I am a constant snacker, and if there is food in front of me, chances are I'm eating it. On top of that, my company has the lovely culture of going out to lunch, baking each other cupcakes, bringing in treats just because, etc. There is always some unhealthy choice for me to make at work. I have adopted a few habits that help me keep myself in check:
When you pack your lunch at home, you generally make it when you're full either after dinner or after breakfast the day of, which means you tend to make healthier choices than if you were to purchase lunch when you're hungry. Try to prep on Sundays!
Eat Anywhere But At Your Desk
When we desk-eat, we tend to reward ourselves later with extra food for having 'given up' our lunch hour. If you can't get away altogether, at least sit somewhere other than at your computer, such as a conference or kitchen.
Fill 15 Minutes
A study from University of Exeter found that a 15-minute walk cut snacking at work by 50 percent.
Swap Coffee for H2O
Rather than carrying a cup of joe to every meeting, bring a bottle of water. A Virginia Tech study found that people who drank 2 cups of water before every meal lost an average of 15.5 pounds after two weeks.
Have a Handful of Pistachios
They'll satisfy your munchies and keep you fuller longer than something out of the vending machine. Forty-nine pistachios have 160 calories, 3 grams of fiber and 6 grams of protein whereas you can only have 23 almonds for the same nutrients and calories.
Bring Flowers, Not Cake
Create an office culture that doesn't embrace cupcakes for celebrations!