Is your job widening your waistline?
By: Terri Dougherty
Publication: LivingRight®: Health & Wellness Awareness Program
Date Posted: 03/16/2018
The time we spend at work can make an impact on the number we see on the scale.
Weight gain differs depending on your occupation, and women who sit at work for an extended period of time are less likely to be active and more likely to see pounds accumulate. A study published in the September 2017 issue of the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine followed a group of women in the medical field for more than six years, and found that a woman’s job has a significant impact on the amount of time spent sitting and may influence physical activity and weight gain.
In addition, a 2016 CareerBuilder study found that 44 percent of workers gained weight in their current job, and women were more likely to gain weight than men.
To keep extra pounds away:
- Start the day with breakfast. A healthy breakfast may keep you from overeating later in the day. Try eggs with whole grain toast, oatmeal with fruit, or a smoothie made with almond milk and fruit.
- Pack a lunch. This lets you control portion size and can ensure that you have healthy options available. In addition, pack healthy snacks such as almonds or hummus with carrots to keep blood sugar levels steady.
- Get enough rest. A lack of sleep leads to a yearning for foods high in fat and carbohydrates, and makes it easier to cave into cravings. Aim for seven to nine hours of sleep each night. Try to go to bed and get up at the same time each day, and sleep in a room that’s cool, dark, and quiet.
- Move more. See if some coworkers would like to walk with you at lunchtime. Use a sit-stand desk, if possible, and get into a routine of standing for about 20 minutes and then sitting for about 10. Park in the far corner of the lot or get off the bus a few stops early. Stand when you’re on the phone, and take a longer route to the printer or restroom if possible. Another trick is to make it a habit to exercise first thing in the morning, before the demands of the day get in the way.
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