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Misa66
02-17-2012, 06:39 AM
I've tried a few of them in the past year but not because I wanted to lose weight, just the food seemed good. And actually yeah it's pretty decent and it has no preservatives.

I was thinking about getting on NutriSystem but from what I've read people say it's almost the same, at my local target I can get LC for $1.50 when they're in sale so it seems like it will be cheaper.

Any ladies out there that have used LC as their main food source when trying to lose weight? Of course I do not intend on ONLY eating LC for weeks/months but I'd rather eat that than run out to buy some fast food when I'm in a hurry


mammasita
02-17-2012, 06:43 AM
I love lean cuisines. I don't see a problem with their occasional use. I personally have a stash I go to when I don't feel like cooking. be weary of the sodium content. They are fine as an occasional substitute, but try to veer away from using them every day.

essbee
02-17-2012, 07:16 AM
Lean Cuisine has to be the best tasting frozen meals I've found. I've been doing the Simple Diet by Dr. Anderson (there's a forum on it over in the General Diet Plans and Questions section of the board) which is similar to the NutriSystem diet I think. It's basically a meal replacement plan that uses shakes and frozen entrées. It's also not expensive at all. I think I spent $58 at Walmart for about a five day supply.

As mentioned above, a lot of people are concerned about the sodium content. I'm not entirely sure how much sodium you're supposed to have, but according to the one day that I logged everything on the My Fitness Pal app, it says I had less than 2000 and that the daily recommended was 2500. So yes, it might be greater than it could be, but the diet itself helps with portion control as well as convenience if you're on the go and/or don't have time to cook.

I will warn that on the Lean Cuisine front, you can't use all of the meals on this diet as they have to have less than 300 calories 9g of fat and several of the meals are over 300 calories (though not by much).


Terra1984
07-24-2013, 04:28 PM
My favorite LC meal is the BBQ Pizza, It was sooo yummy for being diet food, Im gonna buy more then one of the BBQ Pizza on Sunday when I go shopping again

Mozzy
07-24-2013, 04:41 PM
I ate lean cuisine everyday for a couple of months while losing weight. It helps with portion control and it's definitely convenient

Harriette
07-24-2013, 04:57 PM
I normally eat the Smart ones but eat some of the LC items too. I pretty must eat 6 dinners a week from Smart ones or LC. I stay within my recommended Sodium. I find they help me with portions and are yummy! My hubby will go get himself Pizza and I will pop a LC pizza in the microwave and also have pizza but with no guilt!

People say you should not eat them all the time, blah blah but really it comes down to what works for you. I lost 60 lbs 2 years ago eating them everyday. It was not because I stopped eating them that I gained the weight but rather I temporarily gave in to the temptations of my hubby's food :o temporarily, as in 8 months to a year of his food and here I am battling it again.

I would have NO chance of losing weight if I did not eat these meals. They are easy and fast and I do not have to plan, I just pop them in when I get home and in 5 minutes am eating.

kaplods
07-24-2013, 06:18 PM
I'm also using the Simple Diet like essbee. I will ocassionally eat a dinner that exceeds the 300 calorie limit, but when I do, I make sure that my two entrees do not exceed 600 calories. So if I have a 200 calorie lunch entree, my dinner entree could (in theory) have up to 400 calories.

In practice, my entrees have been averaging about 250 calories each. My highest calorie dinner entree contained 350 calories, but my lunch entree that day had only 190 calories.

I've been on nutrisystem several times, and I can vouch for the Simple Diet being quite similar (except the food is much better tasting, much cheaper, and you have tons more choices).

If budget is an issue (and even if it's not), it pays to check out several stores frozen dinner prices and selections. So far, in my area, Walmart carries the most variety and the best price average, but many stores have better sales (Walmart will price match if you take in the sales flyer), and every store carries a different selection.

I have a wheat sensitivity (I can tolerate traces of wheat, such as in soy sauce, but pasta or bread will trigger an itchy breakout), and finding no- or low wheat dinners can be a bit tricky, but it's getting easier and easier.

One of my favorite meals is LC ranchero beef, poured over a small sweet potato. On the Simple Diet black beans, potato and sweet potato do count as veggies, but you're told to be very careful with the high cal fruits and veggies and to stick to the lower cal choices most often, so I consider it a bit of a splurge.

Underwater
07-24-2013, 07:01 PM
I like the LC french bread pizza.
I also like the WW mini pizzas.
The WW cheeseburger sliders and mini chicken sandwiches are tasty, but small. When I make those, I have to grill a bunch of veggies with it.
Trader Joe's has the best mac & cheese (I get the "reduced guilt" one)

ChocolateLover85
07-25-2013, 10:41 PM
I just joined "I Love This Diet" which uses Lean Cuisine, Healthy Choice, and Smart Ones, along with other things. It's very easy to use and cheap but let's see what I say next month because I really need to lose weight and I'm a terrible dieter--already did WW and Nutrisystem and wasn't able to stick it out.

I do really like the Healthy Choice Asian-style stuff and a bunch of the Lean Cuisines. Also this diet has a lot of great snacks that are under 100 calories. That's really important to me because I'm one of those people who can't seem to stop stuffing her face!

If anyone else here is using I Love This Diet.com, please post here, hopefully with something encouraging like the special tricks that you found to lose 56 pounds in a week so that I can be suddenly skinny and go back to guzzling pizzas!

tthom07
08-02-2013, 07:19 PM
I saw your post about I love this Diet and I wanted to comment because I am on that plan.
I tried Weight Watchers and LA weight loss and most of those plans recommend using lean cuisines and smart ones, basiclly smart ones is a weight watchers product, and then you have to pay membership fees just for them to tell you what to buy. I came across I love this Diet about a year ago and it looked just like other plans I had used but way cheaper so I joined up and I have lost about 70 lbs give or take.
The meals are so great and with the way the plan works you can add vegetables to them and really do them up so its just a great satisfying meal. I was also concerned about sodium when I first started, my aunt said that's why she wouldn't do it with me, but after a few weeks I really learned how to work with the plan and sodium is not really a concern for me anymore. It's really easy to control for the daily amount by making a little better choices on breakfast and snack items.

I have recommended this plan to almost everyone I know, even my aunt took an interest after I had lost 50 lbs.

Hope this helps.

FattyFatFat
08-03-2013, 12:49 AM
I like lean cuisine myself, but I've always used it as an (i don't feel like cooking) substitute. The sodium intake on most pre-cooked meals are generally pretty high, but eating these on occassion shouldn't do any harm. ;-)

LuvMyMr
09-15-2013, 02:13 AM
I normally eat the Smart ones but eat some of the LC items too. I pretty must eat 6 dinners a week from Smart ones or LC. I stay within my recommended Sodium. I find they help me with portions and are yummy! My hubby will go get himself Pizza and I will pop a LC pizza in the microwave and also have pizza but with no guilt!

People say you should not eat them all the time, blah blah but really it comes down to what works for you. I lost 60 lbs 2 years ago eating them everyday. It was not because I stopped eating them that I gained the weight but rather I temporarily gave in to the temptations of my hubby's food :o temporarily, as in 8 months to a year of his food and here I am battling it again.

I would have NO chance of losing weight if I did not eat these meals. They are easy and fast and I do not have to plan, I just pop them in when I get home and in 5 minutes am eating.

FLIPPING THANK YOU!!!!! I have been using frozen meals for all of my meals. I am out of my 280s and am 5 pounds away from being in my 250s and it has been less than two months since I started. I am not a cook, not even a little. I realized the problems in the past came from me trying to cook up my own meals. Uhm, didn't work! I hate to think of all of the time and money I used up trying to be Miss Chef knowing my as* can't do it! I finally gave up after trying months and months of cooking and still being the same weight. I went to Walmart and got some frozen meals. I was there more than an hour picking out things that I liked and that I knew I would eat. Smart ones, Lean Cuisines and Healthy Choice. I added some fiber bars, Special K bars, plenty of water, steamable veggies and I was on my way. I sat down and formulated a plan on my calories, proteins and such. I didn't have to cook and it worked out well. I just pop my meals in the microwave and eat them. I wanted to be in my 250s so bad. I refer to my 250s as being in The Promised Land as I have not been in my 250s since my early 30s and I am almost 40. Just five more pounds and I am there, all thanks to my frozen meals. I used to try to cook, burn it, become upset and eat junk. Now I grab a meal and eat it. I already know what I feel like eating. Smart Ones have barbeque chicken breast that I can feast on when I am in the mood. I can also have steak and even meatloaf from all of them. I love it. I wish I had came to this realization sooner but better late than never! :)

kaplods
09-15-2013, 03:07 AM
The Simple Diet also uses frozen dinners (shakes, soups, and bars too - plus fruits and veggies too).

I like to cook, but the last several months have been rough (health issues, long story), and I just don't have the time I used to.

Frozen dinners used to be pretty bad in flavor, selection and nutrition - bland, despite tons of salt and almost no vegetables (except corn and potatoes).

You can't say that any more. The variety can be mind-boggling, especially in bigger stores. They're often still a bit skimpy on veggies, but that can be easily remedied with frozen veggie blends or salad in a bag.

The best part... no leftovers.

I'm a sucker for leftovers, especially of "healthy" dishes. Unless I divide a dish immediately into meal-portioned freezer containers, I end up picking at leftovers all evening.

LuvMyMr
09-22-2013, 03:14 PM
I have been eating lasagna and spaghetti lately. Love Smart Ones brand! Previously all of the lasagna eaten was very high calorie and fattening. I add my own additional vegetables and drink water and buy my own fruit. Loving it. :)

DRAFTROBIN
10-14-2013, 11:27 AM
I am on day 15 of my fake-nutrisystem diet. I eat yogurt for breakfast, carrots and catalina for snack, an heb prepackaged organic salad for lunch, yogurt and carrots for snack, and a lean cuisine steamer for dinner at 5, and if im still hungry, another salad. Some days I do the Lean Cuisine at lunch and a Lean Cuisine and salad at dinner. I ballooned up to past 360. I know this because my scale said ERR when I got on, and it goes to 360. Like I said, I am on day 15 and I am down to 341. I am using the link and balance method while on this plan. It is in the book The Insulin Resitance Diet. I am so full that some days I have to force myself to eat. Every week I buy my weekly allotment of food. So far, Its amazing. I hope to get to my goal weight, then slowly move back to eating with the family. I will probably stick with the yogurt and veggie snacks and salads, and just eat dinner with them.

pamela631
01-02-2014, 01:03 PM
Ok.. so I was just doing some research on whether or not to do Nutrisystems, it's just so expensive and I know it works, I did it once with my husband after we first got married.. but then.. three children and 1 grandchild later, I'm back up and ready again.. I did WW and lost 40 pounds.. but "eating what you want" doesn't really work so well during the holidays and I've probably gained 20 back.. I dont want to do points right now, I just want to have my meals ready for me.. so I found this thread and am interested in one of the two diets mentioned.. which one is better to invest in? I can get THe Simple Diet from Ebay fairly cheap... the other one is about $50.. I just can't decide? Anyone with some good advice?

OH and coffee, creamers, etc.. I LOVE my French vanilla creamer, either in Fat Free or Sugar Free, either one is good, can I have those on these diets?

mandydawn77
01-03-2014, 02:43 PM
I am going to experiment with this myself. I have lost most of my weight doing low carb over the past couple of years, but also lost quite a bit using WW's. The past two years I have stopped dieting during the holidays and last year I didn't start back on a diet until June 14th and I had gained back 25 pounds by then, this year I'm starting back today and I about cried when I stepped on the scale and seen how much I've gained in such a short amount of time. I have to change my ticker after I finish this post. Anyway, the number of nutrisystem commercials have skyrocketed and so I thought why not go cheaper and just do lean cuisines because I can get just about any of them under $2 at Wal-Mart (they recently dropped the regular price). I also like smart ones and other brands of frozen meals. I went shopping yesterday and got my fresh fruits and veggies, some hummus, unsweetened almond milk to have with my 1 cup of rice chex for breakfast. I know eating frozen meals is not the healthiest way to go but, just like someone else said on here, portion control is a big problem for me and if there are leftovers I can't seem to stop myself from getting more. The reason I liked extremely low carb was because I didn't have to measure anything as long as I stuck to just a few carbs a day it seemed I could eat a tremendous amount and still lose, but eventually my weight loss did stall and it may have been because I was overeating. I'm going to give this mostly lean cuisines meal plan a try and see how it works out. I will try to remember to come back and repost the results. I'm hoping the 10+ pounds I've gained recently will quickly come back off!!!

pamela631
01-03-2014, 06:00 PM
Hey MandyDawn!
I'm actually afraid to get on the scale.. I worked so hard on that 40 pounds to just put it back on makes me so mad.. as I just previous tossed a handful of nuts into my trap.. lol I just want to lose so badly, I'll try anything that is cheap enough, and this seems to fit the bill right now.. I'm going to get my food list, shop and plan for the first few days and then start on Monday.. Good luck to you and everyone else.. by the way.. I just bought some almond breeze, unsweetned original and about tossed my cookies after tasting it.. yuk, that stuff is nasty.. maybe the Vanilla one is better?

Pamela

mandydawn77
01-07-2014, 04:49 PM
Pamela - I don't drink the almond milk by itself, only on cereal, but I've never been a fan of milk anyway. I prefer the regular vanilla almond milk, but switched to the unsweetened because of the calorie difference. I think silk may taste a little better than the almond breeze and I buy it when I have a coupon - you can usually locate a $1 off coupon for it online.

I haven't been strictly eating lean cuisines so far, although I think I've had at least one a day since I started - I haven't had one yet today though. Anyway, I made a big pot of homemade chicken noodle soup this weekend and, as usual, I ate too much. Portion control is one reason why I like the lean cuisine idea. I had a 6-inch sub at subway today for lunch and have the other half left that I'll eat either for dinner or have for lunch tomorrow. I don't remember which day I posted last, but I didn't really get started on my "diet" until Sunday because Friday night I went to a dinner party with all my zumba buddies and had chips with salsa, queso and guacamole, along with a glass of wine and part of a grilled chicken sandwich and then Saturday I made that big pot of chicken noodle soup and ate too much of it. I've done better since Sunday, plus I worked my butt off in zumba classes Sunday and Monday. My scale at home showed 241 this morning, but I'm not going to officially change my weight until Friday's weigh in. I'm really hoping to be back in the 230's, but that might be asking too much :)

I bought a whole bunch of lean cuisines and I'm still planning to eat them daily and see how my weight loss goes. I really planned on replacing two meals with them, I even bought the breakfast sandwiches to try. I make the "healthy cookies" recipe from the skinnytaste website (it's under breakfast recipes). It's 3 ingredients and soooo super easy to make. I add 1/4 cup of semi-sweet chocolate chips and a dash of vanilla to mine, but I've input the recipe into my fitness pal and it's only like 45 calories each cookie and very filling.

Terra1984
02-16-2014, 03:16 PM
I have a new favorite L.C. which is Herb Roasted Chicken, It is a very good meal and out of everything thats included in the meal the chicken is my favorite.

Misa66
03-02-2014, 06:13 AM
I have a new favorite L.C. which is Herb Roasted Chicken, It is a very good meal and out of everything thats included in the meal the chicken is my favorite.

Ooo! that sounds tasty :) My new favorite LC meal has been the meatloaf w/mashed potatoes. Im becoming less of a picky eater and I have yet to try an LC meal I just couldnt eat so I'm excited to try new ones!

SallyLa
03-03-2014, 02:30 PM
I use frozen meals for my lunch or dinner a few times throughout the week. I'm actually eating one right now. I know the sodium level is high so it's one every other day or so. They are tasty and there are a lot of options especially if you don't want to cook.

For the other meals I have fruits/veggies/water and bran/oats and low cal almond milk (love it!).

So far I'm down 40 pounds in the last year just by switching to small portions and not eating ice cream everyday (but I will never cut it out completely...).

I tried a nutri-system 7 day starter pack from walmart once (it was $40 which is a bit to stiff for a college student...at least this one haha). I honestly felt super hungry on that diet and it made my sugar cravings terrible because of all the chocolate flavored things.

Overall I think these meal plans are a great supplement but I think it is too pricey and boring to just rely on it alone.

Good luck :)

-Sally

LuvMyMr
03-05-2014, 01:56 AM
Ooo! that sounds tasty :) My new favorite LC meal has been the meatloaf w/mashed potatoes. Im becoming less of a picky eater and I have yet to try an LC meal I just couldnt eat so I'm excited to try new ones!

Oh! I had been eyeing this meal and now I know it's good. I was missing meat loaf terribly! Thank you!! I am going out in the morning to buy some! :carrot:
BTW since I posted last, I am down to a size 12 from an 18. I eat frozen meals everyday. I am not a cook, never was and used to waste food by messing it up trying to cook. Smart ones are the ones I use most though Healthy choice has great ones too as do lean cuisines.

MissCandice
03-13-2014, 10:44 PM
LuvMyMr - I am so glad you posted not only the first post that you did but also this follow up post.

I'm not a big cook either. I've managed to be able to figure out how to cook chicken thighs in the oven using olive oil, salt, pepper, and a seasoning mix as well as steak on the stove top using butter, salt, and pepper. THATS IT. seriously. anything more complicated than that and I'm burning stuff or i mess up the spices or whatever. Plus I am a working professional and also go to school so I don't have time or desire to cook, to be honest!!

Your post really made me see the light. Seriously, thank you so much. I was really beating myself up because I kept thinking "I should only be eating whole natural foods" but honestly I ain't got time for that SH**!!!! I figure a lean cuisine and an apple or some berries in the summer has got to be better than JACK IN THE BOX!!! haha! :)

LuvMyMr
03-22-2014, 10:09 PM
LuvMyMr - I am so glad you posted not only the first post that you did but also this follow up post.

I'm not a big cook either. I've managed to be able to figure out how to cook chicken thighs in the oven using olive oil, salt, pepper, and a seasoning mix as well as steak on the stove top using butter, salt, and pepper. THATS IT. seriously. anything more complicated than that and I'm burning stuff or i mess up the spices or whatever. Plus I am a working professional and also go to school so I don't have time or desire to cook, to be honest!!

Your post really made me see the light. Seriously, thank you so much. I was really beating myself up because I kept thinking "I should only be eating whole natural foods" but honestly I ain't got time for that SH**!!!! I figure a lean cuisine and an apple or some berries in the summer has got to be better than JACK IN THE BOX!!! haha! :)

My goodness you sound like my long lost twin. I don't cook! I just never had it in me. My mom does and hubby does but I just never got it down. I have been doing the frozen food route because otherwise I just did not know what to eat. I have tried to do the chicken thighs too. I would be eating them literally every single night! I do Healthy choice but almost always the Smart Ones. From an 18 to a 12 eating frozen dinners. WOW!!! I was trying to get to only a 14, just to get out of a 16 which I had been for years. Just tonight, right now, I have a pile of 16 clothes I am throwing out. You are welcome. I just wanted people to know that you don't have to do Nutrisystem or other plans if they are out of your budget. There are specials all of the time on frozen dinners or go to Walmart and Target. I just add my own fruit and vegetables with it and drink water. Yes it beats the Big mac meal I was eating or the whopper and onion rings. I was in my size 20s dress size then. I am a large. I have not been that size since my very early 20s, 22 actually, and I am 40 next month. It feels incredible!!!!

PatLib
03-22-2014, 10:35 PM
I thought Nurisystem was mostly gross. The cereals were okay and the pastas were edible. But I found myself so unsatisfied by the taste that I would actually eat another meal after I ate it.

I like the Healthy Choice and Amy's frozen dinners, they seem to have a lower sodium content and at least 350 calories to keep you full until the next meal. The Amy's are expensive though. But I like to eat one of those once a week because they have pretty decent Indian food. Trader Joe's have excellent frozen food too!

My biggest issue with some of the Lean Cuisine is the sodium content and that sometime they are as low as 180 which is bad if you are doing any exercise.

LRH
04-08-2014, 09:51 PM
Like many here, I love LC's. I know exactly what I'm eating, calorie-wise, so it eliminates that stress. I don't have issues with sodium--blood pressure is good and I drink plenty of water. It's a great way to go to kick-start your weight loss as it offers some structure while giving you choices at the same time.

SugarRomeoTango4852
04-23-2014, 12:34 PM
I just found LC for my lunches. I am terrible when it comes to preparing lunch - if I am not careful I find myself heading towards Pizza so I have to say - these frozen meals are a great replacement. I can't say I would eat them for dinner but popping it in my microwave at lunch and not having to worry about food the next day at night is great.