Are you hitting the vending machine or the Starbucks everyday an hour after lunch? Are you so hungry at dinner that you eat the minute you walk in the door? Are you spending over $50/week on take out lunches? If this sounds like you, we need to talk.
What can you do about it?
Bring your lunch. Yes, it's that simple. A carefully crafted lunch box will not only make you more alert and more productive at work, but I'm willing to bet you'll lose an effortless 5 pounds to boot! And really, who doesn't want to lose 5 pounds?
To ensure your success, I've created a super-easy formula for packing a winning lunch:
Carb + Protein + Fat = Lunch
I know, it sounds to good to be true. Too simple. Too easy to remember. But why do so many of us forget?
To qualify, a winning lunch must contain adequate protein, carbs, and fat to sustain you until your afternoon snack (which is a MUST, by the way - but that's for another day).
You can't just have a salad without some protein, or just protein without some carbs. And you usually can't get away without a little fat to round things out. Unbalanced lunches may get you through the afternoon (they usually don't) but you will be ravenous by dinner and will likely overeat. And why try to "tough it out" to dinner? That's no way to live, right? So, start brown bagging it tomorrow!
Here are a few no-frills ideas to get you started, but I would LOVE to hear what you come up with as well.
1 - egg salad sandwich (1 whole egg, 2 whites) with light mayo on whole grain bread with 1/2 cup cottage cheese and 1/2 cup berries.
2 - see above with tuna
3 - Deli turkey with 1 slice cheese on whole grain bread with 6 oz Chobani/Fage Greek yogurt.
4 - Leftover chicken breast on salad greens with veggies and 1/2 cup beans, light salad dressing.
5 - Chicken noodle soup with 1/2 whole grain bagel spread with 1 Tbsp peanut butter.