3. Unhealthy office eats
It’s easy to make an afternoon sugary treat a part of your routine. But having just one extra 150-calorie soda or muffin “adds 10 lbs to the average person’s final weight each year,” says Joshua Duvauchelle, a personal trainer in Vancouver, B.C. Bring healthier snacks – like carrots and hummus or cheese and crackers – so you don’t fulfill your 3:00 p.m. craving at the local café’s pastry section.
Be especially aware of the office candy bowl. One study showed that having a candy dish in close proximity, and visible in a clear container (rather than an opaque container) caused secretaries to eat more candies than they normally would. So don’t be afraid to ask that a candy stash be kept in a spot you don’t see throughout the day.