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RKTHETEXGAL SparkPoints: (29,574)
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2/13/14 1:49 P

I too prefer the whole foods rather than the over processed junk diet food. Its why i started participating in a produce co op and buy only whole raw cow milk from a small reputable dairy. No chemicals, no additives and none of the good stuff taken out. Yes, I do buy whole grain cereal and some pasta sauces, etc, but the bulk of our eating comes from good old fresh, whole food. I figure if I am going to maintain the lifestyle changes I've made and will be making, I am going to have to learn to do it with real food, not some diet food that eventually I'd tire of or stop eating altogether once I reach my goal weight.

-CORAL- SparkPoints: (40,297)
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2/13/14 1:09 P

I shun most diet products to a point.. but I struggle with keeping my fat intake in check due to loving olive oil, nuts, cheese, butter and eggs. So I will use a lowfat shredded cheese, light mayonnaise, and light sour cream to keep my fat intake in check.

2/11/14 5:12 P

Like so many others, I also don't eat "diet foods". Unless you consider nuts diet food. They are my go to snack, a little goes a long way. Between almonds, pecans and pistachios, it doesn't get boring.

LOUNMOUN Posts: 1,334
2/11/14 5:11 P

I don't buy diet foods or drinks.
Packaged diet foods don't taste good to me. I would rather eat naturally low fat real foods most of the time. There are plenty of healthy foods that do taste good that fit my plan.

EELPIE Posts: 2,700
2/11/14 4:21 P

lol me too :)

ANN207 SparkPoints: (4,131)
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2/11/14 4:12 P

Thanks for all the feedback!

I keep trying to like certain posts with a "like" on Facebook...but there isn't a like button....haha...

EELPIE Posts: 2,700
2/11/14 4:07 P

I avoid them like the plague, unless for some reason it's a dire situation.

Be mindful of what Bunny kicks said about them not keeping you full - it's very true.

You could eat as a snack a 100 calorie bag of whatever, but be starving at dinner time and completely overeat.

Or, you could do something like an apple with a small cheese chunk for 200 calories, and be hungry for dinner (not starving) and not overeat.

That 100 extra cheese calories (fat and protein) might save you from overeating 400 later on in the day because it helps you stay fuller for longer.

BUNNYKICKS Posts: 2,433
2/11/14 3:58 P

Staying within your calorie range will help you lose.

If you eat a 100-calorie packaged "diet snack" instead of a 1000-calorie slice of cheesecake, then yes, it will help you lose.

But the thing is - for the 100 calories, I find most of those sorts of items are *not very filling* - and I know this is a typical problem with "100 calorie individual snack packs" - a lot of people intend to eat just one, but it isn't satisfying and thus you open a second packet.. and a third...

You're very right, there are so many other things to snack on - that will be more enjoyable in taste, and more long-lasting in satisfying your hunger - than a processed snack bar! Plus - they are really quite expensive for what you get.

FINDINGMYSELF61 SparkPoints: (1,916)
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2/11/14 3:00 P

This is exactly what I was wondering also. Today is my first day on Spark and have used products such as Special K and other low calorie Bars. Will they help me "lose"? Serving size one bar, but many other foods I can snack on for the same amount of calories.

MARTHA324 Posts: 5,725
2/11/14 1:45 P

I think going away from "diet" foods is one reason I've been successful at losing weight and keeping it off. When I started I did eat some "diet" foods but gradually moved away from those to real foods as much as possible. I will low fat or non fat dairy products although typically choose full fat cheese and just eat less of it.
One of the surprises for me was that I really like the way I'm eating now and finding it is not hard to choose healthy foods most of the time. I pretty much stick to real foods, lots of plants, and watch my portions.

RENATARUNS SparkPoints: (4,367)
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2/11/14 9:14 A

The only thing I eat that could hypothetically be considered "diet" is nonfat or lowfat milk products (mostly yogurt, occasionally milk), more out of habit, convenience, and availability than any other reason. I eat so little of it anyway it hardly matters.

As a rule, I do and have always despised the very concept of diet foods and have preferred the idea of portion control and reduction of junk food. Just I never did it until now.

KKKAREN Posts: 12,754
2/11/14 8:33 A

No processed food for me either. I stick to the perimeter of the store and like the taste and texture of real foods.

2/11/14 8:08 A

Definitely no processed diet foods over here.

I saw a commercial for this 30 calorie per serving food product last night which is a perfect example of how something promoted as being a diet food isn't healthy in the slightest.

It looks good on the surface.

30 calories
Low fat (if you're into that)
Naturally flavoured
Promoted by the Heart and Stroke Foundation as a good food choice
It even has a tape measure with Weight Maintenance Support written on it

But when you take the time to read the ingredients the story changes dramatically.

Ingredients: Modified milk ingredients, water, fruit blend (water, strawberries, natural flavour, modified corn starch, pectin, locust bean gum, sucralose (15 mg per 100 g serving), potassium sorbate, lemon juice concentrate, sodium citrate, monocalcium phosphate, colour), modified corn starch, inulin, natural flavour, gelatin, pectin, sodium citrate, active bacterial cultures.

They sure crammed a lot of crap into a food that only needs two ingredients to be made. Milk and active bacterial cultures!

I won't go through the whole list of ingredients because as soon as I see the first one is modified milk ingredients I'd put the package back on the grocery store shelf!

"Modified milk ingredients also called natural milk constituents are umbrella terms for a group of milk products which have an altered chemical state from that which is naturally found in milk."

Just Eat Real Food!

EABHA70 SparkPoints: (62,065)
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2/11/14 7:29 A

I do use a couple of "diet foods." I put artificial sweetener in my coffee sometimes, and I've got No Sugar Jell-O in the fridge right now. But I loathe most low-fat foods, especially cheese or that gross "light butter" my parents use. I'd rather eat real foods and just eat less of them.

And I really should not be using the artificial sweetener. It's a bit of a crutch. I always give the excuse of "Oh, but I'm diabetic..." when my blood sugar is perfectly under control.

BEINGFIT26 SparkPoints: (1,262)
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2/11/14 2:08 A

I try to eat what's natural and fresh. Going for diet food means spending extra for useless things.

DRAGONCHILDE SparkPoints: (61,295)
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2/10/14 4:34 P

I don't do diets, and I don't do diet foods, either.

With that said, I do like the occasional protein bar, but not as a "diet" food; more of a convenience thing, or a healthier alternative to junk. If I'm not in the mood to cook or make a bowl of cereal, a protein bar will suit me just fine. I don't make a habit of it, though, and they're generally too expensive to rationalize.

You can also make your own for far cheaper!

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FLORADITA SparkPoints: (63,888)
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2/10/14 4:24 P

I am of the whole and real food thinking, no processed or diet foods for me. No low fat or artificial sweeteners either.

NIRERIN Posts: 14,236
2/10/14 4:23 P

have you ever noticed that you have never seen a commercial for lentils? or carrots? if a company has to spend millions of dollars to tell me i should eat something, then it's probably not something i want or have any need to be eating. there isn't a huge margin in the stuff that's good for me, and science hasn't yet figured out a way to improve on nature. every few years you will see the avocado board or something else get together an ad campaign, but most of them are too costly and don't lead to an increase in sales or awareness.

ICEDEMETER Posts: 1,332
2/10/14 4:20 P

Add me to the list of those who don't do "diet" foods!

Why would I have a food-like "100 calorie brownie thing", when I can make a batch of 120 calorie muffins with all natural ingredients that tastes better, is more satiating, and gives me a ton more nutrition?

Honestly, my whole "lifestyle change" has been learning to cook and bake real foods in to meals and treats that are far more nutritious, tasty, and satisfying than any packaged item could ever be. The biggest issue that we've found is that it's now far trickier to find a restaurant that can serve a meal as good as I can make, so we're finding it less and less appealing to go out for dinner (which is a major change for 2 sales folks who used to eat at restaurants at least 80% of the time).

The only thing we still have that comes out of a box is my morning cereal, and that's going to stay because I need to supplement folate and my body can tolerate it in the cereal while it can't deal with it in pill form.

As for "low-fat", "no-calorie sweetener" versions of foods --- not in this house! I eat full fat versions of everything, and if I want something sweetened then I use maple syrup, honey, blackstrap molasses, or maple sugar. As with everything, it's all about portion control.

I absolutely agree with you that this will be easier to maintain than relying on some "diet" products --- I enjoy it so much that the idea of going back to the "old ways" sounds like a punishment!

MEGAPEEJ Posts: 732
2/10/14 2:52 P

I don't do diet foods either! I'm pretty fortunate that I have a pretty good handle on cooking and can make pretty tasty food with whole ingredients and good flavors. I also work in the grocery industry, so I know what marketing words actually mean something and which are completely useless, i.e. "natural!", "healthy!", "low fat!" (which may be accurate, but also hides the fact it's loaded in sugar, calories, and is not at all good for you - diversion tactic). I may not know what a "healthy, low fat" cereal consists of, but yogurt with readable ingredients and an apple make a far better breakfast.

Funny story, I once bought a pint of fake diet ice cream that had only 10 calories per serving. I could eat the whole container for only 40 calories! I took a bite and promptly threw the whole disgusting thing away. Apparently you only get 10 calories because it's too gross to eat, LOL! After that I just bought the good stuff and was careful with portions. ;)

ANN207 SparkPoints: (4,131)
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2/10/14 2:30 P

Thanks for replying!

It's funny though, I have to literally program myself differently. I see a commercial for the 100 calorie fudge cake thing...and my first thought is...that looks great!...then I have to remember that its fake food.....

It's definately a new way for me to think about food and may take time for me to get into it..but slowly...going to get the hang of it!


EXOTEC Posts: 3,327
2/10/14 2:16 P

In my world, any processed foods are particularly anathema. I try to stick with "real" food at every opportunity. Even so, I get more than I'd like, such as the occasional lunch meats, or certain cheeses. But I'm one of those "perimeter shoppers" who only ventures into the center of the grocery for cleaning supplies, paper/plastic goods, hygiene items... no foods. Sometimes some nuts or cartonized nut milks. Otherwise, it's whole foods all the way.

Whole food contains the entire nutrient profile of the food. Not some facsimile product which has had everything removed in processing and then added back as a "supplement", sans whatever other probably-essential constituents they don't bother to or don't know to replace.

I'll stick to the stuff we were meant to eat.
It tastes better anyway!


BUNNYKICKS Posts: 2,433
2/10/14 2:14 P

Me! I utterly *refuse* to buy processed "diet" foods. I do not trust the Big Food industry to put my health and wellness above their profit margins. It's the same corporate machine that convinced us it was our god-given "right" to eat double and triple portions of everything at every meal, and then in between meals too... that convinced us that it was a good idea to contract out our cooking chores to industrial processors and fast-food shops. If we eat the way the processed food marketers WANT us to eat ("as much as possible"), we get fatter. When we decide we want to drop some of the weight, Big Food doesn't want to lose their market share... so they provide us with Carefully Formulated Diet Foods. Pshhhhhhhhhh.

The number one far-and-away biggest lifestyle change I made that I credit for my success is dropping the processed and "fast" food. All of it. Including the "lite" ice cream and "lo fat" snack crackers.

I would rather eat 1/2 cup of REAL ice cream than 3 cups of chemicals-and-edible-oil-product Diet Fluff Ice-Cream-Looking Substance. Or one teaspoon of butter over a tablespoon of I-Can't-Believe-It's-Not. I prefer an ounce of actual cheese over a larger portion of "calorie reduced cheese food product." The key is portion control.

ANN207 SparkPoints: (4,131)
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2/10/14 1:59 P

I was wondering if anyone else was saying no to diet foods, like the protein bars/drinks/foods and saying yes to real foods..?

I am trying to eat real whole foods.....not any fat free or reduced calories...eating less of the whole foods....but I think that I will 1. be able to maintain by not cutting out real foods and then bringing them back in after I loose weight and 2. more satisfied with all the nutrients and fat in the real foods...

What are your thoughts, if you are cutting back on "diet" processed foods....has it worked for you?

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