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Tom's story

Rubicon Weight Loss Mentoring

If you are overweight or know a close close friend or teenager you may be interested in how the service at  Rubicon weight loss mentoring works in practice . I worked successfully last year with Tom (name has been changed) aged 45 . He was 5 stone overweight when I first met him. He had put on significant weight in recent months  as he had been feeling very upset as his sister had been very ill. Also he had also been working away from home and had got into bad eating habits. I met Tom at his house and saw for myself the foods he had in his fridge and cupboards. He lived with his wife and daughters and so did not have much control over what was bought in the weekly shop . His wife and daughters were not overweight and so were able to have biscuits and sweets and cakes in their diet and eat them in moderation . There were plenty of healthy food such as vegetables and fruit .  I asked Tom to keep a food diary and  I found out that his portions were far too big and he regularly bought large coffees and cakes from coffee shops which he often used as an office base when he was away from the office. We agreed a diet plan that suited his lifestyle and we discussed this with the whole family. They agreed to support Tom and limit the biscuits and sweets in the house and go walking with him.

We held one of our meetings in a coffee shop and looked at the hidden calories in lattes and cappuccinos . Tom hadn’t realised that a large latte could contain 275 calories . He decided in future to switch to a breakfast tea or a skinny latte. A slice of lemon drizzle cake has 375 calories.

There aren’t really any low calorie snack food items offered at Costa so Tom agreed in future to just have a drink. If he was hungry and it was lunch time he could choose to eat a sandwich ( which have the calories displayed on the packet) and a fruit salad. ( The fruit salads at  Costa are particularly expensive in my view do this may not suit everyone) .  By the end of the first month he had lost 10 lbs.

 

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How weight loss mentoring can support employers whose staff would like help to lose weight

Corporate Weight Loss

As an employer or manager it can be difficult to know how to talk a member of staff who is significantly overweight, about their weight . Often you are concerned that although the weight is not causing an immediate problem there is a strong likelihood that the extra weight will cause health problems in the future. Also, you want to be able to offer some help and support to staff but don’t know how to do it. Increasingly it is likely that very overweight staff will be covered by the Disability Discrimination legislation. In this case employers can more easily address the issue and ask these staff if there any special adjustments they would like to be made to the work place. Examples might be arranging for a special chair or other rearrangement of the office space or organising support such as weight loss mentoring. Flexible hours to avoid rush hour travel may be considered however, employers only have to make these adjustments if they are reasonable. Most likely you want to be able your staff some support to help them lose weight. This is where the services of Rubicon weight loss mentoring can be very helpful as we offer a great service for employers. An experienced mentor will meet regularly with your staff to offer expert support in diet and in overcoming the practical and emotional obstacles that have stopped them succeeding in the past . The mentor will encourage and guide them in their weight loss. They will also provide regular reports to the employer on progress. For more information contact us via the website.

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What is the effect of working long hours on your weight?

Long Office Hours

A paper by Joelle Abramowitz , an economist at the U.S. census Bureau has revealed that those who work longer tend to be bigger.
She found that women in “non strenuous ” eg office based jobs such as clerical work and accounting , who worked ten extra hours per week were 2.5 pounds heavier and for men this was 1.4 pounds heavier .

Why do long hours lead to weight gain. Firstly it is likely that if you work long hours you are less active. Only 20 percent of jobs are mildly physically active whereas 20 years ago half of all jobs were physically active. Secondly, if you work long hours you have less time for cooking and menu planning. Also if you work long hours you may sleep less and this is also associated with weight gain .

Also there is a tendency if we are working long hours to ‘reward ourselves’ with snacks or alcohol to unwind. ” I’ve worked hard I deserve a treat ” is what we say to ourselves.

The answer is to try and preplan what we eat do that we don’t fill up with sugary snacks . Research has shown that if we preplan what we will have for lunch we will eat less calories than if we go out when we are hungry and buy lunch . When we shop when we are hungry we will fill our baskets with sugary and fatty foods. ( I always succumb to the banana cake at Pret a Manger if I go there when hungry). Great ideas are to either bring in a healthy lunch to eat or decide what you are buying for lunch earlier in day and stick to that choice. Similarly, try and plan what you will eat for your evening meal when you get home. I recommend to clients that they invest in a slow cooker. You can throw ingredients in the morning so that dinner is cooking during the day and ready for you when you walk through the door.

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