It’s tempting. It really is. Heading to the frozen food section of your grocery store, picking up a box with beautiful looking pictures on it (as well as low calorie, heart healthy claims) and solving your dinner dilemma with 3 minutes of microwaving.
I’ll be the first to admit it’s the ultimate convenience, and on the surface, a dieter’s dream. After all, every bit of nutritional information is listed right on the box. It almost seems like you can’t go wrong when it comes to meal replacement for weight loss.
But like most things in life, if it looks and sounds too good to be true, it usually is. And this case is no exception. Unfortunately, many people are fooled into thinking that it’s the way forward – a sensible and sustainable fat loss strategy. But it’s nothing more than clever marketing made worse by irresponsible medical endorsement.
In fact, when you start replacing natural, whole foods for things that come in a box (often loaded with sodium and other synthetic preservatives) in order to lose weight, you’re setting yourself up to fail from the get go. Here’s why…
For one, you’re creating a dangerous dependency. Sure, frozen foods and other meal replacements can help you slim down because you’re keeping your caloric intake low. Furthermore, it’s easy to stay within range because the amounts are listed right on the box.
But what happens when you don’t have your meal replacement? Studies have shown that people choose other ready meals (oftentimes fast food) simply because they haven’t learned to incorporate healthy choices into their lifestyles. Not good – not good at all.
Then there’s the issue of preservatives and additives. It’s safe to say that in today’s industrialized world, we’re being exposed to far too many chemicals. Our skyrocketing rates of cancer are proof of this. Do you really want to be putting more of these in your body?
Now, I’m in no way, shape, or form suggesting that frozen food additives cause cancer. But they might. We just don’t have long-term data on every possible ingredient added in our food supply. Why take the chance? Especially when you know you can reduce the risk to ZERO by sticking to natural, whole foods.
Next, when you’re swapping frozen foods that come in a box for real food, you’re likely skimping on your veggies. And fresh veggies should be the staple of your diet. There’s not much more I can tell you about this that you don’t already know. Eat your greens, eat them often, and eat them fresh.
Finally, many of these products are so low in calories (a good selling point for motivated dieters who are trying to shed pounds as fast as possible) they leave you ravished throughout the day. As such, it’s natural to crave and eventually give in to those cravings. Usually, it’s for unhealthy snacks.
Have I made my case yet?
Listen, there’s no chemist, corporation, or medical professional that can provide for you better than nature. Food doesn’t grow in or on boxes. Furthermore, it’s not meant to be messed with and manipulated. If you really needed the additives and preservatives to stay healthy, nature would have put them there.
So in the end, forget about swapping whole food sources for lab experiments. Again, the latter do offer convenience over cooking. But you’re paying for that convenience… and with much more than your wallet. Trust me on this: embrace nature and you’ll be greatly rewarded – with effortless weight loss and long-term health.