Dieting during the cold winter months seems like a cruel punishment. When the wind is howling and the sun seems like a distant memory it can be hard to reach for a salad when dishes like mac and cheese or lasagna are screaming your name.
Fortunately it is possible to have an enjoyable lunch and still lose weight. In the video above by Prevention, we learn three simple lunch hacks that can help you slim down.
And the best part is, the experts at Prevention actually want you to eat more. Instead of noshing on a noodle bowl at noon and starving yourself until dinnertime, try keeping a stash of healthy snacks at your desk.
"When done right, (snacking) keeps your energy levels up and gives you more opportunities to get in all your nutritional needs," Susan Bowerman, assistant director of the UCLA Center for Human Nutrition, tells Health.com.
In the slideshow below, we look at 12 food combinations that can help you lose weight — keep these foods on hand for when sweet and salty cravings kick in.