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Sleep More, Weigh Less with a Virtual Office Space?

Did you know that how much you sleep may be as important as how much you eat when you are trying to lose weight? Indeed, a new study from the University of Chicago shows that a lack of sleep undermines your efforts to lose body fat. A virtual office space could help your cause.

Ten overweight but otherwise healthy adults on a moderate calorie-restricted diet were randomly assigned to sleep either 5.5 hours or 8.5 hours each night in a closed clinical research environment. After two weeks, researchers measured loss of fat and lean body mass. Compared to participants who slept 5.5 hours a night, the dieters that slept for 8.5 hours lost a whopping 56 percent more body fat. The dieters in the sleep restricted group had lost less fat and more lean body mass.

"Among other hormonal effects, we found that sleep restriction caused an increase in ghrelin levels in the blood,” says Plamen Penev, MD, PhD, assistant professor, Section of Endocrinology, at the University of Chicago and lead author of the study. “Ghrelin is a hormone that has been shown to reduce energy expenditure, stimulate hunger and food intake, promote retention of fat, and increase glucose production in the body.”

The conclusion: It’s importance to get adequate sleep to maintain fat-free body mass when dieting to lose weight. The Ghrelin factor could explain why sleep-deprived participants also reported feeling hungrier during the study. The study shows that even short periods of sleep deprivation can undermine efforts to lose weight. When restricting calories, dieters should consider obtaining adequate amounts of sleep to ensure that they retain lean body mass and lose fat.

So what does that have to do with a virtual office? There are two angles on this. One of them we have explored before. When you work from a virtual office, you are more productive. There are less distractions than when you work in one of a row of cubicles in a traditional office space. There are also fewer distractions than when you work from a coworking facility or a coffee shop. With fewer distractions, you can get more work done, get to bed at a decent hour, and enjoy a good night’s rest.

The other angle is avoiding the temptation to eat. When you work from a Starbucks, you may load up on coffee, but you might also be tempted to load up on high-calorie cappuccinos, pastries and other goodies in the refrigerated section. If you work in traditional office space, you may be tempted to go out to lunch with co-workers who aren’t watching their weight and end up eating something you wish you hadn’t. With a virtual office space, you can take control of your time—and your caloric intake—more easily.
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BCBS Does Telecommuting in Illinois

In case you are wondering how corporate America is adopting virtual offices, look no further than Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS) of Illinois.

Although the insurance company recently announced it was closing an office in Campaign, the 90 people who worked there won’t be collecting unemployment benefits. That’s because BCBS has adopted telecommuting. BCBS workers can either drive to the Danville office or work from a home office, in which case virtual office technologies will be part of the mix.

This isn’t a new move for BCBS. The company actually started the telecommuting program a couple of years ago as a competitive benefit. In BCBS’ experience, the telecommuting option helps the insurer retain the best and brightest workers by offering greater work-life balance and cutting down on gas costs.

Although BCBS probably has the infrastructure and virtual office technologies, other companies in Illinois may not. Davinci Virtual offers virtual offices across Illinois, including Aurora, Chicago, Joilet, Oak Brook, Oakbrook Terrace, Schaumburg, and Warrenville.

In fact, Davinci Virtual has five virtual offices in Chicago alone, including conference rooms for rent in the Chicago Corporate Tower, Avenue Business Center, Wacker Drive Business Center, The Willis Tower (formerly known as Sears Tower), and Chicago Riverside Plaza.

Let’s look at the Chicago Corporate Tower location as an example. Located at 300 South Wacker Drive, you can rent a virtual office at this prime business address for as little as $95 a month. For this price, you also get mail and package support, access to a business support center, a lobby greeter to impress your visitors who come to meet in the conference room or drop off or pick up packages. At the Chicago Corporate Tower, you can rent a conference room for between $25 and $40 an hour.

So whether you are a Fortune 500 company looking for practical ways to allow your workers to telecommute or an entrepreneur bootstrapping your fledgling business, consider how virtual office space in Chicago can make you more productive—and more professional.

Check out this aerial tour of Chicago.

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See Davinci’s Virtual Office Space for Yourself

Have you viewed or demo video on how Davinci Virtual office solutions actually work? If not, check it out now. This video gives you a quick overview of the benefits of virtual offices—and specifically the professional virtual offices that Davinci Virtual provides.

If a picture says a thousand words, Davinci Virtual’s virtual office demo video offers millions. In the video, you’ll hear three key words: professional, affordable and smart. Davinci Virtual helps you drive those characteristics into your business in a way that is visible to your clients.

When you watch the video, you’ll understand how your clients will be treated with a spirit of hospitality and what goes on behind the scenes with sophisticated technology that we use to run your office. You’ll also get acquainted with our virtual receptionist services, conference rooms and a variety of business support services.

The bottom line: First impressions always count. Whether you need a live receptionist, state of the art telecommunications, or a physical business presence, Davinci virtual offers you to the tools you need without the big price tag. We make sure your company always projects the business image you deserve.

Davinci Virtual operates professional business support centers across the U.S. in cities like Atlanta, Miami, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Chicago and Seattle. With Davinci Virtual virtual offices, you get a turnkey office manager that lets you focus on doing what you do best: running your business.

Again, if you haven't viewed the demo video on our virtual offices, virtual receptionists and other business support services, click here now to get a minute-long overview that could help you drive great profitability, efficiencies and affordability for your company.
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Get a Special Deal on Leawood Virtual Office Space

Looking for a deal on virtual office space near Kansas City? Davinci Virtual is offering a special that you don’t want to miss. If you rent now, you can get your first month free.

The deal is at the Leawood Business Center in Leawood, Kansas. Leawood is only about 13 miles from Kansas City and you can get one of the most affordable virtual office space deals in the United States at this location. The Leawood Business Center virtual office space rents for only $50 a month.

The Leawood Business Center is located at 4745 W. 136th St. near Plaza Pointe. Plaza Pointe is a high profile business park, so you can be assured that your virtual office has a premium address in Leawood—and you are still close enough to Kansas City to do all the business there you need to do.

The third-largest city in Kansas, Kansas City is a vibrant place to work. It is a suburb of Kansas City, Mo. and is home to more than 2 million people. Kansas City is home to the GM Fairfax plant. Major highways including Interstate 35, Interstate 70, Interstate 435, Interstate 635, and Interstate 670 feed into and out of the region.

When you rent virtual office space in Leawood, Davinci Virtual offers you more than a prime business address. You also get mail and package support, access to a business support center, a lobby greeter for visiting guests, a client drop off and pick up point, and mail forwarding and shipping services.

Here’s a factoid about Leawood: The Johnson County city actually put a ban on fastfood restaurants within the city limits. That lasted until the late 1990s. Now, you can freely eat a Big Mac on your way to your virtual office.
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Avoiding Nicole in My Hollywood Virtual Office

I’m sitting here in my virtual office in Hollywood as Tropical Storm Nicole pours down inches of rain. Flash flooding is a real possibility. Winds are up to 40 mph. The streets are dangerous. News reports indicate possible tornadoes. So far, the electricity is still flowing, but Florida Power & Light is prepared for outages.

Although this is small potatoes compared to Hurricane Wilma, I was grateful I didn’t have to venture out onto the beach streets this morning to head to work. Instead, I am writing this blog post from my virtual office in Hollywood. That means I stayed dry and kept working, relying on virtual office technologies as I always do to keep meeting deadlines.

If you are an entrepreneur in any area of the country that deals with hurricanes, you can relate to my story. A virtual office space is a luxury any day of the week. But when the rains are pouring down and the roads are dangerous, I’m especially grateful not to have to step outside my home and onto the streets.

Davinci Virtual offers virtual offices across South Florida, with three in my neighborhood. There’s the Hollywood Business Center FL, the Hollywood Florida Business Center and Executive Suites of Hollywood. All three are prime locations, but the Executive Suites of Hollywood is my personal choice because it’s right up the street from my home. That means if I need access to business services, like color copying, I can take a mile drive and get it done quickly. I can also use the conference room there at any time, which makes it convenient for business meetings.

Let’s take a closer look this virtual office space. It’s located at 2455 Hollywood Boulevard. That’s a nice address in Hollywood. At this location, I can get mail and package receipt, a lobby greeter, a client drop off and pick up point, and mail forwarding if I want it. Virtual office rental fees at this location run $110 a month. The conference room rentals run $25 to $40 an hour, depending on various factors, and it’s a sterling experience.

So consider your situation. What would you do if you couldn’t go to work today and had to work from your home office. Do you have the virtual office technologies in place to help you remain productive? What about on sunny days? If you work from home, do you have a quick access to conference room available where you can meet clients? If not, consider renting a virtual office. Rain or shine, you’ll can reap immediate benefits.

Check out the flooding in my neck of the woods:

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