Are you longing for some different ways of shedding pounds and getting healthy? If your current diet isn't providing the results that you want, Dr. Mehmet Oz served up some alternatives on his Dec. 17 talk show. From slimming holiday foods to healthy fats to medication weight gain warnings, get the skinny here.
Joining Dr. Oz to provide his expertise on diet: Dr. Mike Roizen, co-author of "YOU: On A Diet Revised Edition: The Owner's Manual for Waist Management" (click for details).
You've heard of omega-3 healthy fats? Now Dr. Oz and Dr. Roizen want you to eat foods from a new category: Omega-7. Omega-7 fats help you control your cholesterol, reduce your risk of diabetes and inflammation and even battle belly fat. Good sources include macadamia nuts and anchovies.
We don't usually associate holiday foods and beverages with weight loss. But Dr. Oz says that diet expert Rachel Beller has come up with some Oz-approved diet versions of holiday treats that actually help you shed pounds. She's the author of "Eat to Lose, Eat to Win: Your Grab-n-Go Action Plan for a Slimmer, Healthier You" (click for details).
Rachel developed a belly-flattening version of eggnog that's also vegan and a fit-for-dieters version of gingerbread (get her recipes at the end of the article).
Did you know that some medications can cause weight gain? Although not everyone experiences weight gain as a side effect, Dr. Oz warns that the following may cause you to add pounds (note: Be sure to check with your doctor before halting any medication):
- Anticonvulsants/Mood Stabilizers
- Beta Blockers
- Calcium Channel Blockers
In addition, said Dr. Oz and Dr. Roizen, you can use food as preventive medicine by eating the following cancer-fighting foods:
- Cruciferous vegetables, such as cauliflower
- Allium-containing vegetables such as scallions
- Apigenin-containing foods such as celery
Rachel's Oz-approved holiday recipes follow.
Quick Fit Vegan Eggnog Ingredients
- 1/2 cups almond milk
- 1/2 frozen banana
- 1/2 avocado
- 2 tsp maple syrup
- 1 tsp pumpkin spice
- 1/2 tsp nutmeg
- 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 tbsp white chia seeds (optional)
- 1 oz bourbon (optional)
Place all ingredients in a blender. Start at a low speed and slowly increase to high. Blend until smooth.
Fit Gingerbread Pound Cake
- 1 1/4 cups whole-wheat pastry flour
- 1 tsp ground ginger
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 cup coconut palm sugar
- 1/2 cup organic low-fat buttermilk
- 1/4 cup walnut oil
- 1/2 cup molasses
- 1 organic egg, lightly beaten
Preheat oven to 325ºF. In a mixing bowl, combine all the ingredients. Mix until smooth. Pour the batter into a greased and floured cake pan. Bake for 1 hour or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean.