So, I’ve come to a decision that has taken me years to arrive at, but I’m finally there. I’m going to stop snacking at work.
That’s right, Anderson Cooper, you heard right. I am going to stop snacking at work. Unfortunately, snacking is one of my favorite things to do at work, so this is going to be an uphill battle.
The problem is that while exercising is great, I also have to eat less if I actually want to see the results of all my aforementioned exercise. Everybody does. You can’t eat whatever you want, workout, and expect there to be no consequences.
There are always consequences.
Now, this no snacking tactic is not for everyone. If you don’t want to lose weight, don’t do it. I only advocate it to those who are constantly saying they want to drop a few pounds, like yours truly, because this is a surefire way to do it.
Figuring out why you’re snacking is the key to stopping. I mean, if you’re really hungry between meals, yes, go ahead eat a healthy snack.
But if it’s because you’re bored, stressed, over-worked, under-worked, anxious, tired, having a creative block and/or salt craving, don’t do it. It’s amazing how many extra pounds you can add on thanks to snacks, and it’s doubly amazing how many pounds you can lose by not eating when you’re not actually hungry.
Plus, I’m always surprised how many calories I end up consuming while I’m focused on other things. I’ve eaten entire sandwiches at work and not even realized it.
Like, you know when you’re eating lunch while simultaneously looking at
gossip blogs spreadsheets on the computer and suddenly you look down to take another bite of your sandwich and its gone? The first thought that goes through your head is- ‘who stole my sandwich?!’ Then you notice the wrapper in the trash and you realize you ate the whole thing on auto pilot… does this happen to anyone else?
I then go get some more food because my brain never had a chance to register that I ate an entire sandwich and that I am, in fact, no longer hungry.
Even though cutting out snacks is the simplest way to eradicate unnecessary calories from your diet, I swear it’s the hardest thing to get yourself on board with. Especially in the office, because snacking is a great break excuse. I feel like what cigarette breaks were in 80s, snack breaks are today. They’re just an excuse to get away from your desk for a bit. However, also like cigarette breaks, snack breaks are unhealthy and quite frankly, unnecessary 99% of the time. I’ve had to give myself quite a few pep talks lately in order to psych myself up for officially cutting them out of my day.
And I’ve finally reached the conclusion that there will be no more snacking at work. Day 1 begins tomorrow. (I would start today but all this talk about snacks has left me famished.)