Hello Elle Noel readers! I am Jennifer and I blog over at FatChick2FitChick. I was thrilled when Mrs. Noel herself, asked me to write up a guest post for her blog. I have been reading her blog and following her on Instagram not too long after she started blogging. I love her and her blog because she is so motivating, but mainly because she is so kind and supportive. She truly offers a judgement free zone. With a million and 1 ways to try to lose weight and get healthy and fit out there, there is simply not a one size fits all. I am not going to tell you anything you are doing is wrong. I am going to tell you how I finally conquered
Only causes more stress and confusion about what to eat, how much to eat, and when to eat it. I have seriously tried every diet known to man. I have tried to live off of Lean Cuisines and Healthy Choice meals, only to be crazy hungry by dinner time and go ape crap crazy eating that night. This constant ebb and flow of hunger and over eating is what led to me weighing in at 332 lbs when I finally had enough. If you over eat a lot, you will have to endure some hunger early on to help your body adjust to a more normal portion size. The good news is that you do not have to stay hungry. You can lose weight and feel sated. I always say sated or satisfied and I never say full. Full equals over-eating to me. I want to feel comfortably sated after a meal, not weighted down and miserable. The way I keep calories under control and not become a starving huddled mess is that eat real food. The less processing that goes into what you eat, the more nutrient dense that food is going to be. When your body is being nourished and given adequate calories, you are not hungry. You do not have a physical need to over eat (although a mental one may exist *raises hand*). Let's compare my lunch from last week with one of those frozen "diet" meals.
Ingredients: 4 ounces of grilled chicken breast 1/2 cup of brown rice sweet potatoes squash green and red bell peppers onion olive oil This dish is about 16 ounces. That's a big bowl of goodness!
415 calories 10 grams of fat 30 grams of protein and 49 grams of carbs
Now let's look at a similar meal from a frozen entree.
Sweet Potatoes, Water, Green Beans, Cooked Turkey Medallions (Turkey Breast, Water, Isolated Soy Protein Product [Isolated Soy Protein, Modified Food Starch, Starch, Carrageenan, Soy Lecithin], Olive Oil, Chicken Broth Powder [Maltodextrin, Chicken Broth, Salt, Flavors], Dextrose, Salt, Potassium Chloride, Potassium and Sodium Phosphates, Spice Extract), Cooked Wild Rice, Honey Granules (Syrup, Honey), Diced Onions, Contains 2% or Less of: Brown Sugar, Chicken Base (Chicken Meat, and Natural Chicken Juices, Salt, Chicken Fat, Sugar, Hydrolyzed [Corn and Wheat Gluten, Soy] Protein, Dried Whey, Maltodextrin, Yeast Extract, Natural Flavoring, Disodium Inosinate and Disodium Guanylate, Natural Extractives of Turmeric and Annatto), Modified Corn Starch, Vinegar, Sea Salt, Black Pepper, Xanthan Gum.
This dinner is 10 ounces of food.
250 calories 2 grams of fat 14g of protein and 43 carbohydrates
Here are my two cents comparing these two meals:
- Ingredients. While the Healthy Choice meal has a less offensive list than a lot of frozen meals that I have seen, I still prefer fewer ingredients, ones that I can pronounce, and ones that I don't need a Chemistry degree or Google to know what it is.
- Calories. They average out to around 25-26 per ounce for both meals. I just ate about double the amount of food that is included with the HC meal.
- Fat. This is quite a bit less in the HC meal, but the fats in my meal are part of what helps keep me feeling satisfied. Your body needs fat.
- Protein. This is about ounce for ounce the same just like the calories. I just get more meat with with my meal and it is not a processed meat with additives.
- Carbohydrates. My meal has less carbs per ounce. If you were to eat the same amount of the HC meal as my meal the carbs would be 68 for the HC meal and 49 for mine.
- Taste. I have not had this particular HC meal, but I have had my fair share of these types of meals over the years. I would put my meal up against any of those frozen dinners in a taste test any day of the week.
Thanks to Elle for letting me share this with you and thank you all for taking the time to read it! If you would like to see recipes, read about food prepping, and lots of randomness, be sure to come visit my little corner of the internet!