America’s Rising Obesity Epidemic; How You Can Avoid Being Part of the Trend

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It is a statistically proven fact that obesity is on the rise in America.  According to a recent study published in the Journal of American Medical Association, there has been a steady increase in the number of overweight and obese men and women since the early 1990’s. 

Since then, the percentage of overweight or obese men has risen from 63 to 75 percent. Women mirrored this trend, with a twelve percent increase from 55 to 67 percent.  So the question remains, why are American’s weighing in at increasingly unhealthy numbers and how can you avoid being a part of this growing trend?

  1. Problem: Today’s world contains a multitude of electronic gadgets that provide convenience, but also contribute to a sedentary lifestyle.  Physical labor is less and less prevalent as machines are replacing human labor.  Even office jobs have become more sedentary, as people participate in meetings virtually without even having to leave their desks. Children engage in virtual, sedentary play instead of live, active play.  Being sedentary burns less calories throughout the day and inevitably results in extra pounds to contend with.


Solution:   If you’re working in an office, use technology to your advantage by setting a reminder on your phone to get up and walk around in regular intervals throughout the day.  Use a fitness tracker to set daily goals and track your progress.  Incorporate small changes into your daily rituals, like taking the stairs and parking further away. Set limits on children’s video game time and instead go for a daily walk or bike ride with them.


  1. Problem: In our fast-paced society, convenience is key! Therefore, people resort to grabbing the quickest form of sustenance they can get their hands on. This often means high fat, high calorie options lacking in essential vitamins and nutrients.  While convenient, these options are going to promote neither good health nor fitness.


Solution: Plan ahead and have healthy options readily available both at work and at home.  Have fresh cut fruit and vegetables at your desk and in your refrigerator so that when the munchies strike you’re prepared to combat them with low-fat, healthy options. Dine out less frequently and when you do order items without heavy sauces or dressings. Save both calories and money by splitting a meal with your dining partner. Skip the empty calories of alcoholic beverages or high sugar sodas and have water or non-caloric beverages.


  1. Problem: Marketing has foods appear much healthier than they are in reality.  Items advertised as low fat or low calorie may actually be labeled that way due to a significantly reduced portion. Therefore, consuming a large enough portion to satiate one’s appetite may not provide any savings in calories.  Beware of items marketed as low-fat, as they may compensate by adding significantly more sugar for flavor. So while your intentions may be good, misleading marketing can ultimately add excess pounds.


Solution:  Know what you’re eating!  The FDA requires nutritional content labeling on all retail food sales so learn how to use these labels to help you make better choices at the grocery store.  Pay attention to things like serving size and sugar content. Whole fruits, vegetables and proteins are always good options, as they contain no hidden fat, calories, or sugar.


Yes, the incidence of being overweight or obese is going up, but you don’t have to contribute to that statistic.  Call the caring professionals at Medifast Weight Control Centers.  Their guidance and expertise can help you achieve your weight loss goals.

Foods That Can Help You Lose Weight

Surprised to hear that food can help you lose weight? It may sound unbelievable but it is true. Most diet and weight loss programs may have led you to believe that it is food that is making you fat. The fact is that food eaten the right way can actually make you lose weight. It is this principle that inspired Dr. William Vitale to create one of the most successful weight loss programs, Medifast 5 & 1 Plan®, in 1980.

Medifast is not a magical pill but a comprehensive nutrition plan that gives safe and effective weight loss results. On the other hand, eating too little can send your body into starvation mode, slowing metabolism and preventing calorie burn. In other words, you do not lose weight. So, diet plans that make you eat very little actually make you conserve body weight.

Here are the top benefits of eating foods in a systematic weight loss plan, as in Medifast.

  • The meals are designed to keep you feeling full but still keep you in a fat burning state.
  • When you follow the Medifast 5 & 1 Plan®, as directed, it preserves your muscle while shifting your body to a fat burning state.
  • Once the target weight is achieved, you can transition to the maintenance phase of the plan for long term success.
  • There are more than 80 meal options that are easy to prepare and eat.
  • You get to eat one lean and green meal each day.
  • You never go more than 2-3 hours without eating.

To know more about food that can help you lose weight, visit Medifast or call 602-996-9669.

Herb Roasted Turkey Breast Recipe

turkeyHerb-roasted Turkey Breast Serves 2


Each serving counts as one (1) full Lean & Green Meal (6 ounces “leaner” Lean

choice, three (3) Green (vegetable) servings, and one (1) Healthy Fat serving) and

two (2) optional condiments.

  • 1 lb (16 oz) boneless turkey breast, raw
  • 2 cups celery, chopped
  • 1 cup whole mushrooms, sliced
  • 2 Tbsp onion, diced
  • 1 tsp poultry seasoning
  • 1⁄2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1⁄2 cup low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1⁄2 tsp onion powder
  • 1⁄2 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tsp canola oil, trans fat-free margarine or 3 tsp of butter

Preheat oven to 350° F. Place turkey breasts in medium roasting pan. Sprinkle equal amounts of poultry seasoning, black pepper, onion powder, and garlic powder on turkey breasts. Place celery, onions, and sliced mushrooms around turkey breasts.

Pour chicken broth and oil (or butter/trans fat-free margarine) into roasting pan. Roast for 45–60 minutes or until internal temperature of turkey breasts reaches 170° F. If cooking turkey breasts with skin on, remove skin prior to eating.

Holiday Recipe for Stuffing

stuffingHoliday Stuffing – Serves One

Counts as one (1) optional snack and three (3) optional condiments.

  • 1 packet Medifast Multi-Grain Crackers
  • 1 cube chicken or vegetable bouillon
  • 4-5 oz boiling water
  • 1 Tbsp onion, chopped
  • 2 Tbsp celery, chopped
  • 1⁄4 tsp poultry seasoning, to taste
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

Crush the packet of Medifast Multi-Grain Crackers in small mixing bowl. In a separate, microwave-safe bowl, crush bouillon cube and mix with water, onions, and celery; cook this mixture in microwave 1–2 minutes or until vegetables are tender.


Add poultry seasoning to taste (up to 14 tsp). Mix well, adding additional water to achieve desired

consistency. Blend bouillon and vegetables with Medifast Crackers.

Testimonial for Successful Weight Loss in Scottsdale

Sue Babb BA 45# Front (1)

I want to thank you and all the Scottsdale counselors for helping me lose 43 lbs. and maintain the loss for over one year. I completed the Medifast program two weeks ago.  When I first met the Scottsdale Medifast counselor I explained that I had tried every weight loss program under the sun and nothing had worked for me.

I didn’t enjoy shopping and I didn’t look good in anything I wore. My self-esteem was at an all-time low.

Prior to my visit to Medifast my Doctor suggested I try the Medifast program. My health was okay, but I was overweight and did not feel good about myself and found it difficult to get out and exercise. I listened to Mike Broomhead tell his success story of losing weight and keeping it off for over 6 years.

I looked around at all my friends and family and saw that many had heart or back issues and other health problems that were impacted by excess weight – I thought it was time to tackle my weight problem.

Your counselors listened to my story and explained what they felt were the main differences between Medifast and other programs: they assured me that they would help me through the process and were confident I would see the results I wanted.   I signed up and the rest is history.

The counselors all were concerned about my success and offered many many useful suggestions to help me lose the weight. They were VERY encouraging and knowledgeable.

Once I reached my goal we celebrated the occasion with a blue ribbon indicating how many inches I had lost – Yippee – 72 inches — Holy cow!!! .  

They coached me for the next year and taught me how to make GOOD food choices.   They helped me get back on track when I didn’t lose weight or a couple times when I actually gained weight. The maintenance part of the Medifast program is the most crucial part because it teaches you how to make healthy food choices and reinforces portion control and menu planning.

Even though I have graduated, I still plan on showing up every Saturday to weigh in and of course see all the ladies who have become friends.

I also want to personally thank you for the opportunities you extended to me –the Channel 3 TV show, was a blast and really improved my confidence. Broomhead’s show was fun as well – I was afraid of getting so close to the microphone – guess I will have to keep my day job.

Thank you thank you,

Sue B.

Sue Babb BA 45# Side (1)


Italian Shrimp and Broccoli Recipe



  • 7 oz frozen cooked shrimp (should yield one 7-oz cooked serving)
  • 2 cups raw broccoli, chopped
  • ½ cup (4 medium) cherry tomatoes, chopped
  • 2 Tbsp of Ken’s® Lite Northern Italian with Basil & Romano*
  • 1 Tbsp parmesan cheese, grated or shredded (optional condiment)
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • ½ tsp freshly ground black pepper

*For flavor variety, you can substitute 2 Tbsp Newman’s Own® Parmesan & Garlic Dressing.


Thaw frozen shrimp following directions on package (about 5-7 minutes). In a skillet, heat olive oil and add broccoli and chopped cherry tomatoes; sauté 2-3 minutes or until vegetables are al dente (tender crisp). Remove from heat, cover and set aside. Spoon  salad dressing into a skillet; add shrimp and black pepper. Sauté until shrimp is cooked (or opaque in color). Combine shrimp and vegetables; cook an additional 2-3 minutes to reheat vegetables, if necessary. Place shrimp and vegetables on plate, add parmesan cheese (optional condiment), and stir.

Lemon Scallion Chicken/Vegetable Kabobs Recipe



  • 24 oz raw, boneless, skinless chicken breast (should yield three 6-oz cooked servings)
  • 2 cups (2 small) summer squash, halved lengthwise and cut into 1” chunks
  • 2 cups (18 medium) mushrooms, quartered
  • 1-½ cups (1 small-medium) zucchini, halved lengthwise and cut into 1” chunks
  • 1 cup (8 medium) cherry tomatoes

Zesty Lemon Scallion Sauce:

  • ¾ cup scallions (4-6 scallions), chopped
  • 6 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp hot red pepper sauce
  • ½ tsp salt or salt substitute
  • ¼ tsp black pepper, freshly ground


If using wooden skewers, soak in water 30 minutes. In small bowl, combine scallions, lemon juice, olive oil, hot red pepper sauce, salt, and black pepper; set aside. (You may wish to reserve part of this sauce for finished kabobs.) Preheat grill to medium heat. Thread kabobs with chicken, zucchini, squash, mushrooms, and tomatoes. Brush kabobs before and during cooking with sauce. Grill kabobs 10 minutes, turning once, until cooked through.

Grilled Steak and Vegetable Salad Recipe



  • 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


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.

Super Foods – Eat Your Way to Weight Loss

There’s great news for those who want to lose weight but have failed to do so despite diets and exercise. The problem with many weight loss programs is that they are not scientifically designed, nor are they designed specifically for your body. To overcome all that, there is now a clinically proven, safe weight loss program – Medifast.

There are several reasons that make Medifast weight control program so effective –

  • Designed by a doctor
  • Recommended by over 20,000 doctors
  • You get to eat (not starve!) 6 meals a day
  • Each meal is packed with nutrition
  • Meals have a high fullness index that doesn’t let you feel hungry
  • Certified nutritionists and weight loss specialists support you during your program
  • Your weight loss program is customized to your body composition
  • A maintenance program ensures those pounds don’t come back

Once you discuss your weight goals and concerns with a certified weight loss specialist, you get a personalized weight loss plan that includes meals that are delicious, satisfying and fortified with vitamins and minerals for optimal nutrition.

You get to eat five meals, one every 2-3 hours. You can choose from 80 delicious options including bars, pancakes, pretzels, brownies, ice cream, shakes and more. In addition to five Medifast Meals each day, you also enjoy one lean & green meal, which includes 5 to 7 oz. of lean protein, plus three servings of vegetables and up to two servings of healthy fats, depending on your lean protein choices. This meal can be eaten at any time of day you choose. These meals are convenient to carry, require little to no preparation and are chosen to fit your taste, lifestyle and goals.

Once you achieve your target weight, your Certified Weight Loss Specialist will help you gradually transition from Medifast meals to your own meals and healthy choices. This phase of the program ensures that you maintain your weight loss in the long run.

To know more about these exciting super foods that help you lose weight, call Medifast at 602-996-9669