CareNow® - January 03, 2017

The workplace can be a diet disaster zone. With all of the breakfast donuts, birthday celebrations, pot luck luncheons, and business dinners, it's easy to see how the pounds can pile on. But by following a few guidelines, you can avoid weight gain at work, while still enjoying a donut here and there.

Bring Your Lunch

One of the easiest ways to gain weight is to eat out regularly. It's no secret that making your own food is a much healthier alternative to eating out. If you're planning to start packing your lunch, remember to include plenty of protein, fruits and vegetables.

Stay Hydrated

By drinking at least eight glasses of water a day, you can keep hunger at bay and stay hydrated, which has a multitude of benefits. Avoid sugary drinks like sodas and sweetened coffees whenever possible. Refilling your water throughout the day will also keep you moving to and from the water station.

Take The Stairs

It's easy to get lazy when there are elevators and escalators at an office space. Force yourself to take the stairs whenever possible to get in those extra steps. Even if you only start out taking the stairs once a day, it's a step in the right direction.

Find Accountability

Try to find someone with the same goals as you. Having someone you can go to when cookies are being passed out or pizza is being served is a great way to stay focused on what you want.

Try Moderation

There's no reason to completely deprive yourself of the food and drinks enjoyed at the office. In fact, many of the get-togethers in which these are served are a great way to get to know your coworkers outside of the office. If you know you're going to splurge on something one day, try eating a healthier breakfast or a lighter lunch.

If you're looking for more healthy tips and up-to-date medical information, check in on the CareNow blog regularly. At CareNow, we have 28 locations throughout the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex (with more opening soon!), along with locations in Las Vegas, Denver, Nashville, Austin, and Kansas City. Visit CareNow.com for a complete list of locations near you.

Disclaimer: Patients' health can vary. Always consult with a medical professional before taking medication, making health-related decisions or deciding if medical advice is right for you.