New research shows we’re gaining weight just by snacking at our desks, and the solution is unsurprisingly simple…

We all feel it: the 11am hunger pangs, when it’s too early for a legitimate lunch, but too long since breakfast.

New research shows we’re reaching for something salty, sweet and fatty to compensate, and it’s resulting in weight gain.

“It worked out at roughly 3.3kg a year, which is fairly significant,” says dietician Kara Landau, who worked alongside researchers at Wonderful Pistachios, which commissioned the study.

The survey of over 1,000 office workers also revealed we’re suffering from what it called ‘snack envy’; whereby colleagues eating unhealthy snacks are tempting others to join them.

However, Landau believes a lot of it comes down to boredom and laziness.

“We need to be making conscious, healthy choices. We’re all tempted by the office birthday cake, open packets of sweets or the vending machine in a moment of weakness and desperation,” she says.

We asked Landau for her top tips to avoiding weight gain in the office, and what alternative snacks to keep nearby.

  • Pack your own lunch three or four days a week
  • Keep good, healthy snacks on your desk or in your draw at all times
  • Have a nutritious breakfast every morning, with a focus on protein
  • Focus on low-glycaemic foods, which maintain energy – these include rolled oats, wholemeal breads and yoghurt

 Her top snacks to have in your desk:

  • Nuts and seeds, including almonds, sunflower seeds and pistachios
  • Canned tuna
  • Canned corn
  • Rice or corn crackers