It's half-past one, my stomach begins to growl. Time for lunch! But if work is already stacked on your desk, sabotaging your lunchtime becomes very easy. Avoid these 7 food traps at lunchtime, and save yourself the few extra pounds.
Mistake 1: You put off lunch
Even if your stomach is not growling, you should have lunch between noon and 2PM. Anyone who waits longer risks being attacked by a sudden bear's hunger, and this usually ends with jamming your mouth full of fast food. Also, your body needs new nutrients in the form of food every four hours. Otherwise, your metabolism slows down and that means that it burns fewer calories.
Mistake 2: You eat the wrong salad
"What is this, a weight-loss error?" Do not get us wrong: salad is healthy, has few calories, no fat and is therefore perfect for losing weight. The green leaves and raw vegetables in it are just fine. A large weight loss trap, however, lurks in the salad buffet between calorie-rich dressings and toppings such as croutons or cheese, e.g. feta, mozzarella or Parmesan.
Anyone who puts too much of any on their plate turns their really healthy salad into a small calorie bomb. So: in the future, more salad (yes, only the green leaves), more vegetables and fewer toppings. "I will never be satisfied." Do not panic, just combine your salad with a roll, a brine or a soup. When dressing, less is more. A shot of vinegar, oil, salt, and pepper is already sufficient and tastes much better than fatty toppings.
Mistake 3: You go out to eat every day
Having lunch with co-workers is fun, that much is clear. It's also hard to lose weight during this time. On most menus, there are lots of hidden calories dishes. The portions are usually very generous and are good to eat. In addition, it is rather costly to go out to eat. It is healthier and cheaper to cook yourself.
Simply cook your lunch the night before. Sounds dull? It's easy to prepare your food with 'Meal Prep' containers. And do not worry, that does not mean that eating out is taboo, just not every day.
Mistake 4: You have diet soda while you eat
"It's not so bad if it's light." Unfortunately, that is false. The sugar is replaced with low-calorie sweeteners and since you only fake delivering calories to your body with the sweet taste, the belly quickly starts to growl again. It waits longingly for the promised energy. Better alternative: a large glass of water with a little lemon.
Mistake 5: You eat in front of the computer
You're paying attention to a screen while shoving something mechanically into your mouth. The food becomes a side issue and that is the danger. Your attention is somewhere else, so you do not realize when you are really full. In the worst case, you continue to eat until the plate is empty. You then pay the tax of a bloated and full belly that makes work in the afternoon much more difficult. By the way: the same also applies to the TV.
Mistake 6: You eat packaged snacks
At first glance, the packaged salad or sandwich look like a healthy meal. But appearances can be deceptive. In the dressing, the topping cheats you by actually containing calories that settle on your hips. And the dishes are not really as tasty. In this case, the following should be the preferred step: cook yourself, according to the principle of the Meal Preps (see point 4). You know what's inside and it tastes better.
Mistake 7: You skip lunch completely
If you skip lunch completely, you will not only have to battle an annoying feeling of hunger, but also have a lack of energy. And only to save 500 calories at lunch? Definitely a bad idea. Your body needs regular nutrients to maintain all its functions. Your metabolism will slow down and you will burn fewer calories - while losing weight in a counterproductive way. In addition to that, the feeling of hunger grows more persistent, just like the hole in your stomach. This is not only unpleasant, but ends with gaining more than the 500 calories you saved earlier when you have dinner.
Okay there you have it- mistakes I have made at lunch and you should avoid!