(CC BY 2.) Bing/Flickr So youve been eating salad for lunch all month and havent lost a pound? Thats great for overall health and can support an overall weight management program. Several possibilities could explain why simply switching to salads at lunch hasnt helped with weight loss.
Salad is a terrific way to make vegetables a large part of meals. That’s great for overall health and can support an overall weight management program. Several possibilities could explain why simply switching to salads at lunch hasn’t helped with weight loss. Maybe the salads haven’t reduced your calorie consumption at lunch as much as you assume. Or maybe your salad doesn’t have enough protein and fat, which may lead you to snack more throughout the day.
If salad is your main dish, include protein from one or more of the following: a half-cup of kidney or garbanzo beans, turkey, seafood chunks, chopped hardboiled egg, or plain tuna; or one-third cup of nuts or sunflower or pumpkin seeds. If you want cheese, use just a little for flavor in combination with a smaller portion of one of these leaner sources of protein. Just a tablespoon or two of Parmesan or feta gives plenty of flavor.
Also consider what you’re eating the rest of the day. Are you “rewarding” yourself for healthy lunches with high-calorie treats at other times of the day or on the weekends? If you’re making a real cut in calories at lunch without raising calories from other sources or cutting back on your physical activity, you should see a change in your weight or waist before long. Small cuts take a while to show results, but can be among the best sustained. Salads Dont Guarantee Weight Loss