Weight watchers frozen dinners? Pros and cons? I am 54 and weight is coming on faster. Unfortunately, I have block and not exercising. Paying monthly fee to the gym. I want to try to Zumba class. Bummed!

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  1. Ann Rosenstein wrote on :

    Thank you for writing. Your picture is beautiful! Your weight is coming on faster because you are not eating healthy wholesome foods and you admittedly are not exercising. If you continue to have a sedentary lifestyle your heart block will get worse not better. Since you belong to a gym see a personal trainer and DO NOT cancel your appointment and do the work! I say that because so many people do cancel. By all means, do Zumba and also weight training. To be safe please see your physician and discuss your exercise program with him or her. As far as Weight Watchers frozen dinners; those are prepackaged, processed dinners and contain preservatives and sodium that will exacerbate your heart block. Buy real food. Weight Watchers as a program is actually pretty good but you must change your lifestyle. It is not a temporary fix. Don’t make excuses for not living a healthier lifestyle and stop looking for that one food or exercise that will cure everything. It does not exist! Every person I have ever known that lost weight and kept it off did it by eating whole unprocessed foods in an appropriate amount combined with exercise and making that their new lifestyle. You have a choice; you can live healthier or you can continue to pass up a healthy, active lifestyle and hunt for the magic food/exercise and remain “bummed.” I am not being harsh. I really want to reach you and I am not going to sugar coat the facts. Please visit my website at http://www.dietfitnessdiva.com where I take on nutrition/fitness myths, fads and misinformation. Write back in 2 months and let us here at FOF know how you are doing.

  2. Caroline Cederquist M.D. wrote on :

    Dear Casey,

    As a female physician who specializes in weight management, weight gain during menopause and perimenopause are the most common conditions I treat. In my practice, we special in what I lovingly call the ‘menopause metabolism’ and I know exactly what you are going through and how to treat it.

    So many women share the history of normal weight management, until all of a sudden, with perimenopause or menopause, a switch has turned off and somehow their metabolism has changed. The history a typical patient will give to me sounds something like, “I have always needed to work on my weight–eat the right things and exercise–and I still do. But now everything I used to do to control my weight no longer works. Instead, I am gaining weight despite being more careful, exercising more and eating less. Help! I am so frustrated.”

    Because I am so busy with 4 children and a thriving medical practice — meal planning simply takes too much of my time, as well as my patients’ time. So I created BistroMD, which is a controlled carbohydrate, adequate lean protein meal plan without any added preservatives. If you’d like to see more about my solution to frozen dinners, please visit http://www.bistromd.com. This is a doctor-designed, chef-prepared meal plan I created to help my patients keep eating healthy, day in and day out.

    All my best,
    Caroline J. Cederquist, MD

  3. Gregory Anne Cox wrote on :

    Hi, While I agree with Bonne Sarah below on what else is in these kinds of frozen dinners I graciously disagree with her recommendation for low fat anything and whole grains. This is the recommended plan and if you look around at the world, the results are less than encouraging. Healthy fat is not only healthy it is necessary for your brain to function, your sex and other hormones to be manufactured, your skin to look and feel alive not dry and much more. Too many grains in the diet leads to weight gain and can lead to inflammation–the underlying culprit for many of the lifestyle diseases so common today. Def agree with more vegetables and clean protein but don’t overdo the fruit either.
    Midlife is not a fat sentence! And what we do for our waistlines has overall benefits for our health as we age. Let me know if you’d like to talk about offline. Best, Gregory

  4. Bonne Sarah wrote on :

    Weight Watchers frozen dinners – or any frozen dinner in this category for that matter (Lean Cuisine, Jenny Craig…) are good for getting a sense of portion size and help with easy tracking of calories. The problem with them is they are typically loaded with chemicals to preserve the ingredients, sodium, etc. These chemicals and sodium can undermine weigh management efforts, particularly for those of us who are dealing with hormonal imbalances. For my money, I’d up your intake of fruits, vegetables and whole grains and very low fat proteins (tofu in moderation; legumes aplenty!) and find 10 minutes every day to do some form of exercise (stretching or walking or even jumping jacks in place). The 10 minutes will help you break through your block and it’s been proven 10 minute bursts (where heart rate is elevated) can do as much as 30 minutes of moderate walking. Good luck!

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