People Are Eating Extra Calories Just By Working From Home
There are a lot of perks to working from home, but it may not be good for your waistline. According to the NY Post and a new survey, working at home can lead to excessive snacking that adds up to an extra 800 calories a day. On top of that, people take an average of 35-hundred fewer steps a day when working from home.
With the pandemic, many people have shifted to working from home, which has impacted their daily routine and, in some cases, led to weight gain. The convenience of having the kitchen just a few steps away, combined with the stress of working in a pandemic, has led to increased snacking and overeating. Additionally, the lack of physical activity due to not commuting or moving around an office has resulted in fewer calories being burned throughout the day.
To tackle this issue, there are several steps that individuals can take. Firstly, setting a schedule for meals and snacks can help to avoid impulsive snacking. Secondly, incorporating physical activity into the daily routine, such as taking a walk during lunch breaks or doing a quick workout before starting work, can help burn calories and improve overall health. Lastly, making healthy food choices and maintaining a balanced diet can go a long way in reducing weight gain.
It’s important to remember that weight gain is a common issue, and it’s okay to reach out for help and support. It’s essential to prioritize self-care and make healthy choices to maintain physical and mental well-being, especially during these challenging times.
The poll of 2-thousand hybrid workers from the diet tracking app MyFitnessPal also finds:
- About a third (36%) admit they snack even when they’re not hungry, while 60% say they eat more unhealthily at home.
- Participants kept a log of their food and tracked their steps on a day they worked from home and researchers compared that to the data from a day in the office.
- While working from home, they took an average of 4,518 steps, only a little over half of the 8,087 steps they walk on an average day in the office.
- On a day of working from home, participants consumed an average of 2,752 calories, but during a typical day in the office, they consumed 1,961 calories, 791 fewer calories.