Beware! Office snacks can make you fat

Last Updated: May 13, 2011, 13:53 PM IST

Washington: A study, based on the increases in sick days, has concluded that although office snacks might boost morale they also sabotage your health.

It has been shown that just the sight or smell of candy, cookies, donuts and other sugary sweet concoctions triggers a desire to eat some.

Since most of us are lugging around excess body-fat, this kind of morale booster is not helping our diet efforts and may inadvertently contribute to increasing sick days and perhaps anxiety, listlessness or moodiness when the resulting sugar rush wears off.

People often think they can work off these snacks with a little extra exercise or activity. However, the study accurately points out that just 2 pieces of candy each workday totals about 480 calories and explains that a person weighing 160 pounds would need to walk 157 minutes; ballroom dance 132; golf (carrying clubs) 88 minutes; backpack 56 minutes; or run fast for 29 minutes just to burn off those extra calories.

“We’ve all been conditioned to view sugary foods as ‘treats’ when maybe we need to view them as drugs,” said co-authors Dian Griesel, and Tom Griesel of TurboCharged: Accelerate Your Fat Burning Metabolism, Get Lean Fast and Leave Diet and Exercise Rules in the Dust (BSH, 2011).

“Sugar is a totally useless, destructive, addictive drug that is responsible for many debilitating diseases like obesity, heart disease, hypoglycemia, diabetes, and tooth decay to name a few,” said Dian Griesel.

ANI