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Job ruining diet

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created April 24, 2011 at 10:14 AM

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I have just started a new job in the last 2 months, it is just a means to an end, basically working at a desk 8 hours a day while i save some money to travel.

I have recently started playing football a lot more often in the evenings as well

My question really is this:

Can anyone recommend any tips for staying lean, as my energy output is all over the place. I am fasting at work 9-5 usually. I do not wish to consume the awful food at work and i want to counter my very stationary job. Obviously i am not expending many kcals, therefore find it easy to fast during work hours/keeping busy and ticking over.

My problem is lying after 2/3 nights of 1 hour of football/soccer, i have a pre and post game snack/meal and feel fine on these nights, it is the 2 days that follow...i want to eat anything i see!! honest jekyll and hide scenario! i lose it!

Any tips to keep the binge surge down?

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on April 24, 2011
at 07:50 PM

I agree with sneaking in as much movement as possible. For my job I'm either emailing or talking on the phone. I have a wireless headset for my phone so that anytime I'm on a phone call I can pace around my office. It's not major but it helps to at least be standing and moving. I also do little things like calf raises while I'm waiting for the printer, or modified push ups or dips using the sink counter in the restroom, even a few jumping jacks here and there just to get the blood flowing can help you feel better.

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on April 24, 2011
at 02:59 PM

... I guess I have a bit of a rebellious mentality when it comes to certain things ... nonetheless, I'd encourage the OP, and anyone wanting a standing desk at work, to stick up for themselves in a respectful yet firm manner. In order to have a positive impact one has to be the 'black sheep' at times.

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on April 24, 2011
at 02:54 PM

I've never worked anywhere that a company would make such an accommodation unless I had a doctor's order, and even then, the places I'm thinking about would have looked at me like I was being a trouble-maker.

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on April 24, 2011
at 02:47 PM

The company would have a problem with you building your own desk? Really? Couldn't you provide them with the plethora of information about the benefits of such an activity? Surely they would be supporters of healthier workers, which leads to increased cognitive and physical function, which leads to increased performance, which leads to increased profits. Seems like a no-brainer to me if I was running a company ... I hope your situation can be remedied.

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on April 24, 2011
at 02:27 PM

i am a director in my company and "getting a standing desk" is actually a struggle. the cost, perception of the appearance of the desk, fears that other employee "demands" will arise if yours are granted - all real issues. it's not that simple. even if i were to build it myself at no cost to the company, there would be a problem.

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on April 24, 2011
at 12:18 PM

Yeah, Allie's comment is spot-on. Plan ahead, bring some food, eat a good "post-workout" meal (chicken and sweet potato works great for me), and walk/move around at work as much as you can.

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B1fcaceba952861d0324bdb291edbbe0

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on April 24, 2011
at 10:27 AM

  • Eat more. Why don't you bring paleo food to work?
  • What is you post-workout snack? Maybe you are using up all you glycogen stores and need a good dose of carbs?
  • You mentioned 'sitting down all day' - why don't you get a standing desk?

61852721b5ff3613f56f043fe890a679

(1172)

on April 24, 2011
at 02:27 PM

i am a director in my company and "getting a standing desk" is actually a struggle. the cost, perception of the appearance of the desk, fears that other employee "demands" will arise if yours are granted - all real issues. it's not that simple. even if i were to build it myself at no cost to the company, there would be a problem.

E7be2ce38158357f5dacae07b43d1b29

on April 24, 2011
at 02:54 PM

I've never worked anywhere that a company would make such an accommodation unless I had a doctor's order, and even then, the places I'm thinking about would have looked at me like I was being a trouble-maker.

B1fcaceba952861d0324bdb291edbbe0

(3159)

on April 24, 2011
at 02:47 PM

The company would have a problem with you building your own desk? Really? Couldn't you provide them with the plethora of information about the benefits of such an activity? Surely they would be supporters of healthier workers, which leads to increased cognitive and physical function, which leads to increased performance, which leads to increased profits. Seems like a no-brainer to me if I was running a company ... I hope your situation can be remedied.

Af939911afa817f79a4625d4f503c735

(552)

on April 24, 2011
at 12:18 PM

Yeah, Allie's comment is spot-on. Plan ahead, bring some food, eat a good "post-workout" meal (chicken and sweet potato works great for me), and walk/move around at work as much as you can.

B1fcaceba952861d0324bdb291edbbe0

(3159)

on April 24, 2011
at 02:59 PM

... I guess I have a bit of a rebellious mentality when it comes to certain things ... nonetheless, I'd encourage the OP, and anyone wanting a standing desk at work, to stick up for themselves in a respectful yet firm manner. In order to have a positive impact one has to be the 'black sheep' at times.

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66e6b190e62fb3bcf42d4c60801c7bf6

on April 24, 2011
at 12:35 PM

i have a desk 9-5 and there are a couple lifesavers- a crockpot and roasts. basically no work to cook and easily tuppered.

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3fdaf84be3f5f9054d2a9a029db95acf

on April 24, 2011
at 12:24 PM

I have a similar work schedule. I have a hearty breakfast in the morning (4 eggs and bacon). I generally bring salad with homemade salad dressing and sardines to work with me for lunch and a small bag of nuts (just a couple oz). During the day I drink tea. This usually holds me over until dinner.

I sit most of the day as well, but there are somethings you can do do to get more mobile. Use a smaller cup for water. This will force you to walk back and forth for water more often. You can also use the bathroom that is furthest away from you. Give yourself another reason to move around. If you've got stairs, take them instead of the elevator and use them at lunch to get the blood flowing.

Just a few ideas that have helped me. Personally, since I've started paleo, I've lost 11 pounds doing nothing more than the above.

60c061f4b024f9ac421b27bf93b40ebe

(220)

on April 24, 2011
at 07:50 PM

I agree with sneaking in as much movement as possible. For my job I'm either emailing or talking on the phone. I have a wireless headset for my phone so that anytime I'm on a phone call I can pace around my office. It's not major but it helps to at least be standing and moving. I also do little things like calf raises while I'm waiting for the printer, or modified push ups or dips using the sink counter in the restroom, even a few jumping jacks here and there just to get the blood flowing can help you feel better.

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Ef9f83cb4e1826261a44c173f733789e

on April 24, 2011
at 02:24 PM

I started doing isometric exercises at my desk, similar to this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kA78Dtu2-q4

I've only been doing it for a week but it feels good.

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8c2ed9a35f6c4d35a3552a13ddabec8d

on April 24, 2011
at 11:23 AM

I bring a smoked mackerel, smoked salmon or prawns into school in a box and get a few raised eyebrows. Then I add some salad and a handful of nuts.

Maybe bring some fruit or something starchier as well such as sweet potato to give you more energy for your football match.

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