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11 Office Snacks That Are Wrecking Your Diet

A platter of fruits and vegetables is rarely the corporate norm for an office snack (Satisfying Snacks that Won't Destroy Your Diet).

The tempting free foods at your workplace may end up costing you a lot in the form of extra inches around your waist and later gym membership to shed the pounds.

Studies have shown that will power is a limited source. “You may resist a slice of pizza a few times but you won’t after a while,” Lauren Antonucci, Board Certified Sports Nutritionist and Director of Nutrition Energy says.

But pizza is not the only offender. Pretzels, nuts and even smoothies can be very deceiving. Snacks that seem to be loaded with fruits and vegetable may also hide a lot of sugar and artificial ingredients, making them nutritionally empty.

Don’t fall into a trap of consuming too many calories a day. Whether they come from good or bad sources, eating more than what your body needs will result in stored fat and gained weight. 

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Pretzels and nuts

The biggest mistake people make when they eat in the office is consuming too much of what seems to be healthy foods like pretzels and nuts, according to Antonucci. Pretzels are made from refined flour, providing little nutrition and a lot of carbs, which means you’ll be hungry in no time. “You’re overconsuming way more calories and carbs,” she adds. They also have a lot of sodium (Eating Healthy? Not if Your Salt Intake is 'Average'). 

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More than once slice of pizza

“If you’re training for Ironman, then two slices of pizza will fit perfectly into your diet,” Antonucci says. “But most people are not, in which case they should keep it to only a slice every once in a while.” Just one slice of plain pizza can be around 285 calories. If you get to choose what kind you want, order whole wheat crust, double the veggies and half the cheese (4 Processed Foods That Are Actually Healthy).

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Desserts

Donuts and other sweet treats count towards your “disposable income of calories,” Antonucci says (12 Ways to Eat Desert and Not Gain Weight). They are non-nutritive items which should be avoided. The best way to resist them is by having your own snack drawer filled with alternative, healthier options. “Eating more frequently, like every three hours, helps keep energy levels high and keeps blood sugar steady so you don’t feel that sugar crash right after a meal,” Millie Wilson, My Fit Foods Registered Dietitian, says.

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Lattes and certain smoothies

The more colorful, expensive and beautiful a smoothie is, the unhealthier it probably is, Antonucci says (20 Surprising Tips for Eating Healthy). People don’t register calories consumed from drinks but these beverages are easily 250 calories which is equal to an entire snack. If they have coconut milk or avocado, then the smoothie is like a full meal of about 500 calories. “All smoothies should have vegetables and protein, otherwise they are not very useful,” she adds. Also, certain smoothies, especially those served in chains sometimes add sugar and artificial sweeteners for better taste. A large latte has as many as 350 calories.

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Bagels

“Most bagels lack vitamins, minerals, fiber and are actually about 4 servings of carbohydrates per bagel,” Wilson says (4 Fiber-Rich Snacks). Next time you need a bagel fix, try going for a whole grain bagel and add protein toppings to keep you full longer, such as a tablespoon of peanut butter, egg whites or mashed avocado, she adds.

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Protein bars

“Most commercial bars have a lot of sugar,” Antonucci says. “You are always much better off choosing products with real food,” she adds. If the ingredient list of an item is too long, and includes things like corn syrup, you should not be eating it (17 Foods Personal Trainers Would Never Eat). 

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Pre-packaged meals

“People should beware of pre-packaged, frozen meals,” Wilson says. “Though easy to purchase and pack for lunch, these lunch meals are often high in sodium, preservatives and refined carbohydrates,” she adds (Tips for Finding Weight-Loss-Friendly Foods at the Grocery Store). Don’t forget to always reference the nutrition facts panel and ingredient statement which will provide insight into calories, sodium and nutritional content. Pay attention to the serving size too. Most people eat more than one in a single meal.

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Beer and drinks after work

Although beer should be considered as additional calories, it should not be consumed as a snack. “A single beer is about 154 calories so when you have around two or three, those calories can quickly add up,” Wilson says. “Other mixed drinks are often high in sugar and can be equally as unhealthy.” (Reasons Why Drinking Diet Soda and Alcohol Can Kill You)

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Granola and cereal bars

“Though granola and cereal bars have become increasingly popular and are considered an easy on-the-go snack, consumers should carefully inspect the nutrition label and ingredient list,” Wilson says. “Many bars that claim to be healthy are actually quite unhealthy and some have just as many calories as a full meal.” Consider granola bars that are made from natural, organic ingredients that don’t use artificial sweeteners and additives. A good rule of thumb is to pick granola bars that have less than 10 grams of sugar per bar (These Foods Could Contain Hidden Trans Fats).

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Soda

Sugary sodas have been losing to diet ones for several years now??. A lot of research has proven how unhealthy sugar is. A recent one even made a connection between soda and life expectancy decrease by 4.6 years because the sugar damages telomeres, which affect how cells age. Diet sodas taste the same as regular ones because they have artificial sweeteners. They play tricks on the brain in a worse way than sugary sodas. You increase your chance of Metabolic Syndrome, developing cancer, heart failure, diabetes, and osteoporosis.

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Crackers

Crackers are not going to make you feel full, certainly not for a long tim (15 Most Fulfilling Foods that Will Help You Lose Weight). They are low in fiber but high in sodium. They don’t have a big nutritional value and provide no energy. Some baked crackers even have high fructose corn syrup added to them during processing. You can buy whole wheat and high in fiber crackers. Read the labels and make sure you’re not getting the wrong kind.

11 Office Snacks That Are Wrecking Your Diet