Congratulations on your weight management efforts! Some basic keys to success are to follow a balanced, calorie-trimmed eating plan, be physically active at least 30 minutes a day, and take small steps to make these changes a permanent part of your lifestyle.
Office snacks are a great place to start. It's hard to resist temptation when treats are everywhere you turn. The good news is that favorite foods can fit into a balanced, healthful lifestyle. Try these tips:
Remember, out of sight, out of mind. If the chocolate-filled candy jar is right next to you, it's hard not to indulge—and overdo. If possible, move treats away from your desk to areas you seldom visit.
Ask yourself if you're really hungry. Chances are, it's not hunger but the smell or sight of those fresh donuts that's tempting you. Curb the urge by taking a quick walk around the block or office. If you're really hungry, try one of the healthy snack suggestions below.
Keep healthy snacks handy. Counter less-healthful snacks with more nutritious ones you can store in your desk or the office fridge. Bring fresh fruit and vegetables, light popcorn, fat-free yogurt, and low-fat cheese with whole-grain crackers. Or grab a fat-free latte and get a calcium boost, too.
Indulge—a little. Swearing off favorite foods forever isn't realistic and may set you up for failure and lots of guilt. Instead, work one small daily treat into your balanced eating plan—maybe a small bag of chips, a 100-calorie pack of cookies, or a "fun" size chocolate bar—and really enjoy it.