New Year’s celebrations have passed, the scale registers a little higher, weight loss resolutions have been made, and the weight loss ads have hit the airwaves. Most of the television ads are for weight loss programs that include their own “food” that I wouldn’t eat if I was stranded on a desert island. I’d be hunting for coconuts and making a spear to hunt for fish before I’d eat anything with a Nutrisystem, Weight Watchers, or Atkins label. Why? Chemical shitstorms and few nutrients. Here’s a few examples:
Nutrisystem’s Chicken Alfredo: Calories in check, but high in sodium and a whole host of additives, flavor enhancers, and MSG cousins that I wouldn’t feed my dog. Artificial color, mono and diglycerides, autolyzed yeast extract, disodium guanylate, and disodium insinate. Healthy alternative: A small chicken breast brushed with olive oil and covered in a rub with real herbs and spices; roasted at 425 degrees for 10-12 minutes per side.
Atkins Meatloaf with Portobello Mushroom Gravy: High in sodium and fat, with a boatload of chemicals and crap ingredients, including rendered bacon fat, hydrolyzed soy protein (MSG in disguise), beef fat, disodium insinate, disodium guanylate, and flavors. Healthy alternative: Skip the beef and have a plate full of steamed vegetables, a baked sweet potato, and legumes sautéed in olive oil, onions, and salt/pepper.
Weight Watchers Smart Ones Turkey Medallions with Mushroom Gravy: Yuk, yuk, and more yuk. High in sodium, hydrogenated oils, and a whole host of controversial ingredients, including hydrogenated oils, yeast extract autolyzed, flavors, sodium benzoate, chicken fat, disodium guanylate and inosinate, BHA, propyl gallate, and turkey flavor. What the hell is turkey flavor? Healthy alternative: Make a turkey sandwich with 100% natural turkey, preservative-free whole grain bread, lots of vegetables, and mustard.
If you want to lose weight and get healthy, you must avoid the “F words” (read chapter 21 in I’m Fat, Help Me) and embrace the other guidelines outlined in Eat Smart or Use Duct Tape (part three). Weight Watchers, Atkins, and Nutrisystem and their profit-seeking foods violate most of these guidelines.