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Eat a Balanced Deskfast

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Eat a Balanced Deskfast

Deskfast, or eating breakfast at your desk, is a good thing.

Research shows that people who eat something in the morning—even in front of a computer—are more successful at losing weight and keeping it off.

Unfortunately, nearly six out of 10 people skip breakfast at least once a week.

Studies show foregoing a morning meal leads to bad habits like overeating throughout the day, indulging in foods you wouldn’t otherwise eat, and hunger, which can hinder productivity.

Bad dietary choices also lead to obesity, and the cost of lost productivity among obese employees was more than $3.9 billion last year.

To help employees boost productivity and maintain a healthy BMI, e-mail or tack posters up about the following deskfast possibilities in your office:

Instant oatmeal. Bring to work, add water, and—bam! You’ve got a meal packed with heart-healthy, cholesterol-lowering grains. However, beware of the sugar and salt content: Some instant varieties have high sodium levels that can make you feel bloated and sluggish. Added sugars may pick you up for a minute—but cause a crash later.

Lean protein. A handful of almonds, or a low-fat yogurt cup, can help keep hunger satisfied. Note: Check the sugar content before deciding on a yogurt. Too much sugar means more calories and less nutritional benefits.

Fruit. An apple a day…you know the rest. Portable fresh fruit like pears, peaches, nectarines, and blueberries are easy to grab and go. Plus, these low-calorie starters have fiber, vitamins, and natural sugar to satisfy even a doughnut craving. Bonus: Recent studies show that blueberries help prevent memory loss, and improve motor skills.

Do you have a refrigerator in your office? Low-fat or skim milk paired with a high-fiber cereal helps keep hunger at bay, and may help with weight loss.

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