Millions of people from around the globe carry a lunch with them to work or school. It’s something that most of us have done at least once. Whether we’re carrying a cool cartoon-theme lunch pale, a brown paper bag, or even a new high-tech cooler-slash-lunch bag with a wide assortment of items, bringing your own lunch to the workplace or school allows you to save a lot of money eating out, control your nutrition, and also to eat when you’re hungry instead of having to wait around in a line somewhere.
This same concept—well, sorta—was used by Simon Lovell in 2008 when he created the now widely popular Lunch Box Diet.
Simon Lovell is a world famous personal trainer whose talents have helped to shape the bodies of some of the biggest players in Tinsel Town. Unlike a lot of other diet plans out there, however, Simon’s diet regimen wasn’t rushed through a publisher’s office and onto book shelves to profit. A lot of people feel Lovell’s Lunch Box Diet is more credible simply because he didn’t go the usual “buy me now” route that so many other diet authors do.
Lovell’s diet was featured in 2008 in an edition of Elle Magazine and has subsequently become a book you can purchase if you wish (eBook format being the most popular). But it wasn’t a plan that started out with the intention of being a “craze” or “fad” diet. It has now, obviously, due to its popularity. But no one can control that on the creative end.
How the Lunch Box Diet Works
The Lunch Box Diet is one of the oddest plans in terms of traditional diets out there. Basically, Simon suggests that people go out and get themselves a nice-sized lunch box. What for? Well, you’re going to fill it up with your “food for the day,” so to speak, and eat out of the lunch box instead of cooking meals or ordering in or driving through those fast-food fat factories.
There is a method to the madness, however. If there wasn’t, well, you could imagine just what types of food people would throw into their lunch boxes. If the only “rule” was to fill ‘er up and snack away, an overweight person’s box would be overflowing with sticky, sugary treats and hardly anything healthy.
Simon knew this and created a formula. The focus with the Lunch Box Diet is simple – fill your box up with a combination of roughly 60% fruits and veggies, 30% lean protein, and 10% condiments, salad dressing, add-ons, etc.
Lovell’s diet also encourages dieters to limit their carbohydrate intake unless they live a very active lifestyle. If you do sedentary work or do not have a grueling workout regimen you adhere to, then Lovell suggests you stick to foods like broccoli, spinach, peas, zucchini, and other low-GI foods. Overall, the book provides a rather large list of foods you should eat and foods you should avoid putting into the lunch box.
Another key principle of the Lunch Box Diet is to only eat until you are satisfied. According to Lovell, you want to avoid any “full” feeling. Eat only until you’re no longer hungry. Breakfast and dinner will be traditional, but your lunch and your snacks throughout the day should be kept in a lunch box (on your person or in the fridge) which you eat out of in moderation at regular intervals.
Pros and Cons of the Lunch Box Diet
- The diet is great for people who don’t enjoy meticulously counting calories or monitoring what types of foods they eat and when they eat them
- Snackers will really appreciate the Lunch Box Diet
- Overall, the plan is very flexible and the sky’s virtually the limit when it comes to what you can eat
- The focus is on low-GI foods, so the diet is like a hybrid of a low-carb and a 3-hour plan
- If you buy the entire web program which has been created instead of following the original article, the diet can be rather expensive
- There is no guidance to assist in portion control, so the diet can easily go awry
- Calorie intake isn’t monitored and therefore dieters can easily consume too many
The Lunch Box Diet is one of those plans that require a lot of will power and effort on your part to achieve. It’s up to you and only you to make sure you’re filling the box with the right types of foods for your overall health and weight-loss efforts. If you can do that, however, Simon Lovell’s plan is a working method that will help you to lose weight and keep it off.
Read also the others in our Top 7 Most Popular Weight-Loss Program series:
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