Losing extra weight has never been easy, especially if you don’t have enough time for it. People who work a lot, usually struggle with incorporating the workouts in their tight schedules, so for them, losing weight is as hard as it gets. However, just because you don’t have the time to work out, does not mean you can lose weight. There are several ways in which you can regulate your body weight and stay lean even if you’re not active as much as you’d like to be. To prove that to you, today, we’re going to give you a few tips on how to lose weight even when you’re in the office.
1. Stay Hydrated
Water is our best friend. Staying hydrated keeps you healthy – there’s no way around it. Making sure you drink enough water throughout the day will most definitely change your life for the better. Even though there is no direct correlation between drinking water and losing weight, meaning, a glass of water won’t burn your fat, drinking water can mimic the feeling of being full, therefore, you won’t feel hungry and you won’t snack as often. As you can probably guess, not snacking will definitely impact your body weight. In addition to that, drinking water instead of sodas or energy drinks will also lower your calorie intake, which directly translates into losing body mass.
2. Take The Stairs
Pretty much every single office building has a staircase. However, they have elevators as well. Given the fact that most of us are lazy to walk up two or three flights of stairs, we take the elevator to our floor – day in and day out. However, walking up the stairs a few times a day can help you burn some of those calories you’ve eaten today and we all know what burning calories mean. It means losing weight. So, don’t take the elevator, spend 10-minutes each day walking up and down the stairs and sooner, rather than later, you’ll see some positive results. They are a great workout for your legs and glutes, so you might even see some ‘gains’ once time passes.
3. Don’t Stop By The Vending Machine
Most offices have their own kitchen or a cafeteria and more often than not, inside that cafeteria, there is a vending machine or two. First of all, don’t spend your hard-earned money on overpriced candy – it’s a rip-off. Don’t give your money back to your employer. Secondly and more importantly, don’t feast on unnecessary carbs. There’s nothing beneficial from eating a candy bar – it’s just empty calories that will stick to your thighs and stomach. If you have a sweet tooth, this might be hard, but you have to try if you want to cut some weight.
4. Snack Healthy
If you do have to snack – do it the right way. Don’t eat chips or candy bars, instead, eat something healthy, something beneficial. There are a number of healthy, delicious snacks that are far better for you than a Snickers bar. Grab a handful of peanuts instead. You can bring your own snacks from home, you don’t have to buy them at work. Make a fruit salad, make a smoothie, eat some nuts like almonds or cashews. You’ll eat something healthy and delicious and you won’t fill your body with empty calories that will only make you gain weight.
5. Use Supplements
Supplements are a great addition to our diet. They can help us both lose and gain weight – depending on what you want to do. However, one thing you have to keep in mind is – supplements are supplements, they aren’t meal replacements. Don’t eat pills for breakfast thinking that it will be enough to get you through the day because it won’t. All that’s going to happen in the end is you’re going to end up hungry and you’re going to devour the first thing that lands on your plate and you’re not going to go anywhere. You’ll end up gaining weight, instead of losing it. So, before you decide on your supplements, make sure you read more about them, so you know exactly what you’re taking and what you can expect.
6. Prep Your Meals
Your diet is arguably the most important factor when it comes to losing weight. You are what you eat and that’s just the way it is. Don’t let anyone tell you any different. If you don’t watch what you eat, you’ll never lose weight. You could work out for two hours every day and still be overweight if you feast on junk funk and candy.
That’s why it’s important to prep your breakfast or lunch before going to work. It won’t take up a lot of your time, we promise. Most healthy meals can be made in less than 20 minutes. You can even do this on Sundays. Prep your healthy meals for the whole week in advancement and see the results. With a proper meal plan, you’ll lose a couple of pounds within a week – that’s a guarantee. Naturally, the rest of the journey won’t be as easy, but if your goal was only to lose a few extra pounds, you can do that by simply eating right.
7. Use Your Break Wisely
You have a couple of breaks during office hours – a few short ones and a big one in most cases. Well, when break time comes, don’t just sit around and scroll through Instagram. Go for a quick walk or if you have some fun to do at the office, like play table tennis – do that instead. You’ll move around a bit, burn a few calories and also, you won’t have the time to reach for the vending machine and grab your favourite candy bar.
8. Don’t Eat While You Work
Multitasking is great for saving time, we get it. However, eating and working simultaneously is not the right recipe for losing weight. Most likely, what will happen is, you’ll lose track of time and how much you’ve eaten and you’re just going to end up eating way too much. Step away from the work for 15 minutes and eat properly. You’ll have your lunch or breakfast breaks – use them to eat, not play around on your phone.
As you can see, there is more than a handful of ways to lose weight – even while at work. You just have to know what you’re doing. As you can clearly tell, it all comes down to what you eat. If you can’t draw up a good meal plan yourself, consult with a nutritionist and have them draw one up for you. It’s going to make a big difference before you know it and who knows – maybe you’ll even find some motivation to start working out and sculpting that perfect beach body you always wanted.