Packing your lunch everyday not only saves you money, but it can also help with your weight loss efforts. Plus, bringing your lunch to work is a great way to ensure that you get lots of healthy nutrients from your meals and leave lunch hour feeling energized for the afternoon. In preparation for National Pack Your Lunch Day, here are 4 reasons to pack your lunch!
The biggest and possibly most important benefit to packing your own lunch is that it is a much healthier option. Did you know a Dave's Single® cheeseburger, large fry, and large Coca Cola at Wendy’s® tallies in at about 1,500 calories? That’s a giant chunk of a daily calorie intake and it’s only one meal. If you know how to pack smart, you are more likely to get all of the nutrients your body needs, while keeping controlled portion sizes. If you are buying your lunch, it can be harder to turn down junk food.
Cost savings is another great reason to pack your lunch. Have you ever considered how much you would save if you were to cut out eating out three times a week? People who dash out for lunch three or more times a week spend above the average on their lunches. Say you were to cut out eating out three times a week, you would save approximately $1,716 per year, which breaks down to $143 a month. Over time, that money really adds up and although you may need to increase your grocery shopping costs every week, stores always have sales of some kind.
Have you ever had a day when you just don’t have the time to stop and go grab something to eat? Or standing in line with the rest of your coworkers to purchase food just takes too darn long? When taking travel time into consideration, the time it takes to fight traffic and the lunch crowds, eating out can take an enormous amount of time. Packing your lunch gives you the opportunity to maximize your lunchtime. If you aren’t rushing to make it to a restaurant during your lunch hour, you’ll have more time to concentrate on more important things. Not to mention, packing your lunch is a great way to decrease the amount of waste at home by using up leftovers!
Many individuals rush through their lunchtime by scarfing down their lunches. Since it takes approximately 20 minutes for your stomach to tell your brain that it’s full, taking longer to eat your lunch can lead to more satisfaction overall. Plus you can pack the food you really like, rather than settling for whatever is available.
There are plenty of healthy and cost-saving benefits that can be packed into your lunchbox. Finding the mix of eating out and eating at work that works for you can all come with a little research and practice. Then sit back and enjoy your brown-bag lunch. After a few weeks, you'll see your savings go up and maybe even your weight go down.