How to beat the office career cake bulge

How to beat the office career cake bulge

Do you work in an office where there’s a constant stream of sweet treats on offer?

The Government has tried to raise awareness of the impact that office treats can have on the body, from expanding waist lines to serious diseases such as diabetes and chronic heart disease.

What’s crazy is that people know they shouldn’t eat sweets daily and yet it’s such an easy habit to get sucked into. Whether it’s Christmas, a Birthday, a charity bake sale or just a Tuesday, there always seems to be something available.

I am not forbidding the consumption of ‘treats’ but if you have a health or fitness related goal, eating a cake a day will more than likely hinder that goal. Goals vs taste are conflicting issues that can be hard to overcome.

One cake won’t hurt, just like one salad won’t make you the epitome of health. It is what you consistently do that you will become.

If every time there is cake you find yourself tucking in, it's time to take a step back and assess your choices.

How to refuse the treats

Saying no to the delights on offer can be a double whammy of bridges to overcome. Not only do you have to manage your own will power, but also manage everyone else encouraging you to eat. 

When it comes to your own will power, think about the long term and how your choices affect that. Set easy achievable goals. You could start by cutting down from 5 cakes a week to 3 - that’s still a massive step!

Have your own snacks ready to replace the sweet treat on offer. It could be as simple as buying a bunch of bananas or bag of satsumas to have available for your team when that afternoon sugar crash happens. It might mean fewer biscuit purchases are made.

Sometimes it’s just about being part of it; if you can still eat with everyone else (even if it is an apple and some nuts) you can still be part of everything else that is going on.

Share your goals with your colleagues. This will lower the pressure on you to take part in chocolate spread Wednesdays and might even help others on their health journey.

Don’t be afraid to say no occasionally. It will do wonders for your health and will make the sweet things taste that little bit better when you do have them!


The Author

Izzy Jeffs

Izzy is a British champion javelin thrower and has competed in two Commonwealth Games finals. She has competed for Great Britain on several occasions. Izzy is a personal trainer and spends a lot of time training in the gym, building muscle. When she is not training at the track or in the gym, she is eating. You’ve got to eat big to get big! .


Brittany T.
19 March 2018

Brittany T.

my pet hate? You say 'no thank you' and there's an annoying chorus of 'are you on a diet?'. No - I just don't want to get fat by eating too much!

Dan M.
18 March 2018

Dan M.

the 3pm sugar crash and free muffins - bad, bad combination! Those giant muffins have well over an entire meal's worth of calories in them. Colleagues just have to cope with 'no thank you' as I eat an apple. It is quite difficult...

Sarah B.
15 March 2018

Sarah B.

I am terrible for this. Every day something new to eat! PLus it's free.... my tactic is to avoid the break out area

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