Apart from going to the gym, the next golden rule that worked for me was no sweets. That means staying away from chocolate (oh, that’s tough!) cakes, candies and the like. I’m not a fan of soft drinks and rarely drink any, so they are not a problem.
What to do then, when somebody gives them to you? Do you refuse politely or do you take it and silently decide to get rid of them at the earliest opportunity? I can tell you what I did: I took them, a glass filled with assorted candies, placed them on my desk and stared at them for a while, until a “brilliant” idea crossed my mind. Before I knew it, I was sorting them out to see which ones I liked and which ones I didn’t. There were a few chocolate candies (of course!) and those I placed on top of the others, thinking I shall give them away at the earliest opportunity. Alas, my hand was faster than my brain and soon enough I was eating the first one, then looking for another that was the same and so on, until there were no more chocolate candies. I had eaten half a tall glass worth of candies.
Later edit: My landlady dropped by and she brought a present. Can you guess what it was? Pretty obvious by now, but in case you have any doubts, the pic should help.
It’s not fair.