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What Is the Lunch Box Diet?

What's the Deal With: The Lunch Box Diet?

If you're one of those people who feels the need to munch on something all day long, the Lunch Box Diet plan was made with you in mind. Fitness trainer Simon Lovell came up with the idea which began in the UK, but is catching on in the US. Even celebs like Cameron Diaz gave it a try.

Basically, you eat whatever you want for breakfast and dinner, and graze on a lunch box filled with 60 percent veggies, 30 percent protein, and 10 percent dressing in between those meals. Carbs like whole grains are limited unless you're exercising at some point during the day. This eating plan is meant to balance your blood sugar so you're less likely to pig out snack on unhealthy foods.

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Some critics think this diet doesn't supply adequate nutrition. There are also loose parameters when it comes to what and how much you should eat for breakfast and dinner, so it's great if you like flexibility, but not great if you have issues with proper portion sizes.

I'm all for a plan that encourages snacking on small amounts of healthy foods throughout the day, but this seems like a glorified Atkins diet, focusing on protein, veggies, and limited carbs. This diet may help someone lose weight and keep hunger at bay, but like most diets, this doesn't seem like a lifestyle you could sustain forever. I'd stick to eating healthy foods for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, monitor your portion sizes, and if you get hungry in between, munch on a nutritious snack.

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dark-chocola dark-chocola 7 years
mmm well, i am limiting my portions, drinking gallooooooons of water, go for jogging 3 days aweek, and do workouts and yoga the other 3 days, limited sugar in my beverages to the half... no thanks..
runningesq runningesq 7 years
Basically, you eat whatever you want for breakfast and dinner... this part is weird to me. So I can stuff my face with french toast/ syrup/ croissionts for breakfast, eat this for lunch, and then stuff my face with a hamburger, fries, and sundae for dessert?
Spectra Spectra 7 years
It wouldn't be a good plan for me because I don't tend to graze between meals. I do better when I have a set meal for breakfast, lunch and dinner. I know how many calories I'm getting and I don't have to worry about it. I don't get the "eat whatever you want for breakfast and dinner" part'll still lose weight if you eat a plateful of pancakes, sausage, eggs and juice in the morning and steak and potatoes and creamed spinach for dinner? I don't know if I buy it.
Fitness Fitness 7 years
glamoured - I think you're on to something ;)
2muchtv 2muchtv 7 years
It's just a way to avoid bad snacking. Pack a proper lunch with proper snacks in your "lunch box," avoid outside snacks, and you're golden. Most people do this all the time, they just didn't give it a name. The carb thing is to make it loopy enough to call it a diet.
HappyKate HappyKate 7 years
Bento box ring a bell? I know not the same but the Japanese figured out the ratio thing along time ago. But what is with 10 % dressing!? Yuck!
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 7 years
No, thanks.
sunshyne sunshyne 7 years
I have a different Lunch Box Diet. I eat only what I brought to work for lunch and snacks. It definitely helps me resist the urge to snack at the vending machine or on treats that others bring in to share.
glamoured glamoured 7 years
Incidentally I've developed a sensational new regime called "The Common Sense Diet". It goes like this: Eat whole foods, watch your portions, don't skip meals, and don't just sit on your butt. You're welcome.
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