Survey: Only one in three is still eating lunch
Especially when it gets hectic in the job, it depends on the supply of the right nutrients. Clever eating breaks provide energy and promote concentration. But which nutritional strategies boost the performance?
Most of the meal plan looks like this: For breakfast there's croissant or pretzel, because you have to go to the office quickly. In the Outlook stack then the eMail-Questions, the meeting is just around the corner and the travel booking has to be done.
Sweets instead of healthy food?
So you grab again to cookies and chocolate bars from the drawer or sweeps the lunch completely. According to an Allensbach survey from the year 2009, only one in three employees takes time for lunch.
Or you can curry sausage with fries and in the afternoon a piece of pastry waiting from the nearby bakery. Everyday for many office workers. Eating healthy food is easy.
Good food is good for efficiency
The diet of many workers looks so one-sided. It is often eaten, which tastes good and quickly enough. A problematic tendency: Because the nutrient selection decides on performance and health especially in commercial occupations where physical effort is required.
Whole grain products, fruit, vegetables and yoghurt are the top power foods. A morning muesli with fresh fruit, for example, supplies the body with complex carbohydrates that reduce blood sugarspiegel keep constant in the mornings.
Vitamins for the power curve
This stabilizes the performance curve and helps to avoid stress-induced hot-throats. The anti-stress mineral magnesium or the nerve vitamins B1 and B6 are also packed with whole grain and vegetables - and a whole host of other vitamins and minerals.
Vitamins A, C and E, for example, protect the immune system. Because sitting in air-conditioned offices and the lack of sunlight gnaw away at the immune system in the long run. One consequence of such malnutrition can be seen on the scales: Every fifth employee drags too many pounds with him.
Risk of being overweight
Obesity limits flexibility in physically demanding activities and, in combination with heavy work, puts additional strain on bones and joints.
In addition, the risk of developing high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes or back pain increases. “The consequence is absenteeism due to illness and rising labor costs for Company“Says, for example, Munich nutritionist and certified biologist Barbara Gassert.
Pay attention to calories - depending on your profession!
However, dieting is the wrong solution for people with physically demanding occupations. After all, their energy consumption is significantly higher than that of office workers. Anyone working as a bricklayer, roofer or painter uses more than 3000 kilocalories daily. This corresponds to the energy requirements of a competitive athlete.
But for office workers, the challenge is to get fed up as easily as possible. Since desk work - depending on age and weight - consumes only around one hundred calories per hour, the energy balance is quickly exceeded. If this happens permanently, then you will lose weight fast.
Hold figure and Schnitzelkoma
A lunch meal with lots of vegetables, salad and valuable protein: from fish, poultry or tofu. These low-fat protein sources saturate low in calories.
At the same time, they do not lead to the dreaded schnitzel coma - that is to say, the decline in performance after the canteen visit, which results from the digestive work of the body. Tip: If you walk a few steps around the office after lunch, you will be able to stimulate calorie burning and circulation in equal measure.
Employer: Danger recognized, not yet banned!
Companies have also recognized the problem long ago - albeit less out of caring for their employees than out of concern for human capital: "Good jobs can only be achieved if your diet is right," says Harriet Aans, Managing Director of Secretary Plus Germany .
Marcus Schulz, managing director of the temporary employment agency Unique Personalservice and USG People Germany also explains: “Vital employees are the capital of the company. That is why the nutrition of the employees is also in the interests of the companies. ” Nevertheless, in many canteens the same unhealthy food is still offered for cost reasons.
Helping people help themselves
The lack of the opportunity to eat healthy in the working restaurant at noon is a matter of personal initiative. Salads with legumes, vegetarian quiche or wraps with raw vegetables and turkey meat can be prepared to the house and give a full meal.
In any case, it is important to take time for lunch. Who at lunch eMailHe reads or talks on the phone, mindlessly consuming more calories than planned. In addition, the recreational effect that comes with the enjoyment of an appetizing meal is missing.
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