Guess How Many Calories You're Consuming at Your Desk?
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Guess How Many Calories You're Consuming at Your Desk?

TAKING THE TIME TO GET UP FROM YOUR DESK AND MOVE ABOUT IS BENEFICIAL TO YOUR WELL-BEING. NOT ONLY WILL YOU SAVE ON THE CALORIES, BUT IT'S A CHANCE TO INCREASE YOUR ENERGY LEVELS, GET TO KNOW YOUR CO-WORKERS, AND SAVE ON MULA IN THE MEANTIME.  

Does your desk get more action than your dining room table when it comes to mealtime? We know when you’re trying to grow your career, there’s a lot of pressure to show up early, work through lunch, and barely break.

While we adore your strong work ethic, we crunched some numbers and those sad desk breakfasts, lunches, and snacks might be doing more harm to your body than good for your career.

Let’s see how the numbers add up:


This may or may not be a realistic depiction of your typical intake, but what we can say for sure is that stepping away from your desk for meals and snacks (regardless of what they are) benefits your health and wellbeing, and ultimately makes you an even more productive employee or boss. {Click to Tweet} Here’s why:

YOU'LL HAVE BETTER CONTROL OF YOUR ENERGY LEVELS

Ever feel like you need to take a heavy nap shortly after your desk lunch? You might be overeating but too distracted to realize it. A 2005 study used self-refilling soup bowls to examine this theory and proved that visual cues can affect the volume of food you intake. Half of the participants were unknowingly eating from the self-refilling bowls, and half from regular bowls. Those who ate from the self-refilling bowls consumed 73% more soup. However, even though they ate more, they did not feel more satisfied.

Try stepping away from the computer to enjoy lunch with a coworker, or even by yourself. The mental break from work will give you a burst in energy.

When you’re eating in front of your desk, you’re usually too distracted answering emails, updating spreadsheets, or stalking your ex on Facebook to pay attention to how much food you may or may not have left on your plate (ever look down and wonder where your burrito went?). Try stepping away from the computer to enjoy lunch with a coworker, or even by yourself. The mental break from work will give you a burst in energy, and the quality time with that burrito might make you realize you’re not even hungry enough to eat the whole thing.

YOU'LL BOND WITH COWORKERS OVER NON-WORK RELATED INTERESTS

In most states, all full-time employees are entitled to a daily 15-minute break. It’s easy to reach for the microwave popcorn or the company candy bin around 3pm when you’re looking for a quick distraction, even if you’re not hungry. Instead, try grabbing a coworker, or new employee and taking a 15-minute walk, or enjoy a cup of herbal tea together. Trust us, taking a few minutes to enjoy the fresh air or connect with a friend will be much more satisfying than a bag of microwave popcorn!

YOU'LL SAVE SOME MONEY

When you start to realize you might not be hungry for the whole burrito, you can save half for dinner (hey, it’s like a free meal). You can also try whipping up a quick breakfast at home and enjoy it at your dining room table. A bowl of oatmeal with fresh fruit and nuts only takes 60 seconds to make and has enough protein and fiber to hold you over until lunch. Plus, a whole box of instant oatmeal is less expensive than just one bagel and coffee.

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Do you dare to step away from the desk? Let us know how you’ll take the next step in the comments below!