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Packing my lunch has saved me money over time and it has giving me a chance to cut down my fat intake. You will make better choices when you have to pack your lunch daily. You won’t eat as much junk during the week and you won’t waste money on the vendor machine in the break room. Healthy choices are made when you take time to pack your lunch and add a workout routine to your daily habits. www.news.com.au

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1. YOU WILL SLASH YOUR CALORIE INTAKE

The average lunch of a salad, sandwich, wrap or stir-fry that we buy at the local food court of cafe will contain at least double the calories than the equivalent meal we would prepare for ourselves at home. There are a number of reasons for this — the portions tend to be much larger (think jumbo sized slices of bread or an entire avocado in a single serve), salad dressing tends to be poured in a heavy-handed way, and fattier cuts of meats than we would generally buy are used. This means that for an instant diet boost, you simply need to take your lunch from home.

5. YOU WILL SAVE A LOT OF CASH

If you are particularly savvy and plan ahead, your lunch can cost as little as $5 a day (think bread, crackers, tuna and frozen vegetables). When you consider that a single coffee and muffin can cost as much as $10 or a simple sandwich up to $12, it is easy to see how you can save a whole lot of cash by packing your lunch and snacks even a couple of times each week. And who doesn’t want that?

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