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Stop Snacking at Work

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We have all been there, you turn up to work full of good intentions for the day. You promise yourself you will not give in to temptation and not a single sugary snack will tempt you at work today. Nope, no snacking for you today!

Of course, later in the day your stomach rumbles. It's telling you it's hungry. You feel the hunger and assume it's nearly lunch time - you can wait. Then you check the time and its only 10:30 AM - it's only mid-morning and the munchies have arrived!!

Okay, you say - again - that you can last until lunch time. After all, that's only 90 minutes away and look how fast time can go. But your stomach has other ideas. You try and think of something else but the only thing your mind is thinking about is a snack. You look at the clock thinking surely one-half hour passed by - only 11 minutes did!

Snacks That's it. You cannot last a moment longer and rush to the vending machine where just about everything looks good. You give in and tell yourself tomorrow will be different, tomorrow you will avoid snacking at work. You're just dealing with low motivation... tomorrow for this, that or the other reason.

And so it goes...day after day. And for some reason, sitting at a computer and munching really seems to go hand-in-hand (even though you need your hands...go figure that one).

Well, you're sure not alone, if that brings you any comfort. We have all been there; snacking at work is a big problem for the vast majority of us. The average person spends $45 on snacks every month.

But take heart; there are ways you can stop snacking at work. The office does not need to be the place you surrender all willpower. Right now you're probably so used to a snack at work, at a certain time of day, that you're "conditioned". Now you need to put a few things into practice to "UN" condition.

Top 5 tips to cut out sweet treats at your desk:

1. Remain Calm
Stress is one of the biggest reasons why snacking at work is so hard to control. If you can stay relaxed by planning your workload efficiently then it will be easier to say no to those unhealthy snacks.

2. Stock up on Fruit
Keeping a supply of fruit on your desk will give you an alternative option to chocolate, cakes and potato chips. Better still, you won't even have to leave your desk to get them!

3. Don't Carry Loose Change
This is particularly useful if you have a vending machine at work. No spare change in your pocket means you cannot use the vending machine and no matter how much you want that chocolate bar you cannot have it.

4. Keep Yourself Busy
No doubt you often snack because you are bored. If you can keep yourself busy then you will not even think about snacking. Always ensure you have tasks to do to keep your mind off sweet treats.

5. Invest in an Appetite Suppressant
This is one of the tricks we swear by. Appetite suppressants are small pills you take each day which gives signals to the brain that you are full and do not require more food. They are perfectly safe and help you to get your willpower back and control those snacking at work cravings.

The best rated appetite suppressant we have discovered is a fat burner called hoodia. It can help cut your calorie intake by as much as 2,000 calories a day meaning weight loss is much faster and easier than by dieting alone.

The Upside of Snacking

Snacking Can Improve Your Diet: If you make smart choices, snacking can make significant contributions to the nutritional quality of your diet. The trick is sticking with nutrient-rich basics: Fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts, seeds and reduced fat and fat free dairy. If you do, you'll boost your diet's nutrient count even more, for the fewest calories.

Can Snacking Aid Weight Loss?

A study published in the British Journal of Nutrition found that people who ate a high-protein, moderate calorie snack one hour before lunch, automatically cut back their calories during subsequent meals on the same day. So although it may sound counterintuitive, smart snacking may dampen your hunger pains which could prevent over eating at mealtime.

Half of an avocado with pit

Snacking can also control cravings by creating predictable frequent eating times which will help maintain weight loss. In fact, research suggests that allowing for snacks helps stack the odds in your favor for long-term weight loss success more than a strict three-meal-per-day approach. That is because if you snack right, you won't eat any more calories than you do now.

Eat an Avocado at Lunch

Eat half an avocado at lunch! A study published in the Nutrition Journal found that adults who indulged in half of the buttery green fruit at lunch stayed satiated for up to 5 hours and their appetites decreased by as much as 40 percent, which meant less snacking when that mid afternoon slump hit.

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