Do you virtuously eat healthy foods, forcing yourself to eat even the foods that you dislike because they're supposedly good for you and will help you lose weight? If conventional diet wisdom has failed you, Dr. Mehmet Oz suggests considering a different approach that he calls the "anti-diet" plan, based on the hot new book, "The Plan: Eliminate the Surprising "Healthy" Foods That Are Making You Fat--and Lose Weight Fast." The concept: Learning which foods are "reactive" can help you easily lose weight as well as provide healing from problems such as migraines, depression and even arthritis, says holistic health expert and author Lyn-Genet Recitas.
The theory: Your immune system responds to an inflammatory diet by exacerbating chronic ailments, such as migraines. According to Lyn-Genet's research, some foods are more reactive than others, as shown in the photo. How does this contribute to weight gain? "The Plan" contends that when you eat a food that you're sensitive to or an inflammatory food, histamine results in water retention. Lyn-Genet says that many supposedly healthy foods actually are among the most reactive, such as oatmeal, black beans, cauliflower and Greek yogurt.
To determine which foods are causing your weight gain and other problems, Lyn-Genet recommends following a three-day detox based on the least reactive foods, after which you slowly re-introduce low reactive foods to determine how you respond. During those three days, plan to drink 16 ounces of water with lemon in the morning and dandelion tea with breakfast. Each morning, take a probiotic for digestive health.