When you want to lose weight and prevent it from coming back, you need to lose it in a healthy way. Although you may be tempted to try one of those fast diets, like the smoothie your friend is making, in the long term it's not the best way to do it. To lose weight you need to eat three meals in addition to two small snacks during the day. As a teenager you may eat most lunches away from home and having a list of healthy options can help you with weight loss efforts.
Bring your own lunch
Bringing your own lunch to school can be an easy way to control your calories and make sure you eat healthy. A healthy lunch should include whole grains, protein, fruit, vegetables and dairy. Some healthy options may include a turkey sandwich with an orange, carrot sticks and a non-fat yogurt; whole-grain salad made with a mixture of vegetables, chopped chicken and low-fat cheese with some grapes or hummus, pita bread, cucumber slices, an apple and a carton of skim milk.
Exit with your friends
You do not have to stress about your diet when you go out to eat with your friends. There are a variety of healthy options to choose from when trying to lose weight. In a sandwich place, keep your small portion and fill it with vegetables, avoid the cheese and use mustard as your condiment and complete it with a yogurt and water. Pizza is not a problem when you cover it with your favorite vegetables and instead of eating two slices add a salad and sparkling water to keep you full. At a restaurant, order a salad with a dressing on the side or a broth-based soup such as a noodle with chicken or minestrone or if you order a meal take half home and eat it for dinner.
Options for school
When it comes to health, school lunch is a good option if you do not have time to create your lunch in the morning. The new regulations require schools to offer their students whole grains, fruits and vegetables and the calories from meals are limited to 850 calories, for ninth through twelfth grade. As well as your homemade lunch, keep the school lunch healthy including whole grains, protein, fruits, vegetables and dairy. Keep a menu on your refrigerator or in your locker, so you can plan ahead.
When you eat at home
Whether it's a weekend or a holiday, you'll want to continue making healthy lunch choices to help your weight loss. A healthy and easy homemade meal can include a toasted sandwich with turkey and tomato soup, fresh melon and a non-fat yogurt.Breakfast options are also a good choice for lunch, such as a bowl of whole grain cereal and skim milk, a banana and a boiled egg for some protein.