With the world on lockdown and isolation, a lot of people still working are doing so from home. Unfortunately, this new trend of working from home means less daily activity, and easier access to the food in our fridges and kitchens. People around the world are slowly gaining weight as they exercise less and eat more during the time they spend in their own homes all day every day. If you want to avoid that weight gain, here’s how you can eat healthy while working from home:
Follow an Eating Schedule
The worst thing you can do is eat anytime you want, at all hours of the day. The smartest choice is to set an eating schedule that you follow very carefully. You know what time you wake up and go to bed every day, so use that schedule to craft a meal plan that includes a balanced breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Resist the urge to snack, and stick to only eating your meals. Following an eating schedule will give your life a bit of structure and make it easier for you to stay on top of your eating habits.
Be Careful of Your Drinks
Drinking a lot of soda, juice, sweetened tea, wine, beer, and other alcoholic beverages during this time will add a lot of calories to your daily food intake, leading to the inevitable: weight gain. If you want to make sure you eat healthy while working from home, you need to stick with the lightest, lowest-calorie options possible. Water is absolutely a must—you should make it a point to drink at least three liters of water per day. If you’re going to drink tea, try to reduce your use of sweeteners. Instead of juice or soda, make infused water or club soda, using natural fruits and vegetables to give your water flavor instead of adding sugar.
Balance Your Plates
Now it’s more important than ever that you eat a healthy, balanced diet! You can’t go to the gym, get outside for your daily walk, or do extra exercise to work off an unbalanced meal. If you’re not eating healthy, you’ll not only gain weight—you’ll very likely end up malnourished. Make sure that your plate is comprised of a lot of vegetables—at least half of your plate should be veggies—and focus more on protein than the whole grains. Limit your carb intake as much as possible, and stick with low-fat foods. The more you balance your plates, the less your risk of weight gain while you work from home.
You know what foods you should and shouldn’t be eating, but we’re all going to want to take a few extra “cheat” days or snacks during this tough time. If you’re going to do so, be smart about it. For example, let’s say you want a cookie or two after dinner with your movie or TV show. While it’s not ideal, you can sort of “balance” it out by eliminating your portion of carbs during dinner. That way, you’ll compensate for the added carbs (and sugar) of the cookies, and it’ll be easier for your body to process what you eat without storing as much extra fat.
Understand Hunger and Cravings
Now it’s vital that you learn to distinguish your cravings from actual hunger. Cravings pass quickly (usually within ten minutes), while hunger just grows the more you try to ignore it. If you’re feeling peckish or “snacky”, ignore that desire and distract yourself by doing something else. However, if it’s been a few hours since your last meal, it may be a good idea to have something to eat.