Dr. Oz, of Oprah fame, has come out with his new Ultimate Diet that is supposed to help people lose two inches in two weeks. The first thing to do is to be careful about buying into trendy diets. It takes a lot of personal work to see results, especially to see fast results.
But for those willing to give Dr. Oz’s diet a try here are some things you may want to know about the diet before you begin.
Start in the Kitchen
- Clear out the Pantry
One of the easiest ways to eat right on Dr. Oz’s diet is to have healthy things in the kitchen. This means cleaning out the pantry and cabinets and ditching the high-in-fat foods. This may seem like a daunting task but getting rid of those sugary treats will pay off in the long run. You can replace them with healthier items such as oatmeal and skinless chicken.
- Avoid Sugars and White Flours
When you are cleaning out the pantry, look for items that have sugar and white flour. Sugar and white flour not only pack on the pounds but also make it harder for your body to burn these fats. Go through the kitchen and look and see if sugar and white flour is listed in the top five ingredients. If you are doing the Dr. Oz diet, you will have to say goodbye to sugar for a while.
- Avoid Saturated and Trans Fats
Another of Dr. Oz’s diet tips is to avoid saturated and trans fats. This may seem like a no brainer, but again go through the kitchen and take out any food item that has these fats. Losing saturated and trans fats isn’t particular to Dr. Oz’s diet only. Several other weight loss diets say the same thing.
- Limit your Alcohol Intake
One way people pack on the pounds unknowingly is by drinking. Beer and wine both have a large amount of calories and if you go overboard with one or the other you may end up with a higher calorie count than you had planned. Try limiting intake to one drink towards the end of dinner.
Be Ready to Work Out
- Make a Weight Loss Friend
It can be hard sticking to a diet. Cleaning out the kitchen is just one way to fight temptation. Sometimes the help of a friend can see people through their diet days. Having a friend doing Dr. Oz’s diet along with you is a great way to set you both up for success. Now you will have someone to talk to and bounce things off of when you have a question.
- Workout Regularly
Here’s where having an accountability buddy really comes in handy. There are some days you just don’t want to get to the gym, but if you have a friend who’s willing to come along you can both work out and see the benefits.
- Drop Calorie Intake by At Least 100
Take the amount of calories you were eating before the diet and subtract at least 100 from the daily total. Decreasing your intake by this small amount can make a big difference. You may want to consult with a physician to see what your healthy calorie intake range is for your height and weight.
- Keep Portion Sizes Consistent
Once you start the diet, try to eat things regularly. This means if you are supplementing a fruit smoothie for breakfast make sure the smoothie is at least the same size. You can still change the ingredients but try to keep it close to the same calorie intake and same serving size.
- The Size of the Plate
Speaking of serving size – just how big is your plate? Most plates are at least 12 inches but if you change to a plate that is only 9 inches you would see a big difference in your waistline.
- 10,000 Steps a Day
If you want to lose two inches in two weeks you are going to have to do more than just eat well. While working out regularly is great there are going to be some days when you simply cannot get to the gym. That’s OK though as long as you take 10,000 steps a day. That’s the equivalent of five miles. So when you see the escalator, just take the stairs.