Tips for Long-Term Weight Loss
When you are dieting you are probably like many and have two things on your mind. You want to be able to lose the weight and keep the weight off permanently. Well ask yourself have you ever met anyone that has done this? Have you yourself done it?
How many different diet programs have you personally been on? Were you able to achieve a permanent weight loss as a result? Well if you were lucky enough to do this then congrats because you are one in about a million.
At some point in your life you will most likely fall for one diet plan after another. You are able to lose a few pounds, but sadly you soon put the weight right back on and you become depressed as a result. To avoid this, you need to ask yourself if you have ever been on a diet that has been exciting.
Well of course on any new diet which you may have tried, you might be excited at first, but only because you are losing weight; but not for the program in and of itself. The main reasons why most of your diets fail are because:
1. You happen to get bored due to the strictness of the program.
2. Dieting ends up making you think of food especially what foods you are able to eat and what ones you are not.
3. You have programmed your mind in believing that any of the diet programs are only temporary.
Each and every diet plan that you will go on will tell you that you need to change your eating habits and your lifestyle. Chances are you will actually do it, temporarily, and that is where the real problem begins. A diet by all means is a temporary fix.
You want to be able to lose a certain amount and when you accomplish your goal; you are now wondering what you should do. You do not have the ability to stay on a diet forever unless you make a complete change of your lifestyle in general.
When you go to change your overall lifestyle it will take a lot of will power, which if you’re like many of the United States population you do not have. You will get cravings as well as the munchies. When you become bored and depressed you answer that with food it’s a normal reaction for many of us. It is even hard for you to sit there and watch TV without having the urge to chew on something. This is the way of many, many Americans. TV, chips or popcorn.
Changing the way you live, in general, may leave you feeling depressed and alone. You want to feel comfortable. You do not like to be told you cannot do a certain thing. You know what you should do but when you actually do, it is a completely different issue.
Losing weight permanently, does require a complete lifestyle change and for most people it is not something that they are willing to undertake, are you? However, permanent weight loss is very possible, when you make the major lifestyle changes called for.
A Great Family Dinner Idea: Broccoli And Shrimp Recipe
2/3 cup chicken broth
1 tsp cornstarch
1 tbsp minced garlic, divided
3 tsp extra-virgin olive oil, divided
1/4-1/2 tsp crushed red pepper
1 pound raw shrimp (21-25 per pound), peeled and deveined
1/4 tsp salt, divided
4 cups broccoli florets
2/3 cup water
2 tbsp chopped fresh basil
1 tsp lemon juice
Freshly ground pepper to taste
Combine chicken broth, cornstarch and half the garlic in a bowl; whisk until smooth.
Heat 1-1/2 tsp oil in a large nonstick pan over medium-high heat.
Add remaining garlic and crushed red pepper. Cook while stirring for about 30 seconds. Add shrimp. Saut until shrimp are pink, about 3 minutes. Transfer to a bowl.
Add remaining oil to the pan. Add broccoli and a pinch of salt. Cook for 1 minute.
Add water, cover and cook until broccoli is crisp-tender, about 3 minutes. Transfer to the bowl with shrimp.
Add chicken stock mixture to the pan and cook, stirring, over medium-high heat, until thickened, 3-4 minutes.
Stir in basil and season with lemon juice and pepper. Add shrimp and broccoli; heat through. Serve with lemon wedges.
(Makes 4 Servings)