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Dr. Oz talks cellulite diet and weight loss: Low carb diets control appetite

Dr. Oz warns against energy drinks.
Dr. Oz warns against energy drinks.
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You can call it orange peel skin, cottage cheese marks or dimples. Whatever name you choose, cellulite isn't very pretty. Dr. Mehmet Oz discussed how to banish cellulite by changing your diet, warned about energy drinks and explored how to control your appetite to boost your weight loss on his July 23 talk show.

When it comes to cellulite, it's important to understand the cause. Those dimples occur when the fibrous tissue beneath your skin becomes weak as a result of age, genetics or hormones. And even slim women can experience cellulite.

To strengthen that tissue and minimize the appearance of cellulite, Dr. Oz suggests adding foods to your diet that contain water. Good choices include watermelon, cucumber and strawberries.

Energy drinks have become popular beverages for everyone from kids to baby boomers. What you may not realize: They often contain high amounts of sugar and caffeine.

And just because it's labeled "organic" doesn't mean it's good for you. Ingredients that are not regulated by the FDA include guarana, which has high levels of caffeine. Dr. Oz advises limiting yourself to 300 mg caffeine each day and beware of drinks with added sugar.

In addition, Dr. Oz discussed one of the biggest challenges in weight loss: Your appetite. Several factors can affect how much you eat, ranging from socializing to portion size.

Those little snack bags of cookies may seem innocent, for example. But a study showed that dieters consumed more food when they relied on little snack bags rather than a single large bag. Tip: Make your own snack packs from a large bag of healthy snacks, such as almonds, so that you're aware of a portion size.

Studies show that when you eat out with friends, you tend to eat significantly more food. Plan ahead. Many restaurants have menus online so that you can choose a diet-friendly option.

If you seem to feel hungry frequently, a new study revealed a tasty way to reduce those cravings. Scientists found that when you don't feel as if you've had enough food after your meal, you may need to enhance your flavoring, reported Time magazine on July 21.

In addition to salty,sour, sweet and bitter tastes, the flavor of umami (which some say is the "fifth taste) can satisfy your hunger with less food. Where can you find it? It's glutamate, resulting from fermenting foods such as cheese or cooking steak.

Researchers compared volunteers who ate the same breakfast and lunch. However, one group ate a soup that had umami flavoring while the other group ate plain soup prior to lunch. The group who ate the souped-up soup consumed less food at lunch but felt full.

Advocates of high protein diets cite the satiety factor as one of the benefits. One study, for example, found that diets restricted in carbohydrates with moderate fat and higher levels of protein resulted in weight loss as well as fat loss. In another study, researchers found evidence that boosting protein increases satiety and boosted the body's fat-burning mechanisms.

Low carb diets also have become more popular as a result of studies showing that they are more effective for diabetes as well as obesity. Dr. Stephen Phinney, in an exclusive interview, said: . “Given both the healthcare costs and the medical risks associated with type 2 diabetes and metabolic syndrome, plus the immediate improvements (if not complete remission) in these diseases with a well-formulated ketogenic diet, this diet should be the primary (aka first) therapy that doctors and dietitians recommend."

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