In honor of National Nutrition month, we asked Dr. Mehmet Oz, a cardiothoracic surgeon, author, and host of the Dr. Oz Show, to share with us his top 10 musts when it comes to eating for better health, weight loss, and overall wellness. We were surprised to learn a few of these!
1) Eat this #1 cancer-fighting, cleansing produce item
What ranks at the head of the class when it comes to the produce department? "Broccoli is the best produce option, because it cleanses the liver and helps to fight cancer," says Dr. Oz.
2) Stay in shape by eating these
Think you’ll stay slim by just sticking to salads and fat-free foods? Think again! "Nuts are the number-one food for staying in shape," says Dr. Oz.
3) Don’t just cut calories to drop lbs.
"Losing weight isn’t all about cutting calories. The brain looks for nutrients, not calories," says Dr. Oz. Yet another reason to focus on whole, unprocessed foods to help speed up weight loss!
See the rest of the tips after the break
4) Don’t indulge your sweet tooth right after dinner.
Try not to reach for that piece of chocolate immediately after you eat, wait about 2 hours after to enjoy your dessert. "Avoid sweets directly after a meal," says Dr. Oz. "Sugar disrupts the absorption of nutrients."
5) You can still have chocolate – just make it dark.
Don’t worry, Dr. Oz says we can still indulge in some dark chocolate! "The flavonols, found in cocoa, improve circulation and increase blood flow to the brain which helps you see more clearly."
6) The fastest way to lose weight is . . .
Ditch the empty, refined calories. Dr. Oz says the quickest way to lose weight is to cut out white foods, like white bread, pasta and rice, since they are refined.
7) Sip on this!
Need an afternoon pick-me-up? Skip that second cup of coffee and sip some green tea instead. "It contains the highest concentration of the powerful antioxidant catechins, and studies show green tea may help lower risk for some cancers," says Dr. Oz.
8) Eat breakfast.
You’ve heard you shouldn’t skip breakfast, but do you know why it’s so important? "Skipping the first meal of the day can increase risk for obesity more than fourfold," says Dr. Oz. Sounds like a great reason to have a good healthy breakfast to us!
9)The best way to successfully maintain weight loss is by doing this.
"Automate your meals,” says Dr. Oz. "Studies show that people who’ve successfully maintained at least a 30-pound weight loss for a year or more tend to consume a diet with limited variety. They eat similar meals over and over which lead to them feeling fuller faster and eat less overall."
10) Snooze to lose!
Trying to lose weight? "Get more sleep," recommends Dr. Oz. "The brain craves carbohydrates when you’re hungry, so you could unknowingly sabotage best laid plans."
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Photo courtesy of The Dr. Oz Show