With the busy schedule requirements of a modern lifestyle, finding time to cook is a luxury that many people cannot afford. Late nights at the office and after-school activities with children interfere with normal routine.
Therefore, frozen and pre-prepared dinners are a relative staple in many households, despite their nutritional inferiority to similar home-cooked items prepared with fresh foods.
Remember that while one or two frozen dinners will not undermine your dieting efforts, relying too heavily on frozen entrees can halt or even reverse your weight loss. Diet pills might help you to lose weight, but they are not a panacea for dining discipline. While you can still eat the occasional frozen dinner while dieting using Alli, you should take a few simple precautions to ensure that you do not substantially undermine your weight loss efforts.
Understand that you will have to limit your total fat intake per meal while taking Alli. This is necessary because according to the Mayo Clinic, Alli can cause digestive problems when combined with higher-fat meals.
This is due to the way that Alli works–by blocking your body’s ability to absorb a portion of ingested dietary fat. Thus, excess fat intake in any one meal will lead to digestive problems such as oily stool and diarrhea.
Choose a basic type of meal (chicken, steak, seafood, turkey, or pasta) and compare and contrast brands until you find a meal that comes in at under 15g of fat. Consider healthy, low-fat meals such as Lean Cuisine’s Teriyaki Steak Bowl, which only contains a total of seven grams of fat.
Other frozen entrees to consider include Healthy Choice Chicken Enchiladas (7g fat), Healthy Choice Garlic Shrimp (6g fat), or Lean Gourmet Five Cheese Lasagna (5g fat). No matter whether you are in the mood for beef, steak, chicken, pasta, or seafood, there is likely a low-fat meal available for you.
Divide portions if you are caught in a pinch and only have access to a meal that contains more than 15g of protein. Perform a quick search online in a nutrient database (such as the one linked below) and search for what you believe to be the offending ingredient. Either remove it wholly from the meal (i.e. if you believe the meal contains a high-fat gravy) or only consume a portion of the high-fat item (e.g. if the high-fat item is the main course of the dinner).