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10 Tips That Make Working From Home So Much Better

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Devise a Snack Resistance Plan

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Don't fill up on chips and soda when you're teleworking. Be sure to stock your pantry with nutritious snacks that will fill you up during the day. Eva-Katalin/Getty Images

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Snacking in the office is its own minefield — doughnuts every Friday, a microwave that smells like tuna-flavored popcorn — but snacking at home is even worse. Your kitchen, with all of its delectable choices, is just a few steps away. There is a constant temptation to wander there every time you're bored, anxious or frustrated with an assignment, which is pretty much all the time. To avoid putting on 20 pounds (9 kilograms) in two weeks, you need a snack resistance plan.

If you have excellent self-control, confine your eating to scheduled meals. For example, lunch is every day at 12:30 and dinner is at 7. Aside from caffeine breaks, vow to avoid the kitchen outside of those prescribed mealtimes.

But if you're like the rest of us, working without snacking is like working without breathing. In that case, the best game plan is to stock your shelves with lots of healthy snacks. Fresh fruit, carrots, celery, unsalted nuts and dried fruit are all great options. If you've got a dedicated workplace set up, bring a bowl of apple slices and a cheese stick to your desk. When you get snacky, the good stuff is right in front of you.

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