Post # 16
To me, healthy food isn’t processed or cooked in plastic.. perhaps think of healthy eating more as eating “real” foods rather than only portion control. It takes both. A lot of the processed, chemical filled foods contribute to weight gain (endocrine distruption, water retention, chemicals that mess with your brain chemistry, etc).
I’m not a fan of these programs and such…they really set you up to fail. Eating healthy (not dieting) is hard work. It requires some thought, planning ahead of time, and understanding of what you are eating.
I really like the suggestion to shop the perimeter of the grocery store. Equip yourself with easy, healthy recipes, meal plan.
It’s so much easier to be successful long term that way– and that’s what you want!
Good luck with whatever you choose.
Post # 17
These packaged meal plans can be very helpful if you need a solid jumpstart to your weightloss and your body needs help adjusting to the smaller portions in the beginning. I know after a period of eating anything and everything I want with no regard to portion size, when I try to go back to portrion controlled eating, my stomach at that point is so expanded that trying to eat smaller quantities is very difficult because my body is so used to the bigger portions that it literally thinks I’m “starving” when I’m not.
I agree that from the picture, the meals do not seem the freshest or the healthiest in terms of what they actually serve you. But if the OP is only doing this temporarily and it helps her to learn about what portion sizes are appropriate, than I feel it’s worth it. But sorry OP, from that pic the meatloaf looks really dry and the gravy and green beans remind me of the cafeteria food I had to eat in elementary school!
Post # 18
Kudos to whoever is into this but man I am wayyyy too picky about the quality and source of what I eat. I use weight watchers to keep portions in check and eat 80% organic, healthy, inexpensive, vegetarian delicious food that I prepare, and 20% wining and dining at fab restaurants socially. I could never relinquish control to a meal plan- sounds like my own personal foodie hell!
I do partake in intermittent juice fasts with high quality cold pressed organic juices- that is also expensive torture but i love what it does for me in many ways so it makes up for it.
Post # 19
You’re starving because they’re giving you calorie-laden, unhealthy, processed foods (I mean, really…pot roast in gravy and mashed potatoes???) in minuscule, microwaveable portion sizes.
Why not learn to cook with fresh, healthy produce, lean meats, and grains/nuts/beans, so that you can eat enough to fill you up while still cutting back on your caloric intake? There is such a wealth of recipes online, and many of them are incredibly easy. Cookinglight.com is one of my favourite resources. Each recipe includes a nutritional breakdown per-serving, as well as reviews from users who’ve prepared the recipes themselves (so that you can save your time by not preparing a crappy recipe).
The cost also makes me cringe…$9 per meal is insane! That’s about $190 for a 7-day week (I know you said you only do 5-day, but for the sake of comparing apples to apples…), which is nearly twice what I spend on groceries for myself and Fiance for one week. Just out of curiosity, what is the difference between this “plan” and just eating a Lean Cuisine for every meal (which cost around $3-$4 apiece, I think?)? The food looks to be roughly the same quality.
In short, you could do this so much better, healthier, and cheaper yourself. I understand keeping a few low-cal frozen meals in the freezer for that odd weeknight when you don’t feel like cooking, but eating them for every meal sounds horribly unsatisfying.
Post # 20
LOL this thread just proves the bee will look for any reason to pick a fight
while everyone is calling these meals unhealthy, did anyone take the time to look up the program? my breakfast this morning was an egg white, spinach, mushroom omelet. Grilled squash on the side. It’s frozen sure, but the healthiest frozen I could find. It’s doctor recommended.
I already addressed that I need a jump start to help my diet. 1200 calories of this program plus the extra fruit I’m adding in is not too low of calories.
Also- since when do we persecute women for trying to loose weight? At least I’m actively trying. That’s better than nothing at all.
With this program and the gym time I’m putting in, I’m down 3.4 pounds so far, so I’m definitely going to stick to it and get back down to my normal weight.
Post # 21
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Yes yes poor you, you’re doing great on your diet losing a pound a day, over paying for lean cuisine and all the bees are trying to bring you down.
Post # 22
Wouldn’t it be easier to just cook for yourself, portion out, weigh everything and keep yourself under 1,200 calories? You’ll be making healthier food (Less processed/frozen/preserved foods) and it’ll be a lot cheaper, I can guarentee that right off the bat.<br /><br />It isn’t hard to cook and stay under 1,200 calories. I’d never put my weight loss and my health in some big company’s pocket. I’d rather cook for myself that way I actually know what is going into my body.
<br />Also, if you are losing a pound a day, that’s ridiculously unhealthy and can damage the shit out of your vital organs. A pound a week is more acceptable…..and doctor approved.
Post # 23
No one attacked you. Rather, people made comments about how unhealthy your food is. You could eat a lot bigger portions if you just ate the healthy food. You seem to be one of those people who go from one diet to another but isn’t able to transform their lifestyle to support a healthy diet. This only emphasises the importance of you learning to cook healthy food.
Why do I think this way? The first ‘Related Topic’ is your post from four months ago when you started another diet. Dieting isn’t healthy – may help you to lose weight but that doesn’t mean its healthy.
Post # 24
No one attacked you. They criticized the fad diet food you’re buying, and rightly so. You’re not getting good nutrient value and you’re paying way too much for it. My Fi and I eat fairly healthy and spend about $100/week on groceries in a fairly expensive city, and it’s a bit of work to cook from scratch but it’s not so bad once you’re in the habit. We’ve eaten like this for years and it’s very little effort any kore, plus tons of variety so we are never bored.
the fact is, fresh foods are just plain better for you, and give you lots of chances to fill up without overdoing the calories. Totally worth spending the time to do it right!
but don’t assume you’re being attacked just because people are pointing out the flaws in the prepackaged diet food!
Post # 25
cls9q: OP, I’m with you. Whilst we don’t have your particular company here in Aus, we do have plenty of companies that deliver food in a similar system to you – and they all offer things like lasagne, pasta, roasts, as well as lighter options like salads. The idea I’m assuming is to learn portion size, and try to make sustainable changes.. Whilst ordering from a service mightn’t be sustainable for most, it’s a good jumpstart and it can help to set new norms regarding serving size, as well as allowing people to still have their ‘comfort’ foods, avoid feelings of deprivation and potential binging – all in moderation. And it sounds like the breakfasts you have had have kicked butt!
I’ve debated doing these in the past, but I’ve decided against them mainly for cost purposes – its almost double what I would spend in a normal grocery shop, and I’ve been happy to give it a crack on my own (generally with success) – but lots of my friends have done it this way initially. Each to their own. And as to the poster who wanted to know what her Fiance was doing.. is OP not allowed to commence a service like this because she has a partner? Who knows, maybe her Fiance does a fair chunk of the cooking already and can fend for himself.. Maybe he’s doing it with her?
Thanks for sharing some new information 🙂
Post # 26
What is your job? Like, how many hours do you spend working, and how many do you have to do things outside of work? The reason I ask is that I know it is tempting to want to try meal systems like this one because it’s so convenient, and it allows you to use your time for other things. However, I know that when I was eating a lot of Lean Cuisine meals I was not as healthy as when I (now) eat more food that I cook for myself. If you have some time to cook for yourself, you should! It’s really easy to broil some chicken and roast some vegetables.
Post # 27
I’m sorry but that looks like really expensive lean cuisine to me. At least you can find those on sale!
But if you’re enjoying it then more power to you. I would just suggest that you spend some of the time you’re saving by not having to prep and cook right now on planning what your own meals might look like and navigating functions and family dinners that you can’t bring your packaged meals to when you do decide to stop being a customer.
I know counting calories/carbs/whatever is really tedious and time consuming in the beginning but once you get the hang of it you are more aware of portion sizes and energy density, then you can just calorie guesstimate going forward.
Post # 28
cls9q: If this food is so healthy, why don’t the makers post the nutrition panel on their website?
Why can’t you get this information before you pay for the program?
Post # 29
julies1949: Yeah, this. I looked up the program after I saw the picture of the meal – you can’t seem to access nutrional information online, and reviews that mention ingredidents suggest that it’s all processed, not particularly healthy, and not fresh.
This company must be making serious profits if they are feeding people that crap for $9 a meal.
Post # 30
No one is picking a fight with you, merely pointing out that the food you’re eating doesn’t look appetizing and is in no way healthy. Which doctors recommend eating processed food? Actually though, is there more background on how many doctors were surveyed?
‘4 out of 5’ dentists recommend using Crest, that doesn’t mean its better than a natural brand that uses fewer (and more natural) ingredients. Speaking for myself, I’d want to know the sample size of the study in order to follow the advice of these ‘doctors’ when it comes to eating something that doesn’t look good for you.
You may have eaten a ‘healthy’ breakfast.. But considering you likely heated it up in the microwave and it came premade, its not healthy. No one is persecuting you, you put something on an online forum and people shared their opinions.. Unfortunately you didn’t get all the virtual hugs and pats on the back you were looking for. At the end of the day, premade meals heated up in the microwave aren’t good for you.. No matter how much weight you’re currently losing.