Weight loss tips for working women
Losing Weight and Working full time can bring its own challenges. Dietitian, Juliette Kellow is on hand to give you a weight loss plan which will help you get through each working day without sabotaging your diet.
Dream job but nightmare figure? Dietitian Juliette Kellow comes to the rescue with a diet plan designed to help working women – and men – lose weight with minimum effort and maximum results…
Whether we work in an office, are constantly on the road or spend days in schools or hospitals, losing weight and working can be more than a challenge.
Working life can have a serious impact on our waistline. Afternoon chocolate runs, business lunches, office biscuits and nearby vending machines can all pile on the pounds.
Demanding bosses, impossible deadlines and an out-of-control workload can leave us feeling stressed and tired. Meaning we’re more likely to skip breakfast and/or lunch and grab high-calorie snack foods to cheer ourselves up and give us a much needed injection of energy.
We can’t just blame what happens between 9am and 5pm for our need to lose weight either.
After a hectic day at work, many of us simply don’t feel like spending time in the kitchen cooking a healthy dinner.
The result: we resort to convenience food or order a takeaway, and relax with a few glasses of wine.
Meanwhile, lots of late nights in the office, or simply being exhausted, can mean we end up ditching all thoughts of exercise and end up slouching on the sofa in front of the TV.
Losing weight when you’re working full time can be too much like hard work. Having to shop for weird and wonderful ingredients, making packed lunches and spending hours in the kitchen when you get home all add to your ‘to do’ list.
Good news then that our diet plan is especially designed to be simple, quick and easy.
You don’t need to spend hours of time on a complicated diet to lose weight, here's plan that’s designed specifically for people who work all day.
All the breakfasts and lunches can either be bought or are ready in a matter of minutes. Plus, every dinner is ready from kitchen to table in less than 15 minutes. But the best bit – this plan should help you lose up to a stone in six weeks!
Here’s why this diet is perfect for you if you work…
√ You can grab breakfast or lunch on the run if you don’t have time to prepare something at home.
√ You won’t need to spend hours preparing healthy meals when you get home from work – all our dinners are ready in less than 15 minutes.
√ You can still enjoy the occasional office treat – whether it’s biscuits, chocolate or a piece of birthday cake.
Here’s what to do…
- Every day, make up your daily calorie allowance by choosing meals from the following list. You should always have one breakfast, lunch and dinner each day.
- Use the treats and energy-boosting snacks to make up extra calories if you have a high daily calorie allowance.
- As well as your meals and snacks, have an extra 275ml skimmed milk each day to drink on its own or to add to tea and coffee. Allow an extra 100 calories for this.
- Add extra salad or veg to meals to help fill you up.
Choose one each day
- 1 small banana, 1 kiwi fruit and 1 pot fat-free natural yogurt. (195 calories)
- 1 apple, a handful of grapes, 1 orange and 1 nectarine. (220 calories)
- 2 slices wholemeal toast with 2tsp each of low-fat spread and honey. (240 calories)
- 1 wholemeal fruit scone with 2tsp low-fat spread and a handful of grapes. (245 calories)
- 6tbsp branflakes with 1tbsp raisins, raspberries and skimmed milk. (245 calories)
- 3tbsp unsweetened muesli with skimmed milk and 1 apple. (250 calories)
- 2 slices wholemeal toast with 2tsp peanut butter and 1 small banana. (285 calories)
- 2 Weetabix with skimmed milk and strawberries, plus 1 small glass of orange juice. (285 calories)
- 2 slices wholemeal toast with 2tsp each low-fat spread and marmalade, plus 1 nectarine. (290 calories)
- 1 skinny latte, 1 reduced-sugar cereal bar and 1 small banana. (300 calories)
In the office
All these lunches take no more than a few minutes to prepare before you leave for work – or simply buy your lunch.