7 Ways to Manage Your Weight Successfully at the Office 53

7 Ways to Manage Your Weight Successfully at the Office

The following article is a guest post.

So you’ve nailed down cooking at home, incorporating health-boosting lean meats, veggies, fruits, whole grains, and good fats into an array of delicious and quick dinners.

Great, right? Well if you’re scarfing down processed foods and sugary drinks all day at the office, you might be negating any health benefits you pull off later in the day.

How can you healthify your work space to both manage a healthy weight and boost your own productivity and confidence?

Check out these 7 clever ideas:

1. Walk More.

It might seem like the last thing you want to do on a tired Monday morning, but making a habit of parking farther away and getting more steps in everyday as you walk to the office can quickly add up to increased calorie burn.

In addition to parking farther away, if you work in an office above the first floor, take the stairs to give your legs a little bit more of a workout during the day.

And while you’re at it, if you don’t actually live that far from your office, ditch the car and opt for walking or biking to work instead.

2. Pack Your Lunch.

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The best way to know exactly what you’re eating is well, to know exactly what you’re eating.

Packing your own lunch gives you more control over your dietary intake at work. You can prioritize vitamins and nutrients, and avoid cholesterol, unhealthy fats, and sodium and sugar overload.

Plus, packing your lunch in the morning when you’re not starving ensures you’ll make smarter choices than when you are stressed out at work, filled with cravings, and more willing to run out for pizza, burgers, and burritos.

3. Practice Good Posture.

Good posture starts with first being aware of your bad posture.

Choosing positions and chairs at work that promote good posture means avoiding slumping and slouching, and getting creative.

Standing desks that raise up and down to rest your workplace at a level conducive to your standing height have been shown to help you burn more calories and stand up straighter.

A stability ball or a balance disk, on the other hand, provide an inflatable rubber surface for you to sit and stand to practice balance, strengthen leg, back and core muscles, as well as straighten and lengthen your spine when working.

4. Try Something New.

Ever heard of putting coconut oil in your coffee? This fad, known specifically as bulletproof coffee, carried some interesting scientific backing with it.

Turns out coconut oil is this somewhat magical ingredient that when ingested, instead of it getting broken down and converted into glucose for energy and fat storage, it’s “medium-chain fatty acids” are converted into ketones. Ketones give your cells quick energy and never get stored as fat.

Relatively flavorless, virgin coconut oil with true medium-chain fatty acids can be purchased in many grocery and specialty stores and added by the tablespoon to coffee, smoothies, shakes, you name it.

5. Stock up on Snacks.

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Avoid the salty, sugary processed snacks you’ve been getting out of the same vending machine every day and stock up on your own healthy options right at your desk.

When a hunger craving comes over you, be prepared with low calorie snacks packed with nutrients, like a half cup of baby carrots or fresh blueberries, or load up on nuts and fiber-rich foods that help you feel fuller longer.

A 2016 report revealed consistent evidence that a handful of nuts a day actually reduces your risk of developing cancer and other diseases by 20%!

6. Avoid Stress Eating.

Plainly put, work can be stressful. Tight deadlines, nosy bosses, long hours . . . they all add up to stressful tension that you can feel throughout your body.

Oftentimes, people use food as a coping mechanism for dealing with stress and this is no more evident than gobbling up a bag of chips at your desk while you burn the midnight oil.

Avoid stress eating by fighting stress to begin with.

Get up from your desk, stretch, and even put on a heat pad to help release muscle tension in your back, neck, and shoulders.

Practice deep breathing techniques, take 5 minute coloring breaks, and make sure you have healthy, filling snacks on hand that will satiate you long-term and are good for you. A small cup of hot oatmeal, quinoa with avocado, or dried figs are great choices.

7. Stay Hydrated.

Possibly the best way to kickstart new healthy habits in the office (or anywhere) is by boosting your intake of water.

Staying hydrated aids feelings of alertness and concentration, helps with digestion, and prevents your from intaking loads of unhealthy beverages like sodas and fruit juices.

Tips for drinking more water include setting reminders on your phone, using an eco-friendly refillable water bottle (that has you getting up from your desk more often to fill it up), and regularly eating water-rich fruits and veggies.

The office can be a difficult place to prioritize health, burn calories, and manage weight, especially if you spend much of the day sitting down, stressed out, or constantly snacking. Switching up a few bad habits and being smart about your activity levels and food options can make a big difference in your overall health and sense of wellbeing at the office.

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What the Richest People in the World Have in Common 4

What the Richest People in the World Have in Common

Getting rich is something everyone dreams about.

For those facing financial hardships, getting rich seems the only way out to tide over shortage of money. For the bourgeoisie – the working class – getting rich conjures up visions of stuff they want to buy for luxury or higher social status. Millionaires also wish to get rich: they want to become billionaires and enter Forbes List of the world’s wealthiest people.

Unless you inherit a fortune or get lucky at lottery or sweepstakes, getting rich can be quite tough.

Yet, there are countless rags-to-riches stories around the world. Enterprises such as Amazon, KFC, Facebook or SpaceX have become runaway successes within a short span. The reason: their founders have several things in common, which is rare among other people.

Here we look at various traits that the world’s richest and most successful entrepreneurs have in common.

The Common Traits of The World’s Richest People

The Common Traits of The World's Richest People

1. Serving People.

“If your only goal is to become rich, you will never achieve it,” said John D. Rockefeller, who laid the foundation stone for America’s giant petroleum industry and his own enterprise, Standard Oil. The same adage holds good today.

Facebook, for example, was launched by Mark Zuckerberg and his roommate, Eduardo Saverin to allow Harvard University students to share profiles and pictures

There are countless such examples of ordinary people striking rich. However, they share one thing in common: serving people. The main objective of launching these enterprises was to make life easier or enjoyable for people rather than earning money.

2. Reading Books.

Microsoft founder Bill Gates, celebrity TV show host Oprah Winfrey, SpaceX and Tesla CEO Elon Musk, Berkshire-Hathaway CEO Warren Buffet and several other extremely rich people of the world have one more thing in common: they are avid readers.

Bill Gates reads at least 50 books every year – an average of nearly four and a half books per month.

Elon Musk owes his success at SpaceX, the project to open space tourism to his love for books and the knowledge he gained from them about rocketry. Oprah Winfrey attributes her success to dozens of books, including some 70 top titles she read on her way to success while Warren Buffet spends about 80 percent of his day reading books.

3. Long-Term Financial Strategies.

A report by CNBC states, all wealthy people depend upon long-term financial strategies rather than short-term gains. They utilized their earnings and savings to invest in safe stocks that would assure gains in the long run rather than indulging in risky trading that can offer high returns.

Such financial planning and decisions ensured they do not lose money. Further, they invested money in their enterprises without the hope of immediate returns.

These wealthy people first focused on building a brand, offering value for people to identify with the brand. And later, popularize the brand through word-of-mouth publicity, which is more effective than traditional advertising.

4. Never Say Die.

Yet another common character trait shared by the world’s richest people is, they are not quitters.

Like every other human on Earth, these wealthy folks also witnessed ups and downs in life. Some of these were so overwhelming most ordinary people would have called it quits and gone in search of easier ventures.

Brian Chesky, Joe Gebbia and Nathan Bleckharczyk, founders of Airbnb, the world’s largest hotels and accommodations aggregator were plagued with financial problems.

 

Heavily encumbered with debts, bankruptcy was staring at these entrepreneurs in the very eye. Yet, they did not budge. They innovated their service that made Airbnb the world leader in its field today.

Another excellent example is Colonel Harland Sanders, whose recipe for fried chicken was rejected as many as 1,009 times before it was accepted. Col. Sanders is the founder of global chain Kentucky Fried Chicken or KFC.

5. Accepting Criticism.

Most people flee from criticism of any sort. Rather than learning from negative comments arising out of their behavior or work, they take umbrage rather quickly. Yet, they do not bother to amend their behavior or work pattern.

All wealthy people, however, are different. They are willing to be criticized for introducing new ideas or thoughts.

Jeff Bezos, founder of Amazon, rightly says that those who will try and do something new must be willing to draw criticism.

Steve Jobs, founder, Apple, Inc. puts it in even stronger words: “If you want to make everyone happy, do not become a leader; sell ice cream instead.”

The success of Amazon and Apple proves their founders were right when it came to accepting criticism.

6. Out of The Box Thinking.

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Thinking outside of the ‘box’ or a typical mindset is often impossible for most people. Understandably, because everyone draws their mindset from factors and circumstances they are raised and educated in.

This mindset eventually becomes a formidable fetter for anyone wanting to become an entrepreneur. Generally, most people follow the flock and take professions they falsely believe as best suited for their skills. Others try to follow footsteps of their parents.

The wealthiest people in the world never followed flock or took lucrative professions of their parents.

Mark Zuckerberg’s father was a dentist and mom – a psychiatrist. Bill Gates’ dad was a banker father while his mother was a lawyer.

Despite coming from wealthy families, they chose to follow their passion rather than confine their thinking to the proverbial boxed mindset. Col. Sanders had lost his parents at a young age of six years and had to shoulder responsibilities of his siblings.

Other Examples of What The Wealthiest People Have in Common

As we can see, these qualities or personality traits are common to the world’s richest people. It sets them apart from others. Most of them launched small enterprises with the sole purpose of bettering the lives of people. Their products or services gained popularity because money was never their consideration. Widespread use of their technology, products, and services eventually led them to become wealthy.

These traits are not typical to the US or the western world, as one may mistakenly come to believe. A glance at some richest people in India and elsewhere also reveals, they share the same characteristics with their American counterparts. This amply proves that richest people around the world share something in common, regardless of where they live and flourish.

Another common trait that all rich people share in common is philanthropy.

Since childhood, they believe in giving back to the society and helping the underprivileged. They practiced charity when they were not so rich and continue to donate money for the betterment of the society even after becoming billionaires.

These richest people on the planet never waited to become wealthy. Instead, they were philanthropists since childhood – a trait most other people pathetically lack or try to foist upon themselves to gain popularity.

In Conclusion

It is not easy to become wealthy. Or everyone would become a millionaire. People who do make it to the top have a different way of thinking combined with an undying zest for learning new things and educating themselves.

They do not consider conventional learning at universities as the end of their education. Instead, they try and acquire new skills every day and find ways and means to become better humans rather than focusing on fattening their purses.

The world’s wealthiest people also share one common trait: they are not people pleasers, despite their generosity and willingness to serve the society. Because they know, trying to please everyone will get them nowhere and could mean possible failure.