Graze all day and lose up to 3lb in a week with a cleverly packed lunch box
'Many diets involve creating complicated meals with unusual ingredients that most people don't have the time to prepare,' says Simon Lovell, author of the new and improved Lunch Box Diet (HarperCollins, £12.99), which our eat-all-day plan is based on.
'They're hard to stick to because they're so restrictive, stressful and boring. When you starve yourself, you end up lowering your metabolism as your body goes into preservation mode and stores whatever you feed it,' says Simon.
'Eating little and often means your body is more likely to burn fat instead of storing it.'
At first, introduce the diet into your life three days a week, building up to every working day. If you stick to it at weekends, too, you can lose up to 3lb a week.
So what are you waiting for? Dig out a lunch box and start tucking in...
If you're new to the eat-all-day diet, start by eating whatever you'd normally have for breakfast or dinner, and gradually build up to a healthier meal.
Plan your week's meals in advance. Keep an eye on portions - a serving of meat should be about 80g (the size of a deck of cards).
VEG Homemade lasagne
The key here is colour - choose a rainbow of vegetables. Use fresh and organic wherever you can and steam, grill, oven bake or microwave any veg that needs to be cooked. Pick five of the following and aim for one from every group:
This bit of the box is what gives you staying power and helps you feel satisfied for longer. Pick one of the following protein sources each day:
Sprinkling a dressing on your box will bring it to life. Make your own or buy one, but check the labels for added sugar. And remember, a little goes a long way, especially as your veggies will be steeped all day in whatever you add.
● Cheese - grated
● Oils - olive or nut (just a splash)
● Olives and capers
● Vinegar - plain, fruit-flavoured, cider or wine
● Chinese-style dressings - try rice vinegar, sesame oil or soy sauce
If you sit at a desk all day, leave carbs out of your box. Chances are, if you're used to eating three times a day, you'll still notice a significant improvement in your energy as your blood sugar levels stabilise. But if you are diabetic, very active or just feel sluggish, add an active carb from the following:
● Brown or wild rice
● Rye bread or crackers
● Wholegrain bread
● Wholegrain couscous
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