The Dr. Oz detox diet is designed around responsible and healthy eating instead of like most diets that focus on eating to lose weight.
Eating simply to lose weight most often is not effective and if it is, the weight loss achieved is only temporary.
The Dr. Oz cleansing diet focuses on disease prevention and the overall health of a person. He believes that if you focus on eating foods that prevent stroke, heart disease, cancer and diabetes that weight loss will be a natural side-effect. And it is.
One woman, Marie Anaya, who lost her husband on 9/11 was one of the first people to go on Dr. Oz’s detox diet. She had to spend the first month “detoxing” from processed foods. No restaurant food, cookies, cakes, candy, chips, etc. Within 4 weeks she had lost 13 pounds and her waistline was smaller by 3 inches.
The Detox Diet by Dr. Oz recommends that you completely eliminate processed foods and eat only healthy and fresh foods. After following this diet after only 6 months, Marie had lost 45 pounds. She also says that she has lots of energy and that she feels years younger.
To follow Doctor Oz’s detox diet you don’t have to be a professional chef. The types of foods you eat are simple, yet delicious, like fruit and Greek yogurt, turkey, shrimp, salads, etc. Included in this diet is lots of fiber because not only does it keep you fuller longer so you eat less, but it also aids digestion and helps keep you regular, which is important. Unrefined carbohydrates such as brown rice and whole wheat pastas are included because they are healthier than alternatives and they have the added benefit of causing your body to burn more fat as opposed to storing it.
Also recommended by Dr. Oz is daily exercise. Starting with walking for a short period (around 20-25 minutes a day) and working up to vigorous walking, running, yoga, swimming, bicycling or whatever type of cardiovascular exercise that you enjoy doing.
Starting The Cleansing Diet
When you begin on this cleansing diet you should first clear all of the “negative” type foods from your pantry. Get rid of the potato chips, frozen pizzas, packaged cakes, cookies, etc. You want fresh fruit, vegetables, whole-grains, whole wheat pastas, brown rice, green tea, lean meats, and fish (not fried or breaded). Learn more about Dr. Oz’s Favorite Foods.
When you eat on this detox diet you should stop eating before you feel overly full. Dr. Oz calls it “being stuffed.” This feeling of being “too full” is not good for your body or your waistline. He says that on a scale of fullness from 1 to 10 (1 being hungry and 10 being “stuffed”) you should stop eating at about 6. Overeating is the arch-enemy of health and weight loss. Not only will it force your body to store fat but it’s bad for your heart, your circulatory system, and even your brain.
Th detox diet includes 5 meals daily (2 snacks, breakfast, lunch and dinner). The foods you should be eating for each meal should not include anything that contains trans-fats and refined carbohydrates like white sugar and white rice. What you should be eating are leafy greens, colorful vegetables like cauliflower, broccoli, chard, red peppers, radishes, tomatoes, mushrooms, etc.
You can download a free list of all the different colorful fruits and vegetables that are healthy for you right here: Taste A Rainbow Of Fruits And Vegetables For Better Health*
*From Julie Garden-Robinson, Ph.D. L.R.D., Food and Nutrition Specialist
You want to eat at least 9 handfuls/cups of fresh fruits and vegetables every day. Try to avoid all bad fats (trans and saturated fats) but you can consume good fats like monounsaturated (olive oil, sunflower oil, avocados, etc.). Also you should be drinking lots of water. Doctor Oz recommends that you drink at least 8 to 12 glasses a day. This is very important as water keeps you hydrated which gives you energy, boosts your metabolism, and also flushes toxins out of your body.
As mentioned before you should try and accomplish at least 30 minutes of aerobic exercise daily. If you are not physically fit or have been inactive for quite some time you should start out slowly with short walks and build up slowly to longer walks and more vigorous exercise.
More Great Weight Loss Advice From Dr. Oz:
Dr. Oz’s How To Slim Down Your Belly
Doctor Oz’s One Day Diet Pt. 1
The Super-Healthy Green Drink Recipe From Dr. Oz
Foods That Dr. Oz Loves To Eat