An ancient healing practice is getting new attention. Dr. Mehmet Oz recommends cleansing your body and shrinking your fat cells by using an Ayurveda weight loss diet. Plus: Get the skinny on a new detox food plan and find out about his new magazine called the "Dr. Oz the Good Life."
By understanding your dosha, which is your body type, you can improve health problems ranging from anxiety to weight gain. Pittas have medium builds and often are hungry. They may suffer from stress. Try coconut oil massages for relief.
Kaphas have big-boned and easily gain weight. They often have digestive problems. Try Holy Basil supplements to rebalance.
You're a Vata if you're small-boned and don't eat on a regular schedule. Try a tea made with fennel to ease the bloating that may result.
On the same episode, Dr. Oz featured Dr. Woodson Merrell, who authored "The Detox Prescription: Supercharge Your Health, Strip Away Pounds, and Eliminate the Toxins Within." He promises that by following his detox diet, you can lose weight while boosting your energy and improving your overall health.
The plan involves sipping colorful drinks that detoxify and cleanse your body to make weight loss easier. He and Dr. Oz agree that beginning your day with a green drink is most effective for energy and your metabolism.
For snacks, he suggests almond milk in the mid-morning and walnut milk at night. These beverages provide you with protein and healthy fats.
Meals include smoothies made with fresh juices as well as avocado. The plan totals 1,200 calories daily and allows you to jump-start weight loss before seguing into a diet with solid food.
But fruit-based cleanses aren't the only way to get started on a weight loss plan, says Dr. Oz. In an exclusive interview on Friday, we interviewed Jill Herzig, editor of "Dr. Oz the Good Life" magazine, about his diet advice.
"It’s about making choices that energize the mind and body," Jill told us. And part of those choices includes healthy fats, which have been shown to promote weight loss.
"When dieting, women understandably reach for low-fat and non-fat foods, but the higher-fat versions of some of our favorite foods – milk, cheese, yogurt – actually help us stay full longer," says Jill. As a result, you "eat less and lose weight."
Moreover, Dr. Oz feels that "the natural fat in dairy also enhances vitamin absorption and brain health, so it’s a more sustainable and healthy option for your diet," she adds. For those who think low-fat or fat-free foods are automatically lower in calories, Dr. Oz cautions that the reverse can be true.
"In fact, these foods are often packed with sugar, chemicals and thickeners, so they’re far worse for you and sometimes just as fattening," says Jill. She echoes the advice in Dr. Oz's "YOU: On A Diet Revised Edition: The Owner's Manual for Waist Management" to emphasize unprocessed foods with natural fats.
As for supplements, Dr. Oz recommends magnesium in particular. Jill calls it "the secret weapon for reducing stress, something that plagues so many Americans. Most of us don’t get enough of it, so we’re missing out on better sleep, less headaches, and more energy."
He suggests taking a multi-vitamin with added magnesium. To absorb it most effectively, divide it in half and take one-half in the morning and one-half at night. Alternatively, take a separate magnesium supplement.