Why enjoying free office snacks can hurt your waistline 🍩

Jan, 07, 2019

Do you have difficulties to control yourself when your boss or one of your colleague is bringing office snacks at work? Do you like to take a break close to the cafeteria or the vending machine? All the food that you eat at work is probably not healthy for you and definitely will add extra calories to your waistline. 

A study in the United States has shown that the foods we eat in our workplace tend to be high in refined grains and sodium. Few of us are opting for whole grains or fruit. The office snacks don’t align with the recommendations in the Dietary Guidelines. In the same research, we learned that 70 percent of the calories came from free food in the office such as the birthday cake, holiday cookies or meeting biscuits.

As employees are spending on average eight hours a day in the office, it is crucial to make people understand that what they are eating during their working hours can cause weight gain over time and can have a bad impact on general health (diabetes, heart disease, obesity, etc). If companies embrace wellness programs, it could seriously improve employee health.

In some companies, free food is used as an incentive and turn to be seen as a work “benefit”. The fact that it is “free” make it more attractive: people are much more likely to indulge if they don’t have to pay for it. The only problem is that the food options they generally propose are not healthy. If you just have a look at the vending machines, you will find processed foods and the decadent coffee drinks used to be packed in calories.

Here are some tips you can follow if you want to eat healthier on the job:

🔸Ask for fruits if you see only cookies and chocolate in the break room 🍩

🔸Bring your healthy snacks and meals from home (fruit, yogurt, kefir, whole grain cereal, etc).

🔸Take the stairs instead of the lift

🔸Go to work by bike or by walking

🔸Go for a walk or go to the fitness class during the break

🔸Don’t put sugar in your coffee drink or tea