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July 16, 2013 7:00 PM
I know they're not healthy, but have people here lost weight by eating them? They're just easy to make when I don't have a lot of time on my hands. Plus, the spaghetti and meatballs isn't that bad and it's only 270 calories!

so, is it okay if I eat them?

(and i realize losing weight is all about the caloric deficit, but this leads me to believe WHAT you eat doesn't actually matter if lean cuisines are okay.. i don't know, weight loss confuses me to no end.)
Edited by tennischick22 On July 16, 2013 7:01 PM
July 16, 2013 7:07 PM
You may gain some temporary water weight from the extra sodium, but provided you have a calorie deficit everyday, you'll lose weight.

Technically it doesn't matter what you eat to lose weight, but it will REALLY affect how you feel.

I can budget alcohol in my calories, but I tell you what, I don't ever feel like hitting the gym the next day when I drink.
Edited by ladynocturne On July 16, 2013 7:08 PM
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July 16, 2013 7:10 PM
I eat them occasionally! They are high in sodium, but if you only have one for dinner a couple nights a week, then it shouldn't be a problem!
July 16, 2013 7:31 PM
You can lose weight eating cheese puffs everyday if you maintain a caloric deficit. My thoughts on lean cuisines and others, is you don't really learn lifestyle changes. Like how to prepare healthy delicious foods, how to make smart choices. They are a quick fix to lower caloric intake. That said, I keep a few in my freezer at all times, for emergencies. Probably twice a month.
Edited by eileen0515 On July 16, 2013 7:32 PM
July 16, 2013 7:35 PM
This is not the best way to lose weight, all the sodium is not good for you. I did lose most of my weight eating these dinners, I lost 35 lbs this way. I hate one for dinner every night. Since then I decided to eat more healthy. Besides I got tired of frozen dinners. Also my bood pressure was up a little at the dr office so I decided to eat more fish,turkey,chicken and vegetables. I do well with anything that helps with portion control, small bag of chips occasionally.
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July 16, 2013 8:17 PM
QUOTE:

I know they're not healthy, but have people here lost weight by eating them? They're just easy to make when I don't have a lot of time on my hands. Plus, the spaghetti and meatballs isn't that bad and it's only 270 calories!

so, is it okay if I eat them?

(and i realize losing weight is all about the caloric deficit, but this leads me to believe WHAT you eat doesn't actually matter if lean cuisines are okay.. i don't know, weight loss confuses me to no end.)


If you like them, you can certainly lose weight eating them. Just keep in mind they do tend to have a lot of sodium so if you're sensitive to it there might be some water retention. I like the spring roll ones.
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July 16, 2013 8:23 PM
QUOTE:

You can lose weight eating cheese puffs everyday if you maintain a caloric deficit. My thoughts on lean cuisines and others, is you don't really learn lifestyle changes. Like how to prepare healthy delicious foods, how to make smart choices. They are a quick fix to lower caloric intake. That said, I keep a few in my freezer at all times, for emergencies. Probably twice a month.


This. There's a difference between losing weight and losing weight in a healthy way. I eat them sometimes for lunch because they're fast and easy and my lunch is inhaled at my desk most days. It's a better alternative than grabbing fast food.
July 16, 2013 8:23 PM
I would never DEPEND on them for weight loss, but if once in a while you don't have the time to cook a fresh healthy meal and need something quick and easy, I would pick Lean Cuisine over most other types of "fast meals".

If you know in advance when you won't have time to cook a meal, maybe make some extra dinner a few nights before and freeze the leftovers so you have your own ready-in-five-minutes meal, but healthier because its homemade!
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July 16, 2013 8:24 PM
My fave is the chicken carbonara (sp?) with asparagus. Mmmmm.
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July 16, 2013 8:24 PM
QUOTE:

You can lose weight eating cheese puffs everyday if you maintain a caloric deficit. My thoughts on lean cuisines and others, is you don't really learn lifestyle changes. Like how to prepare healthy delicious foods, how to make smart choices. They are a quick fix to lower caloric intake.


I agree with this. I lost around 10 lb one year when I swapped out Lean Cuisine's Chicken Enchilada Suiza for my "normal" lunches of a McDonald's double cheeseburger, but that's not saying much.

I don't eat them at all now, because I find there are other equally tasty options that I can make just as quickly as nuking a Lean Cuisine...but I also don't think it is bad or wrong to have them in moderation!
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July 16, 2013 8:27 PM
Yes. I eat one every weekday, adding approx 3 oz of grilled chicken. I watch my sodium and TRY to drink my water. You will live, AND you will lose weight. :)
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July 16, 2013 8:28 PM
Yes. I rarely eat them, but I do keep some of there sandwiches, for some reason I enjoy, when I am in a bind for time. As others have said, not the best long term solution because once you get sick of them what do you fall back on?

ETA: Best advice I can give OP. Its all about calories. Control those those and you will lose weight. Then, as you eat different foods, take not of how they effect you. Are you hungry sooner, tired, etc. Be more aware of how different stuff affects you and you will start naturally moving towards certain choices. Awareness is important.
Edited by ryry62685 On July 16, 2013 8:31 PM
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July 16, 2013 8:31 PM
I bring Lean Pockets and fresh veggies to work ( 2nd shift RN ).

I find them filling and satisfying.

I have lost and maintain weight eating them.

The grilled chicken with broccoli has 320mg of sodium which isn't outrageously high and is only 260 calories.
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July 16, 2013 8:31 PM
I like to have bigger meals. That being said, if I'm feeling lazy, I'll get a Lean Cuisine steamer or a Healthy Choice steamer and whip up a side of veggies sometimes. I've had no problems.

It's not what you eat. It's the caloric deficit. Are you creating a moderate deficit? Good. You'll lose weight.
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July 16, 2013 8:36 PM
As long as you remain in a deficit, you can eat twinkies and lose weight. That said, you will be miserable and hungry all the time. Certain foods (whole real food) make it easier to lose weight due to how they satiate you. Others processed food like lean cuisine make it harder for the opposite reason.
July 16, 2013 8:38 PM
Of course they are only like 300 cals each.
July 16, 2013 8:40 PM
I eat them all the time and I am losing weight. I love the Lean Cuisine chipotle spring rolls. Good God, they are so yummy. Only 200 calories. Yes, the sodium in those things are ridiculous and terrifying, but they are good in a bind every once in a while. Only problem is some meals, particularly the pastas, leaving me feeling like I haven't eaten anything at all and I am absolutely staaarving afterwards. It's torturous. Everyone is different, though.
Edited by swhiteism On July 16, 2013 8:40 PM
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July 16, 2013 8:43 PM
So you know how frozen meals always are dreached in extra sauce? (This is likely where all your sodium is). What I do is I take steamed veggies and add them to my lean cuisine/healthy choice/smart ones meals. For an extra 30 calories I double the size of the meal. My favorites to add are asparagus, green beans, and broccoli. All that fiber makes the meal super filling. Plus the veggies taste really good mixed in with all the extra sauce :)
July 16, 2013 8:43 PM
So you know how frozen meals always are drenched in extra sauce? (This is likely where all your sodium is). What I do is I take steamed veggies and add them to my lean cuisine/healthy choice/smart ones meals. For an extra 30 calories I double the size of the meal. My favorites to add are asparagus, green beans, and broccoli. All that fiber makes the meal super filling. Plus the veggies taste really good mixed in with all the extra sauce :)
July 16, 2013 10:39 PM
sure...things like that are a useful tool...OCCASIONALLY. Better to eat real, fresh food than processed frozen stuff, but it won't hurt you to use them on busy days or whatever. I've never been impressed with the flavor of most of them. (although the Lean Cuisine mushroom pizza isn't bad at all.....)
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July 16, 2013 10:52 PM
You can and I did. They are easy and I actually enjoy them. And the ones I eat usually have no more sodium than a cup of cottage cheese.
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July 17, 2013 2:03 AM
Try searching for "the big fat truth about low fat foods" was on the bbc. Took a presenter/mode,l Zoe Salmon, who swapped a healthy diet for low fat ready meals for a month and tracks her progress
July 17, 2013 5:40 AM
I was eating them as well, but they are really high in sodium. So I decided to make my own. I took one day, about 1.5-2 hours, and made a variety of healthy foods that would go together. Then I put them in freezer baggies. I was able to make 9 single serve microwavable bags for less than $7 total!! Plus there was no added sodium! I was able to use fresh veggies, some pasta, chicken, and tuna. You could also use lean cuts of other meats such as beef and pork. Now when I need them they are right there, and so much healthier!!
August 18, 2013 12:48 AM
I started out on weight watchers, and these were pretty much a staple for me, and in a couple of months I went from 222 to 192 where I am now. I think the healthy choice, lean cuisine, and smartones are a good choice for losing weight. I would normally eat a dinner and a piece of fruit with it, and it worked great for me. I do believe cooking and preparing every meal ahead of time is the best option, but I would try this, not get time to go shopping, cook the meal, etc... and end up eating crap. I still eat them pretty regularly, eating things made from scratch are the best bet, but these have worked for me, and I pretty much stay short on time.
August 18, 2013 1:30 AM
Healthy Choice and Kashi brands tend to have the least sodium. Not necessarily low, but less than other brands.

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