My view on Lite n’ Easy

I have tried many, many diets, most successful diet I’ve ever been on was actually when I WASN’T on a diet and through making a move to Japan, my lifestyle changed.  I stopped eating all wheat at that time, I walked a lot more, and my portion sizes shrunk…amazingly, I was able to lose nearly 30kg…

Unfortunately, through recently taking seroquel (an depressive disorder drug, but I was prescribed them for sleep), I managed to gain 12kg in 8 weeks.  Crazy huh…not only that, I haven’t been able to effectively lose that weight permanently in over two years.

I tried the Dukan Diet, with great success, but wasn’t able to keep the weight off as I didn’t follow through to the last phase and now I’m trying Lite n’ Easy. 

Lite n’ Easy is a food delivery service that provides calorie controlled meals to your door.  Depending on the package you buy, they can include all your breakfasts, lunch, dinners and snacks – with only milk that you need to provide yourself.

For someone who is busy, hates cooking, and don’t mind simple food – it’d be great.  There’s absolutely no thinking required – each day’s food is packaged into plastic bags, marked with Day 1 or Day 2, so you know exactly when to eat them.

For me…it didn’t really work.

I tried it for three full weeks and found it EXTREMELY difficult.  First of all, I was too ambitious and thought I would be fine on a 1200 calorie plan.  I have a sedantary job, but I exercise 4 or 5 times a week, and was left feeling faint and hungry.  Changing to the 1500 calorie meal plans did help…but all that did was provide two additional snacks (a day) and maybe an extra slice of bread for breakfast.

A typical day would look something like this:

Breakfast

2 pieces of multigrain toast with vegemite

4-grain cereal

Orange

Snack

Fruit cup

Lunch

BBQ chicken pizza

Fig and oat cookies

Rice cracker trail mix

Dinner

Frozen meal (usually very small amount of protein with green beans, carrots and potatoes)

 

Here’s my problem with it…I have read many things about eating refined and simple carbs and Lite n’ Easy doesn’t seem to have the same line of thinking.  At every meal, there is always some sort of bread, potato, white rice or pasta.  The diets are totally geared towards calorie counting, with no though for providing rye, brown bread, brown rice or whole wheat pasta.  The meals (especially the dinners) are also quite light in protein (with only 4 or 5 50c piece coins) and half the container filled with rice.

I’m often left feeling really hungry and craving sugar…and no amount of their little snacks that they provide helps to alleviate that.  I ended up eating double the meals, I’d eat my lite n’ Easy stuff, and then eat something else.

Tastewise, some of the stuff was really tasty, but I would say the majority wasn’t that great.  All their frozen meals were waterlogged and bland…and I got sick of eating the same tasting green beans and carrots that were in practically every meal.

My sister however, has lost 4kg in 2.5 weeks on Lite and Easy…so it IS working for her…it just didn’t work for me.

Foods I liked on Lite n’ Easy:

  • vanilla crunch cereal
  • BBQ chicken Pizza
  • Chicken tender wraps
  • Greek meatball wraps
  • Chicken Enchilada

Foods I disliked on Lite n’ Easy:

  • Asian lamb shanks (very gamey)
  • Crumbed Fish fillet
  • Potatoes
  • carrots
  • Beans
  • Corned Beef
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6 Responses to “My view on Lite n’ Easy”

  1. I say you go with what you know worked… Dukan. It’s all in the follow through 🙂

  2. I enjoyed reading your blogs while you were on the Dukan Diet. It helped me with getting ideas on what to eat, and how it affected your weight loss or gain. I have tried a few diets and Dukan is definitely the easiest, because you never go hungry. The carb cravings are huge though! I found that after not eating carbs for a while, if you eat a big carb meal you feel really bloated and sick.

    I was successful on the Dukan Diet, however after a three week holiday in Thailand I gained back all the weight I had lost. I am attempting it again but finding it hard not to cheat this time around…

    It helps hearing how other people are going with diets and weight loss. If you need anyone to bounce ideas off let me know 🙂

  3. helen collins Says:

    I really feel for you. I’ve just found your blog and read most of it. I guess your are from the USA by the type of food you eat and what surprises me is how much sweet tasting and rich foods you eat. Even processed diet foods are bad . If you watch the video Sugar The Bitter Truth (search youtube) – you’ll never want to eat sweet or processed foods again. I do hope you reach your goal but have you tried cutting out everything sweet – go cold turkey – that includes artificial sweeteners – it’s hard but after a couple of weeks the cravings stop. Drink water instead. Whatever you do good luck and keep trying – you’ll get there if you really want to.

  4. helen collins Says:

    I thought you were from usa but maybe ur fron oz?

  5. Hi there,

    Just a note to say I’ll be adding you to my google reader to keep up with your goings on. 🙂

    I am blogging about my experiences with Lite N Easy over at my blog. So far I have mostly liked it although I am not a great fan of the chicken cuts they use. I prefer chicken breast, though I don’t mind the tenders.

    I like the convenience of it so far. 🙂

    Re fizzy drinks on one of your later posts – I cut out all drinks like coke etc a while back and switched to mineral/soda water. I have a soda stream and I use that to make the mineral water and if I am feeling like it I’ll add some fruit to the water. A cut up orange, strawberries, lime or lemon work well.

    Mineral/soda water is something that took a while to get used to but now I am addicted to it – I still get the fizz but without the calories.

    The Duigan sounds interesting. I am having the opposite problem with Lite N Easy than you did – too much food. I’m cutting back to the 1200 cals next week and I’ll see how that works for me.

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