With summer finally here, no doubt your mind will be turning to
booking a getaway to warmer climes. But for those of us who haven’t
seen the sun (or perhaps the gym) in months, this can be a daunting
prospect.

Recent figures show a staggering two-thirds of people are tied to
their desks [1] without even getting chance to head out for a lunch
break. With this in mind, GLORIOUS! Soups has worked with industry
experts to develop some tips to support staying slim at work and
getting Glasto-ready when people are so busy they struggle to leave
the office:

1. DRINK PLENTY OF WATER: Out in the sunshine for long days and
nights will take its toll on your body so dietitian and lecturer at
Cardiff Metropolitan University Vicky Gould suggests upping your water
intake now. She said: “Drinking enough fluid is vital to maintain good
health. Our bodies need around two litres of water a day to stay
hydrated, and more than this if the temperature rises or we are
exercising. Water is the perfect way to hydrate healthily as is it
calorie free – perfect if you are watching your weight. In addition,
our bodies can sometimes confuse the signals of thirst with hunger, so
if you are tempted to snack try a drink of water first. You might
actually be thirsty!”

2. DON’T SKIP BREAKFAST: Studies show eating a healthy breakfast is a
brilliant way to start the day as not only does it help maintain
concentration levels at work, it will also keep you full so you’re
less likely to reach for unhealthy snacks Amy Walker, brand manager
at MOMA Foods commented: “Eating a proper breakfast at your desk when
you get to work gives you the fuel and energy you need to help you
take on the day and win! Oats are one of nature’s best ingredients to
break the fast with each morning as they’re packed with goodness and
slow release energy. Instant porridge such as MOMA ensures you have a
delicious, balanced and super easy start to the day.”

3. STOCK UP ON HEALTHY SNACKS: The NHS’ Change4Life website [2]
recommends getting rid of the temptation to reach for the office cake
by stocking up on healthy snacks. Apple slices dipped in nut butter
are bang on trend at the moment as a healthy but delicious snack to
eat at your desk and there are countless varieties of nut butter
available on the supermarket shelves, including more unusual varieties
such as almond, cashew and macadamia.

4. STAND UP TO GET SLIM: Personal trainer Jenny Cromack from Motiv8
said sitting down for long periods of time may slow your weight loss.
She said: “It’s a great idea to set an alarm to remind you to stand up
every half an hour, even if it’s just to stretch your legs or make a
cup of tea. Studies have found that a 130lb woman burns 78 calories
per hour sitting ‘quietly’, whereas she will burn 99 calories whilst
standing ‘quietly’. Invest in a standing desk and this will help you
burn even more calories as you work and may also help to improve your
posture.”

5. EAT A HEALTHY BUT FILLING LUNCH: According to a recent study by
GLORIOUS! Soups [3], two-thirds of women (68%) think the term ‘comfort
food’ has negative connotations and over half (55%) said it makes them
feel sluggish. But thanks to GLORIOUS! Soups’ Skinnylicious range of
light and healthy soups, you can indulge in delicious comfort food
that is packed with vitamins and minerals, low in salt and sugar and
fewer than 150 calories per portion. Because GLORIOUS’ Skinnylicious
soups are so light but filling they are the perfect slimming lunch
choice for the summer season.

Brand and Category Innovation Manager at GLORIOUS!, Claire Roper
commented: “Many people have the preconception that healthy low
calorie foods are dull, boring and have no flavour. But our GLORIOUS!
Skinnylicious range is proof that you can eat delicious and filling,
yet light and healthy comfort foods while sitting at your desk at
work. They’re the perfect solution for helping you look your best for
this summer’s festivals.”

The Skinnylicious soups are available in a variety of delicious
flavours; Bangalore Lentil Daal, Fragrant Thai Carrot, Singapore
Crushed Tomato, Sicilian Tomato and Balsamic, Goan Tomato and Lentil,
Limited Edition Russian Beetroot, New England Butternut Squash and
Spanish Red Pepper, Tomato and Chorizo. They are available in 600g
pots inASDA, Sainsbury’s, Waitrose, Morrisons and Ocado with an RRP of
2.

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