning, then your day will run smoothly. Breakfast ideas include a fruit and vegetable smoothie, a breakfast burrito with eggs, spinach, tomatoes, and cheese wrapped in a whole wheat tortilla or a whole-grain English muffin topped with peanut butter. Basically, let your morning start at a higher note due to what you eat.
Get Enough Sleep
Too often, working at home can contribute to staying up late unwinding, which creates the opportunity to snack in the middle of the night. By doing so, you’re packing in more calories than you’re supposed to. Interestingly, people working from home tend to have less sleep time. Lack of sleep leads to unproductivity because it’s hard to concentrate during the day when your body is tired. Not forgetting getting enough sleep is important for weight management.
Increase Your Veggies Intake During Lunch
There are a lot of benefits that come with working from home, such as you have enough time to prep your meals. You can always make it a routine to eat more plant-based lunch. Learn to make roasted or steamed veggies that go well with brown rice and seasoned black beans. These dishes take less time to prepare and are very healthy. Generally, if you’re working at home, having a strong plan that includes physical activity, getting enough sleep, eating a balanced diet, and having family time makes your life happier, yet very productive.
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