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Diet Lunch Tips

You've finally resolved to lose those extra pounds, and your weight loss efforts have been going okay - when you're at home. But what do you do when you forget to pack lunch or get stuck in a high-calorie catered meeting? It's harder to stay on track when you're at the mercy of other people's food!

How do you keep from falling off the wagon? Here are some guidelines from Weight Watchers to help you reach your goal:

Watch your portions. Healthful eating is largely about portion control. Have the chicken chow mein, but only eat 1 cup of the massive portion they give you. Fill out the rest of your plate with a side order of steamed veggies.

Look at preparation. In the lunch line, skip the pot roast or any other fried, greasy food that will make you feel weighed-down in the afternoon. Instead, head for grilled or steamed dishes. Choose lean sources of protein, such as chicken or fish. If breading or creamy sauces are unavoidable, then scrape them off and add lemon juice, salt and pepper. Alternatively, spice it up - many flavorful options such as mustard, soy sauce and vinegar are very healthy.

Go for lean. When it comes to sandwiches from the deli, again, stick with the leaner meats (chicken, turkey, even roast beef) and steer clear of high-fat mayo or dressings. Instead of Thousand Island dressing on your pastrami sandwich, use mustard. Choose flavorful, high-fiber bread over white.

Soup it up. In general, soup provides some good choices. It's warming and filling, perfect for cold weather or overly air-conditioned offices. Minestrone, lentil, tomato and other vegetable soups are good choices, and cream of anything doesn't have to be off-limits - just reduce your portion size and team it up with a fresh salad.
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