How to Be Slim When You Have to Eat School Dinners

Are you weary of the extra pounds that you've gained from all the the “tasty” crisps, pies and cakes the school cafeteria serves? Here's how to stay slim despite having to eat the fatty foods some cafeterias serve.

Steps

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    Choose smaller portions. If you are offered chips and burgers, ask if you can have half a burger and a small portion of chips. Smaller portions can help you drop weight quickly and easily, because you're simply eating less.
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    Instead of fizzy drinks/fruit juice, choose water or low-fat milk. These will give you whiter teeth and you will save on salt, calories and fat.
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    If possible, choose healthy foods. Such foods can be salad, broiled or roast chicken or turkey, boiled potatoes without extra butter, salt added, fresh fruits and vegetables, etc.
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    For dessert, choose fruit or just skip dessert entirely. Berries, grapes, apples and peaches are all good choices as they are sweet without being too sugary, and they taste lovely.
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    Ask if more healthy things can be added to the school's menu. Don't be deterred if you meet with resistance—just be courteous and insistent, and if possible enlist the help of sympathetic parents and teachers. If that fails, you can always bring your own lunch from home and have complete control over what you have—so long as your parent or guardian approves.
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    Eat a variety of foods. Try to eat a variety of vegetables every day—of all colors, so you'll get the full spectrum of health benefits they provide. No single food or nutrient can do everything for your health.

Tips

  • Continue your healthy eating habits at home. And always eat breakfast.

Warnings

  • Eat a full meal at lunch. People who eat healthful foods regularly often lose more weight (and keep it off) than people who starve themselves or play the binge-and-purge game.

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Categories: School Food | Youth Diets and Nutrition