Kick Fever Fitness – Your Weight-Loss Food: Microwave Meals

Microwave meals have changed since the TV dinners you grew up with, even the ones you ate just five years ago.
Responding to criticism about nutritional content, frozen-meal producers have worked hard to bring fat and sodium content down to real-world levels while improving the taste. True, the meals are processed food, but you could do worse.

Why are microwave meals a successful part of weight loss? It’s simple math. Even when we’re trying to limit our calories and be careful about portions, it’s hard to be accurate, and it’s easy for meal sizes and calories to grow.

In the same way that small plates are effective in limiting portion size, the predetermined small portions and limited calories of microwave meals are helpful too. Research shows that consistently using microwave meals as part of a diet results in weight loss over time.

Brands geared toward weight loss, such as Weight Watchers Smart Ones, Lean Cuisine and Healthy Choice are a good place to start, but be aware that there still is a wide variety of fat, protein and salt content.

Always read the label. Go for the “2-4-8” rule. Choose meals with more than 20 grams of protein, fewer than 400 calories, and fewer than 800 milligrams of sodium. If you’re worried about not feeling full, throw in some extra vegetables or add a small salad to bulk up your meal without bulking up yourself.