What to Expect From a Great Weight Loss Program

Trying to lose weight on your own can leave you exhausted and overwhelmed with very little to show for results. The Internet may be full of information on how to lose weight but it may not be relevant or applicable to you.

But when you start working under a scientific weight loss plan, such as Medifast, you will notice the difference and taste success sooner.

Here are the most important things, you can expect from a great medical weight loss plan, to decide if it is right for you.

Customized Plans

If you’ve tried ant diet or fitness programs, you would know that there is no one size fits all program. A good weight loss plan is customized to your specific needs, weight loss goals and expectations. It is designed based on your individual health and lifestyle.

Efficient Program

Getting quick weight loss results will keep you motivated.

The results of a great weight loss program, such as Medifast in Gilbert, AZ, are likely to be quick. You are under the supervision of weight loss professionals and nutritionists, who will recommend meal plans that, are rich in nutrients and keep you satisfied, yet help you lose weight.

Before you choose your medical weight loss program, ask for a free consultation to learn more about your options. It will give you a solid starting point to gain control of your health.

If you are looking for a reliable weight loss clinic Gilbert AZ, call Medifast at 602-996-9669. Your counselor can tell you more about the science behind the success and safety of Medifast products when you go for a FREE consultation.

Four Ways Consuming Alcohol Sabotages Weight Loss

Alcohol consumption is a societally ingrained part of most social gatherings. People have also come to rely upon it in solitude, as a tool for unwinding at the end of a stressful day.  Although commonly used as a social lubricant and stress reliever, alcohol can lead to a host of health concerns. Today, we will focus on how alcohol can be a primary saboteur of achieving or maintaining your ideal weight.canstockphoto45753091

 

  1. Increases Caloric Consumption: Alcohol contains almost twice the number of calories per gram than proteins or carbohydrates. This highly concentrated source of calories often results in greater caloric consumption than opting for a nutritious meal. In addition, the nutritionally devoid calories of alcohol are being layered on top of the nutritionally necessary calories needed to fuel the body. Eliminate the alcohol and focus on giving your body the nutrient rich calories it needs to run at full potential.

 

  1. Stimulates Appetite: The empty calories provided by alcohol leave the body yearning for more carbohydrate and sodium rich foods. This happens because the body depletes its stores of carbohydrates to metabolize the alcohol, triggering cravings for more carbohydrates. Alcohol also has a diuretic effect, which results in electrolyte loss. This stimulates the body’s natural inclination to replenish what has been lost by eating high sodium foods such as chips and dip. If you eliminate alcohol from your diet, you will be less tempted to consume more food than what your body actually needs.

 

  1. Lowers Inhibitions: We may enter into a social engagement with the intent of making healthy food choices, but adding alcohol to the mix may cause those good intentions to go canstockphoto46175417up in smoke right along with your aspirations of losing weight. Alcohol lowers inhibitions leading not only to poor food choices, but also to overindulgence in all the wrong foods. Eliminating alcohol will help keep you in the driver’s seat when it comes to making health conscious choices.

 

  1. Slows Metabolism: Since the body can’t store alcohol, it must metabolize it right away.  This may sound ideal at first, until you understand how it works. Since body’s energy is being used to metabolize alcohol, this inhibits its ability to metabolize fats and sugars.  This ultimately slows the metabolism and leads to weight gain.  Pushing the alcohol away and nourishing your body with nutritious food choices will help to keep your metabolism running optimally.

 

If achieving your ideal weight is a priority, it’s best to decline the alcoholic beverages and instead opt for a sparkling water or diet soda.  The nutritional experts at Arizona Medifast Weight Control Centers can help educate and support you as you make this and other lifestyle changes on your weight loss journey. Please call today at (602) 996-9669 to schedule a complimentary consultation with our compassionate and knowledgeable team.

How Water Can Spring Your Weight Loss into Action this Spring

It’s that time of year again!  The sun is out, the temperatures are rising and the layers of clothing are being shed.  So many of us are scrambling to figure out how to shed that winter weight fast! While there are no quick fixes, water can be a significant ingredient toward helping you drop some pounds. Here are some ways that water can contribute to the quest for a leaner version of yourself for the warmer months ahead.

Reduces Appetite: Before you decide to raid the kitchen pantry, grab a glass or two of water.  Many canstockphoto45942965times the sensation we perceive to be hunger is actually thirst and water may be all that’s needed to satiate you.  If it is actually hunger you’re feeling, you should still make it habit to have one or two glasses of water before meals and snacks.  This will produce greater feelings of fullness and therefore decrease your desire to consume excessive calories.

Eliminates Unnecessary Calorie Intake:  One of the most common contributors to weight gain comes not from the calories we eat, but rather those that we drink.  A twelve ounce can of soda has approximately 160 calories and although juice may have more nutritional value,  it is loaded with sugar and has just as many calories as soda! If you’re thinking about having a frozen alcoholic beverage, you may want to think twice.  A pina colada will cost you around 500 calories!  By making water your beverage of choice, you will be making one small change that can add up to a big savings in calories.

canstockphoto45550913Boosts Metabolism:  Every time you eat or drink anything, your body has to work to process what you’ve ingested.  This is called “diet-induced thermogenesis” and it has been documented in the The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism to increase metabolism by up to as much at 30% for up to 40 minutes after drinking 17 ounces of water.  Plain and simple, drink more water and you will burn more calories.

Yes, it’s true that water may be a helpful contributor  to achieving your weight loss goals, but the primary key to long term weight loss success is learning to modify your food intake.  This often requires additional support and education, which the nutritional experts at Medifast Weight Control Centers are well equipped to provide. Please call today to schedule a complimentary consultation where we can discuss your specific dietary needs and design a program that will help you lose your weight safely and learn to keep it off.

Medifast Weight Control Centers offers four Valleywide weight loss clinics to help you in your quest to transform your physique and health. Call today for a free consult! (602) 996-9669

Wasabi Tuna Asian Salad Recipe

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Ingredients

  • ½ lb (8 oz) raw tuna steak (should yield one 7-oz cooked serving)
  • 1 cup bok choy stalks, leaves removed, chopped into bite-sized pieces
  • ½ cup cucumbers, shredded or chopped into “match-stick” size pieces
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 1-½ tsp wasabi paste*
  • 1 tsp lime juice
  • Dash of salt and/or pepper (optional)
  • Non-stick cooking spray

*Look for wasabi paste in the “international aisle” of your grocery food store. A 1-Tbsp serving should contain about 15 calories, <3 g carbohydrates, and <1 g fat.

Direction

Fish: Preheat skillet to medium-high heat. Mix lime juice and wasabi; coat tuna steaks. Spray skillet with non-stick cooking spray for 5-10 seconds. Place tuna steaks on skillet and cook over medium-high heat 5 minutes each side or until desired doneness (until the flesh of the tuna is opaque and can easily be flaked with a fork). Salad: Slice cucumbers into “match-stick” size pieces. Chop bok choy into short bite-sized pieces. Toss with olive oil, salt and pepper to taste if desired. Serve tuna on top of salad.

Asparagus Salad Recipe

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Ingredients

  • 4 oz moderate-fat cheese, such as part-skim mozzarella (moderate-fat cheese = 3-6 g of fat per 1-oz or ¼-cup, shredded serving)
  • ¾ cup (9 medium 5-¼” to 7” spears) asparagus
  • ¾ cup (2 medium 2-3/5”) tomatoes, chopped
  • 2 Tbsp fresh basil, finely chopped
  • 2 Tbsp Newman’s Own® Lighten Up Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressing
  • ¼ tsp freshly ground black pepper

Direction

Trim ends from asparagus, chop tomatoes, and shred cheese or cut into cubes. Bring medium-sized pot of water to boil, drop in cleaned asparagus, and boil 5 minutes or until asparagus is al dente (tender-crisp). Drain asparagus and quickly put into a bowl or pot of ice cold water (this stops asparagus from over-cooking). Add remaining ingredients to cooled, drained asparagus and chill. Serve chilled.

Beef Tenderloin & Asparagus Recipe

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Ingredients

  • 2-½ lbs (37 medium 5-1/4” to 7” spears) asparagus
  • 11-14 oz raw beef tenderloin (should yield two 5-oz servings, depending on desired doneness of beef; use higher end of starting weight for well-done and extra well-done beef)

Marinade/rub:

  • 2 Tbsp fresh parsley
  • 2 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp fresh rosemary, minced
  • 1 tsp fresh thyme, minced
  • ¼ tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

Direction

Marinade/rub:Combine marinade ingredients in a bowl, setting aside a small portion of mix to be used for asparagus. Rub beef tenderloin with mixture, then wrap beef in plastic wrap, refrigerate, and allow to marinate for 30 minutes. While meat is marinating, preheat grill to medium heat and prepare asparagus by washing and trimming ends. Lay asparagus spears on aluminum foil (leave excess aluminum foil at the edges). Sprinkle remaining marinade mix over asparagus spears. Add 1-2 Tbsp water. Fold foil by tucking ends and creating a “tent.” Place on grill, leaving ends folded. Grill beef 15-25 minutes or until desired doneness. Continue to cook asparagus until al dente (tender-crisp).

Citrus Grilled Pork Chops Recipe

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Ingredients

  • ¾ lb (12 oz) raw, boneless pork loin chops (should yield two 5-oz cooked servings)
  • 6 cups (1 small-medium bunch) raw broccoli, chopped
  • 10 sprays butter substitute spray (e.g., I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter®)

Marinade:

  • 2 Tbsp fresh lime juice
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 packet sugar substitute

Direction

Heat gas grill to medium-high or prepare charcoal grill with medium-hot coals. In a medium pot, heat water until boiling. Add chopped broccoli and boil or steam until broccoli is al dente (tender-crisp). Drain broccoli and set aside; cover to keep warm until serving. Remove pork from marinade. Grill pork chops about 12 minutes, turning halfway through, or until internal temperature registers 155° F on thermometer. Divide broccoli and pork loin chops onto two plates. Top each serving of broccoli with 5 sprays of butter spray; salt and pepper to taste.

Lemon Greek Salad Recipe

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Ingredients

  • 14 oz raw, boneless, skinless chicken breast (should yield two 6-oz servings)
  • 1 cup (1 medium) cucumber, chopped
  • 1 cup (1 medium 2-¾” x 2-½”) red or orange bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 cup (2 small 2-2/5”) tomatoes, chopped, sliced, or wedged
  • ¼ cup (10 medium) black or green olives, chopped
  • 2 Tbsp fresh parsley, finely chopped
  • 2 Tbsp red onion, finely chopped
  • 4-5 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic, minced (optional)

Direction

Preheat grill to medium-high heat. Place chicken on grill when heated and cook about 5 minutes on each side, or until chicken is thoroughly cooked and no longer pink. Cut chicken into slices. In a serving bowl, combine parsley, olives, and garlic. Whisk in 4 tsp lemon juice and 1 tsp olive oil. Add cucumber, bell pepper, tomato, and onion. Toss to coat ingredients with dressing. Add up to 1 tsp more of lemon juice to taste. Split salad into two servings and place 6 oz chicken on top each salad.

Grilled Steak and Vegetable Salad Recipe

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Ingredients

  • 14 oz raw top sirloin steak (should yield two 5-oz cooked servings)
  • 2 cups lettuce or mixed salad greens
  • 1 cup (1 medium-large 3” x 2-¾”) yellow pepper, sliced lengthwise
  • 1 cup (2 small 2-2/5”) tomatoes, wedged or sliced
  • 3 Tbsp Newman’s Own® Lighten Up Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressing
  • 2 Tbsp red onion, chopped

Direction

Preheat grill to medium-high heat. Trim all visible fat from meat. Brush 1-½ Tbsp dressing lightly over one side of steak and over cut sides of peppers. Reserve remaining 1-½ Tbsp for later use. Place steak and peppers on grill, dressing sides down. Grill steak 5 minutes on each side or until medium doneness (160° F) and grill peppers 10 minutes (peppers do not need turning) or until al dente (tender-crisp). Meanwhile, place greens in 2 serving bowls; top with tomatoes and onions. Cut steak across the grain into thin slices; cut peppers. Arrange steak and peppers over salads. Drizzle with remaining 1-½ Tbsp dressing.

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