Workplace weight loss tips

We can help you lose weight and keep it off for good - even if you spend most of the day sitting at a desk!
Published 19 December, 2017

If you work full-time, you spend around half of your waking hours, 5 days a week, in your place of work.

If your place of work isn’t set up for healthy choices (think cake in the office, vending machines, food trucks) your weight loss efforts could suffer. 

You may not be able to control everything in your place of work, but why not start at arm's length? You may even start a ripple effect of change in your workplace, and help your colleagues create healthier habits. 


Your desk


Place fruit within easy reach so if you fancy a snack it's the easiest option. You'll have eaten the recommended 5-a-day in no time! Keep healthy, low SmartPoints® value snacks in your desk drawers so if you're feeling peckish the closest option is one that won't blow your budget. Replace a shared biscuit tin with a fruit bowl – your colleagues may appreciate the change (eventually)!

Remove any food from your desk that doesn’t support your weight loss efforts, like sweets or chocolate. Fill a bottle or large glass with water at the start of the day - that way you'll drink more water without even thinking about it.

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Your lunch


It might not be the most fun way to spend a Sunday evening, but planning your lunch and snacks for the week could really help when it comes to staying on track.

If you already know what you're going to eat, you'll find it much easier to resist the lure of the daily food van or vending machine in the break-out area. If the canteen is your hotspot, prepare your lunch at home and bring it to work with you so you don't get blown off course by the sight of a tempting menu.

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Your steps


Try to move at least once an hour, even if you've got a lot of work to get through. This not only gets you moving and ramps up your step count for the day, but also gives your eyes a much-needed break from the screen.

Aim to get out for a walk during your lunch hour if possible, only if you just walk around the block. Some fresh air can work wonders for your fitness, mental health and motivation!

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