Are you guilty of eating at your desk, eating that chocolate bar hidden in your draw because you don’t have time to leave the office, or are you slogging through your workload while trying not to get breadcrumbs on your keyboard? If this is you then all of this desk time could be helping you to put on weight.
If you are guilty of a café desk, here are three reasons to make a habit of getting away from your desk to eat lunch:
1. EAT LUNCH AT THE RIGHT TIME AND YOU WILL AVOID PILING ON THE KILOS
When you eat, is as important as what you eat for managing your metabolism, hunger and weight control. The most important decision you should make is to eat lunch before 1pm. Most of us eat around 2-3pm, after a morning fuelled by coffee and snacks. This mindless refueling throws out your natural hunger cues and tricks you into thinking that you eating less than your really are.
2. EAT LUNCH IN A NATURAL SETTING LIKE OUTDOORS
Eat your lunch in a natural setting like outdoors or in a well-lit room where you can be ‘engaged effortlessly’. And try and stay off your digital devices to truly give your brain a proper break. This offers your mind a chance to refresh before approaching your tasks ahead.
3. EATING SHOULD NOT BE A MULTI TASKING EVENT
By paying attention to the food you are eating, you increase the enjoyment of your food and therefore less likely to overeat. Eating while you are preoccupied doesn’t allow your brain to properly process the amount of food you consume, resulting in you taking in more calories than you need to feel satisfied.
By Julie Gilbert
Julie Gilbert is the Founder and Head Dietician for Solutions with Food. Having started Solutions with Food in 2004 by herself, Julie has used her knowledge & experience from over 10 years of work in the industry to now manage and run Solutions with Food into a company full of dedicated dietitians aiming to help all of its clients achieve their desired outcomes.