A new report from DietAssist highlights how some careers are likely to cause increased weight

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In particular teachers, administrative assistants and engineers are at a higher risk of putting on weight because of their sedentary work life, according to the report.

Lisa loses a stone with DietAssist

Lisa manages to lose a stone in her weight loss battle with DietAssist

The effects of a sedentary work and home life can be overcome simply by using some of the mind games included in the DietAssist programme.

The report highlights that 41% of people have gained weight because of the type of job they do. Specifically because their job requires that they spend a lot of time sitting at their desk all day or have particularly high stress levels in their job.

Administrative assistants, engineers, teachers, nurse practitioners, IT managers, legal professionals, production workers and scientists were among professions that had the highest reports of weight gain, according to the report.

DietAssist explains that in general, a sedentary lifestyle can lead to an increase in belly fat, where fat is stored above the waist which means that visceral fat surrounds the internal organs, inflicting serious metabolic havoc.

Paul Howard, co-creator of the DietAssist programme, said “Even though a sedentary career can add considerable weight gain over the years, this process is not irreversible. The effects of a sedentary work and home life can be overcome simply by using some of the mind games included in the DietAssist programme.”

Lisa, who took the DietAssist challenge in March, noticed how her activity level increased significantly over the 6 weeks of the challenge. During this period she found it easy to lose a stone in weight, even though she continued to do her sedentary job.

Because the DietAssist programme helps people change key thought processes and beliefs about food and eating in an easy and simple way, most people do not notice the change. It is only on reflection, like in Lisa’s case, where the behavioural change becomes apparent. Suddenly, without realising it, she had dropped more weight than she had done in years and seemingly without any significant changes to her lifestyle. Of course, when a new behaviour becomes part of normal everyday life it feels natural.
The DietAssist programme also helps people to reduce stress, and this is important.

Stress is believed to increase cortisol, which does two things very effectively: cortisol breaks down muscle and stores fat and it can also trigger stress eating, leading to increased weight. DietAssist recognise that stress management is a necessity and so the programme helps people to reduce stress in their lives which ultimately helps them lose weight.

The DietAssist programme helps dieters strengthen their motivation and resolve, and creates the optimum psychological state for success. It is designed to work alongside any weight loss programme or sensible eating plan.

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