Dr. Oz, March 24, 2014, had Dr. Joel Fuhrman on the show to talk about his new book called “The End of Dieting: How to Live for Life” and Oz gives some simple tests you can do to help determine your heart and brain health. The Paleo diet, Mediterranean diet, and the Wheat Belly diet are very popular and are proven to help people lose weight. Dr. Fuhrman explains that these diets actually can cause health problems and disease. He adds that when we regain weight after a diet, it is mostly visceral fat that we gain back.
Visceral fat is the fat that surrounds our organs and can lead to diseases like diabetes, heart disease, and cancer. Dr. Fuhrman says the best way to lose weight permanently is to stay away from diets and make a lifestyle changes. The Paleo diet is loaded with animal protein that can cause heart disease. The Mediterranean diet is high fat and can cause a range of health problems. The Wheat Belly diet is not bad for you but Fuhrman says we need wheat as a nutrient for our body.
3 Step Plan To Lose Weight Permanently
Fuhrman says we need to remember the acronym GBOMB and we can forget about dieting and being fat forever. This stands for Greens, Beans, Onions, Mushrooms, and Seeds. Oz agrees that these foods are low in calories and high in nutrients. Fuhrman says we can eat all of these we want and it is impossible to get fat from them.
Fuhrman says it is important to start the day off with foods that take a while to digest. Eating oatmeal with chia seeds and berries as your first meal will give you an energy boost. The high fiber and slow digestion of these foods will keep you feeling full so your body won’t get hungry and cause you to binge eat.
Eat lots of foods with phytochemicals. Phytochemicals are plant compounds that are proven to fight cancer and other diseases. You can get them from foods like collards, broccoli, brussels sprouts, kohlrabi, kale, mustard greens, turnip greens, and cauliflower. Fuhrman says we need to eat as many of these as we can.
Fuhrman finishes by saying that we can end the yo yo cycle of losing weight and then gaining it back by making these three simple lifestyle changes. He says foods can fight and prevent disease if you eat for nutrients and stop using food as a reward or a coping mechanism for emotional issues.
Oz says our stress levels and the health of our hearts and brain determine how long we will live. He has a couple of tests we can do to get an idea of how long our life will be.
Sitting Rising Test
Oz has said many times that a flexible body means lower blood pressure. He says we can test our flexibility by sitting on the floor and standing up. Doing this without touching any part of your body means you have a perfect score of 10. Deduct 1 point each for the times you use a knee, hand, side of your leg, touch hand to your knee or thigh, or a forearm to get yourself vertical. Scoring 8 points or higher shows great flexibility. The lower the score, the less flexible you are and you are more at risk of having heart problems.
Brain Response Time
Oz said brain reaction time is a key to staying healthy. We see volunteers playing a game to test how fast they respond to certain things. Oz says keeping the brain fit requires exercise just like the body. Try playing mental games on your smart phone, doing crossword puzzles with a time limit, and always exercise your memory to keep your brain fit and healthy.
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