Ready to banish that belly fat with a new weight loss weapon? Dr. Mehmet Oz has designed a low carb diet powered by protein. Get the skinny on how to curb cravings by learning to time your protein intake so that you can achieve your weight loss goals from Dr. Oz. Plus: If you suffer from heartburn, learn the keys to a soothing alkaline diet.
Eating protein at breakfast provides you with multiple weight loss benefits. It jump-starts your metabolism, helps you stay full and burns more fat. Dr. Oz cited research showing that consuming protein for your first meal causes you to feel so full that you eat 25 percent fewer calories at noon.
But before you pile your plate high with bacon, it’s important to learn the best sources of protein, says Dr. Oz.
Animal proteins such as turkey and grass-fed beef offer rich sources. If you’re a vegetarian, consider almonds, cashews, peanut butter, and almond butter as alternatives. Steer clear of those sugary fruit-flavored yogurts, however. If you want dairy for your protein source, Dr. Oz recommends plain Greek yogurt, which gives you 23 grams of protein per cup.
Aim for five to six servings of protein daily. One egg or three ounces of grilled chicken, lean steak or fish equals one serving. Vegans can eat one ounce of nuts or 1/2 cup of legumes or beans. And if you’re rushed for time, consider using unsweetened protein powder combined with unsweetened almond milk for a quick morning smoothie.
When it comes to processed foods, read the label carefully. As Dr. Oz points out in the video below, sugar can hide in some unexpected sources.
And there’s good news about weight loss when it comes to conquering heartburn or acid reflux. Shedding excess pounds also can help relieve that condition. However, because heartburn can be symptomatic of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), it’s important to talk with your doctor before trying to tackle it on your own.
With your physician’s approval, an alkaline diet can sometimes help heartburn. Vegetables, baked or grilled meat, soy and coconut milk and mild fruits such as melon and pears all qualify in the alkaline-promoting food group. Foods to avoid that are acid-promoting include caffeine, chocolate, citrus drinks, carbonated drinks, onions, garlic and raw tomatoes.
But what if you’re following all these weight loss tips and still can’t take off the pounds? As the Inquisitr reported, the Dr. Oz Show recently featured some common weight loss blocks, ranging from hypothyroidism to binge-eating.
Do you think that you might have a slow thyroid condition? Symptoms include feeling cold all the time, hair loss, brain fog and unexplained weight gain of 10 pounds or more during a three-month period. Talk with your doctor about having a thyroid test.
When it comes to separating the weight loss hype from research hope, it isn’t always easy. That’s why checking with your doctor or a registered dietitian before you swallow a diet supplement or hop on the latest rapid weight loss fad bandwagon is so important, said Dawn Jackson Blatner, R.D. on the Today show.
But knowing the positive news from the latest research studies can make a difference when you’re trying to take off the pounds.
For example, leafy greens such as kale really do boost your weight loss, said Dawn. That’s because they make you feel full by activating a gut hormone called GLP-1. Another way to curb cravings is with vinegar.
“One or two tablespoons of vinegar at your meal will help you feel more full,” Blatner said. “It’s not a myth.”
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Disclaimer: The Inquisitr does not endorse any particular diet nor do we provide medical advice. Be sure to consult your own doctor before following any of the health or diet information in this article.