5 Lunch Tricks for Weight Loss

Eat Breakfast

Lunch Trick for Weight Loss: Eat Breakfast
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The best way to set yourself up for a healthy lunch is to eat a healthy breakfast. Skipping your morning meal is a recipe for trouble. You’ll be ravenous by lunchtime, making you more likely to overeat.

Eating something first thing in the morning also jump starts your metabolism for the day. If you don’t have time to make breakfast in the morning, prepare it the night before. And if the issue is a lack of morning hunger, pack something to eat midmorning.

Plan Ahead

Lunch Trick for Weight Loss: Plan Ahead
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Making on-the-fly lunch decisions is a bad idea. Your coworkers are going out for fast food, there's a leftover pastry platter from the morning meeting, your pal offers you her leftover Chinese food...the list of excuses to eat an unhealthy meal goes on and on. But all of these problems can be solved by planning ahead.

Make your lunch the night before. It’s easier to concentrate on choosing healthy ingredients when you’re not crunched for time. Salad in a jar is the ultimate make-ahead lunch. And if your weekdays are insanely busy, take an hour on Sunday to make a big dish that’ll feed you for days.

Prioritize Protein and Fiber

Lunch Trick for Weight Loss: Prioritize Protein and Fiber
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Whether you’re making your lunch in advance or running to the nearest deli during your break, getting plenty of protein and fiber is a smart move. That protein will really keep you energized. Try a pouch of tuna over a salad or in a wrap. Skinless chicken breast is another good meal starter.

Fiber is also important at lunchtime because it’ll help keep you full until dinner. When you make that tuna wrap, use a high-fiber tortilla. To round out your lunch, munch on fruit or veggies. It’s also a good idea to add a dose of healthy fats to your midday meal. Have a 100-calorie pack of almonds or add a little avocado to your salad.

Use No-Cook Recipes

Lunch Trick for Weight Loss: Have Go-To No-Cook Recipes & Staples
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Whether you’re making lunch ahead of time or assembling a meal in the office kitchen, no-cook recipes are the way to go. They’re fast, easy, and don’t require many supplies. Great no-cook staples include 100-calorie sandwich thins, bagged lettuce, pouched tuna, turkey slices, light cheese, and broccoli cole slaw.

Pack Emergency Snacks

Lunch Trick for Weight Loss: Pack Emergency Snacks
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Always have healthy snacks on hand! If you get hungry late in the morning but lunch is still hours away, you’re going to be happy you have a stash of nutritious snacks. This way, you can snack without derailing your healthy lunch.

Some of my favorite go-anywhere snacks are jerky, Fuji apples, and protein-packed snack bars. These are also great if lunch isn't as filling as you'd like - much better than hitting the vending machine!

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