So, you’re sitting at your desk all day, pounding away at your computer, and you’ve realized with much alarm that you’re starting to look like a beached whale.
Firstly, don’t panic. Some people starve themselves once the hysteria levels go thru the roof, and okay, you’ll lose weight, but you’ll probably also end up comatose in bed. Not a good idea.
Take it gently, and figure out how you are going to get that weight off. So, don’t stop eating, please, just start eating the right things like whole-wheat bread, or if you can, cut out bread altogether, bring in salads with lots of carrots and celery sticks and some fruit, yogurt, and nuts.
Keep the fruit and nuts for when you’re feeling hungry during the day. This will give you much needed energy to keep up with the demands of your job. Stay away as far as you can from the vending machine.
A packet of crisps, chocolate, and two-day-old hotdogs, will see you firmly embedded on that beach!
If you’re going out with colleagues, choose chicken and fish without the creamy sauces, and salad without cheese or mayo. Drink water. In fact, drink as much water as you can during the day. It’s excellent for getting the kidneys working and flushing out those evil toxins.
You must to take time off from your desk and your computer. Sure, you must meet deadlines, and you will, but take a quick walk around the office, and try using the stairway, up and down, for at least 10 minutes.
I’m sure you spent more time at the water cooler, so don’t make excuses. During your lunch break, take 15 minutes and go for a brisk walk around the block. If it’s raining or the weather is lousy, head back to the stairwell and spend that time there. Up and down, don’t frown!
Get up from your desk as often as you can during the day, even when talking on the phone, and walk around your desk. When you must use the bathroom, take a quick detour to the stairwell. It would be good to make the stairwell your best buddy!
Away from the office, plan to join a neighborhood gym and get as much aerobic exercise as you can. This is a great way for losing belly fat. You needn’t spend hours at the gym. People think the longer you spend, the better you’ll do. This is a huge myth. The trick is the intensity of your workout, not time spent!
Do aerobic classes and alternate with spinning, do some muscle-building activities like machine bench presses (take it easy!), resistance band use, stairs (again!), crunches – and don’t forget swimming! The best exercise of all.
Start off by going three times a week and do different workouts every time you go. When you start feeling much fitter, you can extend your time to 5 days a week. You need only go for an hour, but make your activities intense!
At weekends, get in as much cycling and jogging as you can and give gym a break. Lay off the beer and wine at home and substitute water. Yes, it’s boring, but it will get the whale off the beach, believe me!