Anyone lost weight eating lean cuisine,Smart ones etc daily?

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  • MrsGriffin67
    MrsGriffin67 Posts: 485 Member
    I tend to stick to the Healthy Choice meals. They are under 600 mg sodium per meal and they also seem to have bigger portions for the calories. I keep a couple in the freezer at work and eat that with a salad for lunch. Great when you only have 30 minutes to eat.
  • karibrit
    karibrit Posts: 29
    I don't have a way to cook at my house, so I unfortunately eat them just about daily. Although they're processed, the alternatives for me right now are fast food or other super processed convenience food. Yes, I'm losing weight eating them. Once I get a new place where I can cook though, I'm not buying them unless I really need one for lunch at work sometime.

    That's pretty much where I was when I was eating frozen foods (Lean Cuisine and then the super cheap frozen meals). I lost my electricity for about 5 months--I did manage to rig up my microwave though which was the only way I could 'cook' food. (It was a monumental and somewhat ingenious feat but probably not terribly legal).

    I gained weight--actually, this is exactly where I pinpoint my weight gain from a normal weight to about 50 lbs over. Now I don’t touch any frozen food but I will grab a salad at Trader Joes if I can’t bring homemade food for lunch. Tips for getting homemade food at home—get a partner who cooks.

    I’m being facetious. Slightly.
  • andijean31
    andijean31 Posts: 139 Member
    I eat Smart Ones about 3-4 days per week for lunch. I've lost 29 pounds total since January. I'm trying to eat them less often because of the sodium (as others have mentioned), but they're so convenient and help me stay within my calorie goals.
  • fcevallos
    fcevallos Posts: 44 Member
    Yes, they're high in sodium and are crammed full of processed crap, but my main issue with them is that for the amount of food you're getting (a few bites), they are not filling! For the same amount of calories, you could get so much more food making it yourself in batches ahead of time and not be hungry within an hour. But if it's between eating nothing, or eating a frozen meal, yeah....def go for the frozen meal.
  • MsEndomorph
    MsEndomorph Posts: 604 Member
    So...small!

    So...bland!

    So...gross!

    I have one for lunch and I want to have an entire pizza for dessert. If I eat a frozen meal it's usually Marie Callendars. The mama can cook!
  • kmcgrath1
    kmcgrath1 Posts: 175 Member
    Some of them are delicious, and aren't bad for you. I eat them every day for lunch along with a side salad or extra veggies. A frozen meal usually isn't enough for me to be satisfied.

    I do try to keep an eye on the sodium, however as long as you drink a lot, and I mean a lot of water you shouldn't bloat, it will flush out your system. I never have leftovers...I wish I did, but that's not how it works in my house. Even if I made extra I still would not get any leftovers and I refuse to spend a lot of money in our cafe every day for lunch so the cost and convenience are perfect for me.
  • garber6th
    garber6th Posts: 1,894 Member
    For the calories, there are much better and healthier options.

    Last fall my coworker decided that the only way to lose weight was to eat Lean Cuisine every day. He lost 35lbs and gained it all back when he stopped eating them. He is shocked that I have lost 55lbs and I eat all the time.

    They are like any other "diet" food, supplement, etc. - you have to be willing to stick with them in the long run to keep the weight from creeping back up but you don't really learn how to eat right with them.

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  • magerum
    magerum Posts: 12,589 Member
    You can lose weight just fine on them. Don't let anyone scare you away.
  • magerum
    magerum Posts: 12,589 Member
    For the calories, there are much better and healthier options.

    Last fall my coworker decided that the only way to lose weight was to eat Lean Cuisine every day. He lost 35lbs and gained it all back when he stopped eating them. He is shocked that I have lost 55lbs and I eat all the time.

    They are like any other "diet" food, supplement, etc. - you have to be willing to stick with them in the long run to keep the weight from creeping back up but you don't really learn how to eat right with them.

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    If you stay at the same calorie range with or without the frozen food, you wont gain the weight back. All your coworker did was start eating more when they stopped eating the frozen lunches.
  • magerum
    magerum Posts: 12,589 Member
    For the calories, there are much better and healthier options.

    Last fall my coworker decided that the only way to lose weight was to eat Lean Cuisine every day. He lost 35lbs and gained it all back when he stopped eating them. He is shocked that I have lost 55lbs and I eat all the time.

    They are like any other "diet" food, supplement, etc. - you have to be willing to stick with them in the long run to keep the weight from creeping back up but you don't really learn how to eat right with them.

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    If you stay at the same calorie range with or without the frozen food, you wont gain the weight back. All your coworker did was start eating more when they stopped eating the frozen lunches.

    Nice, they put their ticker in manually.
  • acpgee
    acpgee Posts: 7,586 Member
    There was a guy on MFP who ate exclusively chef boyardee (sp?) for three meals daily for several months, which was reasonably balanced if he took a multi vitamin. It was a 1500 cal per day regime. He wanted to drop some weight before running a half marathon I think, I he was really successful. Search the forums for Chef Boyardee (sp?) to find his thread.
  • BajaDreamin333
    BajaDreamin333 Posts: 267 Member
    I'm sure there are as many answers as there are MFP members, but I feel very strongly about these types of products and have to share my insight.

    I ate them for a time. Same reason everyone does. They're fast, easy and you know how many calories are in each one. Some are pretty good. Some are even affordable. But I noticed I was always still hungry! At first I thought I needed the "Hungry Man" portion, that I just eat more than the average person. So I tried having one and a half, just to experiment with the portions. I was "full" - more like nauseated, but I was still craving something. Still hungry for something and ended up snacking up a storm. Then it finally hit me. THERE IS NOTHING IN THOSE FROZEN BOXES MY BODY WANTS.

    Yes, the sodium content is high, and there is a bunch of artificial stuff I can't pronounce. That wouldn't be bad if it was coming with a good nutritional value as well. But in my humble opinion, my body craves real food. I don’t' think there is anything inside those cardboard boxes that is going to satisfy my body's hunger.

    Try an experiment. One day for lunch have a Lean Cuisine. Select a good one, with veggies and lean protein and not too much sauce. Think about how you feel after you eat. Are you satisfied? Do you still want "more" of something? Are you thirsty from so much sodium? How is your energy level?

    Then the next day, have a big spinach salad. One that doesn't come in a box with pre-packaged toppings. Put some lean protein on it and at least 3 other vegetable or fruit toppings (not fried, crispy, flavored - real). Even splurge a little on some good salad dressing. When you're finished, think about how you feel. Is your body satisfied? Do you feel full but not nauseated? Are you still wanting another portion? I have found I'm the most satisfied, even with fewer calories, when I feed my body unprocessed, fresh, natural foods. You can generally eat a lot of veggies & fruit for a surprisingly few amount of calories.

    There is nothing like the feeling of finishing a reasonable portion of good, fresh, unprocessed food and knowing you just gave your body what it was craving. Yum. That. Was. Good.

    Now don't get all freaked out on me, I'm sure there is a place for convenience foods. There wouldn't be so many choices if there wasn't. There are probably many people who eat them every day and swear by them. Or swear they wouldn't eat at all, or eat a ton of junk, if they weren't around. I just think you can get more bang for your calorie buck, and feel better, if you stick to foods that aren't covered in salty sauce and the ingredient list that reads like a chemistry lesson.

    Artificial is not a flavor.
  • garber6th
    garber6th Posts: 1,894 Member
    For the calories, there are much better and healthier options.

    Last fall my coworker decided that the only way to lose weight was to eat Lean Cuisine every day. He lost 35lbs and gained it all back when he stopped eating them. He is shocked that I have lost 55lbs and I eat all the time.

    They are like any other "diet" food, supplement, etc. - you have to be willing to stick with them in the long run to keep the weight from creeping back up but you don't really learn how to eat right with them.

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    If you stay at the same calorie range with or without the frozen food, you wont gain the weight back. All your coworker did was start eating more when they stopped eating the frozen lunches.

    Ya think?
  • Ginastern1
    Ginastern1 Posts: 21 Member
    I think you can lose weight by reducing calories, which these small-portioned things do, but in a bigger picture, they are not real food, but processed chemical-laden items. It would be better to cook up equivalent items and make them a similar size instead of eating the processed product. But for emergencies ......
  • magerum
    magerum Posts: 12,589 Member
    For the calories, there are much better and healthier options.

    Last fall my coworker decided that the only way to lose weight was to eat Lean Cuisine every day. He lost 35lbs and gained it all back when he stopped eating them. He is shocked that I have lost 55lbs and I eat all the time.

    They are like any other "diet" food, supplement, etc. - you have to be willing to stick with them in the long run to keep the weight from creeping back up but you don't really learn how to eat right with them.

    7396232.png

    If you stay at the same calorie range with or without the frozen food, you wont gain the weight back. All your coworker did was start eating more when they stopped eating the frozen lunches.

    Ya think?

    You miss the point, all they had to do was eat within their calorie needs and they wouldn't have gained the weight back. It had NOTHING to do with them stopping eating frozen meals. They just simply over ate.
  • The Healthy Choice steamers are the best.. I have lost 2 lbs. in a week. I eat a lot of fruit mainly berries and cantaloupe .
  • MsEndomorph
    MsEndomorph Posts: 604 Member
    For the calories, there are much better and healthier options.

    Last fall my coworker decided that the only way to lose weight was to eat Lean Cuisine every day. He lost 35lbs and gained it all back when he stopped eating them. He is shocked that I have lost 55lbs and I eat all the time.

    They are like any other "diet" food, supplement, etc. - you have to be willing to stick with them in the long run to keep the weight from creeping back up but you don't really learn how to eat right with them.

    7396232.png

    If you stay at the same calorie range with or without the frozen food, you wont gain the weight back. All your coworker did was start eating more when they stopped eating the frozen lunches.

    Ya think?

    You miss the point, all they had to do was eat within their calorie needs and they wouldn't have gained the weight back. It had NOTHING to do with them stopping eating frozen meals. They just simply over ate.

    I think that was already noted when it was mentioned that "you don't learn to eat right with them."

    I can't help but think, though, that you could use them and THEN learn to eat right and everything would be fine.
    Does that seriously NEVER happen?
    I guess it probably has something to do with the mentality of someone who says, "I'm ONLY going to drink slim fast for the next year." That's more of a quick-fix, desperate kind of mentality that doesn't lend we'll to gradual, sustainable change.
  • playitagainsam
    playitagainsam Posts: 84 Member
    I have lost/am losing by eating Lean Cuisine, Smart Ones, Healthy Choice, etc., frozen meals. They are quick for lunch or when you run out of time at the end of the day and they really helped me learn portion control. I usually steam about 4 cups of veggies, nuke one of these meals and mix it in with the steamed veggies. VERY TASTY!!! Yeah, the sodium can be a bit on the high side, but if you're not too concerned with that, I'd say give it a try. I usually stick to the ones that are 300 calories and under and with the lowest fat and sodium possible. Plus, for a calorie fanatic like myself, I love knowing exactly how many calories I am eating! But, nothing beats a good, healthy, homemade meal!
  • mazdauk
    mazdauk Posts: 1,380 Member
    I'm thinking they'd be awesome with helping me get my portions under control! But mostly I LOVE the connivence! Im a full time working mom of 3 so I don't have much time to cook

    What are you feeding your children on that you can't eat yourself? Its much better for children to eat WITH you and preferably the same food (obviously if they're not weaned I don't expect you to have a bottle of formula milk! :bigsmile: ). If they're having fishfingers, have them with salad or lots of extra vegetables, for example. Otherwise they will either wonder what's wrong with their food that you won't eat it, or else pick up negative messages about nutrition/dieting.

    I keep one or two WW meals in the freezer for absolute emergencies, but even if I'm really late I'd rather make an omlette or some pasta. You can make your own "freezer" meals by batch cooking - load up a slow cooker, serve half and freeze half in portion sizes. You can do this with pasta sauces, stews, soups - I've done Shepherds Pie in ceramic dishes so it can go in oven or microwave, for example. My children are older now, but I went back to work full time (commuting inot London) when my oldest was only 4 months, and always cooked at the weekend so we - and he - could have home-cooked meals all week. (I used to take the childminder a coolbag with his bottles and whatever purees of choice he was having that day!).

    You can also make up sandwiches in advance and freeze them, then take one out in the morning and it will defrost by lunchtime (or quicker!) - much better than being tempted by high-calorie shop options. (you get 8-9 sandwiches out of the average sliced loaf).