Why Diets Fail

If you’ve tried — and failed — to lose weight, you’re certainly not alone. Up to 95 per cent of diets don’t work, according to Reader’s Digest.

Here are four reasons why your diet fails:
1. It’s too strict. You end up bingeing on foods that “aren’t allowed.”
2. It’s short-sighted. Go for long-term lifestyle change, not short-term satisfaction.
3. It’s too demanding. Go for gradual change and indulge a little.
4. You don’t exercise enough. Add a mix of different physical activities you enjoy.

Changes you should make to your eating habits:

1. Eat smaller portions more often.
2. Don’t eat until you feel extremely full.
3. Eat slow to allow your body to digest the food.
4. Have your food prepared before hand (fruits and veggies already cut) so when you get home from work it makes it easier to grab and make.

Enjoy this tasty recipe that will leave you feeling full and satisfied.

Chicken jasmine (Caribbean)

Makes 4 servings

■1 lb (450 g) boneless, skinless chicken breast cut into ½ inch/1 cm squares
■1 tbsp (15 ml) olive oil
■2 cloves of garlic, chopped
■1 tsp (5 mL) ground ginger
■1 tsp (5 mL) black strap molasses
■1 sprig of fresh thyme or ½ tsp/2 mL dried thyme
■1 cup (250 mL) diced Spanish onion
■½ cup (125 mL) carrot, cut julienne
■1 cup (250 mL) diced red peppers
■1 cup (250 mL) diced green peppers
■1 cup (250 mL) bok choy, chopped
■1 tsp (5 mL) dried oregano
■Pinch of cayenne pepper
■1/8 tsp (0.5 mL) salt

1.Heat oil in a large fry pan over medium heat.
2.Cook the chicken, stirring often for about 10 minutes or until no longer pink inside.
3.Add garlic, ginger, molasses, thyme, onion and carrot. Cook for 2 minutes.
4.Add the peppers and bok choy. Cook for 5 minutes.
5.Sprinkle with oregano, cayenne pepper and salt.
6.Serve with baked sweet potatoes.

Nutritional information per serving
(1 ¼ cups/300 mL)
■Calories: 207
■Protein: 27 g
■Total fat: 5 g
■Saturated fat: 1 g
■Dietary cholesterol: 67 mg
■Carbohydrate: 12 g
■Dietary fibre: 3 g
■Sodium: 150 mg
■Potassium: 651 mg