Dr. Oz: The Fourteen-Day YOU Diet

Dr. Mehmet Oz and Dr. Michael Roizen are back in their ongoing effort to make Americans healthier. Today on "Good Morning America," the expert pair discussed how you can start eating healthier in the new year.

Read the excerpt below, and then head to the "GMA" Library to find more good reads.

Click here for the "Magical Breakfast Blaster" shake recipe Dr. Oz mentioned on "GMA."

The Fourteen-Day YOU Diet

VIDEO: Drs. Mehmet Oz and Michael Roizen share their two-week diet plan.Play
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During these two weeks, we'll give you the meal guidelines, the tools, the strategies, the tricks, the plan, and the help you need to change your diet and live it. By the end of the fourteen days, you'll have developed eating patterns and behavioral habits that will help get you on your way to changing your body from the inside out. Here we outline the seven- day plan and strategies for making smart decisions about food and eating. In week two, you'll repeat the first week, making appropriate food substitutions where you wish.

Day One: Saturday

1. Walk: Thirty minutes. Walking—whether you do it by yourself, with a friend, with your dog (only actual walking time counts, not time spent waiting for the dog to sniff), or around the dining room table—gives you your first dose of physical success. Walk every day for thirty minutes, and you'll establish the behavioral and motivational foundation for the YOU Diet.

2. Stretch: Do three to five minutes of stretching after your walk. See Chapter 12. While stretching keeps your muscles limber and flexible to help prevent injury, it also has a meditative element to it, helping you refocus and cope with cravings. "No pain, no gain" does not apply here.

3. Dump Your Fridge: To make room for all the new, good food you're about to buy, it's time to rid your kitchen of the nutritional felons. The appeals are up; it's execution time. Read the label of everything in your kitchen cupboards, your refrigerator, your secret boxes, and everywhere else you stash food. If something has any of the following in one of the first five ingredients, throw it out. This is the YOU: On a Diet Rule of 5. Don't have any of these five ingredients in the first five ingredients on the label:

1 and 2. Simple sugars and syrups. This includes brown sugar, dextrose, corn sweetener, fructose (as in high- fructose corn syrup), glucose, corn syrup, honey, invert sugar, maltose, lactose, malt syrup, molasses, raw sugar, and sucrose. Keep a little table sugar handy, and honey, and maple sugar, because you'll use some for recipes. (See the box on other sweeteners on page 107.)

3. Saturated fat. This includes most four- legged animal fat, milk fat, butter or lard, and tropical oils, such as palm and coconut.

4. Trans fat. This includes partially hydrogenated fats, vegetable oil blends that are hydrogenated, and many margarines and cooking blends. (If you must, use cholesterol-fighting sterol spreads such as Promise and Benecol.)

5. Enriched flours and all flours other than 100 percent whole grain or 100 percent whole wheat. This includes enriched white flour, semolina, durum wheat, and any of the acronyms for flour that is not whole wheat—they should not be in your kitchen.

4. Go Food Shopping: Your current kitchen is most likely like a prison—it's filled with a lot of bad dudes. We want to turn your kitchen into a nutritional honor society, so that it's filled with good-for-your- waist foods that make it easy (and automatic!) to eat right. The first week, you'll have a larger- than- normal shopping list because you'll stock up on essentials as well as ingredients you'll need for this week's recipes. For a specific shopping list that works with our suggested seven- day schedule, see page 277.

5. Make Your Weekly Staples: Your choice of vegetables or soup. See above.

Eat!

Follow guidelines for breakfast, lunch, and snacks. For dinner, have . . .

Asian Salmon with Brown Rice Pilaf

Day Two: Sunday

1. Walk: Thirty minutes.

2. Stretch: Do five minutes of stretching.

3. Partner Up: If you try to undertake this alone, there's a much higher risk that you'll end up lips- first in a bowl of creamed corn. Find your YOU partner—be it a spouse, a friend, a coworker—someone you can talk to about your goals, your meals, your new plan. Make a plan to talk (or email) five minutes every day—to tell him or her that you walked that day and to tell about your day's meals. If you prefer a cyber friend, log on to www.realage.com and match up with a partner there.

Better yet, try to find a partner or partners who are in this with you, on the same journey to good health. Share this book; share the knowledge you've learned; embark on a "work smart, not hard" journey together. It's one thing to lose three, four, or five inches yourself, but quite another when you can help contribute to America's collective loss in waistband size. After all, what's better than experiencing the satisfaction of helping yourself achieve your goal? Helping others do the same.

Eat!

Follow guidelines for breakfast, lunch, and snacks. For dinner, have . . .

Spicy Chili or Stuffed Whole Wheat Pizza

Day Three: Monday

1. Walk: Thirty minutes.

2. Do the YOU Workout: Follow the twenty- minute no-weights YOU Workout, which includes both strength and stretching exercises, on page 233. Strength training helps you add muscle, which will help speed your metabolism and burn fat. Also start tightening your abs when you walk, which will help improve your posture and make your clothes fit better. Walk at a pace that raises your heart rate, or include twenty minutes of another cardiovascular exercise.

3. Write It Down (or Type It In): Generally, we're into guilt trips as much as we're into bourbon as a topical anesthetic, but we also think there's a fine line between guilt and motivation. One of the ways you can help reprogram yourself is by writing down (or recording, for you technophiles) everything that you eat. In a way, it holds you accountable; you won't want to eat bad foods, because you won't want the visual reminder that you ate them. For these two weeks only—just to establish your new routine—write down everything you eat. Yep, even the three M&M's you just swiped. (For the technically savvy, some handheld devices have programs that allow you to scan the bar codes of the foods you eat. You enter the quantity you eat, and the program will keep track of your calories—see www.realage.com or www.mychoicescount.com.)

4. Go Shopping: With three days of walking under your soon- to- be- loose belt, it's time you made another trip to the store. This time, make it the sports store—for a good pair of running shoes. Use them for walking only. Running shoes are lightweight, and they provide lots of heel cushioning (because they're made for people who pound the ground with more force). Your best bet: Go to a running specialty store, where the staff can not only measure your feet but analyze your stride and determine what kind of walker you are. (Note: Go shopping in the late afternoon when your feet are more likely to be swollen, to ensure the best fit.) If you like, you can also add these to your list: ? Socks with extra padding on the bottom. (Avoid cotton; you need socks that wick moisture away from your feet.) ? A yoga mat, so you don't slip and slide while enjoying the deep poses (and dumbbells or resistance bands if you're already advanced enough to use those; see page 247).

Eat!

Follow guidelines for breakfast, lunch, and snacks. For dinner, have . . .

Mediterranean Chicken with Tomato, Olives, and Herbed White Beans

Day Four: Tuesday

1. Walk: Thirty minutes.

2. Stretch: Do five minutes of stretching.

3. Make Any Needed YOU- Turn: It's not uncommon at this point for you to have already dabbled in the neighbor's cake, picked at the kids' chips, or snuck a few bites of a butter- covered pretzel from the mall. And that's OK. Just get yourself back together.

At the next available moment, make an authorized YOU- Turn.

The next time you find yourself dancing with the Devil Dog, try these coping strategies: The Lip Lick. Breathe in, lick your lips, swallow, and breathe out slowly, saying "ohm." Let the cool air flow across your lips. The soothing move—which takes all of about three seconds—helps you to reset, calm down, and refocus.

The Waist Hang. Stand up straight, bend over at your waist, and let your lower back relax. Reach for the floor, grab your elbows, or hold the back of your knees. The important thing is to let all of the tension you have stored in your back and hips unwind. Relax your neck completely. If you feel tight, don't straighten your knees.

Eat!

Follow guidelines for breakfast, lunch, and snacks. For dinner, have

Royal Pasta Primavera Provençale

Day Five: Wednesday

1. Walk: Thirty minutes.

2. Do the YOU Workout: Follow the twenty- minute no-weights YOU Workout, which includes both strength and stretching exercises, on page 233.

3. Call Your Doctor: Remember, waist management is a team game, and your doctor is one of your MVPs. So schedule an appointment for thirty days from now (or sooner if you have a great relationship). You can use him or her to help you in many different ways:

Update your vitals such as blood pressure, waist size, and heart rate. If you need a baseline for such numbers as HDL and LDL cholesterol (HDL is more important for women and men over sixty), now's a good time to schedule a physical, get a few blood tests, and talk to your doctor about your new plan.

Having a physical will also prove helpful when you reach a plateau—when your waist and weight loss will seem to have stalled. (Your doctor may then be able to prescribe medication that can help you get over a hump; see appendix A.)

Eat!

Follow guidelines for breakfast, lunch, and snacks. For dinner, have . . .

Apricot Chicken and Green Beans with Almond Slivers

Day Six: Thursday

1. Walk: Thirty minutes.

2. Stretch: Do five minutes of stretching.

3. Do a Little Bragging: If you go public with your success, it makes turning back more difficult. Tell a friend or a coworker about the progress you've made and the changes you've noticed.

Eat!

Follow guidelines for breakfast, lunch, and snacks. For dinner, have . . .

Turkey Tortilla Wraps with Red Baked Potato

Day Seven: Friday

1. Walk: Thirty minutes.

2. Do the YOU Workout: Follow the twenty- minute no-weights YOU Workout, which includes both strength and stretching exercises, on page 233.

3. Restock Your Kitchen: Check your pantry for ingredients you've run out of and make a shopping list for next week's recipes.

4. Grade Yourself: Whether it's with work or a first date, it's always nice to have some way to know how you're progressing. Now is the time to take your waist measurement and weigh yourself, just to see what changes you've made. In your first week, you may see up to a one- inch waist reduction and a two- to four- pound weight reduction. You might even be able to drop one clothing size.

Eat!

Follow guidelines for breakfast, lunch, and snacks. For dinner, have . . .

Broiled Trout, Orata, or Branzini with Rosemary and Lemon

Day Eight to Forever: Your Reprogrammed Body

There you have it. We've given you all the tools, actions, and adjustments you need to take your body back to its factory settings, with a healthy waist and a healthy weight. Now just repeat the steps for the second week, making meal substitutions as you like (see additional recipes starting on page 289). Work smart, not hard. Week one puts you in motion and allows your body to adjust. Week two gives you seven days to practice the plan, feel what it's like to eat well, and figure out what to do if you don't. Research shows that it takes two weeks of repetitive action to make the action become automated, so now you can take the plan and tweak it. Or repeat it. Or try new dinner recipes that you can find on our website, www.realage.com. Make adjustments based on our nutritional guidelines as well as your tastes. This isn't the end of your waist- management plan; it's just the beginning.

Somewhere between the second and third weeks of the program, data show that the behavior changes that are crucial for sustained waist loss will start to become ingrained in you. About the same time, your newly detoxified body will become more sensitive to poor- quality foods. Instead, as you adopt the YOU: On a Diet habits, you will crave the foods similar to the ones we list. Your liver will enjoy not having to manage toxic elements and will pass along the love to the rest of the body by reducing inflammation. All the data we have on folks who have lost a lot of weight and kept it off points to using a steady, resilient program. You can make mistakes but still bounce back if you keep moving and keep making calm YOU- Turns without a lot of emotional baggage. The types of foods we advocate will always come to your rescue even if you make a few wrong turns, anyway.

When you reach a plateau—which you will—you will have three choices: drop another few calories from your daily intake, increase your physical activity, or see a physician about extra help if appropriate. But remember that the purpose of losing weight is to gain health, so when you reach your playing weight and your body is loving the feeling, just stay the course.