Christine Avanti's Best Foods for Weight Loss: Lunch
We know that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. But just as important is lunch. Many Americans skip breakfast (a bad idea) but nearly every American eats lunch every single day. Before we get to the best lunch foods for weight loss, let’s start with the worst. And it’s one that you’ve probably eaten in the last week once or more.
French fries are delicious, addictive, completely unfufilling, and loaded with fat and calories. And once you smell them they are very hard to resist. Not only that but they are served all over America in fast food joints and countless lunch cafeterias. If you want to lose weight you’ve got to eat something other than French fries.
Which means you’ve got to avoid eating hamburgers as well. Because you really can’t have one without the other. As soon as you take a bite of a hamburger, you are probably going to eat 700 calories.
That’s why the number one best lunch food for weight loss is…
The turkey sandwich.
Doesn’t sound as appealing as a hamburger but come lunch hour, a loaded turkey sandwich with ice cold lettuce, tomato, and all your favorite toppings will always taste amazing.
Turkey sandwiches are also available nearly everywhere lunches are sold. Subway makes great turkey subs and grocery stores make terrific turkey sandwiches in the deli.
Turkey sandwiches don’t go well with French fries. They go with a deli pickle and a banana, an apple, a pear or a fruit salad. That swap will save you 300 calories. You can even throw in some chips such as Popchips.
Now that’s a fulfilling lunch for weight loss (designed by a nutritionist – me!) that doesn’t sound like boring diet food.
A turkey sandwich is a nice balance of protein and carbs (a PC Combo) that will help stabilize blood sugar, deliver energy and help you lose weight.
Other fantastic options for weight loss lunches: grilled chicken sandwich, Greek yogurt and fruit, pasta with grilled chicken and marinara sauce, or teriyaki chicken with rice and grilled veggies.
No French fries anywhere in the list.
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Christine Avanti is a Los Angeles-based nutritionist, chef and healthy weight loss specialist. She has appeared on Dancing With The Stars, Tyra, Rachael Ray, The Today Show, E!, TV Guide, Fox Business Channel, and dozens of others. She is the author of Skinny Chicks Don't Eat Salads and the creator of the Simply Slimmer System, your nutritionist in a box.