Weight Loss Support - Will Lean Cusine's slow down weightloss?




Nevaeh
10-19-2005, 12:46 PM
I just noticed that I have been eating a lot of Lean Cusine's the past week for lunch. Basically just out of convenience because I've been pretty busy. I know they are not the best nutritionally wise and the sodium intake can be high, however do you think they will actually slow down the weight loss progress? I don't plan on eating Lean Cusine's ALL the time however I do have them about 2-3 times a week on occasion when I am super busy.


FL_Chickie
10-19-2005, 12:55 PM
I don't think they'll slow down weight loss just by eating Lean Cuisine -- however, my experience with frozen lunches in general is that they're not very sustaining. I can eat a LC and be hungry an hour later. If that's the case, what you do at that point (i.e. get really hungry and end up eating more than you would have with something more sustaining) could slow down your loss. It really depends on what you're eating throughout the day.

deleted
10-19-2005, 01:02 PM
Goodness, no! I lost 45 lbs. last year eating a diet that included lots of Lean Cuisines. The bottom line is calories in, calories out, whether it's from Lean Cuisine or your own cooking. Consumer Reports did a study showing that the sodium level was not bad at all for the frozen diet entrees anymore ....

Fl Chickie, I think you always need to supplement Lean Cuisine meals with other things ... fruit, a glass of milk, a piece of cheese, etc. Most of them are not enough calories or contain enough protein to satisfy me for a "major meal." I love the variety, and eat them a lot with a salad added, i.e. Also, if you're doing a six-meal (mini) daily diet, they work well for that type of program.

Bon Appetit, ladies!


chick_in_the_hat
10-19-2005, 01:57 PM
I eat frozen meal almost every weekday for lunch - but I also bring a piece of fruit and a salad.
I had a friend (he's around 400 lbs) here at work whose comment about frozen meals still cracks me up to this day...he said "ya know - about 5-6 of those make a great snack"
I try not to evangelize healthy lifestyle to him....I figure he'll get it when he's ready. Leading by example?

andreaphilip3
10-19-2005, 02:07 PM
i say it could hinder bc those frozen foods jam pack salt and sugar in there

funniegrrl
10-19-2005, 02:30 PM
Lean Cuisines and the like do NOT "jam pack salt and sugar." True, they are a LITTLE higher in sodium than what I would make for myself, but compared to a other processed foods it's really reasonable. And the only time I've noticed any sugar content to speak of is in dishes that are supposed to be sweeter -- sweet'n'sours, barbeque, etc.

If you find you're not losing weight when eating them, make sure you understand the calorie content and how they fit into the rest of your day. One of those meals (LC, Healthy Choice, Smart Ones) can be anywhere from 180 calories to 350. They vary quite a bit in nutrient balance, too, so you may need to add or delete food in the rest of your day to achieve the protein/carbohydrate/fat balance.

If packaged foods made weight loss difficult, would I have lost over 170 pounds on Jenny Craig? :D

chick_in_the_hat
10-19-2005, 02:56 PM
I do put a 300 calorie limit on what I buy...except the occasional pizza which are like 325...

lucky
10-19-2005, 02:58 PM
I agree that eating Lean Cuisines (or similar entrees), even on a regular basis, is not going to have a negative impact on your weight loss. I don't eat them often anymore but I did at the beginning of my program and I was very pleased with my results. They provided me with the structure that I needed to get started. I'm in the swing of things now and prepare my own meals more often than not. However, I still stock up when they are on sale because every now and then I enjoy having something quick and convenient around.

Like others have said, it is a good idea to add fruits, vegetables, salad, etc. to round out the meal.

KTna
10-19-2005, 04:35 PM
I have lost over 80 lbs (in almost 3 years) and the entire time I have had frozen diet meals about 5 days a week. I find that I just can't beat the convenience, and I really like them, they taste good. I stock up when they are on sale, and I never have to worry about my lunch. I do not supplement them with anything, and usually they keep me satisfied. I am pretty hungry when dinner time rolls around, but it is not a big deal.

As for the sodium, I have found that if my intake is higher my weight loss stalls. I think that this is very personal though, because every body will react to this differently. For me the diet meals are part of my routine and have been for years, so it doesn't really have an effect on me because it hasn't changed - but I have noticed I will stall if I consume too much diet soda.

deleted
10-19-2005, 04:54 PM
If you get a lot of excess sodium in any fashion, you will hold more water longer, and the number on the scale will not drop as quickly. But that's just water weight showing on your scale. You can still be losing fat, depending on your calorie intake, even if that scale hasn't dropped yet. That's why we all need to not be so attached to that number on the scale!!! :-(

TamLynne
10-20-2005, 12:46 PM
I have LC meals maybe 3-4 times a week for lunch and in the past 2 weeks I have lost 5 lbs so no I do not believe they will hinder weightloss at all. I always have a small salad with them though.. just to fill me up and on occasion I even reward myself with a little snackwell :)

jillybean720
10-20-2005, 02:18 PM
but I have noticed I will stall if I consume too much diet soda.
I have heard others say this, too, but I don't understand why :?: Caffeine is though to increase your metabolism (maybe not by much and it has yet to be studied extensively, but one can hope, right?), and diet soda doesn't contain much sodium...normally between 25-40 mg per serving, which isn't much when you can have up to 2000 mg a day, and a single LC can contain anywhere from 340-900 mg of sodium. Besides caffeine and sodium (since I'm pretty certain they are not the culprits), does anyone know why diet soda throws so many of us off track?

boiaby
10-20-2005, 02:33 PM
I have heard others say this, too, but I don't understand why :?: Caffeine is though to increase your metabolism (maybe not by much and it has yet to be studied extensively, but one can hope, right?), and diet soda doesn't contain much sodium...normally between 25-40 mg per serving, which isn't much when you can have up to 2000 mg a day, and a single LC can contain anywhere from 340-900 mg of sodium. Besides caffeine and sodium (since I'm pretty certain they are not the culprits), does anyone know why diet soda throws so many of us off track?

Perhaps because we tend to cheat a bit more with other stuff since we think we're being so good about only drinking diet soda? I don't see how the diet soda itself could be the culprit since it has little to no nutritional value. But I guess everyone reacts to things differently, right? :shrug:

Beverly

gray eyed girl
10-21-2005, 02:29 AM
I don't think Lean Cuisine has a negatie impact. I eat them on a fairly regular basis, because it's fast and easy and already measured into one portion. They can be high in sodium, but if you watch sodium on everything (I do) the LCs alone aren't going to shove you way above a reasonable amount.

girl_in_cullowhee
10-21-2005, 11:21 AM
most diet sodas have aspartame in them (the artificial sweetner). I've heard that has a bad effect on some people's systems

alsten02
10-21-2005, 01:35 PM
most diet sodas have aspartame in them (the artificial sweetner). I've heard that has a bad effect on some people's systems


I've heard that too actually. But its my favourite drink besides water, its hard for me to cut back. So i just drink it when I have the craving for it instead of having it with every meal daily.

Chubby Barbie
10-23-2005, 10:02 PM
I don't know if they ever slowed mine down. I couldn't eat them for more than a couple of times a month and that was just because I was trying new ones. I find them horrible and gross and then when I do manage to eat one or it's not that bad I'm hungry soon after.

I have been vacum sealing meals on sunday so that I have a quick thing to grab on my way to work. My favorite is chicken salad right now. If you make your own quick meals like this they are WAY healthier than the frozen dinners and you can create them however you like!

meecha
10-23-2005, 10:51 PM
I will have to agree with the majority on this one. I eat them during the week because they are easy and choose ones that are lower in calories and fat. I also include a fruit or small salad.

If you find you are still losing while eating them then you should be OK. But if you are feeling hungry try adding something else with it.

Reading everyone's weight loss is terrific encouragement...the loss stats are amazing...keep up the great work!

Meecha

meecha
10-23-2005, 11:00 PM
Hi Barbie..

I just wanted to say that after reading your signature, I thought I was the only one who had a rediculous (sp?) recommended weight. 135lbs at 5' 11"? Crazy!!! I was told I should weigh around 145-150 havent been that since junior high. Even when I was 20 I was a size nine and weighed 180. I think that your goal is much more realistic. I am 5'10" and have a large muscular build...even when I am thin I am nothing close to petite. I take on the same mindset as you do, if I feel good and am happy with what size I am who cares what the scale says.

Keep up the healthy lifestyle and wish you well in your loss. Ever need a buddy to vent to during difficult times, I am here. I find that these threads REALLY help.


Meecha