Ready to restart your body and supercharge your weight loss five ways in five days? That's the promise made by Dr. Mehmet Oz on his Monday talk show. He says that by following his new diet guidelines, you can boost your metabolism to burn calories faster than ever before.
Dr. Oz has created one restart tip for each day of the week. On Monday, he suggests going meatless. That doesn't mean freedom to pile on the pasta, however. He suggests high fiber protein substitutes such as veggie burgers.
On Tuesday, combine a snack with iron and vitamin C such as chocolate-covered strawberries.The combination provides you with energy and enhances your mood.
In addition, Dr. Oz recommends what he calls "Wheatless Wednesdays." He agrees with Dr. William Davis, author of "Wheat Belly: Lose the Wheat, Lose the Weight, and Find Your Path Back to Health," that many of us have hidden wheat allergies.
Symptoms of wheat sensitivity or allergy range from abdominal fat to foggy thinking. If "Wheatless Wednesday" helps you feel better, consider cutting it from your diet.
For Thursday, Dr. Oz recommends pomegranate. He calls it "a great detox fruit that boasts a host of free radical-fighting antioxidants." Flush out your body by mixing it into your drinks or try pomegranate tea.
On the fifth day of your re-start plan, celebrate the benefits of fats with "Fatty Friday." Dr. Oz recommends omega-3 fatty acids to convert food into energy and burn fat.
And although it might sound contradictory to eat fat to lose fat, omega-3s boost the oxidation of fat. They impact a receptor in the liver and also lower insulin resistance.
How else can you supercharge your metabolism? Dr. Oz recommends the approach of nutritionist Haylie Pomroy. She is the author of "The Fast Metabolism Diet: Eat More Food and Lose More Weight" and says you can lose 20 pounds in four weeks by rotating your menu.
How the diet works: Haylie has designed three different phases. The first phase (Monday-Tuesday) features carbohydrates and fruit, while the second phase (Wednesday-Thursday) emphasizes proteins and veggies. The final phase (Friday-Sunday) allows you to eat all of the foods plus healthy fats.
The recommendations from Dr. Oz to consume healthy fats such as flaxseed and avocado mark a distinct change from his previous advice. After emphasizing whole grains for years, he's recently featured experts such as Dr. David Perlmutter, who advocates avoiding grains and eating fats and protein in "Grain Brain: The Surprising Truth about Wheat, Carbs, and Sugar--Your Brain's Silent Killers."
In addition, Dr. Oz recently featured Peter Attia, M.D., who advocates high fat low carb diets. Attia's appearance attracted attention because he advises slashing carbohydrates to one serving a day.
Dr. Attia recommends increasing your intake of fat, including eggs, cheese, nuts, avocado and coconut oil. He also advocates choosing full fat dairy rather than low fat. He is the president of NuSI, which he co-founded with Gary Taubes, author of "Good Calories, Bad Calories: Fats, Carbs, and the Controversial Science of Diet and Health" and "Why We Get Fat: And What to Do About It."
However, Dr. Oz has not yet gone full hog when it comes to becoming a beef and butter believer. In a recent issue of Oprah magazine, for example, he recommended avoiding cheese and butter because of the saturated fat.