When it comes to shedding unwanted kilos, lunch – not breakfast – is the most important meal of the day. A study in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics found that women who lunched out at least once a week lost, on average, 2.5kg less than those who did so less frequently. The reason? Dining out makes it harder to track those calories.
“Eating in restaurants usually means less individual control over ingredients and cooking methods, as well as larger portion sizes,” according to the study’s authors. So, if a shapely figure is what you’re gunning for, pack your lunch for work. Jaclyn Reutens, a dietitian on Shape’s advisory board, offers four easy lunch recipes for those watching their weight that will take only 10 minutes to prepare.