Consumption of just 500 extra calories a day could result in weight gain of half a kilogram a week.
Melbourne: Are you one of those who constantly want something to munch on, while working? Well, we have some important news for you.
According to a new survey conducted by Dutch organic food maker Kallo, it has been discovered that women who snack at work consume 100,000 extra calories each year, reports News.com.au.
This is equivalent to an additional 50 days' food intake. The annual total of 100,800 extra calories, based on 45 working weeks, is the same as 1,254 glasses of prosecco, 193 double-stacked burgers or 502 bars of chocolate.
Dietitians said they were 'not surprised' by the research but warned that consumption of just 500 extra calories a day could result in weight gain of half a kilogram a week.
Here are some foods that women should avoid while at work:
The biscuits may come courtesy of the office biscuit jar, or as special treats that colleagues bring in, but those tasty morsels made from vegetable oil, sugar and white flour are a recipe for disaster when it comes to eating mindless calories and weight gain.
With a single chocolate biscuit containing up to 100 calories and 3-4g of fat, and the ease at which we can eat many biscuits throughout the day without even noticing, it is no wonder that sweet biscuits are so closely linked to weight gain.
- Milky coffee
Unlike black coffee and tea, those milky coffee calories add up, with a small cup offering at least 80-100 calories, or the equivalent of an extra meal a day if you enjoy two or three.
Therein lies the association with workday coffees and weight gain.
With a single serve of plain cake containing 10-12g of fat and 300-400 calories, you can see that enjoying this extra sweet treat a few times each week will quickly lead to weight gain.
For this reason getting into a habit of saying no more times than not when cake is offered at work is the key to success, or limit the office birthday celebrations to just once each month.
- Dried fruit and nuts
Fresh fruit is healthy, as are nuts but when we demolish entire bags of high calorie trail mix simple because it is within easy reach on our desk we are mindlessly consuming hundreds of extra calories each week, often under the impression that we are being 'healthy'.
When we mindlessly munch on high calorie foods such as nuts and dried fruit it is a recipe for disaster when it comes to weight gain.