One of the hottest fads this summer: Cutting carbohydrates. But Dr. Mehmet Oz says that a new diet can help you consume selected carbohydrates and succeed at weight loss. He revealed what's involved in the low carb plan called the Fast Metabolism Diet, which can help you lose up to 20 pounds in 28 days, on his July 9 talk show.
For decades, dieters have been told to count calories and to remember this mantra: "Calories in, calories out." But Dr. Oz's expert and creator of the Fast Metabolism Diet Haylie Pomroy disagrees. In reality, she says,cutting calories too much actually slows your metabolism and stalls your weight loss.
In an exclusive interview about her new cookbook, Haylie told me that "the key to a fast metabolism is selecting targeted, micronutrient-rich foods that act as a catalyst to convert fat into fuel. The Fast Metabolism Diet does this in a way that cross-trains your metabolism, yielding better results for your effort. I call it “confuse it to lose it.” I’ve already done the heavy lifting – selecting the optimal foods for each phase of the diet," she said.
The diet involves different phases. By switching up your menu and percentages of fat, protein and carbohydrates, Haylie says you can boost your metabolism and actually eat more food. And with the exception of the initial phase, the plan follows the model of a low carb diet, high in protein, veggies and healthy fats.
The first phase features pineapple, mangoes, strawberries and similar choices. In addition, you can eat whole grains such as brown rice, oats or quinoa.
During the second phase, Haylie wants you to emphasize lean protein such as turkey, chicken, beef and fish. Complement those choices with alkalizing green vegetables like kale, celery and broccoli.
Phase three features healthy fats, such as olive oil, avocados, nuts and coconut. Eating fat to lose fat might sound like a path to a heart attack, but that theory was proved wrong in a new study, reported the Cleveland Clinic News on July 9.
Sponsored by the British Heart Foundation, the study conducted by scientists at the University of Cambridge in Great Britain evaluated 72 studies previously completed about the link between saturated fats and heart disease. They found no evidence that reducing saturated fats can prevent or reduce your risk of heart disease.
In addition, another new study showed that eating lean beef actually lowers the risk factors for heart disease. Researchers discovered that consuming that form of protein helped reduce blood pressure, which in turn helps with cardiovascular health, reported the Medical Xpress on July 9.
"This research adds to the significant evidence, including work previously done in our lab, that supports lean beef's role in a heart-healthy diet," said Penny M. Kris-Etherton, Distinguished Professor of Nutrition, Penn State. "This study shows that nutrient-rich lean beef can be included as part of a heart-healthy diet that reduces blood pressure, which can help lower the risk for cardiovascular disease."
While lean beef may not yet be listed on most experts' lists of superfoods, healthy fats and fish often make the cut. In an exclusive interview on July 9, celebrity trainer Michelle Bridges told me that she feels those foods as well as fruits and veggies win for weight loss and health.
In contrast to the standard food pyramid, which advocates large amounts of whole grains for carbohydrates, Michelle told me that "provided you're still getting green leafy veggies in your daily nutrition, your carb levels and fiber levels can still be adequate." Michelle also revealed her top five superfoods for fat-burning weight loss: Kale, berries, sardines, flaxseeds and broccoli.