Packing a lunch instead of eating out can have a big impact on your budget, but brown bagging can also have a wealth of positive effects on your health as well. Packing a lunch can make reaching a weight loss goal or maintaining a healthy lifestyle much easier. Here’s how:1. You’ll Be Able to Control Portion Size
One of the biggest challenges of eating out is portion sizes fit to feed a family of four. It’s easy to overeat when there’s too much on your plate.
Preparing lunch at home puts you in control of how much food is in front of you. If you’re not sure what a serving looks like, here are some examples:
2. A Better Balanced Meal
Finding a properly balanced meal in a restaurant can be challenging. It’s best to eat a variety of of food groups with a heavy emphasis on fruits and vegetables. A combination of fiber and lean protein will help you stay full longer. Here are some tips to help keep your lunches interesting:
Let’s face it, going out to lunch is time consuming; from leaving the office, traveling to a restaurant to waiting for your food. Eating in the office can help save you time. It frees up time to go for a short walk or maybe even hit the gym for a spin class! Many gyms offer shorter classes around noon to help professionals squeeze a workout during their lunch break.
A few extra tips to help you make packing a lunch easier: