In a fairly common scenario, I gained an extra ten pounds when I started my first “desk job.” However, I managed to lose it all without sacrificing social time with co-workers.
Pizza delivery, take-out Chinese meals and eer with the gang may sound like the typical college lifestyle, but it’s not. Instead, it’s the life you might experience after school, once you’ve scored a job as the newest desk jockey in a cubicle farm. Networking is a vital step if you hope to move up the corporate ladder, and that means socializing with co-workers and rubbing elbows with the boss after the workday is through. But by the time Happy Hour ends and you stumble home, you don’t have the time–or inclination–to cook a healthy dinner. Hello, pizza delivery guy!
Your attempts to gain the respect of your boss and co-workers are understandable–even admirable. But remember those fifteen pounds of flab you packed on as a Freshmen? Continuing this behavior will easily add another ten or so to your inflated spare tire.
You don’t have to go to extremes if you want to beat your cubicle bulge. Just make two little tweaks–one to your drinks and one to your food–and you can still enjoy beers and take-out without adding extra weight to your waistline.
Drink light. Opt for lighter, lower-calorie beverages during Happy Hour. Good choices include light beer, liquor with a diet mixer (such as diet soda) or a small glass of wine. Follow the 1-to-1 ratio rule: After each alcoholic beverage, drink a glass of water. You’ll consume fewer calories, and you won’t get so drunk that you say something regrettable to your boss, such as “Did your wife give you that tie or did you find it in a dumpster?”
Order light. Calling the pizza delivery guy? Forget about the “meat lovers” pizza with a side of fried cheese sticks. Instead, load it up with veggies and skip the meat. Ask for a green salad on the side, and eat the salad first as an appetizer. You’ll get lots of nutrients, fewer calories and there still won’t be any dishes to clean! Choose healthy restaurant options when possible, such as stir-fry veggies (Chinese), sushi (Japanese), whole grain pasta and tomato sauce (Italian), or shrimp fajitas (Mexican).
You don’t have to gain weight just because your butt is sitting in a cushy chair all day long! Just make some smarter choices in bars and restaurants, and you’ll avoid adding to your midsection padding. Before you order from the take-out menu, simply ask yourself one question: What is the healthiest option? Choose the low calorie version most of the time, and you’ll lose your cubicle fat in no time at all!