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Pound for Pound

Is the refrigerator calling you as often as clients do? Here's how to avoid the home office freshman 15.

This story appears in the May 2000 issue of

Working out of your home may seem like such an ideal situation, you know there's got to be a catch somewhere. For some homebased entrepreneurs, that catch is the phenomenon known as the "freshman 15." Just like first-year college students who gain weight from bountiful buffets at the dorm and junk-filled vending machines just downstairs, these business owners complain that an office just one step away from the kitchen can lead to an expanding waistline.

Maybe you recognize the syndrome. You're bored. There aren't any diversions such as chatting with colleagues or a visit to the water cooler. So you start contemplating that leftover lasagna from dinner last night. Or perhaps you head kitchen-ward with virtuous thoughts of a diet soda, only to find yourself eyeing the cherry cheesecake sitting next to that Diet Coke.

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