The Lunch Box Diet is a relatively new player on the diet scene, especially outside of the UK, where it was invented by England resident and fitness consultant Simon Levell.
The concept of the diet is simple enough. You fill a lunch box with healthy foods, which you then snack on whenever you’re hungry. By having these healthy snacks on hand, you won’t end up snacking on fatty and sugary foods. Levell claims that other diets put the body into “starvation mode” by limiting the amount of food that you can consume. When the body is denied food, it slows down your metabolism to conserve energy in fear that it won’t have enough to function. By eating the snacks in the lunch box, you’re giving your metabolism more than enough fuel, so it starts working faster and you watch the weight melt away. But this diet doesn’t only promise weight loss, it promises clearer skin, shinier hair, stronger and thicker nails, and all around better physical appearance. It also claims to shrink the stomach, and Levell claims that one of his personal training clients did not have to go through with a life threatening medical procedure due to his diet plan.
The primary focus of this diet is really the lunch box, itself. The box should contain a certain percentage of each food group, essentially, minus the unhealthy fats and sugars. The diet recommends roughly 60% of veggies, 30% of lean proteins, and 10% of low fat dressings, with a small amount of fruit added in to the mix. The Lunch Box Diet book gives you several examples of how to fill your lunch box, but generally leaves it up to you. There are “favorite foods” that the book strongly recommends such as:
- Sugar snap peas
- Chili peppers
- Grilled Chicken or Turkey
By “grazing” on the items in the box every hour or so, this diet says that your two other meals of the day (breakfast and dinner) can be what you generally would normally have eaten before the diet.
What to Get Excited Over
This diet is easy to maintain and restricts very few foods. By being allowed to eat all day, you feel like you’re hardly dieting, and there are no strict recipes to follow. The best part is that this diet is great if you are on the go all of the time. You just bring the lunch box with you to work or while running errands, so you have no excuse to stop for a burger or hit the vending machine.
Things to Consider
As balanced as this diet is, it ignores things such as whole grains in its regiment. By leaving out these foods, you’re not getting all of the nutrients your body needs to be truly healthy. Also this diet is vague when it comes to portion size and calorie intake. The book is also very expensive for what little information you get (about $25.75 USD).
This diet is good for anyone who hates strict diets, counting calories, and loves to snack. If you prefer a diet with more step-by-step guidelines, and specific calorie intake, you might want to look for another diet.