Millions of office workers pile on the pounds during their first year in a new job, according to a study.
Researchers found the average employee puts on just under half a stone in their first year after changing roles.
Many blame their colleagues for their expanding waistlines with more than half said they find it impossible to resist biscuits, sweets and cakes brought in by workmates.
Amongst the culprits was birthday cakes, free lunches or breakfasts from employers and a vending machine in the office.
One in six said the only way they would have any success with a new diet would be if fellow workers joined them on their health quest.
Dr Emma Derbyshire, a registered Public Health Nutritionist speaking on behalf of Seasonal Berries said: “When we are at work and energy levels are low there is a tendency to reach for biscuits or chocolate for a quick energy rush.
“However, our blood sugar levels will soon plunge back. Opting for fruits that are naturally sweet such as blueberries or raspberries that are easy to eat in the office will do us far more good in the long run.
“These are a natural source of energy without the free sugars of biscuits or chocolate whilst also providing a good dose of antioxidants and fibre”.
The findings show pressures at work also lead workers to reach for treats such as chocolate, biscuits or cakes, which they’re more likely to indulge in on a busy day.
It may come as no surprise then, to learn that over the course of one year, office workers have tried and failed on FIVE diets – and four of these failures are a direct result of temptations at work.
Dr Emma Derbyshire added: “Office lifestyles can be tough on our waistlines.
“Drinking water, keeping a daily log of foods and drinks eaten and having some healthy snacks to hand such as vegetable sticks, nuts or berries can all help.
“Whether in schools, parties or in the office when bringing in treats we shouldn’t immediately turn to biscuits, chocolate and sweets.
”A punnet of berries can be just as tasty without contributing to excess calories”.
TOP 10 REASONS FOR WEIGHT GAIN AT WORK:
1. Sitting at the desk for a long time
2. Stress / having a busy day at work
4. Feeling tired
5. Being too tired to exercise
6. Too many offers of free cake and biscuits from colleagues
7. Not having time to exercise
8. Bad weather outside
9. Long hours resulting in late or unusual meal times
10. Always buying lunch for work instead of homemade lunches