Working from home creates a number of challenges when it comes to maintaining a healthy weight. The refrigerator and grocery cupboards are only a short distance away. You may be battling with a lack of routine and structure, which is causing you stress eat. On the other hand, you may be neglecting healthy nutrition.
It is just too easy to grab unhealthy snacks to eat at your desk while working. Here are some ways you can help to maintain a healthy weight while working from home.
Make time for movement and regular exercise
When you work from home, try not to sit at your desk for longer than 60 minutes at a time. Get up, walk around and stretch your muscles. Stand while talking on the phone and take your dog out for a walk when you need to take a break.
There are many online classes you can enjoy to get the exercise you need on a daily basis. If you prefer, you can even put on some dance music and make up your own movements.
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Plan your meals ahead of time
One of the difficulties of working from home is a lack of structure. Eating irregularly and without proper planning can mean you gain weight. It helps if you plan when, what and how much you are going to eat and then stick to that as far as possible. If you plan ahead, you will tend to eat more healthily and take the breaks you need to enjoy your food and relax.
If you have your meals while working at your desk, you’re likely to eat more and enjoy it less because you’re eating unconsciously. Only go to the kitchen when you plan to sit down and have a meal.
Start your day the right way
Your morning routine may have changed considerably since you no longer have to commute to work. You may have more time to eat a healthy, nutritious breakfast.
Eating overnight oats is one option – this is a no-cook way of making oats the night before. Fruit and vegetable smoothies or wholewheat tortillas with eggs, cheese and spinach, are filling and healthy options. Your body needs the right fuel to tackle your work with enthusiasm and to be able to concentrate properly.
Plan your snacks
Try to avoid too many temptations by buying some healthy snacks readily available. Fruit, pre-cut veggies and hummus or nuts can prevent you from reaching for candies or crisps. You want to keep your sugar levels stable throughout the day instead of experiencing highs and lows.
If you want to eat nuts as a snack, it is best to pack the right portion sizes in plastic bags. They contain plenty of calories and you don’t want to eat too many or you will put on weight. It helps to recognize when you are really hungry and when you’re just bored or stressed.
Eat a veggie-filled lunch
When it comes to lunches, you have many healthy options while working at home. Plant bowls, for example, do not require too much effort if you have the right ingredients available.
Black beans, chickpeas, canned corn and other ingredients you keep in your grocery cupboards can easily be used in a plant bowl. You can also add some fresh greens or roasted veggies left over from dinner the night before.