LA Weight Loss - Lean Cusine Diet?
04-09-2007, 12:37 AM
Just curious if there was such a thing as the 'Lean Cuisine Diet'? I just want a little boost to get going and I LOVE the meals so I was curious if anyone has ever dropped weight eating the stuff? Nice to meet you all! WE CAN DO IT!:carrot:
04-09-2007, 01:33 AM
Sure you can lose weight eating Lean Cuisine meals, it's all about portion control after all. To me it's comparative to the meals used by Jenny Craig or Nutrisystem, only you buy them on your own instead of through a center. (I've done both programs previously). I use LC meals when I'm in a rush or when I just don't feel like cooking. I always try to supplement the meals with a green salad or some serving or two of steamed veggies. Oh, and don't forget to drink lots of water...the meals, while pretty tasty are pretty high in sodium so if you rely on these solely as your main source of nutrition, drink lots of water.
04-09-2007, 01:54 AM
I can't attribute my weight loss so far to any one thing, since I've been doing portion control, exercising, drinking more water, etc. But I have been buying the lo-cal frozen dinners almost weekly, depending on what's been on sale, so I have been eating Lean Cuisine, Healthy Choice and Smart Ones, I would say an average of 5 times a week...and I only have them for dinner, I don't eat them three times a day. I think it's definitely played a role in my weight loss. I agree with meleka that it's basically about the portion control, and that it does help when you have this meal laid out for you and know how many cals it is.
You sound a little bit like what I decided to do when I decided this new year's to take this weight off. The lo-cal frozen dinners became my substitutes for some of what I was eating before and it worked well for me because I liked them and because I knew how much I was getting with them. I think you've got the right idea in that you're thinking about lower-calorie options you could be eating that you know you would still enjoy. Makes the journey a little easier when you actually like what you're doing and can adapt to the changes. :D
04-09-2007, 02:19 AM
Check calories on other frozen meals. Just because something is labeled Lean or Diet doesn't mean that it's actually all that low in calories, or that it's lower in calories (or sodium) than a similar item from another brand that's not labeled Diet/Lean.
04-09-2007, 02:22 AM
While I wouldn't say I am on the "Lean Cuisine diet", I eat them on a regular basis (at least twice a week); it's by far my favorite of the three major "light" brands (SmartOnes & HealthyChoice being the other two). While the sodium can be worrisome, it's fast, easy, tasty and the portions & calories are right (though sometimes, I need supplement with a salad or a steamed cup of veggies ~ or some fruit or yogurt afterwards to feel satisfied.)
Right now I'm really diggin their new SpaCuisines (two servings of veggies, butternut squash ravioli being my fave) as well as their panini & flatbread pizza lines.
But I agree with others, it's basically about watching your intake & controlling portions--you don't necessarily have to do that with LC meals ~ though that may help give you a good idea of what a serving is.
04-09-2007, 03:31 AM
Most of the Lean Cuisine meals I've seen are 300 calories or less, so I have no doubt that you could lose weight by swapping out a "normal" meal or two with an LC. But I wouldn't do it long-term or get carried away; if you're eating two LCs at 300 calories each & your breakfast is 400 or even 500 calories, that's a very, very low calorie count. I agree with the advice to add a salad or steamed veggies to them, that'll help both with calories & nutrition.
04-09-2007, 06:11 AM
I do the occasional frozen diet meal as well. In fact, when I started out, one of the first changes I made was swapping out a lean cuisine for a hungry man dinner that I used to have for lunch everyday at work (I've now graduated to living off turkey sammiches on Sara Lee Delightful bread now). I am certain this played a big part in my eariler success.
Look into the kashi line as well. I love their mango/black bean entree. It's a slightly higher calorie count, but full of good things and pretty darned satisfing as well. Their other offerings as good as well.
04-09-2007, 05:57 PM
I ate Lean Cuisine and Smart Ones almost exclusively while doing Weight Watchers the last time I did it because I didn't have time due to work and other activities to spend the time cooking. I had no problem at first losing the weight, HOWEVER, I did plateau quickly and I have no doubt that it's due to the sodium content. Especially if you eat mainly these pre-packaged meals. If you use them just make sure you're drinking LOTS of water to flush out the salt from your system and just monitor your progress. Some people have a really hard time with salt and sodium (like me) and others don't find it to be that hard on their metabolism.
04-09-2007, 06:39 PM
This way of eating has really worked wonders for me. I have eaten one for lunch and one for dinner (adding a side salad or green veggie and fruit for dessert) for several months and am down over 35 pounds.. I have to say it is a boring way to eat... but it is working for me and NOTHING else has..
they are high in sodium.. so I don't drink diet sodas with them, or tea, only water.. and MORE water in between..
I eat Lean Cuisine, Healthy Choice, the new Spa Cuisine and I LOVE Amy's organic frozen entrees also.. several are under 400 calories (my cut off for frozen meals).. sometimes my hubbie and I split three if they are under 250 each.. and have a fairly large dinner.. quite filling...
I compared the price (and many ingredient lists) for both these and Jenny Craig.. and was VERY suprised to find High Fructose Corn Syrup in several of the Jenny Craig entrees... the cost is less and MUCH less if you buy them in quantity, on sale..
04-09-2007, 07:03 PM
Anything where you restrict calories will work and that includes using lean cuisines and such.
04-09-2007, 09:11 PM
I like lean cuisine to help maintain.
04-09-2007, 10:42 PM
I have an average of 1 Lean Cuisine a day (at least during the week--i bring them to eat at work). Yes, it's high in sodium, but nothing else in my diet is as high in sodium, so it evens out for me. I've recently started only buying the spa line (the light blue ones) because they use only 100% whole grain pastas and rice as opposed to the stripped white rice and noodles in the other varieties, and they tend to have more veggies. For this reason, I also do not eat Healthy Choice or SmartOnes anymore--if I'm going to eat a prepackaged entree, I'm going to try to get the most nutritional bang for my buck.
04-09-2007, 10:53 PM
Slight tangent: It only took one Healthy Choice frozen dinner for me to swear off that brand forever. :tired: I really didn't know mashed potatoes could taste that bad.
04-09-2007, 11:03 PM
Yeah, I've found the Healthy Choice for the most part pretty bland. I basically like the Barbecue Chicken one the best. I find Smart Ones even less appealing and Lean Cuisine the most appealing of the three, so I am kinda glad when it's the LCs that are on sale. :p I also started eating Lean Pockets...never had them until the last couple of months. I like the Bacon, Egg and Cheese ones for breakfast. Two of them comes to 300 cals and hold me pretty well til lunch, and I eat lunch late, like 1:30-2:00. Sometimes I'll have a Lean Pocket pizza for lunch or dinner. I'm a "small meal but frequent" eater type.
04-10-2007, 01:26 AM
As noted before, LeanCuisine is my fave overall -- Healthy Choice is kind of a hit and miss for me, and I've never tasted a SmartOne I liked so I don't even go there.
And even though I'm not on SouthBeach, I do enjoy Kraft's SouthBeach line, which is pretty generous on portions and healthful--but it's relatively new and almost never on sale so I rarely buy them.
I also do LeanPockets too (the new Sub pockets are really good, even tho it's white bread & refined carbs up the wazoo), though generally I know I am getting less food for my calories with those and absolutely must supplement it with some veggies/fruit/yogurt/cottage cheese.
04-10-2007, 06:23 AM
For SmartOnes, the one meal I really do like is their Thai chicken with rice noodles--spicy and delicious! They could discontinue all the rest of them and leave just that one meal, and I'd be happy :p
I bought a few of the Healthy Choice bigger meals--the ones that come with a fruit dessert--and I was appalled at how few veggies they give you in those (and I don't even like veggies!).
I used to do the Lean Pockets, but I now feel there's basically nothing of nutritional substance in them (plus I think they have some icky ingredients in the crust, if I remember correctly--bad oils or HFCS or something). With the LCs, I can at least feel like I'm eating a bit healthier with the veggies, whole grains, and chicken, more like something I would make myself if I had the time (I only buy chicken ones--I don't like beef and don't trust frozen meal fish).
04-10-2007, 09:09 AM
getting in on this thread here...Do any of you eat these for breakfast? I'm gonna post a thread asking people what they DO eat for breakfast...but I need to change up. I love their paninis and i was thinking one of those for breakfast every day. (btw, i usually only drink water which does flush out the sodium)
Has anyone tried these for breakfast?
04-10-2007, 09:43 AM
(btw, i usually only drink water which does flush out the sodium)
If you're worried about sodium, I might consult a doctor--I would say enough water can help to flush out some excess sodium, but it doesn't magically make large quantities disappear. I was drinking a minimum of 4 liters (2 big soda bottles) of plain water each day when I was diagnosed with elevated blood pressure at age 22 as a result of too much sodium. Definitely something to keep an eye on.
04-10-2007, 09:46 AM
Oh, and before starting another thread asking what people eat for breakfast, you might want to check out this one:
04-10-2007, 08:29 PM
I think I'm lucky when it comes to sodium because I regularly have low blood pressure (I mean, I get down to like 85/55 and it's not as a result of being athletic or in shape). Salty things are my biggest cravings so I guess you could say it's kind of like being able to "have my 100-calorie cheese nips and eat them, too." :p Of course, there's the water retention factor but even that I'm glad for sometimes if I don't want to be making trips to the bathroom. :p
04-12-2007, 11:52 PM
I've never tried the Paninis but someone keeps bringing the different variety boxes to share as "food finds" at my WW meeting. Sounds interesting.
I usually do the same old Kashi cereal and soy milk for breakfast or maybe a toasted alternative bagel w/some lean cold cuts and sprouts.
Love the new spa line of LC's, esp. the butternut squash ravioli.
Others I always buy when they're on sale are the chicken cesar pasta bowls and deep dish pizzas. Yum!
04-13-2007, 07:26 AM
I normally don't eat Lean Cuisines or Smart Ones, etc. every day-but I use them on occasion when I have terrible cravings for something like pizza, and I want to satisfy that craving with built in calorie and portion control. :)
My favorite is the Lean Cuisine Egg Roll/Vegetable Rice one-I use it for my chinese buffet cravings. :lol: I also love the Lean Cuisine Roasted Vegetable Pizza. I have it with DH orders Papa Johns or something and I want to stay out of it. :lol:
As far as breakfast-just stay in about a 300 calorie range, and make sure that you are eating 1200 calories a day total at least. If you are eating LC's for lunch and dinner, then I would recommend having other things for breakfast:
-a banana with a tablespoon of peanut butter smeared on it with cup of nonfat yogurt on the side
-a slice of whole grain toast with a tablespoon of peanut butter, and a cup of berries or grapes
-a small portion of healthy cereal and skim milk, fruit on the side if you have the calories left for it (depends on calories in the particular cereal-I like bran flakes, Kashi, raisin bran, etc.)
Just a few ideas...
04-13-2007, 09:18 AM
I don't like the paninis--not because they aren't tasty, but to me, they aren't worth the calories for the amount of food you get. It's really only half a sandwich you get, not a whole one like they show on the box. I can make a much bigger sandwich myself for the same amount of calories.
I agree on the pizza, though--if I have a pizza craving, the frozen diet pizzas are just enough to feed the craving without going crazy (although some varieties have icky crusts, so I have my own personal preferences).
When I find them On Sale I get the LC meals for Lunch at work. Another Thing I like thats quick and easy Are Veggie burgers/Veggie Breakfast Sausage You probably need a salad with one to make a meal Breakfast for me is usually 3 slice of LF turkey on Thin WW Bread or in a tortilla or 2% Cottage cheese in the prepacked 4 oz cup and a string cheese