It takes a colossal feat of willpower to pass on fresh bagels in the morning team meeting or holiday cupcakes made by a cube-mate. Most of us will crack under the pressure (and delicious scent) of free office treats at some point in the day, leaving us with a hefty side of empty calories. In fact, your average office employee eats a whopping 1,300 extra calories at work each week—mostly from free food at catered meetings, birthday celebrations, and the like.
Those 1,300 calories typically came from foods high in sugar, sodium, and fat. Yikes.
If the thought of 1,300 extra calories a week isn’t enough to make you rethink those frosted donuts, consider this: All that office snacking adds up to 70,000 extra calories a year—a recipe for weight gain in the long run. We know that being overweight or obese is linked to serious health conditions, which is why these numbers are so scary.
Next time lunch is being catered in for a meeting and you’re not invited – avoid the lunch or break room at all costs. Your pants will thank you for it.