Dr. Oz kicked off his first show of 2014 by unveiling his two-week rapid weight-loss diet on the Jan. 6 episode of the Dr. Oz Show.
Dr. Oz’s diet helped his audience members lose over 1,000 pounds combined, or about nine pounds per person. “It’s easier than you think,” he said.
Foods You Should Avoid
Dr. Oz’s two-week rapid weight-loss diet suggests eliminating the following:
1. Eliminate wheat. One woman who eliminated wheat from her diet said she lost 16 pounds by making that one small change. In a previous episode, Dr. Oz detailed how eliminating grains causes rapid weight loss and prevents Alzheimer’s.
2. Avoid artificial sweeteners. Dr. Oz said artificial sweeteners ruin your metabolism and fuel weight gain. New studies show that people who use artificial sweeteners experience a 70% increase in waist circumference compared to non-users.
3. Avoid alcohol and sugar. Sugar increases your appetite and wreaks havoc on your metabolism and hormones, making weight loss difficult. Dr. Oz said alcohol provides empty liquid calories, makes you eat more, and causes bloating.
4. Eliminate coffee. While coffee has been touted as a rich source of antioxidants, Dr. Oz said the stimulant effects of coffee can lead to unhealthy cravings. He said black coffee is OK, but adding sugar and cream makes it unhealthy.
5. Avoid dairy. Dairy is a major source of inflammation, which promotes weight gain, heart disease and diabetes.
Foods You Should Eat
Now that you know which foods to eliminate, Dr. Oz detailed the foods you should include on your rapid weight-loss diet:
1. Start each morning with a cup of hot water with ½ a lemon. This kick-starts your metabolism and digestive system and is a natural diuretic.
2. For breakfast, Dr. Oz suggests having a high-protein smoothie to stoke your metabolism while ridding your body of toxins. His smoothie recipe includes the following ingredients:
- 1 cup of unsweetened vanilla almond milk.
- ½ banana.
- ½ cup frozen berries.
- 2 tablespoons of ground flax seeds.
- 2 tablespoons rice protein powder.
3. Your meals and snacks should consist of the following foods:
- Six-ounce portions of chicken, turkey or fish.
- Healthy fats like avocado and olive oil.
- Greek yogurt (this probiotic-rich food is the only dairy allowed).
- Fiber-rich brown rice.
- Organic green tea to replace coffee.
4. Dr. Oz identified the following low-glycemic vegetables as foods you can eat unlimited quantities of:
- Brussels sprouts
- Snap peas
Dr. Oz said if you follow this diet for two weeks, you can expect to lose about nine pounds, which is a great way to kick off the new year.