10 Ways To Keep The Post-Grad Weight Off
As if keeping the freshman 15 off wasn’t bad enough, once college is over one of the hardest things for many people is keeping the post grad weight off. Graduates take on office jobs where they’re sitting for 8-12 hours a day with snacks galore in the breakroom. Many times those breakroom snacks are high calorie donuts or a store bought cake for someone’s office birthday. As if it wasn’t hard enough to avoid those sweet treats, snacking mindlessly at your desk while you fill out your weekly reports is tough to overcome. These things can really pack on the pounds – unless you follow these ten little tricks to keep your health a top priority and the post grad weight off. Join a gym or make use of the office gym.
One of the great things about grown up jobs and corporate America is that offices tend to include a gym or at the very least a local gym discount. And the great thing about having a job after college is that the majority of the time they come with an hour lunch break to do with what you wish. Many people take advantage of this time to do their workouts. With steady office hours, it’s easier to schedule in workout times around your job. Because you’re sitting for hours on end during the work day, the gym is the perfect way to get moving even if it’s for an hour walking on the treadmill.
Try storing healthy snacks at your desk.
It’s easy to go to the store and buy hard candies or other junk food type snacks to keep at your office desk. Instead of buying foods that will add to the weight gain and are high in sodium and sugar, buy 100 calorie packs of nuts, fruit leathers, or a small amount of dark chocolate to satisfy your sugar cravings. Instead of storing large bags of chips or other foods, portion them out and make it your goal to only eat one small bag filled with your healthier snack of choice.
Pack your lunch.
Yes, packing your lunch may very well make it feel like you’re back in grade school but it will be one of the best things you can do for your health as an adult. Most of the time people order out for lunch or grab food from the vending machines to make up for not bringing a lunch to work with them. Fast food and restaurant foods are seldom healthy and the calories can add up. To make things easier on you, pack your lunches the Sunday before the work week in order to make things easier on your week.
Take the stairs.
That’s right; taking the stairs instead of the elevator can do tremendous things for your health. It’s another way to get moving when you’re otherwise sitting for the rest of the work day. Even if you can’t make it to the gym, getting active by taking the stairs can add a little bit of cardio to your daily activity.
Avoid drinking like you’re in college.
While the idea of an adult social life is like the light at the end of the tunnel when you graduate from college, it can really put a damper on your metabolism. What does that mean? It means that heading out to happy hour every week might not be the best thing for you. Try scheduling in a once a month after work cocktail hour with your work friends and prioritize your time doing other things. Alcohol takes a huge toll on your body and is full of sugar and carbs. Remember, you’re a college graduate, not a college freshman.
Take advantage of the nap.
One of the least appreciate things in your childhood was the art of the nap. However, it is one of the most appreciated things as an adult. Naps come in quite handy when our hours of nightly sleep are cut short. Unfortunately most people tend to get between four and six hours of sleep a night – never reaching the full eight hours necessary for a body’s health. If you’re among those people that doesn’t get a full night’s rest, try napping for thirty to forty-five minutes after work.
Eat your breakfast.
Breakfast is one of the most important meals of the day, yet it’s the one that a large portion of the population skips. When you miss breakfast, you miss setting the pace for your metabolism for the rest of the day. Skipping the meal actually slows down your metabolism and doing this over an extended period of time can cause weight gain. Whether it’s getting a smoothie on the way to work, picking up a fruit cup in the line at Starbucks, or taking the time to make yourself a nice breakfast – eating breakfast should be a priority in your daily schedule.
Suggest an inter-office weight loss challenge.
When people have a goal to go for, they tend to create better habits than they would without that goal. Inter-office challenges are a great way to inspire healthy habits around the office as well as create a way for people to motivate each other. Try suggesting a challenge to your boss to see what the best kind of challenge for your office would be and then go from there. This can potentially create permanent healthy changes around the office.
Keep a water bottle at your desk.
It can’t be emphasized enough that staying hydrated is such an important part of health. Your body retains water when it is dehydrated which means a few of those extra pounds could be prevented with a little more H20. By keeping a water bottle at your desk, you can remind yourself to drink more water throughout the day.
Eat more fresh fruits and vegetables.
Let’s be honest, processed foods are easy and accessible. But they are among the worst foods for your body. Instead of snacking on those chips you like so much – bring some carrots on hummus with you to the office and save yourself the trouble. Fresh fruits and veggies are filled with natural antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals out bodies desperately need. Processed foods deprive your body of many of the key things it needs to stay healthy.