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Dr. Oz: Longevity checklist and high-fat metabolism boosters spur weight loss

Dr. Oz: Longevity secrets and metabolism booster diet tips for weight loss
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Dr. Mehmet Oz revealed longevity secrets and high-fat metabolism-boosting diet tips to enhance weight loss on the July 21 episode of the Dr. Oz Show.

Dr. Oz said you can increase your chances of living a longer, healthier life with a few simple steps. One is to take 1,000 IUs of vitamin D every day to reduce your risk of getting cancer and diabetes.

Studies show vitamin D deficiency is linked to diabetes, according to WebMD. Similarly, research shows that getting enough vitamin D helps prevent cancer cells from growing and spreading.

Another tip for enhancing longevity is to nap every day for about 10 minutes, as regular napping has been proven to reduce stress and promote heart health. Similarly, going to bed one hour earlier every night can reduce your blood pressure by 37 percent and dramatically cut your heart attack risk, said Dr. Oz.

Diet tips for enhancing longevity include consuming walnuts, which are rich in omega-3 fatty acids (to prevent heart disease) and eating until you're only 80 percent full. This is a dietary habit long practiced by the Okinawans, where people routinely live to age 100. Basically, never overeating ensures your digestive system doesn't get overloaded and your metabolism functions as it should, instead of constantly being into overdrive.

Finally, other tips on Dr. Oz's longevity checklist include socializing with friends and family, having regular sex, and exercising regularly, as all three activities have been shown to reduce stress and slow down the aging process.

Physician: Healthy Fats Like Butter Boost Metabolism

On a separate segment, Dr. Oz's guest was wellness physician and radio-show host Dr. Josh Axe. Dr. Axe, whose clients include Olympic athletes, said eating more healthy fats like butter, coconut flour and almond butter help burn belly fat and speed up metabolism.

Dr. Axe identified three foods as “metabolism death foods,” which fuel inflammation and inhibit your body's fat-burning capacity. One is whole grains, which Axe said damages your metabolism because of the gluten they contain. Axe recommended swapping out whole grains for coconut flour.

On a previous episode, cardiologist Dr. William Davis discussed how eliminating wheat promotes weight loss, burns belly fat, and prevents diabetes, heart disease, and cancer.

“Wheat products elevate blood sugar levels more than virtually any other carbohydrate, from beans to candy bars,” said Dr. Davis, author of Wheat Belly. “Wheat is, in effect, an appetite stimulant.”

Another metabolism death food is peanut butter, which Axe said causes hormone disruptions and allergies. He suggested substituting almond butter for peanut butter, as the healthy fats in almond butter will help you burn more calories.

Finally, Axe suggested replacing canola oil (which contains artery-clogging partially hydrogenated trans fats) with grass-fed or pastured butter, to stoke your metabolism and help you burn belly fat.