General Diet Plans and Questions - anyone ever try frozen diet meals as a diet??




spryng
08-05-2010, 05:42 PM
I'm all about convenience foods since I work 12 hour days and I'm exausted when I'm off work and I don't care for cooking anyway so I've been thinking about trying frozen diet meals as a diet, has anyone ever tried that with success? I mean 3 x's a day that is.. kinda like a generic jenny craig or something, lol...if so can you share your experiance? I know frozen foods have more sodium etc but I'm not sensitive to that and I know some brands are lower than others and even use whole grains etc now. I would just like to get your thoughts on if you think it would work as a diet plan. I really need something that teaches me portion control without me measuring or weighing and I think meals like smart ones, leans cuisines, etc would be a perfect option..


cheerios
08-05-2010, 05:59 PM
i have frozen meals and i eat healthy choice and lean cuisines and their pretty good for a quick meal so when i have no food at home i turn to them for something quick..for me frozen meals work as a good diet plan cause their so convenient!

EagleRiverDee
08-05-2010, 06:08 PM
Well the plus would be that you know exactly how many calories you are getting. The negatives is that they just aren't healthy and they lack many nutrients. Perhaps you could give it some additional healthiness by adding some fresh vegetables, like a salad, to it? I tried this method but it didn't work for me because processed foods make my body gain weight. Instead, I now will roast a chicken and make a big pot of rice/amaranth/quinoa on Sundays and I use that as the basis for my breakfasts and lunches. I take the time to cook a healthy dinner from scratch. But if you aren't sensitive to all the additives then this plan may work for you.


applelady
08-05-2010, 06:09 PM
I use them pretty often in a rush or when the dinner I have made for my family is a no no for me. They work well, my only problem is that there are only a few that I like so I could never just live on them. There are also some Healthy Choice canned soups that are good. I'll have a lo cal turkey sandwich and light salad with it and get pretty full. Good Luck

ringmaster
08-05-2010, 06:43 PM
If you can, still count the calories to make sure you getting enough. Since frozen meals are about 200-300, 3x a day would only be 900-1000calories. Since there isn't much vegetables in them maybe you can add in some frozen vegetables (the steamfresh ones are very easy, just throw the whole bag in the microwave) and some pieces of fresh fruit. I think even with Jenny Craig you have to add in your own fresh fruit and veggies.

spryng
08-05-2010, 09:47 PM
thank you all for your input! yes the adding of a salad or frozen veggies etc would probably work really well too and yes keeping track of calories will be much easier this way and I will be careful not to go below 1000 cals for sure...thanks everyone! I'm super excited now, going shopping saturday :)

lmickley
08-09-2010, 04:33 PM
Hi, I have just started the same plan. It is sort of a like a DYI Jenny or Nutisystem. I am doing a frozen meal (lean cuisine, healthy choice, et.) for lunch and dinner and also adding veg to each meal. I am having snacks like almonds, string cheese, fruit cups (pinapple in juice, etc.) or fresh fruit. For breakfast I am either doing a healthy cereal or egg on whole wheat flatbread. It just seem so much easier to keep up with cals. I am only worried about the sodium, but I think it is manageable.

motivated chickie
08-09-2010, 04:41 PM
I used frozen meals for dinner for a while and they worked pretty well. I like Kashi brand the best. My major complaint is that they are expensive. And all that plastic packaging seems wasteful.

spryng
08-09-2010, 07:21 PM
Well today is day two of my fake jenny, lol.. and it's going great! I'm using fresh fruit for snacks and yesterday I was a little hungry but today it's much easier, I can't wait to see if this plan works! :) If anyone else is doing this and would like a buddy please pm me! I would love some support to give and get :)

Cotinga
08-09-2010, 10:06 PM
I lost all of my weight doing basically what you're talking about. I usually ate Fiber One cereal for breakfast, and then for lunch and supper I had a Lean Cuisine or maybe a can of beans of some variety. (La Preferida fat-free refried beans are pretty darn good, btw, and about 300 calories per can. There's also a canned red beans and rice that I like a lot, but I can't remember the brand.) The sodium is sky high in these processed foods, but my blood pressure and serum sodium levels were always great while I was losing, so I didn't worry about it. I'm fairly certain that I wouldn't have done as well w/out Lean Cuisines. The convenience, easy calorie-counting and built-in portion control made things pretty easy -- as easy as a diet can be, anyway. It was particularly helpful in keeping me on track at work. I'd bring in a bunch of LCs and stock up the office freezer every week or two. Having food already there at the office kept me away from the fast food joints, which was a habit I desperately needed to break. I'm slowly learning to cook, and I eat Lean Cuisines much less frequently now that I'm maintaining, but I always have a few in freezer for the times that I don't want to think about what I'm going to eat.

spryng
08-10-2010, 09:00 PM
yeah I'm really loving it so far, I'm already down 1.2 lbs and the diet couldn't be easier and I love all the food I picked.. don't know why I didn't think of this before, lol..

surfnmom
12-29-2010, 06:24 PM
Resurrecting this thread because basically is what I'm doing. Hate measuring. Plus there is a lot of verity out there, and on sale. Thinking about getting some lunchables to add to the frozen dinners. Thought it was a good idea to add a salad or extra low cal veggies.

Now with the new year coming a lot of stores will be putting there stuff on sale.

Soup and yogurt would also be good to go along with this. 1 can of the cheap chicken noodle has 150 calories per can. add a few crackers for a 200 calorie mini meal. My start calories is 1500 and will a just if need to.

not worried about salt, as I am in great health other then the added weight.

just got done reading the twinkie diet on another thread

he did this this year, so yea I'm not really concerned about the crap in food.
will post the thread for that when i get 25 posts in.

Like the reference fake jenny program, Yep basically the same but with out the high dollar and yukky meals I know I wont eat lol

Now to plan my shopping trip and get the stuff I need. Until then counting calories and using whats on hand

Bellissa
12-29-2010, 07:28 PM
I'm currently on Phase 1 again of the South Beach Diet. I love it! However, I have wondered about an all frozen diet, if there is one... in particular, Lean Cuisine. I love the variety they offer and haven't come across something they make that I don't enjoy. I love this brand because it is balanced, fills me up and a lot don't have preservatives in them.

LandonsBaby
01-01-2011, 03:17 PM
he did this this year, so yea I'm not really concerned about the crap in food.
will post the thread for that when i get 25 posts in.


This comment surprised me. I sometimes eat junk and I know it's a bad bad bad idea. Of course, I do it anyway. You aren't concerned about putting junk into your body?

Catcuffling
01-09-2011, 07:37 PM
i might have to try this. i'm forever trying to guess calories, haing it there on the packet would be awesome.

astrophe
01-09-2011, 07:42 PM
http://www.amyskitchen.com/special_diets/diet_plan.php

Amy's Kitchen even offers a rotation plan.

A.

abetterme
01-09-2011, 08:05 PM
I used to eat smart ones meals all the time while I worked full time. I liked the lasagna florentine. For awhile I did that but it starting getting kinda boring. It worked though, until i stopped. Lol

Jesse Taylor
01-10-2011, 11:57 AM
Well the plus would be that you know exactly how many calories you are getting.

Unfortunately that's not true. This article in the NY Times (http://www.nytimes.com/2010/01/12/health/12calo.html?_r=1) points out what I've seen a lot, that the calories listed are often wrong and most always are higher than listed.

I do agree with the rest of your statement though. The nutritional value is questionable for the most part.

I know you say you don't like cooking but could you make your own frozen meals? If I had my own kitchen and a decent budget, I'd definitely make my own frozen meals. I would also probably keep all the containers from the frozen meals and freeze them in those. That's just me though.

IMO and this is just my opinion, there are definitely healthier ways to go about losing and convenience. I worry about the sodium in packaged foods. If all you ate were prepacked frozen meals, you'd go over your daily sodium intake nearly every day.

pradaboy
01-10-2011, 04:18 PM
I love love LOVE the new Healthy Choice Steamed Entrees! (not the Cafe Steamer ones...bleh!) They seem to be pretty nutritionally legit and a few of the meals have 50% of your daily vegetables.

They are the best frozen meals I have ever had, atleast of the "diet" variety.

I ate one almost every day for lunch, sometimes dinner. I have really upped my veggie intake this year as it was my resolution. I'm still trying to work fruit in, but it seems so time involved. I should just buy some yogurt and frozen fruit to put with it.

Hope my info helped best wishes! :)

darway
01-10-2011, 06:15 PM
Unfortunately that's not true. This article in the NY Times (http://www.nytimes.com/2010/01/12/health/12calo.html?_r=1) points out that the calories listed are often wrong and most always are higher than listed.


As Popeye would say: "Oh, my garshk!!!" I bet a lot of people who studiously count calories, have no idea the labels can be off by 20% :book2:

Just more rationale to avoid processed food ... if we didn't have enough already ... :soap:

perclady
01-12-2011, 12:04 AM
I keep a couple in the freezer at work for when I forget to make lunch. It would be so easy, cheaper and better for you to make your own though. You'd also get more food for your calories. Eg. 1/2 cup brown rice, 3 oz grilled chicken, 1 cup assorted veggies, 2 TBS teriyaki sauce = less than 350 cals. and you wouldn't have to add anything.

Personally I'd get bored, but this is a far healthier option that pre-packaged food.

BlueEyes83
01-13-2011, 12:59 PM
I use to eat atleast1 everyday for lunch just because it was easier. I try not to each them as much anymore because of the salt they are also very pricey.
The more sodium you eat the more it retains you're fluid (well that's what my doctor said) and it could slow down you're weight loss. I make sandwiches now for lunch with the bagel thins, soooo good!

choices
03-06-2011, 05:42 PM
http://www.amyskitchen.com/special_diets/diet_plan.php

Amy's Kitchen even offers a rotation plan.

A.

Thanks for suggesting the Amy's website. This week I'm planing on using these and other frozen meals for my dinner along w/a salad/veg. and see if it is workable (liveable)..wish she would send out coupons once in awhile tho.;)

Diane28
03-06-2011, 05:47 PM
I eat Lean Gourmet- they have the fat content - calories and trans fat on the cover- most the meals are under 400 calories and they are only a dollar

Squeeker
03-07-2011, 12:42 PM
Portion control is one of my weaknesses, so I'm trying to "train" myself by using a lot of the packaged foods. I'll have an oatmeal packet with a piece of fruit for breakfast, a Lean Cuisine for lunch, a light yogurt for a snack, and for dinner I'll try to make something like a chef salad or a sandwich with some frozen veggies. I track my food on Livestrong, and for the first week I've been struggling to get enough calories--I could actually add one more Lean Cuisine meal to my current plan and still be good with calories, so I'm playing around with different fruits and veggies because I'm not sure I want to add more sodium.

Although I love the Lean Cuisines, I'm hoping to eventually stop depending on them....but for now, they seem to work.

choices
03-07-2011, 02:01 PM
Well,here we begin again today..I have two lean cuisines in the freezer,and I'm going to pick up a couple of Amy's frozen veg.meals as well. I know they cost abit more but it might off set the salt issue w/the LC meals. I do need a breakfast tho,since I'm not a breakfast person,I do eat something,because I know it's the best thing to do. I do yogurt,fruit smoothies alot,and cottage cheese w/anything I have on hand. I do have dinner left overs for breakfast too,but since I'm going to be having frozen meals this wk. there won't be any left overs. I've already informed DH there will be no cooking dinner for a wk. since I'm trying this to see if it will help me,and I need to focus on me..(I will not feel guilty about this,I'm praying) If I'm going to 'change up' my usual spin on dieting,I need to do something different otherwise it'll be the same o,same o..so I'll see how this works. Plus I'm back at the gym 3xwk. plus walking. keep in touch you all..this may be a more afordable way to learn portion control,and keep us out of the kitchen..which is where I always seem to cook up these yummy goodies that work against my goals.:dizzy:

choices
03-11-2011, 02:54 PM
Well,here we begin again today..I have two lean cuisines in the freezer,and I'm going to pick up a couple of Amy's frozen veg.meals as well. I know they cost abit more but it might off set the salt issue w/the LC meals. I do need a breakfast tho,since I'm not a breakfast person,I do eat something,because I know it's the best thing to do. I do yogurt,fruit smoothies alot,and cottage cheese w/anything I have on hand. I do have dinner left overs for breakfast too,but since I'm going to be having frozen meals this wk. there won't be any left overs. I've already informed DH there will be no cooking dinner for a wk. since I'm trying this to see if it will help me,and I need to focus on me..(I will not feel guilty about this,I'm praying) If I'm going to 'change up' my usual spin on dieting,I need to do something different otherwise it'll be the same o,same o..so I'll see how this works. Plus I'm back at the gym 3xwk. plus walking. keep in touch you all..this may be a more afordable way to learn portion control,and keep us out of the kitchen..which is where I always seem to cook up these yummy goodies that work against my goals.:dizzy:

Day 5,and I've lost 1.5lbs,which is more than I lost on ww in a wk. so I'm thrilled.
I used 'amy's mostly,didn't have ANY beef,only chicken a few times,and NO DRIVE THROUGH'S,stayed out of the kitchen other than to make salads,ate more veggies than usual,did the gym,and/or walked 3xwk.. Luckily DH went along w/this and did his own thing. He's a meat potatoes,and gravy kind of guy which I like too,but it's made me fat. So my initial idea was to not be in the kitchen so much,and eat like I use to when I was single. I'm going for a second wk.;)and see how I do.~choices

33flowers
03-14-2011, 11:41 PM
This is a great idea! My youngest wants to lose a few pounds with me. Going to take her to the grocery store with me and let her pick out the ones she wants. Big help for me. I am so tired after work that I don't have the energy to cook.