Guilt-Free Lunchtimes 🍳🍝 🌮 🌯 for Those Trying to Lose Weight ⚖️ ...

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It's easy to hit the drive-thru for a burger and fries or some nuggets and a milkshake, but you know that's not a healthy way to eat.

While you likely know that fast food isn't a nutritious option, that doesn't always mean you know what you should be eating at lunchtime.

Fortunately, I've done all the work for you and brought you noontime advice from the best nutritionists in town.

Here's what you need to know to create the perfect lunch any day of the week.

1. Pay Attention to Calories

One of the most important things to consider when you prepare or order your lunch is how many calories it has.

As you know, taking in more calories than you burn is a sure fire recipe for weight gain.

Lunch for the average woman should be between 400 and 450 calories.

If you workout at some point during the day, you can eat closer to 500 calories without overdoing it.

2. You've Got to Have Some Protein

Not only does your body need protein for virtually every function it performs, but you also need it for energy.

Experts suggest getting 20 to 30 grams of protein at lunchtime to help contribute to your daily needs and fuel you through the afternoon.

This helps prevent eating junk food between meals, which is a great way to prevent weight gain.

Choose lean meats, nuts, eggs, beans or cheese.

3. Don't Be Afraid of Carbs

The low-carb craze isn't as popular as it once was.

That's because experts realize that your body needs a certain amount of carbs just to fuel you through the day.

The trick is choosing complex carbs over the refined ones you find in white bread, baked goods and soda.

Aim for 50 to 65 grams of good carbs when you make your lunch.

Choose whole grain bread or pasta, brown rice, quinoa or fruits and veggies.2

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