Your Lunch Break Done Right

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Should you ditch the desk for lunch?

Is breaking bad? In a new German study, people who stepped away for an hour lunch with a pal did even worse on intellectual tests than those who ate a 20-minute meal alone at their desks, according to new German study.

The results don’t mean you need to be a long-term lunchtime loner, since office seclusion can seriously influence your health. (A 2012 research discovered people lacking buddies at work were 2.4 times more likely to die in the next 20 years than their more-social counterparts.) Researchers are not rather sure what accounted for the difference, however how long you eat (an hour vs. 20 minutes) could’ve a larger result on a postlunch brain slump than who you consume with.

So what is the ideal lunch break? Follow these three steps for a lunch that’ll fill you up, keep you alert, and get you with to dinner.

  • Take it before 3 p.m. Late lunches can stymie weight loss, finds recent Spanish research.
  • Get outside. Eating al fresco can prep you for difficult jobs much better than remaining holed up in the office, according to a study at the College of Sussex. Plus, sunshine boosts awareness.
  • Cut down on carbs and stay clear of square meals. Both make you tired, suggests research in Clinics in Sports Medicine.