Eat the Office Treats: 5 scenarios where it’s okay
You’ve been here before.
Ted brought treats to work again – cookies, brownies, doughnuts, muffins – the good stuff. Conveniently, this happens right after you just started your latest health kick. Damn you Ted! Your mouth starts watering and you’re thinking about how tasty those treats look, but you don’t want to compromise your diet for these tasty morsels. What do you do?
That’s a great question and you’re not alone in your struggle.
In one scenario, you choose to eat the doughnut. After all, it’s just one doughnut. It can’t do that much damage, can it? And just think about how freakin’ amazing it will taste! You don’t just eat the doughnut, you devour it like a lion in the Serengeti.
Is it that bad to eat a treat at the office? No, but what normally happens after you have that one office treat from Ted? That one treat easily turns into five, which then turns into getting fast food for dinner, which leads to you gaining weight, which makes you upset and pushes you to hire a trainer like me.
Okay, maybe not all of that happens when you have a treat in the office, but it easily can. Those little treats can add up over time. That 20 pounds you put on didn’t happen overnight, trust me. Not to worry though, there is a way to have your cake and eat it too.
5 Scenarios for Eating the Office Treats
You want that office treat, but you also want be fit and healthy. Well, here are a few options for you to consider:
- You eat the treat as part of the 20% of the time you allow yourself to indulge. I wrote about this concept in an article about Big Macs and Whoppers. What can I say, I love burgers too. This option doesn’t leave you feeling guilty, a trend you’ll see with the following options as well.
- You log the treats you eat in an app like MyFitnessPal. Based on whether you want to gain weight or lose weight your calorie goal will be different. You can eat treats, hit your calorie goal, and be fine and dandy. Sure, you’ll want to eat high-quality foods, consume plenty of protein, healthy fats, and complex carbs, but treats have their place as well.
- You wait to have one of the office treats until you’ve completed an intense strength training workout. After an intense lifting session your body is craving nutrients. A treat at the office, which probably contains a fair amount of simple sugars, is part of what your body needs. Protein is an even more important nutrient after lifting weights, but hey we’re talking about how you can have that office treat, aren’t we?
- You eat the treat as part of your treat policy. What is your treat policy? Simple, you make it up beforehand (You can learn this in my best-selling fat loss course). An example could be that you’ll only have the treat if you do an extra hour of cardio that day. As an alternative, your policy could be that you’ll have a treat in the office if you’ve strength trained in the morning.
- Eat the treats once you’ve accomplished your goal. What a perfect reward for all your hard work! Once you’ve hit your goal, let’s say losing 20 pounds, allow yourself to have the office treats. Now, this doesn’t mean you can go crazy from here on out or you’ll find yourself gaining weight all over again! However, there’s nothing wrong with a little incentive – the office treats could be just the thing you need.
One Last Scenario
You skip the treat!
Crazy, but this is actually an option and, especially if you’ve been struggling to lose weight, it’s your best option.
After all, you’re goals are bigger than that little doughnut or cookie or muffin, aren’t they? You’re not going to die from not eating the treats in the office and it’s not like you can never have them, but think for a second about the bigger picture and what you want your life to look like. If you can have the office treat and accomplish your goals, stay fit and healthy, great! Not all people can do this.
Admittedly, this is tough for me – I love sweets. However, with a clear vision of what you’re trying to accomplish and knowing you haven’t done it yet, what you need to do becomes obvious. If the only thing you have to do is stop eating those damn office treats to have the body you’ve wanted, isn’t it worth it?