Thursday, May 24, 2007

Eating at Your Desk

Unhealthy Habit #3

When I worked in TV news, I made it a habit of sitting at my desk and eating because I didn't want to miss any "breaking news." Sometimes I felt guilty about going to the bathroom because there were no news scanners in there and I needed to know what was going on 24/7.

Where did my fat spread? To my stomach, hips and behind because I wasn't moving around after I ate. If you do choose to eat at your desk, it is imperative that you find some time during the day (or evening) to exercise--if it's nothing more than a walk. But if you continue to take in more than you burn off that only equates into FAT.

Also, studies have shown that if you eat at your desk or on your living room sofa or even in your bed for that matter---you're inclined to eat more because there's no designated time or reason for you to get up from that spot. How many times have you ever sat in front of your TV and ate a whole bag of chips (or at least HALF of the bag) or pigged out on ice cream right out of the carton?
When you designate your kitchen as the place you will sit and eat, you're less likely to overeat.

Going to a restaurant for the all you can eat buffet, however, is another story!


Carine-what's cooking? said...

I find myself being in the "eating at your desk" stage. We have no lunch room at the day job. Weekends I take a big plate of veggies and much while I write. BUT (in more ways than one)I make sure I walk about 10 minutes every couple of hours and once a day take a 20 minute Mail/sanity power walk. Especially since, until the "broken foot" thing improves, I can't do my 45 minutes all at the same time.

Bev Mahone said...


You should be an inspiration to those who don't have an excuse--if you can find some time to exercise with a broken foot---certainly others can find time with two good feet.

I salute you my friend!

Carine-what's cooking? said...

thank you Bev I am hoping the podiatrist will say something encouraging next Wednesday.

Angela said...

I'm a good girl. I don't eat in bed or on the couch. Takes a lil more work to clean up the crumbs I drop. My computer desk in my home office, however, well, that's a different story.

Now if I would just get off my duff and walk around outside and enjoy the beautiful scenery I've been blessed with right outside my home office window.