Could your job be making you pack on the pounds?
Maybe so, according to a new survey from the folks at CareerBuilder.com. The findings not only list the top 10 professions linked to weight gain (hint: it’s bad news for attorneys and, surprisingly, physicians), but also pinpoints what the biggest contributing factors are. Another hint: stress and candy jars both play a role.
Fortunately, experts say there are plenty of tips and tricks you can use to fight the ol’ work-related weight gain — and even use your time in the office as an opportunity to promote good health.
“You have to know yourself, and you have to understand your triggers,” Samantha Heller, a registered dietitian, told The Huffington Post. “I think when you plan, it’s much easier to stick to healthy choices.”
Stress Eating is one of the common factors the survey participants said contributed to their weight gain. To stave off those stress-related pounds, experts say you’ve got two main options…
First, try to get your stress under control. ”Stress is a very common work-place phenomenon. We can’t always change the circumstances that create the stress, but what we can do is alter our response,” experts said. Experts suggest taking five very deep, very slow breaths.
Second, it’s key to have good options on hand for when you do give into stress eating.
“Be sure that you keep healthy snacks at your desk, because when you do resort to stress eating — which we all do now and then — the only choices you have at your fingertips will be good ones,” experts said.
The Huffington Post | By Catherine Pearson