Dr Oz Recap: Tim Ferriss, Diet Pitfalls, Blood Clots and Age-Proof Your Hair


July 11, 2011 By

On the Dr. Oz Show today, Dr. Oz investigated the diet claims of Tim Ferriss, who claims you can lose 20 pounds in 30 days, and even get the perfect body just four hours. Ferriss uses his own body as a human guinea pig to test his theories, so he could find out the simplest things that get the biggest results.

Timothy Ferriss’ 4-Hour Body

His book, “The 4-Hour Body” reveals some tips for losing weight and getting healthier that are really simple. Dr. Oz says his medical team has vetted the ideas and says they will work. Doctor Oz focused on three cutting edge techniques:

Ice Therapy to Lose Weight

Ferriss says ice therapy triggers hormones that activate fat burning. Drink 500 milliliters of ice water in the morning and take a cold shower. In the evening, put an ice pack on the back of your neck. Dr. Oz agrees that this would work, as your body has to burn a lot more energy doing things when you’re cold. Ferris says to start slowly, with the ice pack maybe, then ramp up to the cold shower and ultimately an ice bath.

Eat 30 Grams of Protein Within 30 Minutes of Waking Up

That’s the equivalent of 5 eggs, or maybe a protein shake. Ferriss says this is extremely important, and as a side benefit, you won’t experience that mid-afternoon slump after lunch. Eating that much protein when you wake up sets up your body to burn fat all day.

Pig Out Once a Week

Ferriss says that by spiking your calories once a week, it improves your thyroid output, plus it makes people more stable. Knowing you can binge once a week helps you be good the rest of the week. Ferriss says to control the damage by drinking some grapefruit juice before you binge to keep your blood sugar stable. There is also a time limit. You can only eat for about an hour, and then you have to do 60-120 seconds of squats afterward to burn off the sugar.

Diet Pitfall #3: Overeating at Restaurants:

Conquer this pitfall by going online and looking at the menu ahead of time. Decide what you’re going to order before you arrive.

Make a dinner plate out of an appetizer and add a couple of side dishes.

Never take home a doggy bag. Leave the fattening food at the restaurant.

Diet Pitfall #2: Your Busy Schedule

Marinate your fish or meat in the morning, because now your food is half-prepared and you’re only 10 minutes away from a healthy meal.

Create a morning workout box. Write exercises on slips of paper, and put them in a shoebox. Every morning take a slip of paper and do them that morning for 15 minutes.

Diet Pitfall #1: You Lose Motivation

Set up a date for a party for yourself 11 weeks out and send out the invitations. This party is where you debut your new body.

Buy a dress for the party in a size that will fit your goal weight (So smaller than you are now)

Blood Clots that are Dangerous

Blood clots are a good thing if you fell down and cut yourself, but they’re a bad thing in some situations where they block a vein or an artery. Sometimes a clog in a pulmonary artery can get loose and get in the lungs and cause death by pulmonary embolism. If it gets up into the brain, then it causes a stroke.

How to Prevent Clots

  • Women over the age 40, or men over age 35, can take 2 baby aspirin a day to prevent blood clots.
  • Do 30 minutes of cardio every day
  • Stand up often and let the blood in your legs circulate.

How to Age-Proof Your Hair

  • Eat beans, spinach, sardines and carrots to help keep your hair shiny and looking young
  • Apply avocado, honey, vinegar and canola oil directly to your hair to moisturize it and make it less brittle
  • On average we lose 150 hairs a day. Ouch!

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