Your lunchtime habits can have a huge impact on your health/fitness routine.
Think of a midday meal that can be delicious and nutritious without requiring a lot of money or time on your part.
Start with these ideas for using your lunch hour to help you slim down.
Bring Your Lunch To Work:
Give yourself a head start. Look for recipes you can make before you go to bed, like putting your smoothie ingredients in a blender jar in the refrigerator so you can just hit a button in the morning.
Bringing frozen pizza to work is really just about the same as ordering take out. Switch to whole foods and home cooking.
Focus on plants
Try to get at least half your calories from vegetables and fruits. Enjoy a variety of salads, sandwiches, soups, and other dishes.
Master the microwave
Do you yearn for a hot meal? Pack an insulated lunch bag with your lunch recipes you can quickly heat up at noon.
Going Out for Lunch
Studies show that we tend to consume more calories at a restaurant if we’re with companions who indulge too. Make a pact with your friends/co-workers to order lighter dishes.
Check the menu
In keeping with your health goals, go online before you visit a new restaurant to ensure they serve grilled fish or pasta with vegetables.
You’ll find that most lunch spots offer some kind of soup. Soup helps you to slow down so you may feel full while eating less.
Go Easy on Salad Dressings
Some salads turn out to be the most fattening item on the menu. Go easy on the cheese, croutons, and creamy dressings.
Healthier Lunch Versions
You might enjoy your favorite lunch dishes just as much with a bit less sugar, fat, and salt. Some restaurants have no substitution policies, but others will be happy to accommodate you.
Serving sizes are often massive. If you end up feeling full, push half your food to the side of the plate so you can take it home for dinner or lunch tomorrow.
Stay on schedule
Skipping breakfast or lunch to save calories will probably backfire. You usually wind up so hungry that you raid the vending machine or overeat at your next meal.
Paying attention to your plate of food encourages you to make healthier choices and enjoy your meals more. Leave your desk for lunch. Sit down someplace where you can relax and forget about work for a while.
Prolonged sitting sessions cause obesity and back pain. Use your lunch hour to get a fair bit of movement; stroll around the block or climb the stairs; get a breath of fresh air.
Visit the gym
Check out the gyms near your office. Your employer might be able to negotiate a group discount if you and your coworkers want to work out during the day when they’re less busy.
Take a class
Many fitness centers offer group classes at lunchtime designed to get employees back to work on time. An hour of cycling followed by a smoothie may give you more energy for the rest of the afternoon.
Have a light and delicious midday meal each day of the week. Healthy lunch habits will help you lose weight and shape up.
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