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April 26, 2013 11:20 AM
I am curious about some of the the low cal 'diet' food there are out there and if they are really good for you. I heard like Lean Cuisines are really bad for you, and the 100 calorie snacks are packed with sugar. What about Fiber One bars? Is there anything I should stay away from. I know processed foods aren't good but I need stuff that is quick and I can pull out of the pantry and eat right away. Any suggestions? Anything to avoid?
April 26, 2013 11:31 AM
Not sure how good they are but I ate all those things and anything that said low fat or fat free and lost 138pds
  15965097
April 26, 2013 12:06 PM
Just get good at reading labels and stay away from things that are high in the things you want to avoid, whether it's sugar, sodium, preservatives or whatever.
  15417651
April 26, 2013 12:13 PM
IMHO, pretty much anything that advertises itself as "diet food"..."low cal/no cal"..."healthy", etc. Just eat more nutritionally dense whole foods and achieve your calorie and macro goals and you will be fine. Low fat is bull ****...the '80s are over...dietary fat doesn't make you fat and all they do is replace the fat with a bunch of chemicals and sugar. You need fat in your diet and you need protein in your diet. You also don't get much bang for your calorie buck with these "health foods"

Will you lose weight...sure, so long as you have a calorie deficit. Will you be getting appropriate nutrition if these types of food make up the bulk of your consumption? Absolutely not. Personally, if you're interested in overall health and well being, along with weight loss, I'd not make these types of foods a regular part of your diet.
April 26, 2013 12:23 PM
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IMHO, pretty much anything that advertises itself as "diet food"..."low cal/no cal"..."healthy", etc. Just eat more nutritionally dense whole foods and achieve your calorie and macro goals and you will be fine. Low fat is bull ****...the '80s are over...dietary fat doesn't make you fat and all they do is replace the fat with a bunch of chemicals and sugar. You need fat in your diet and you need protein in your diet. You also don't get much bang for your calorie buck with these "health foods"

Will you lose weight...sure, so long as you have a calorie deficit. Will you be getting appropriate nutrition if these types of food make up the bulk of your consumption? Absolutely not. Personally, if you're interested in overall health and well being, along with weight loss, I'd not make these types of foods a regular part of your diet.

Well yeah, this too.
  15417651
April 26, 2013 12:26 PM
Pretty much all of them...

I cut out all snackwells 100 calorie packs, special k bars, light oatmeal packs, diet coke, and frozen meals and actually started shedding the weight. I also abandoned egg whites and fat free yogurt for whole organic eggs and full fat yoghurt. Helped me get more in tune with my hunger signals without all those additives.

Go for optimal nutrition in terms of the food you eat first, rather than calories alone.
  23715149
April 26, 2013 12:26 PM
Thanks for the advice! :)
April 26, 2013 12:32 PM
flowerforyou
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Pretty much all of them...

I cut out all snackwells 100 calorie packs, special k bars, light oatmeal packs, diet coke, and frozen meals and actually started shedding the weight. I also abandoned egg whites and fat free yogurt for whole organic eggs and full fat yoghurt. Helped me get more in tune with my hunger signals without all those additives.

Go for optimal nutrition in terms of the food you eat first, rather than calories alone.


This. Very sound advie. Well saidflowerforyou
  35097977
April 26, 2013 12:34 PM
Grab a peice of fruit or some sliced veggies and a handful of nuts. It's easy, portable, and nutritious!

I also carry hard boiled eggs for a quick power snack.
Edited by badtastebetty On April 26, 2013 12:34 PM
April 26, 2013 12:34 PM
QUOTE:

Pretty much all of them...

I cut out all snackwells 100 calorie packs, special k bars, light oatmeal packs, diet coke, and frozen meals and actually started shedding the weight. I also abandoned egg whites and fat free yogurt for whole organic eggs and full fat yoghurt. Helped me get more in tune with my hunger signals without all those additives.

Go for optimal nutrition in terms of the food you eat first, rather than calories alone.


This is very well said. If you look at those snack packs and bars and instant oatmeal, etc...tons of added sugar and other crazy weird chemicals. I'm not a 100% clean eater, but I've completely reversed a bunch of bad blood work by avoiding much of this type of food and eating relatively clean...i.e. nutritionally dense, whole foods.
April 26, 2013 2:12 PM
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IMHO, pretty much anything that advertises itself as "diet food"..."low cal/no cal"..."healthy", etc. Just eat more nutritionally dense whole foods and achieve your calorie and macro goals and you will be fine. Low fat is bull ****...the '80s are over...dietary fat doesn't make you fat and all they do is replace the fat with a bunch of chemicals and sugar. You need fat in your diet and you need protein in your diet. You also don't get much bang for your calorie buck with these "health foods"

Will you lose weight...sure, so long as you have a calorie deficit. Will you be getting appropriate nutrition if these types of food make up the bulk of your consumption? Absolutely not. Personally, if you're interested in overall health and well being, along with weight loss, I'd not make these types of foods a regular part of your diet.




So true, but if you want quick bars and stuff to grab find recipes to make your own granola bars, brownies and so on and just package them. Make sure you make them from scratch so there are no additives in your baking goods. You can also mix your own trail mix. I go to Winco in the bulk bins and grab nuts, seeds, some not much dried fruit and other things I want in there and just put it all together.
April 27, 2013 11:35 AM
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IMHO, pretty much anything that advertises itself as "diet food"..."low cal/no cal"..."healthy", etc. Just eat more nutritionally dense whole foods and achieve your calorie and macro goals and you will be fine. Low fat is bull ****...the '80s are over...dietary fat doesn't make you fat and all they do is replace the fat with a bunch of chemicals and sugar. You need fat in your diet and you need protein in your diet. You also don't get much bang for your calorie buck with these "health foods"

Will you lose weight...sure, so long as you have a calorie deficit. Will you be getting appropriate nutrition if these types of food make up the bulk of your consumption? Absolutely not. Personally, if you're interested in overall health and well being, along with weight loss, I'd not make these types of foods a regular part of your diet.




So true, but if you want quick bars and stuff to grab find recipes to make your own granola bars, brownies and so on and just package them. Make sure you make them from scratch so there are no additives in your baking goods. You can also mix your own trail mix. I go to Winco in the bulk bins and grab nuts, seeds, some not much dried fruit and other things I want in there and just put it all together.


Great idea!

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