When you pack your lunch for work or school, you actually have more control over the food that you’re putting in your body – as compared to the food you order whenever you eat out. Hence, having packed lunch makes it easier for you to eliminate unnecessary calories and lose weight in the process!
Of course, you can’t just pack a calorie-dense lunch, then expect to get a slimmer waistline magically. Packing a healthy, nutritious lunch requires some planning and careful thought. After all, your ideal packed lunch should be low in calories yet filling at the same time.
If you want to start packing lunch but aren’t sure where to begin, then read on! Today, Evolve Daily shares 5 Lunch Packing Tips For Weight Loss:
1) Pack your lunch when you’re full
Trust us, you shouldn’t ever pack your lunch when you’re anything less than full from a meal. This is because the hungrier you are, the more likely you are to make unhealthy decisions and/or overpack. That means you’ll end up eating more than you’re supposed to – which will totally defeat the purpose of having a packed lunch! So make sure you pack your lunch only after you’re satisfied from a meal.
2) Opt for complex carbs instead of simple carbs
Instead of simple carbs such as white bread, white rice, or white pasta, reach out for complex carbs such as brown rice, whole wheat pasta, or 100% whole grain bread. Apart from being a more nutritious option, complex carbs have a higher fiber content. Hence, it is slower to digest and as a result, keeps you full for a longer period of time – so you’ll be less likely to get unhealthy cravings later on in the day.
3) Add lots of veggies
Speaking of fiber, veggies are another great way for you to get your daily fiber fix – so don’t skimp on the greens when you’re packing your lunch! In fact, don’t be afraid to go crazy with the veggies. After all, you should be munching on 5 servings of veggies and fruits daily!
The best part about having a veggie-rich packed lunch is that you’ll be consuming fewer calories than you potentially would with other kinds of food. So replace chips with carrots (that can be paired with hummus!) and instead of processed lunch meats and high-fat cheese, add lettuce, onion, tomato, or other veggies to your sandwiches!
4) Don’t forget to include lean protein
Whether you wish to shed some pounds, boost your energy levels, or bulk up – protein is a crucial element that you can’t miss in your diet. Protein also happens to be more filling than carbs and fats. Hence, you should make it a point to add lean protein to your packed lunch! Some great sources of lean protein include skinless chicken breast, fish, and beans. Psst! Do ensure you avoid high-fat and/or sodium-rich options such as processed meats (e.g. salami, luncheon meat)!
5) Lastly, pack some fruits too!
How can we forget the sweetest part of your meal – dessert? For those who always feel the need to reach out for a sweet treat at the end of your meal, here’s a healthy option for you to pack: fruits! Apart from nourishing your body with essential vitamins and minerals, fruits also contain fiber and promote overall good health. As mentioned earlier, you need 5 servings of fruits and veggies daily! So make sure you account for this in your packed meals too.
With all that said, your packed lunch shouldn’t be your only healthy meal of the day. You should make sure you eat fresh, nutritious food as much as you can, and of course, hydrate yourself with at least 8 glasses of water per day. Besides having packed lunch, there are some other things you can do throughout the day to shed those pesky pounds! So go forth and get into your greatest shape ever!