Lean Cuisine is a popular specialty food store that offers meals created for the people looking to control their weight. You can buy Lean Cuisine frozen meals and just microwave them whenever you want to eat. The plus point about them is you don’t have to prepare meals as per your diet plans. You just need to select from a wide variety of meals that match the calories recommended in your diet plan. Lean Cuisine meals are both low in calories and low in fat which make them ideal for any diet plan. The purpose of using Lean Cuisine is to limit portion sizes (many people over eat at each meal) and reduce the amount of fat intake you consume. The meals do not provide enough nutrition or calories to sustain for long term, so cycle off the diet if you begin to feel lethargic, out of energy.
Lean Cuisine As a Replacement of NutriSystem
As mentioned, the Lean Cuisine Diet limits your portion size while reducing calorie and fat intake. This is the exact principle behind the NutriSystem diet except much cheaper and the food is easily accessible vs. having it shipped to you.
NutriSystem is a leading clinical proven diet system that has been proven to work as thousands of people have used it and lost weight. If you use the Lean Cuisine Diet with conviction, you’ll lose weight as well.
How To Lose Weight on the Lean Cuisine Diet
Losing weight with Lean Cuisine Dinners is actually incredibly easy. You just buy the food and eat!
- Plan out your Lean Cuisine diet. You’ll be eating Lean Cuisines all day long, 3 times per day so you need to think about which dinners you’d like for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. Lean Cuisine doesn’t offer a selection of breakfast foods so you may wish to supplement breakfast with another low calorie, low fat meal (eggs, cereal, etc). Some companies offer breakfast bowels that are healthy which may be used here.
- Get additional foods because you’re going to be hungry. Most of us take in 2,000-3,000 calories per day. If you just ate 3 Lean Cuisines per day, you’d average around 900 calories which is 1,100 under the recommended 2,000 calorie diet. You are going to be hungry until your stomach can shrink and you adjust to the smaller portions. It is good to have foods like pickles and celery which have little or no calories. You can eat as much of these as you want. Sunflower seeds are great for thwarting the habit of eating but are high in salt.
- You may also want to buy vegetables and fruits. Fresh and Steamed veggies are the best as they retain all nutritional value (you can purchase microwave steam packets) but can veggies also work. Foods like Peas, Green Beans, Corn, Broccoli, etc. can be eaten in addition to your meal (don’t over consume) to increase your calorie count in a healthy way. They will also make you feel full which prevent you from over eating.
- Don’t eat fast. Use the fork down method which means you take a bite, put your fork down, chew and swallow your food before picking your fork back up for the next bite. This allows your taste buds to activate and fully taste the food but it also gives your stomach time to realize you have eaten. Your stomach can take 15 minutes to realize this which means eating slower will make you feel full while still consuming food (vs. eating fast then go grabbing more food because you are still hungry).
- Record what you eat. Make a diet log and record what you eat along with the calories/fat consumed. You can purchase software for this if you like, they even install right on your mobile phone. It is critical to log how much you consume just as a budget is critical in finance to track income/expenses. At the end of the day, tally up what you have eaten. You want to be well under the 2,000 calorie mark. The lower the faster you will lose weight.
- Exercise. Everyone should exercise at least 3 times a week, 30-45 minutes. Exercise is the counter against calorie consumption. If you burn 300 calories exercising you have effectively cancel out an entire Lean Cuisine meal – as though you never ate it. Make sure you record this negative calorie count in your log book. Go for a long walk in the park (2-3 miles) or ride a bike around your neighborhood. Exercise not only burns calories but makes you healthy, have more energy, sleep better and countless other benefits.
- Drink plenty of water. Drink between 8 to 16 cups of water. This will help you not retain sodium from the Lean Cuisine meals (see below).
Lean Cuisine Meals have Sodium!
Like most frozen food (read processed food), Lean Cuisine Meals have a lot of sodium in them. Sodium makes you retain water which makes you “look” heavier. Drinking lots of water (step 6) means that your body will be willing to expel additional water rather than retain it. You should also eat fruit and veggie snakes (step 2) with or between meals for this reason as well. Most nutritionists now recommend 5 meals per day vs. 3. Eating more meals means you will eat smaller portions per meal because you are not ravishingly hungry at any particular meal.
Start Losing Weight!
Nothing will ever change if you don’t take action. Start today or set a date in the near future and make sure you start your diet then! You need to be strict. Don’t snack on chips, candy, etc or you’ll just counter any effects you may have achieved.
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