If your skinny jeans spend most of their time hanging in your closet, Dr. Mehmet Oz says he's found a solution to help you slip them on smoothly. Dr. Oz unveiled his simple plan to banish belly bloat and boost weight loss on his Friday talk show. Plus: Discover which spices, teas and sweeteners can boost your weight loss.
The way that you start your day dictates just how much you suffer from belly bloat. Starchy foods such as cereal or muffins can result in a tight waistband by noon. In addition, eating those starches can cause gradual weight gain.
Dr. Oz's guest expert on this topic, Dr. Robynne Chutkan, is the author of "Gutbliss: A 10-Day Plan to Ban Bloat, Flush Toxins, and Dump Your Digestive Baggage." Sipping an anti-bloat beverage at the start of the day can help stop bloat before it starts.
Make your anti-bloat smoothie with coconut water, pineapple, papaya, acacia fiber powder, spinach and psyllium husks. Just mix in a blender with ice cubes.
In addition, include more fiber in your diet throughout the day while cutting down on the dairy. Try substituting beverages such as almond milk and coconut milk to see if your bloat diminishes without milk products.
And on those days when you still have bloat, Dr. Chutkan suggests fennel seeds. Chew a few whole seeds prior to a meal and after a meal to reduce bloating. Make sure to get a brand that is plain, not sugar coated.
Can spices actually help you lose weight? Yes, says Dr. Oz. They can cut cravings while boosting your weight loss.
Dr. Oz suggests turmeric to cut salt cravings and cloves to slash carbohydrate cravings. If you're craving sweets, he suggests sipping cardamon tea. It's Dr. Oz's favorite after-dinner beverage because of the spicy zero-calorie sweetness.
If you're seeking a way to sweeten beverages such as tea or foods such as plain yogurt, Dr. Oz recommends avoiding artificial sweeteners. Instead, choose a natural sweetener.
One such option is stevia, and it's become so popular among consumers that Coca-Cola has plans to introduce a stevia-sweetened version of Diet Coke, reported the Motley Fool on Wednesday. The message from Dr. Oz and other health professionals that artificial sweeteners cause weight gain has caused sales of diet Coke to fall.
Now, after introducing the stevia version of Diet Coke in Argentina successfully, the company hopes to boost its sales with a naturally sweetened zero-calorie drink in the United States. But it has competition in the form of stevia-sweetened zero-calorie Zevia Cola.
In addition to stevia, Dr. Oz has advocates using a small amount of honey as a natural sweetener. In particular, he recommends raw honey.
Research indicates raw honey has trace minerals, organic enzymes and antioxidants. However, it does contain calories so measure your serving size.