Working from home : Tips to reduce food portions and to eat less !!
Working from home: Tips to reduce food portions and to eat less !!
During the past months, due to the Covid-19 issue that caused the biggest public health and economic crisis, most people had to or forced to transfer their office to their personal space.
The fact that we were not used to having constantly and unlimited access to food, combined with the anxiety that we are all facing due to the pandemic frequently leads us to the fridge or kitchen cupboards and as a result, we consume more food than we would have normally consumed if we had been at the office.
So, if you are searching for ways to break that bad habit, below you will find 5 pieces of advice that will assist you:
Plan your meals
The human body burns calories while metabolising food. However, the energy expenditure is two times higher at the start of the day. This means that the wisest thing to do is to eat a full breakfast, to have lunch 5 hours later, and then to prepare a light dinner 3 to 4 hours after lunch. Do not sleep right after dinner because you will need at least 3 hours for smooth digestion.
Never eat while you are busy
Eating while you are working, checking your phone, or even watching tv can lead to overeating. It really affects the way you perceive taste and it prevents you from understanding the exact point you are full. For that reason, stick to your schedule, enjoy your meals, and do not eat while you are busy with your work.
Avoid processed foods
Studies have shown that processed foods can lead to the consumption of 500 more calories per day, which leads to added weight. Instead of purchasing a bag of chips, choose healthier alternatives like almonds or nuts, frozen vegetables, and fresh fruits so that they will be available and easily accessible at your home when you feel hungry.
Choose healthier alternatives to tackle anxiety and stress
Sometimes we tend to use food as a way of handling anxiety. Next time that you get close to your fridge ask yourself if you are there to ease your stress or because you are indeed hungry. Find a hobby like listening to music, doing yoga, reading, or drawing if you want to relax.
Adopt a Mediterranean diet
It has been scientifically proven that whoever followed a Mediterranean diet systematically (more fruits, vegetables, legumes, olive oil, cereal, and fish) generally had better health and quality of life. Previous studies have linked the Mediterranean diet with reduced risk of heart disease, cancer, and early death. Nutrition, as shown by new research, constitutes a major factor in the appropriate lifestyle of the modern worker in the COVID-19 era.