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Tips for losing weight if you work a desk job

Losing weight is challenging, but it becomes even more difficult when you work eight hours or more per day. It’s all too easy to gain weight without even realizing it when you’re sitting all day, grabbing something quick to eat, and relying on vending machines and office snacks.

By making tiny, realistic changes a part of your workday routine, you can prevent mindless munching and weeks of limited activity by applying weight-loss suggestions you can follow at work.

Choose active meetings

Meet up with the walking meeting. Take your coworkers on the move instead of sitting around a conference table or meeting over food or coffee. This works best with one or two other people, but it’s a terrific way to get ideas flowing and your body moving.

Place your car further away from the workplace

Choose your health over proximity and park further away from your workplace’s entrance. It’s not as convenient, and it will take you longer to travel from your car to work and back, but it’s a tiny change you can make every day to boost activity, which can help you lose weight.

Don’t keep snacks in your desk or office

While purposeful snacking is rarely a cause for concern, grabbing for whatever snack you keep stored in your desk is all too easy and can have a significant impact on weight gain.

The same may be said for “fun” office snacks that appear out of nowhere day after day. Instead, organize your snacks – bring a piece of fruit to work, or pack a protein shake, nuts, or yogurt. Healthy food alternatives are typically ones that cannot be stored in a desk drawer. You won’t go without, but you also won’t go overboard.

Keep hydrated

When you think you’re hungry, you’re actually dehydrated. Get a refillable water bottle to bring to work with you and keep it full. You won’t crave snacks as much, and when lunchtime arrives, you won’t be as hungry and will be less likely to overeat.

Make the most of your lunch break

Choose action – bring sneakers and workout clothes so you may work out during your lunch break, go for a stroll, attend a group fitness class, or simply enjoy your meal rather than rushing through it.

Choose the stairs

Take the stairs if you have the option. Sure, the elevator may be faster or more convenient, but by selecting activity wherever possible, you are choosing to burn a few additional calories throughout the day.