The Key To Weight Loss May Not Be With Diet Fads

Sunrise Senior Living  |  May 1, 2012

As older adults strive to stay fit and healthy, they may experiment with the newest exercise routine or the diet everyone is talking about. However, you may not realize that successful weight loss can be accomplished without a strict regimen.

A new study published in the American Journal of Preventative Medicine reports that simply by exercising more and eating less fat, it's possible to stave off the pounds.

One way to eat less fat is to cook your own meals with fresh ingredients so you can see exactly what you're putting into your body. And don't think you need to sacrifice flavor just because you're eating better. Sunrise of Westlake Village, California, features a Chinese Chicken Salad that not only offers a ton of flavor, but it's also light and healthy.

Chinese Chicken Salad
Sunrise of Westlake Village, California 

Serves 4-6

Ingredients - Salad
4, 4-oz. chicken breasts, boneless, skinless, cooked and sliced
3 c. cabbage, shredded
3 c. romaine lettuce, shredded
1/4 c. carrots, shredded
1/2 c. bean sprouts
1/2 c. canned mandarin oranges, drained
Fried wontons, optional

Toss all ingredients together; garnish with fried wontons.

Ingredients - Dressing
1 T. fresh ginger, minced
1 T. garlic, minced
1/3 c. rice vinegar
1 T. hoisin sauce
1/4 c. honey
1 1/2 T. soy sauce
1 1/4 T. sesame seeds, toasted
1/2 c. canola oil
1/2 c. sesame oil
Salt and pepper to taste

Put all ingredients except two oils in blender. Blend to emulsify sesame seeds. Drizzle canola oil into blender and blend. Drizzle sesame oil into blender and blend.