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    Default Lean Cuisine Substitute?

    I'm thinking of lowering my plan as I've lost weight and am excersizeing. I've checked the contents of Lean Cuisine and they are the same if not better in Calories, sodium etc. I would still add on the veggies and Smartcarbs/PowerFuel as recommended and watch portion size. What are your thoughts on Lean Cuisine. I'd of course add in non processed foods like Fish etc.

    I'm also getting tired of the Nutrisystem selection but wonder if it will be more expensive to get off Nutrisytem if anyone has experience with that cost wise.

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    I have found only a few Lean Cuisine that I would consider using. Found a couple SmartOnes too (weight watchers)...but think I like the Kashi best altho they only make about 5 & one is not high enough protein for me. I FLEX 2 days a week & sometimes use these.
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    I used to eat lean cuisine a lot. There were a few under 250 calories, my favorite were the four cheese cannelloni. However a lot of them were around 300 calories so your calorie count could creep up if not watching the calories. Does anyone know if LC entrees tend to be low gi?






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    I flex everyday as I too have gotten tired of the taste of NS and I don't have much $$ for it. I follow the flex guidelines everyday (I am sure other members will be happy to post it, not sure how to do this), however I haven't found any lean cuisines that fit the criteria, and only 1 smart ones. There are SOME but they are on the higher side for calories. I make my own food from fresh wholesome ingredients. I eat a LOT of fresh chicken, tuna, deli meats, wheat pasta, boca burgers, etc. I follow the plan 100% and I like to average low on my calories (I am BIG on counting I believe it keeps me in line). for the protein shakes I bought Muscle Milk Light off amazon and ebay (whoever is cheapest at the time) which is comparable. I have been on the "program" for 6 months now, half of it I was eating NS 100%, the other half flexing, so it works the same for me. Really, anyone can make this work, NS helps in a way that it is fast and convenient, though the foods I cook for myself don't take longer than 15 minutes to make.



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    Hi Cgab,

    As long as they fit the averages for the Nutrisystem meals, they should be fine to flex with. The only problem is that we do not know if their food is low on the Glycemic Index so you may feel hungrier after eating them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by katieinkentucky View Post
    I used to eat lean cuisine a lot. There were a few under 250 calories, my favorite were the four cheese cannelloni. However a lot of them were around 300 calories so your calorie count could creep up if not watching the calories. Does anyone know if LC entrees tend to be low gi?
    You'd have to read the ingredients but from what I've seen, not a lot are low GI since they're made with white flour or use white rice. One that does fit in is the Chicken in Peanut Sauce. They use whole wheat pasta in it and it's pretty tasty.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cgab View Post
    I'm thinking of lowering my plan as I've lost weight and am excersizeing. I've checked the contents of Lean Cuisine and they are the same if not better in Calories, sodium etc. I would still add on the veggies and Smartcarbs/PowerFuel as recommended and watch portion size. What are your thoughts on Lean Cuisine. I'd of course add in non processed foods like Fish etc.

    I'm also getting tired of the Nutrisystem selection but wonder if it will be more expensive to get off Nutrisytem if anyone has experience with that cost wise.

    Thanks,
    There are tons of Lean Cuisine and Healthy Choice meals that fit the stats for an NS dinner. However, many of them are not low GI carbs.

    If you want a list of those that I've evaluated, e-mail me your e-addy and I'll send it to you.

    Lost 45 pounds and maintaining since 4/2/09

    Any advice or information I provide either on discussion boards, inbox messages, PMs, or e-mail is based on my personal knowledge, experience and observations. I don't work for Nutrisystem. I'm a member just like you. Only NS employees can make official NS statements.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Omw2Sknny View Post
    I flex everyday as I too have gotten tired of the taste of NS and I don't have much $$ for it. I follow the flex guidelines everyday (I am sure other members will be happy to post it, not sure how to do this), however I haven't found any lean cuisines that fit the criteria, and only 1 smart ones. There are SOME but they are on the higher side for calories. I make my own food from fresh wholesome ingredients. I eat a LOT of fresh chicken, tuna, deli meats, wheat pasta, boca burgers, etc. I follow the plan 100% and I like to average low on my calories (I am BIG on counting I believe it keeps me in line). for the protein shakes I bought Muscle Milk Light off amazon and ebay (whoever is cheapest at the time) which is comparable. I have been on the "program" for 6 months now, half of it I was eating NS 100%, the other half flexing, so it works the same for me. Really, anyone can make this work, NS helps in a way that it is fast and convenient, though the foods I cook for myself don't take longer than 15 minutes to make.


    NS dinners range from 150 to 300 calories. MOST of the Lean Cuisine and Healthy Choice type meals fit in that range if you just look at calories. Actually, most fit all the stats. But whether or not they are low GI carbs is another story.

    For example:


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    Quote Originally Posted by m2marsh View Post


    NS dinners range from 150 to 300 calories. MOST of the Lean Cuisine and Healthy Choice type meals fit in that range if you just look at calories. Actually, most fit all the stats. But whether or not they are low GI carbs is another story.

    For example:

    Michelle, you certainly work hard to keep us informed, and I thank you. I am curious, however, to know what the column headings for the numbers are. I'm guessing, Calories, Fat, Carbs, Fiber, Protein; it is that the right order? Thanks for your help.







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    Quote Originally Posted by HealthierSpookyAlice View Post
    Michelle, you certainly work hard to keep us informed, and I thank you. I am curious, however, to know what the column headings for the numbers are. I'm guessing, Calories, Fat, Carbs, Fiber, Protein; it is that the right order? Thanks for your help.
    Just grabed a quick screen shot so the column headings don't show. If you want the full list, PM me your e-addy and I'll send it to you.

    Column headings are calories, fat, carb, and protein. The last column is a 1 to 5 ranking of how I liked the meal.

    Lost 45 pounds and maintaining since 4/2/09

    Any advice or information I provide either on discussion boards, inbox messages, PMs, or e-mail is based on my personal knowledge, experience and observations. I don't work for Nutrisystem. I'm a member just like you. Only NS employees can make official NS statements.

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