"Whether you're cooking or not is one of the best predictors for a healthy diet. It's more important than the class predictor. People with more money generally have healthier diets. But affluent people who don't cook are not as healthy in their eating as poor people who still cook."
Three years ago I joined TOPS and lost 28 lbs in 5 months, then starting sliding. I mostly lived on Lean Cuisine though. I re-joined TOPS the week before (your) group in Rockland started and have not eaten any Lean Cuisines or packaged "diet food". I'm embracing everything you're teaching (maybe not the amaranth so much..) and not following any diet plan at all. Once I stopped eating sugar I lost 2 pounds that week and another 1 1/2 this week. So far I have dropped 9 lbs since we started. My real goal is to be healthy and losing weight is a happy side effect. Thank you!"