During the holiday season offices are filled with all sorts of goodies to tempt your taste buds and expand your waistline. What can you do to maintain sanity and avoid stuffing yourself with all the extra food around?
First, let’s look at the facts. Nibbling can wreak havoc with your calorie intake; adding too many calories adds pounds over time. Consider the calorie totals of some typical holiday office foods
1 doughnut 175 calories
2 chocolate covered cherries 175 calories
2 handfuls caramel popcorn 150 calories
1 brownie 227 calories
2 shortbread cookies 100 calories
Unplanned Calories 827 calories
To find out how these calories can add to your waistline, it’s important to know that 3500 extra calories per week = 1 pound of extra weight. Add up 5 days of steady grazing and you realize why it’s so easy to put on weight in the 4 weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas! This doesn’t even include food at parties, family meals or other celebrations! Before you get discouraged, here’s what you can do:
You don’t have to give up all your treats during the holidays. The key is to develop a strategy for how you’re going to deal with the extra food. Focusing on maintaining your weight and stress levels is a realistic goal during the holiday season.