Developing a fear of obesity, and setting people up to “diet” with standardized packaged meals as opposed to simply educating as to how to eat better and less is setting people up to fail - Susan Yager
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Straight out: I hate prepared, packaged food. Not just packaged but frozen food. I’d rather eat fresh food out of the garbage in New York City before I eat packaged food that can linger in your fridge for two years.
Is it unrealistic to live life unpackaged in this way? Do pre-packaged food weight-loss delivery systems — Nutrisystem, Jenny Craig, Weight Watcher, The South Beat Diet, etc. — have a role in today’s society? Such plans mean instant success ... NOT!
Sure: Fatter, bigger and more, more, more. This is the concept of crowd eating. Super-size me at McDonald’s, Burger King, Sam’s Club or Costco. Go into any restaurant and you will see the humongous serving sizes that are offered. What’s expected is that you will, without inhibition, eat till the last piece of food is consumed and the plate is cleaned. Portion control is overturned by “more is better” or “more is cheaper.”
Packaged food weight-loss systems can do a fantastic job of helping you to control your portions; no doubt about it: It comes prepackaged. You don’t have to count the calories. Or guess the serving size. It is easy and convenient to use. And it doesn’t ask you to “super size me” for one dollar. It tastes good.
Here are some sample menus:
Light, fluffy pancakes with syrup (Possible addition: Canadian Bacon and strawberries) (Breakfast), Ice Cream Sandwich (Dessert), Apple Strudel Bar (Breakfast), Fudge Graham Bar (Lunch),Cheese Puffs (Dessert), Cinnamon Bun (Breakfast), Mashed Potatoes with Meatloaf with steamed Green beans (Dinner), Cheese Tortellini (Lunch)....
Wouldn’t anything that tastes sweet taste great? Sugar is a flavor enhancer. It turns the taste of your food from fine to fantastic. And doesn’t this remind you of the Twinkies diet guy? He ate Twinkies and occasionally, vegetables and he lost weight. And yes, fewer calories can help you lose weight. Basic science. The point is proven ages ago.
The Very, Very Ugly
I couldn’t agree more that it is a tool. A short-term tool that will help you to get back on track. Yet, for a long-term approach, it does not work.
Convenience food that is processed is not convenient when it causes such health-damaging effects. It is an inconvenient truth when cancer, diabetes and infections take hold in our body. And accelerated aging we can now add to this list.
Weight loss is just one measure of improving your health. Look deeper at your cellular level and get your cellular function tested. Ask your doctor for a glucose test if you are on a high sugar diet. Do you fall in the norm? Or on the borderline or high glucose levels? A diet, should not be charged by the portion of food you eat.
What example do we give our children when we eat packaged food? No time for it? Really, you make time if you want your children not to see packaged food consumption as the norm. And you do set examples for your children at any age.
Obesity is an epidemic. And convenience food feeds right into it. To stop this epidemic, grass-root change needs to happen, from the way food is offered to the consumer to the lobbying of the corn syrup and sugar industries. Believe that you have time to prepare food. Who said anything about complicated cooking? Assemble fresh foods that you can grill, bake or eat raw. Get some cookbooks and get some ideas. Get inspired. Try the following: Instead of saying “I can’t,” say “I can try.”
Source: Stefan Aschan, Pre-Packed Foods for Weight Loss: The Good, the Pretty Good and the Very, Very Ugly, The Blog, HuffPost, February 7, 2011.