So, here we are between the post-holiday binge eating of desserts and treats, and quickly approaching Valentine’s Day with all of its chocolate and wine and expensive dinners. While that sounds blissful, it’s also a struggle when it comes to your health. While “weight loss” tends to be a hot topic in today’s society, it sadly tends to revolve around body image and self esteem, and that really shouldn’t be your biggest motivator when it comes to maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Your well-being and longevity should matter most, not to mention, your career! Being at your best does affect your work, and if you’ve recently landed a new job, chances are you are still adjusting to a new schedule and routine, and you probably don’t have much time for “extras” like working out during your week. Unfortunately, you can easily burn out if you feel like you aren’t taking care of yourself, and that won’t help you or your new boss. Employers prefer workers who are well-rested, and preferably, in good health. Healthy employees mean fewer sick days, more efficiency, and overall better performance for the company.
While we don’t have a magic formula or secret pill for taking off pounds without lifting a finger (or a foot), we do have some simple tips to help you lose weight more efficiently and faster, even with your exhaustive work schedule and/or lifestyle. Obviously, no workout is absolutely required for you to see results from these ides, BUT, you will definitely get better results if you combine these suggestions with a sensible diet and moderate, regular exercise of some sort (even if it’s power-walking around the parking lot on your lunch break!).
So, how can you support yourself in your journey toward lower weight and better health?
- Choose Wisely! Cut out all sugary drinks such as sodas, fruit juices, and fancy coffees with all of their add-ins. These drinks often contain more sugar than a dessert, yet you sip them along with your meal, or during your morning commute, without ever thinking of them as additional calories in your daily count. While they might be ok as an occasional treat, if you really are serious about shedding some pounds, you need to say goodbye to these and trade them out for unsweetened teas, or plain old water, instead.
- Get in your H2O. The average human should be drinking 8 8oz. glasses of water per day. That’s 64 oz. total! While it seems like more than you can handle in a day, if you break it down into increments, and trade your sodas and other drink choices (see above), you can actually get in there recommended water quite easily. If you prefer flavor, fresh fruit, a splash of citrus (like a squeeze of lemon or lime), or flavor enhancers are great options. Note: Aim to have at least one glass of water before each meal. Doing so will make you feel full more quickly, so you’ll be less likely to overeat (and more likely to get in your daily ounces).
- Healthy Options. Increase your intake of low-carbohydrate vegetables like cabbage, cucumber, celery, spinach, etc. when planning your daily meals. Try to limit or eliminate simple carbohydrates (like most breads, pastas, and sweets) and aim for more protein and vegetables to fill the gaps in your diet. Doing so will not only improve your health, but help you burn pounds off more easily and more quickly. And you don’t have to sacrifice flavor! Spices and herbs are a great way to add a punch of flavor without adding extra calories!
We hope this helps you feel confident in taking those first steps toward a healthier YOU. You are important, you and your body matter, and we are glad you’re making the choice to take care of it. Even if your boss never knows about your journey toward a better you, we guarantee that your efforts will pay off at home, at work, and in every area of life. If you are still looking for a job to fulfill your career goals, PHR Staffing Solutions is ready to help you with that too! We are continually adding openings in and around the Polk County area, and you can apply right here on our site. Our goal is to see you meet your goals, and get hired in a position you love.