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

Recipe and Video for Blackened Shrimp Lettuce Wraps

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Blackened Shrimp Lettuce Wraps

1 Leanest | 3 Green | 2 Healthy Fat | 3 Condiments

Nutrition Facts: 350 calories | 15g fat | 17g carbohydrate | 39g protein (per serving)

Prep Time:   20 minutes  Cook Time: 8 -12 minutes  Yield:  4 servings

IngredientsBlackened Shrimp Lettuce Wraps

2 pounds raw shrimp, peeled and deveined

1 Tbsp Old Bay Blackened Seasoning

4 tsp olive oil, divided

1 cup plain, 2% Greek yogurt

6 oz avocado

2 Tbsp lime juice, divided

1 ½ cups diced tomato

¼ cup diced green bell pepper

¼ cup chopped red onion

¼ cup chopped cilantro

1 chopped and deseeded jalapeno pepper

12 large romaine lettuce leaves

Directions

  1. Place shrimp and Old Bay seasoning in a re-sealable plastic bag (you may need to divide shrimp into two batches). Shake contents of bag to distribute seasoning evenly.
  2. Heat two teaspoons of olive oil in large-skillet, and add half of the shrimp in a single layer. Cook about 2 to 3 minutes per side, until shrimp are pink and cooked through. Repeat with remaining olive oil and shrimp.
  3. For the avocado crema: Combine Greek yogurt, avocado, and one tablespoon of lime juice in blender or food processor. Blend until smooth.
  4. For the tomato salsa: Stir the tomatoes, green bell pepper, onion, cilantro, jalapeno pepper, and remaining tablespoon of lime juice in a medium bowl.
  5. Prepare lettuce wraps by dividing the shrimp, avocado crema, and tomato salsa evenly among the lettuce leaves, Serve immediately.

 

Lemon Cheesecake Recipe

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  • 2 Medifast Lemon Meringue Bars
  • 2 Medifast Vanilla Puddings
  • 4 Tbsp Reduced-fat Cream Cheese
  • 2 Tsp Lemon Juice
  • 1 Packet Splenda
  • I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter Spray
  • Non-stick Cooking Spray

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 350º F
  2. Put Lemon Meringue Bars into blends and crush into crumb-like bits
  3. Spray 6 inch pie-pan with non-stick cooking spray
  4. Press bar bits down into pie pan until solid, then spray with a few mists of I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter
  5. Blend together the puddings, cream cheese, lemon juice, Splenda, and vanilla extract until it is creamy, adding water if necessary
  6. Pour mixture into pie pan
  7. Bake until mixture is nearly solid, about 20 minutes
  8. Chill overnight before serving
  9. Enjoy!

Try this Easy Spicy Avocado & Egg Wrap for Your Next Lean and Green!

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 Spicy Avocado & Egg Wrap Lean and Green Recipe

1 Leaner | 3 Green | 1 Condiment | 1 Healthy FatSpicy Avocado (Lean & Green)

Prep Time: 10 minutes    Yield: 1 serving

Ingredients

1-2 large leaves red-leaf lettuce

1½ oz sliced avocado

2 hardboiled eggs, sliced

4 hardboiled egg whites (yolks removed), sliced

1 medium tomato, sliced

½ cup thinly sliced cucumber

1 tsp hot sauce (optional)

1/8 tsp salt

1/8 tsp pepper

Directions

Prepare wraps by topping each lettuce leaf with avocado, egg, tomato, and cucumber slices. Drizzle with hot sauce, season with salt and pepper, and roll into a wrap.

Time Saving Tip: Purchase hard-cooked peeled eggs at the grocery store.

Per serving:  330 calories | 18g fat | 14g carbohydrates | 30g protein

Five Frequently Overlooked Benefits of Losing Weight

It’s common knowledge that one of the primary benefits of losing weight is the positive impact it will have on your health. While this should be enough motivation in and of itself to lose weight, it may help to have some additional incentives. Having knowledge of these lesser known, yet profoundly life-changing benefits of weight loss may be just the motivation you need to begin your weight loss journey!

  1. Improved Social Life

As you lose weight, the physical activities you partake in can become a great social outlet. Trips to the gym and participation in fitness classes can help you bond with others that share a common goal. Outside of the gym, your newfound body confidence will fuel your desire to engage in social events that allow you to mingle with new people. Once you start dropping weight and fitting back into your favorite clothes, you’ll be less likely to concede to another night at home watching Netflix and far more enthusiastic about getting out and expanding your social circles.

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  1. Professional Advancement

Although it’s neither fair, nor right, studies have shown that overweight people are often passed over for promotions, raises, and new job opportunities. Women are even at a greater disadvantage than men when it comes to missing out on career advancement opportunities due to excess weight.  Losing weight can influence your colleagues to see you in a new light and open up doors to new possibilities.

  1. Increased Sexual Desire

Body confidence, particularly for women, is directly linked to sexual desire.  A study conducted by the Director of the Sexual Psychophysiology Laboratory at the University of Texas in Austin found that when comparing themselves to a thin ideal, women’s sexual response can be negatively affected.

Doing just 20 minutes of cardiovascular exercise at 75 percent of maximum effort increases sexual desire by a whopping 150 percent!  So while you’re exercising to lose weight, you can enjoy burning a few more calories in the bedroom.

  1. Money Savings

People who maintain a healthy weight, spend a staggering 42% less on medical bills canstockphoto6960116and other health related expenses than their overweight counterparts, according to a Health Affairs report.  The Center for Disease Control reports that obese people are hit with an additional $1429 annually in medical costs.  Investing in your weight loss now, can save you more money over time.

  1. Improved Sleep

Many studies have proven a connection between weight loss and sleep quality.  Johns Hopkins, found that a group of volunteers with various sleep problems had a significant improvement in the quality of their sleep after losing just fifteen pounds and reducing belly fat by fifteen percent.  Start losing weight so you can stop losing sleep!

The benefits of weight loss are numerous and life changing!  Now that you have some additional motivation to begin your weight loss journey, call the professionals at Medifast Weight Control Centers. They can help to keep you motivated and on track so that you can successfully achieve and maintain your weight loss goal.

Try Making this Zesty Pork Stir Fry for Your Guests

Are you hosting a Saturday night dinner party? Try making this zesty pork stir fry for your guests! It will put you in control of your food options for the evening. Plus, your guests will love it, and you will too!

Recipe_-_Zesty_Pork_Stir-Fry_-_Medifast_CentersIngredients

  • 15 oz raw pork tenderloin, trimmed of fat (should yield two 5-oz cooked servings)
  • 4 cups (1 medium head) bok choy stalks, leaves removed, chopped
  • 2 cups (18 medium) mushrooms, sliced
  • 2 tsp fresh ginger root, grated
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • Non-stick cooking spray

Direction

Chop bok choy and slice mushrooms; set aside. Trim fat off tenderloin if necessary. Slice tenderloin into ½” thick pieces. Grate ginger root. Heat a skillet over medium heat and spray with non-stick cooking spray for 5-10 seconds. Add ginger root to skillet and sauté 1-2 minutes. Add bok choy and mushrooms to skillet. Add additional non-stick cooking spray (about 5 seconds) if needed. Sauté mixture 5-8 minutes or until vegetables are al dente (tender-crisp). Remove vegetables from skillet and place in bowl; cover with plate to keep warm. Add 2 tsp olive oil to skillet . Add pork slices to pan. Stir-fry slices 3-4 minutes on each side or until no longer pink. Serve pork slices on top of vegetables.

 

Perfect Fall Dish Right in Your Crockpot

The perfect fall dish, that can be made right in your crockpot! Our spiced roast beef crockpot recipe is perfect for work days, just throw it in before you leave in the morning and it’ll be ready when you get home! How easy is that?

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Ingredients

  • 2-½ lbs (40 oz) raw, boneless beef chuck clod roast (should yield six 5-oz cooked servings)

Crockpot spice blend:

  • 2 Tbsp water
  • 1 Tbsp black pepper
  • 1 Tbsp soy sauce
  • 4 tsp balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tsp dry mustard
  • ½ tsp salt or salt substitute
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

Vegetables:

  • 6 cups (1-¼ lbs) whole mushrooms, trimmed
  • 3 cups (7-8 large stalks) celery, roughly diced
  • 3 cups green beans, trimmed
  • 2 cups scallions (12-14 scallions), roughly chopped

Direction

Trim all visible fat from roast. Rub black pepper and garlic onto roast; place in crock pot. Make several small shallow slits in top of roast. In small bowl, combine remaining spice blend ingredients; pour over meat. Cover; cook on low 8-10 hours or on high 4-5 hours. Add vegetables during last 30-60 minutes of roasting. Recipe should serve six 5-oz servings of roast and 3 vegetable servings each.

Salmon is the Perfect Dish for ANY Season

Salmon is the perfect dish for any season, and we love this savory cilantro salmon recipe! With 34 grams of protein, it’s sure to keep you full and satisfied until your next meal.

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Ingredients

  • 11-12 oz salmon, raw (should yield two 5-oz cooked servings)
  • 1-½ cups fresh cilantro
  • 1 cup (1 medium 2-¾” x 2-½”) yellow bell pepper , sliced
  • 1 cup (1 medium 2-¾” x 2-½”) red bell pepper , sliced
  • 1 cup (1 medium 2-¾” x 2-½”) green bell pepper , sliced
  • ¼ cup (2 oz) water
  • 1 Tbsp fresh lemon or lime juice
  • 1 Tbsp hot red pepper sauce
  • ½ tsp cumin
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • Non-stick cooking spray

Direction

Marinade: In a food processor, combine cilantro, lemon or lime juice, hot red pepper sauce, cumin, salt, and water; puree until smooth. Transfer marinade to gallon-size resealable plastic bag. Add salmon. Seal bag, squeezing out air; turn to coat salmon. Refrigerate 1 hour, turning bag occasionally. After marinating: Preheat oven to 400° F. Spray medium-sized square baking dish with non-stick cooking spray until lightly covered. Arrange pepper slices in a single layer in prepared pan; bake 20 minutes, turning pepper slices once. Drain salmon; discard marinade. Place salmon on top of pepper slices; bake, turning salmon once, 12-14 minutes, or until fish flakes easily when tested with fork.

The Ingredients of a Great Weight Loss Program

Eating less and exercising more does not work wonders for everyone. When the body accumulates weight, there are biological mechanisms at work. When people diet, the body goes into starvation mode, triggering several biological mechanisms that make them gain the weight back. For instance, the body burns calories more slowly to conserve fat when it thinks it is starving.

In such people, a safer treatment that overcomes this problem is required and the answer is a weight loss plan that gives enough to eat, is high on nutrition, and has a maintenance component that kicks in once the target weight has been achieved, is medically safe and designed individually. Fulfilling all those conditions may seem a tall order but programs such as Medifast weight loss program tick all boxes.

Enough Food and Nutrition

The Medifast plan offers six meals each day with a variety of options and fortified with proteins, vegetables, as well as fat. This ensures that you do not starve and get enough to eat. The meals are packed with nutrition.

Maintenance Component

The Medifast weight loss program has a maintenance part that helps you transition from Medifast to normal meals once you have achieved the target weight. This ensures that you stay off the extra pounds you have lost.

Medically Safe

The Medifast plan was designed by a doctor in 1980 and more than 20,000 doctors have recommended it ever since to their patients to lose weight.

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