If your idea of activities before 7 a.m. typically include reaching for a doughnut and avoiding the bathroom scale, you might want to borrow some slimming tips from Dr. Mehmet Oz. Host of a popular talk show, he also stays busy with his latest endeavor: A new magazine, entitled "Dr. Oz The Good Life" (click for details).
The fit, trim physician shared his own keys to staying sleek and healthy and enjoying the "good life" in an interview with Yahoo Shine.
When the alarm rings at 5:45 a.m., Dr. Oz answers the call.
"It's the best way to get lots done during the day," he says of that early morning wake-up.
After stretching in bed for 15 seconds, he brushes his teeth and shaves before shifting to his seven-minute yoga routine.The routine includes prayer pose, up and downward dog, along with planks and warrior poses. You can get Dr. Oz's complete workout in the fitness DVD created by his own personal trainer: "Joel Harper's Firming After 50" (click for details).
A quick shower and shampoo, and Dr. Oz sits down to breakfast. His morning meal features protein in the form of two percent fat Greek yogurt. The topper: Antioxidant-rich blueberries.
Dr. Oz has repeatedly emphasized on his show the importance of protein at breakfast. It keeps you satisfied longer and helps maintain muscle mass while you burn fat faster. You can get all of Dr. Oz's supercharged weight loss tips in his book "YOU: Losing Weight: The Owner's Manual to Simple and Healthy Weight Loss" (click for details).
Coffee? No, says Dr. Oz.
"I rarely caffeinate since it stimulates my bladder while making my hands shake-both bad habits for a heart surgeon."
However, Dr. Oz enjoys tea and often sips Cardamom Cinnamon in the evening. Want to try it? We've sampled and recommend Octavia Tea Cinnamon Chai Caffeine-Free Herbal Tea (click for more information).
Meditating each evening reinforces Dr. Oz's calm demeanor, regardless of what happens. He also practices "deep breathing whenever I can remember," says Oz.
In addition, Dr. Oz recommends keeping healthy foods on hand at home, he said in a recent interview with Health magazine. Among his favorites: Almonds, eggs, green tea, oatmeal, unsweetened Greek yogurt and fresh fruit.
And the number one favorite food of Dr. Oz: Broccoli.
“Broccoli is simply the best medicine we have,” he says. “It gets toxins out of your liver like no other medicine or food on the planet.”
What if you aren't into fitness? Dr. Oz suggests walking. Wear comfortable shoes, such as Easy Spirit (click for details).