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4 Things a Fitness Trainer Would Never Eat for Lunch

Bread

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"My typical lunch is a salad with dark greens (spinach, arugula or kale) and two or three hard-boiled eggs (with the yolks!). Overall, including a combination of protein and healthy fats and eliminating processed carbs at lunch is a must to keep you powered for the afternoon."

Laura Siegle, Coach at Crossfit Outbreak

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Red Meat

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"I try to avoid any kind of heavier red meat for lunch, like steak or roast beef. I often feel sluggish after eating those. I save the steaks for dinner when I can sleep after! I try to stick to lighter meats, like fish or chicken, often in a salad or with cooked vegetables of some sort. And since I keep it pretty small for lunch, I always have a snack on me to eat [in the afternoon]. What I'm liking right now is about 15 to 20 macadamia nuts and a handful of raisins."

Brian Gallagher, Founder of Throwback Fitness

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Packaged Bars

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"I always avoid reaching for processed, packaged foods such as energy or protein bars. These bars are usually packed with a high amount of sugar and a long list of unfamiliar ingredients. I've made the mistake of reaching for these in the past and always found that these bars left me feeling unsatisfied and craving more. My go-to lunch is a nutrient-dense salad with leafy greens, veggies, a lean protein (grilled chicken, salmon or a hard-boiled egg), quinoa, raw nuts and avocado tossed in lemon juice, light olive oil and balsamic vinegar."

Tracy Carlinksy, Founder of Brooklyn Bodyburn

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A Burger

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"I would never eat a fast-food burger for lunch. I love a great burger, but the quality of meat at most fast-food restaurants is horrifically poor. If I need a quick protein boost at lunch, I'll grab a half of rotisserie chicken. I just make sure to take the skin off and add a sweet potato. It makes for a nutritious and filling meal."

Simon Lawson, Instructor at The Fhitting Room

This article orginally appeared on PureWow.

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