Counting calories at work is often difficult, especially if you are constantly on the go and extremely busy during the day. Here are four tips that will make it easier for you to stay in control of your eating plan while you are at work:
1. Bring Your Lunch
While there may be days that you have to entertain a client by taking her out to a business lunch, whenever possible you should try and pack a lunch to take with you to work. Even if you have co-workers who eat out every day of the week, if you want to count calories there is no easier way than by making your own lunch. Pack a different type of lunch each day to help you stay on track.
You may want to make a lunch menu on Sunday night for the entire week. For example, you can eat sandwiches that are low in fat three times a week, then take leftovers with you on the other two days. Try to include a piece of fruit in your lunch bag each day, or some easy to prepare vegetables such as carrot sticks or celery.
2. Avoid the Snack Machine
Having a snack machine at work is often beneficial, but you should try to stay away from it when you are counting your calories. Take a protein bar with you from home or some fruit and vegetables to snack on. If you do have to use the snack machine choose something that is low in calories, or simply eat a small portion and save the rest for another day.
3. Drink Water, Not Coffee
Coffee is sometimes a necessary evil when you are tired from the night before and need to wake up when you are at work. If you must drink coffee, try to only have one cup. It may be hard if your co-workers constantly have a cup in their hands, but exercise some self-control and have a bottle of water instead. Vary the type of water that you drink by buying different flavors, which will help you to avoid the coffee pot.
4. Plan Ahead
If you know in advance that you are going to have to work overtime on a particular day, make sure you take some steps to keep your calories in check. For example, eat a slightly bigger breakfast the morning that you have to work overtime. You can also pack a lunch that includes two sandwiches, so you can eat one later on in the day.
One problem that you may run into from time to time: the office manager ordering pizza or Chinese food for the entire staff. If you want to keep your calories under control, just eat a small portion. You can also just thank the manager for her generosity and eat the food that you brought from home instead.