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If you work in an office, chances are you have probably gained some weight. You may have even recently looked through some old photos and wondered what happened to you. Sorry to say it so bluntly: It is your fault, but not all your fault! Working in an office creates an almost sedentary lifestyle — moving around your desk every so often is not the equivalent to going to the gym or playing a sport in the park for a few hours with friends. Instead, you are apt to go after the snack someone brought in from the Cinnabon company, or go after the sweets instead of the fruits when in the office.
You have been making excuses for yourself the past few months and before you know it, those months turned into years, and you are still making the same excuses! It is time to stop making excuses and accept responsibility for your actions. You ate the cake, now you have to make it all go away. Yes, eating the cake was easy. Working off that cake is a lot harder. But now you have to dedicate yourself to working off all those sweets you ate all year, or past few years.
The beautiful thing is you do not have to go on a diet and in fact, you should not go on a diet at all. You should, however, evaluate what you are eating and what you have been eating and make some changes. Just a few of these changes can go a long way to get you on a path to weight loss and a healthier lifestyle, though lifestyle must become your daily routine!
- Replace sweets with fruits
- Stop eating at dark
- Eat to live, do not live to eat
- Stop drinking your calories
- Learn about calories, carbohydrates, fats, and proteins
- Learn new ways to be more active, even if you are confined to a desk in an office all day
- Discipline yourself with portion control
- Avoid fast food restaurants
- Exercise — but exercise in moderation, breaking a sweat for a half hour, getting the heart pumping, but do not overwork your heart
- Most importantly, accept that you are going to have to give up some foods you love, but you can replace those foods with other great healthy foods that you will learn to love
If you do not change your lifestyle, no one can force you to do anything you do not want to do, but eventually, something will force you to do it. Whether you look in the mirror and barely recognize yourself, or you start to feel as if your weight is a burden that you carry around which you can definitely feel around the waist area. Fortunately, you are a human being and regardless of how hopeless, helpless, or out of shape you think you are, the human body is a natural fat and carbohydrate burner, while using protein to rebuild and repair muscles. So don’t worry about what the scale says, it’s a good way to understand where your journey begins, and where you can begin to relax slightly in order to maintain the numbers.
If that doesn’t get you going, your heart will eventually ache and that may force you to wake up, but it is a real warning that it may already be too late and you will be in for a rude awakening. While I am grateful that both my parents are still alive, my mother had a stroke almost ten years ago and has not fully recovered, remaining paralyzed and in a wheel chair for the remainder of her life. My father had a heart attack a few years ago and while he is still capable of getting around without any assistance of a wheelchair or other handicap accessories, he cannot do as much as he would love to do anymore because he is on medication and cannot overwork his heart.
Both my parents are prone to diabetes and health problems. While my father did eat somewhat healthy in his life, his lifelong drinking and smoking habits did nothing to benefit him. My mother, much more liberal in her eating habits, only learned about but still failed to educate herself on macronutrients and the requirements the body has for them. Unfortunately, sometimes people eat to live and others live to eat. We only get one life to live and most of us have a requirement to work, but that is no excuse for an unhealthy lifestyle.
So please, take care of yourself now before its too late! If you don’t do it, no one else will!
This infographic shows 10 healthy foods you should eat everyday, whether you are working at home or in an office!
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Top 10 Healthy Foods You Should Eat Everyday!
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It has wonderful cancer fighting properties.
It is rich in antioxidant content and helps to boost your metabolism, weight loss, and also in maintaining weight.
Oranges are the great source of vitamin C, antioxidants, folic acid, and anticancer compounds.
Eat fresh oranges as a snack, drink fresh orange juice.
Studies have shown dark chocolate:
- To lower blood pressure
- To lower bad cholesterol (LDL)
- Is a natural mood-boosting anti-depressant
It’s more than wishful thinking, chocolate is good for you.
It provides protection against cancer if cooked rather than take raw. They protect you against lung, stomach, bladder, prostate, and skin cancer, and of course heart disease.
It boosts the immune system and provides protection against cancer. It prevents nausea, diarrhea, constipation, as well as bloating.
Walnuts are very beneficial for health.
They contain plenty of muscle building protein and they prevent heart disease.
Eating an apple a day can keep all kinds of doctors away. Apples have been proven to reduce the risk of heart disease.
It protects you from heart diseases.
This controls bad cholesterol levels in your body while increasing the good cholesterol level.
Olive oil is also a great source of antioxidants.
Cinnamin is one of the most powerful healing spices. It’s become most famous for its ability to improve blood sugar control in people with diabetes.
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