Are takeout lunches getting in the way of your weight-loss goals? Not sure what to eat midday? Let's break down exactly what you should be eating at lunchtime: macro expert and nutrition coach Carrie McMahon showed us recipes that don't eliminate anything yet still help your body lose weight.
"For lunch, it's very important to have a source from each main macronutrient so that your body can feel full and satisfied for longer while you're hard at work or powering through [fitness] classes," she told us. "Carbs, protein, and fats are digested at different rates, so by getting all of them at once, you ensure that you're going to feel full for a while!"
And for weight loss, specifically, Carrie says to "always be looking for recipes with a solid balance of protein, fat, and fibrous carbs — so, recipes with meat, tofu, or beans, plus a fat source like avocado, nuts, oils, or full-fat dairy, and then a fiber-filled carb like whole grains, brown rice, veggies, or sweet potatoes." Not sure what that looks like in a meal? Don't worry, she's got it covered.
Carrie gave us the perfect weight-loss macro proportions: approximately 35 percent protein, 20 percent fat, and 45 percent carbohydrates. Since that can be tough to navigate on your own, Carrie has easy meal suggestions for you — seven days of lunches, so you can eat healthy every day without any guesswork. Below are some of her favorite recipes from POPSUGAR Fitness that have the perfect macronutrient breakdown for weight loss.