Are Lean Cuisines Really That Lean?

So let me guess, you have bought a lean cuisine before at the grocery store thinking that you were making a healthy choice, right?  Well what if I told you that these so called lean meals that are really the reason why you may be stuck when trying to achieve your weight loss goals.  Would you believe me?

Well let me explain for those who may still be doubters!

You see, a lean cuisine diet plan would be healthy as long as it were not found in the frozen food section.  Now you may be thinking what does that have to do with anything?

Well, for starters any food that is purchased in the frozen food section is LOADED with sodium.  This is due to the simple fact that the foods need the sodium to preserve the quality of the meals.  This is no different when it comes to following a lean cuisine diet plan.  If you take a look at the back of any lean cuisine frozen dinner you will notice the high content of sodium.  Most of them contain about 500 mg’s or more. For more read my nutrition labels article.

Now if you have been following my rule of thumb for sodium intake, you would know that it is best to keep it between 2,000-2,300 mg’s on a daily basis to avoid water retention.  This water retention will also slow your progress to achieve your fitness and weight loss goals.  If that is not enough, you will increase your chances of getting high blood pressure…..ouch!

Now do not get me wrong, I am not saying that sodium should be avoided at all costs because it is needed so that our body’s muscles and nerves can function as well as regulating our blood pressure.  However, what I am saying is to not consume a lean cusine diet 3 times a day as your sodium intake will be close to 2,000 mg’s for the day.  This mechanism is not the most efficient way of consuming a healthy meal plan and should be done only in moderation.

On the contrary, the good thing about a lean cusine diet is it is convenient to carry with you to let’s say work when you are at the office.  You can simply pop it in and wa la, you have yourself a nice warm meal.  For those who do not have access or time to prepare a meal, then this can be a great alternative as opposed to consuming fast food that is high in calories, fats, carbs etc.

For those who do have the time, it is without a doubt much better to cook all natural foods.  Trust me when I say that your body and waist line will thank you later!  So I hope I helped to clear the subject about whether following a lean cuisine diet can help you lose weight or not and that the next time you are at the grocery store you will be able to make the right choice to achieve your fitness goals!

 

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