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Dr. Oz: Five diet improvements to boost your energy, metabolism and weight loss

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A slow metabolism can cause even a dedicated dieter to get stuck on a weight loss plateau. On his Feb. 11 talk show, Dr. Mehmet Oz revealed how you can supercharge your metabolism to burn calories faster than ever before. Plus: Discover new ways to boost both your energy level and your weight loss. It's all achievable with the five diet improvements below.

Diet improvement one: Dr. Oz recently featured Dr. William Davis, author of "Wheat Belly: Lose the Wheat, Lose the Weight, and Find Your Path Back to Health" (click for details). Agreeing with Dr. Davis that many people are sensitive to wheat, Dr. Oz now suggests that you implement what he calls "Wheatless Wednesday" into your diet. Avoiding wheat even just once a week can help increase your energy and weight loss.

Diet improvement two: Have you heard of Meatless Mondays? It's become a popular plant-based diet way to save money, help the economy and enhance your health. Dr. Oz suggests that you start this practice. It can increase energy and when you swap foods such as cheeseburgers for veggie burgers, it also can boost your weight loss.

Diet improvement three: Celebrate Fridays by turning it into "Fatty Friday," suggests Dr. Oz. However, not just any fats will do: Dr. Oz says by including healthy fats such as flax seeds and avocado in your diet on Friday, you can cut your cravings, optimize your metabolism and lose weight more easily. These healthy fats also help reduce inflammation and boost your energy level.

In addition to those benefits, Dr. David Perlmutter, who recently guested on "The Dr. Oz Show," says that by eating more healthy fats while cutting out carbs, you can actually protect your brain from conditions such as dementia. He's the author of "Grain Brain: The Surprising Truth about Wheat, Carbs, and Sugar--Your Brain's Silent Killers" (click for details).

Diet improvement four: Low levels of iron can make you feel fatigued, regardless of how much rest you get. As a result, you may turn to fast fixes such as candy bars. The problem: These sugary solutions are temporary, causing your blood sugar to spike, then drop, causing more cravings and weight gain.

Dr. Oz's solution: Pair foods high in iron with foods high in vitamin C for absorption. A tasty example: Strawberries (rich in vitamin C) dipped in melted dark chocolate (high in iron).

Diet improvement five: Detox diets have become increasingly popular. But going on juice cleanses can cause you to feel exhausted and even cause health problems for those with conditions such as diabetes. Instead, Dr. Oz suggests detoxing your body safely with pomegranate juice. Include this beverage in your diet once a week in the form of "Thirst Thursday," says Dr. Oz. You'll energize and flush toxins.

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