what about Lean Cuisine/Smart Meals?

  • cdnclub

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    Mar 13, 2008 2:10 PM GMT
    Hey guys, that’s for all the great info and advise I’ve got from you all since joining R.J.! I have another question.

    I quit smoking about 2 weeks before x-mass. Between x-mass and new years I gained lots of FAT and BLUBBER. As of New Years Day I got back into my regular eating of 6 meals a day, brown rice, chicken breast and veggies.

    I had to lose the fat I’d gained within 1.5 months because I was going on winter vacation and wanted to look good in my bathing suite. Mission accomplished, but I went from 165pds on Jan 1/08 to 152pds on Feb 15/08 and lost another 6 pds while on vacation.

    Now my body fat is the lowest it’s ever been and I want to keep it that way.

    So finally my question. Since I have been back from vacation I have discovered Lean Cuisine and Weight Watchers Smart Meals are delicious and cost about the same as the chicken and rice I make. I have been eating them exclusively for the past 3 weeks and maintained my weight and am eating about 4 a day plus 2 to 3 other meals. It seems too good to be true.

    Is there something unhealthy about these meals I don’t know about? Are they going to give me cancer, or are they full of fat when eaten to excess? I am hoping that they are a great alternative to spending tons of time cooking in the kitchen and eating the same blah meals 5 times a day.

    Once again, thanks for any info or help you can give.
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    Mar 13, 2008 6:19 PM GMT

    I like them and have them a few times a week for lunch, and sometimes for dinner in a pinch. But they're not my main source of nutrition. I would say you have to watch out for the sodium in those things. It can be quite high, especially if you're having several a day. The fat is usually low in them, but like most prepared meals the sodium can be quite high. Occasional use, or even just once a day, i don't think it's much of a problem.
  • irishboxers

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    Mar 13, 2008 6:38 PM GMT
    Congrats on the drop in bf. You look great!

    I agree with Medford. As a once-and-a-while meal, they're great -- convenient, tasty, and low-fuss -- but the sodium is a downside. Just don't live on them, which it seems like you don't.

    I just started to incorporate some of the South Beach Diet meals into my diet, primarily as something I can throw in the fridge at work and have instead of going out to lunch every day (prohibitive for both cost and dietary reasons). My schedule has gotten busier and I just don't have the time to make the meals I used to make at home as part of the Abs Diet. I'm still following Abs the rest of the day, but I'm using this as something to keep me in line during the day and also increase the convenience.
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    Mar 13, 2008 6:49 PM GMT
    Also...examine the ingredient list. I know its hard witht hose meals because they have so many and they squeeze them all together on the packaging. Look for things like high-fructose corn syrup or partially hydrogenated oil. If either those are present, choose a different one.

    Same as what others have said about the sodium content...but also look at the number of carbs (especially with Lean Cuisine). One serving of a particular meal might have more carbs (and possibly more sugar) than you really want.
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    Mar 13, 2008 6:51 PM GMT
    Yeah for you on the dropping the fat!! My fitness friends yell at me when I tell them I have lean cusine for lunch daily. They ripped my head off because of the sodium content. So I cook in the morning--6am for lunch and dinner. And it is more healthy than the boxed lunch. And I am seeing better results from it. Just learn how to cook better and you will be fine. And you are lookin good manicon_smile.gif!

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    Mar 13, 2008 6:55 PM GMT
    Congrats on quitting smoking and getting back into shape! Impressive accomplishment, especially in such a short period of time. icon_biggrin.gif

    I would mix it up a bit. If you don't like cooking there are healthy soups (I like Progresso) and other pre-packaged foods that are quick, low calorie and filling.
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    Mar 13, 2008 9:38 PM GMT
    i'm kind of in the same boat, except my schedule consists of not only work, but my other job, school, and being president of my fraternity.

    i normally start my day at 8am and usually end at 5pm on tuesdays, 8pm on mondays and wednesdays, 10pm on thursdays.

    given the fact that i have to do homework after school/work, it doesn't leave me much time for sleep much less anything else.

    it'd be great to find a cheap meal that i can just buy at the grocery store and have that every day. unless there is something QUICK and EASY i can make the night before, or something.
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    Mar 13, 2008 9:43 PM GMT
    CONGRATULATIONS on your accomplishment.

    Eating real food takes only seconds more and makes an enormous difference in more ways that just physique.

    As far as lean cuisine is concerned you are better off eating the cardboard box in which it comes. At least that is roughage and not tailwater from the sludge pits of Dow Chemical.

  • jumboon

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    Mar 13, 2008 9:53 PM GMT
    Hiye! I gave up smoking 1 month ago! But I did not gave up nicotyne, which is the one that interferes with methabolism! So go for patches!! I am using the 10mg in 16 hours here called nicorette! Go for patches untill you will get your sugar methab ok again.

    Good luck.
  • cdnclub

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    Mar 14, 2008 4:58 PM GMT
    Hey guys!

    Thanks for your input!...it's not really what I wanted to hear, but I do realize that I need to be a little less lazy when it comes to food preperation..I am going to ween myself off the frozen dinners and maybe have 2 a day.
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    Mar 14, 2008 10:10 PM GMT
    While frozen dinners made by lean cuisine and healthy choice will no doubt be higher on the nutrition scale than perhaps the hungry man and stouffer ones, all frozen dinners still contain huge amounts of artificial preservatives and enormous amounts of sodium to offset the loss of flavor from being frozen/reheated. I keep a few Kashi and healthy choice steam entrees in my freezer when I absolutely have no choice, but generally I would do what I can to avoid resorting to eating them. After countless experiments in the kitchen, I have gotten to the point where I can efficiently cook up a nice flavorful and healthy meal consisting of meats, whole grains, and vegetables in under 20 minutes total.