I just read an article on Shape.com that said on average, if you work in an office you’re probably eating an extra 1,300 calories each week in snacks. You know, the cookie tray in the break room, the candy dish on a co-worker’s desk, the random birthday celebration. I had no idea how fast those calories could add up!
But consider this – a regular size Snickers bar is 215 calories. A fun size Snickers bar is 80 calories. A Snickers Mini is 42 calories. If you eat a full size candy bar, it probably isn’t a mindless thing – you made the decision to go to the candy machine and bought it. But the smaller the candy, the easier it is just to pop it in your mouth and not even think about it. So 5 Minis in, you might as well have just eaten the full size bar.
On average, if a person consumes 3,000 calories without a corresponding increase in activity to burn them – they gain 1 pound. That 1,300 weekly calorie addition the article spoke about could translate into 22 pounds by the end of a year. UGH!!!! Nobody wants that!
So the next time you’re tempted by the “free food” in the office, it might be good to stop and think about the calorie count – and whether it’s worth it!