Two-week rapid weight loss diet

Dr. Mehmet Oz seems to attract three different responses: Complete adoration (watch the faces of the audience members on his talk show), mild interest (you fit in this category if you turn on the show while you’re cleaning the house or talking on the phone), and downright skepticism (for details, read this article on how a medical student and Senator are trying to cancel his “miracle” supplements).

However, occasionally the Wizard of Weight Loss comes up with some concepts worth considering. For that reason, we’re featuring his 2-week rapid weight loss here. It’s helpful if you’re feeling trapped in a rut of toast and cereal for breakfast, more carbs for snacks and pasta basta for dinner.

How it works (see detailed guidelines below the recipe): For each meal, eat 80 percent low-glycemic vegetables and 20 percent protein and healthy fats.  You’ll stay full while shedding pounds quickly.  Enjoy three snacks daily, with each one containing protein and fresh produce, such as blueberries or raspberries topped with a spoonful of almond butter.  Tip: For portion control, try Barney Butter Almond Butter 90 Calorie Snack Packs.

In addition, take a B complex vitamin daily, which Dr. Oz says boosts your metabolism.  Choose a brand without added sugar or other ingredients, such as Nature Made Super B Complex Tablets.

The breakfast smoothie below plays a key role in succeeding on this diet: It kick-starts your weight loss each day while satisfying your hunger and suppressing cravings.

Ingredients

2 tbsp rice protein powder Note: Dr. Oz has issued a new warning about rice protein powders: Read this article for detailsConsider Whey Protein Powder Instead

2 tbsp ground flaxseeds

1/2 cup frozen berries

1/2 banana

1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk  (Note: Read the label carefully, as many brands of almond milk contain added sugar. We recommend Pacific Natural Foods Organic Unsweetened Almond Beverage, Vanilla.)

Directions

Blend all ingredients together until you achieve the desired consistency.

Author of “YOU: Losing Weight: The Owner’s Manual to Simple and Healthy Weight Loss,” Dr. Oz says that he designed the diet for two categories of people: Those who have vowed to lose weight in 2014 and want a kick-start and those who are stuck on a diet plateau. The premise is simple: Eat lots of low-glycemic vegetables and small portions of protein.

The benefits, as originally reported in the Examiner: You’ll cut your cravings, experience fast weight loss and learn to automate your meals to avoid spending hours in the kitchen. And because it only lasts for two weeks, this type of extreme weight loss can be safe and successful.

Here are the detailed guidelines:

  • Start your day with a cup of hot water and half a lemon. Sip a breakfast smoothie (see recipe below) and green tea. Dr. Oz recommends organic tea, such as Bigelow Organic Green Tea (click for details).
  • Consume one serving of protein (six ounces) daily, such as meat or chicken.
  • Consume 1/2 cup of cooked brown rice a day.
  • Use healthy fats in moderation, such as avocado and olive oil.
  • Limit dairy to 1 cup of two percent Greek yogurt.
  • Nosh on unlimited low-glycemic vegetables (see list below) and Detox Broth (see recipe below).
  • For snacks, nibble on hummus, pickles and a few handfuls of nuts.
  • Take a probiotic in the morning.
  • Take a multivitamin (preferably 1/2 in the morning & 1/2 at night).
  • Take a detox bath every night (soak with 2 cups Epsom salt & 1 cup baking soda).

What to cut out:

  • No starchy carbohydrates (except ½ cup brown rice)
  • No artificial sweeteners (this includes all diet soda)
  • No white sugar
  • No alcohol
  • No caffeine (only green tea)
  • No dairy (except Greek yogurt)
  • No additional exercise
  • No meals between 8 p.m. to 8 a.m.

Breakfast Smoothie Ingredients

Directions
Blend all ingredients together until you achieve the desired consistency.

Detox Broth Ingredients (If you prefer, use vegetarian broth such as Swanson Vegetable Broth -click for details)

  • 3 qts water
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 2 carrots, sliced
  • 1 cup of winter squash, cut into large cubes
  • 1 cup of root vegetables: any of the following: turnips, parsnips, and rutabagas for sweetness
  • 2 cups of chopped greens: any of the following: kale, parsley, beet greens, collard greens, chard, dandelion,
  • 2 celery stalks
  • 1/2 cup cabbage
  • 4 (1/2-inch) slices of fresh ginger
  • 2 cloves of whole garlic (not chopped or crushed)
  • Sea salt (to taste)

Directions
Add all the ingredients at once and place on a low boil for approximately 60 minutes. It may take a little longer. Simply continue to boil to taste. Cool, strain (throw out the cooked vegetables), and store in a large, tightly-sealed glass container in the fridge. Heat gently and drink up to 3 to 4 cups a day.

Examples of low-glycemic vegetables

  • Artichokes
  • Artichoke hearts
  • Asparagus
  • Bamboo shoots
  • Bean sprouts
  • Broccoli
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Cauliflower
  • Celery
  • Cucumber
  • Daikon
  • Eggplant
  • Leeks
  • Lentils
  • Beans (green, kidney, garbanzo)
  • Greens (collard, kale, mustard, turnip)
  • Mushrooms
  • Okra
  • Onions
  • Pea pods
  • Peppers
  • Radishes
  • Rutabaga
  • Squash
  • Sugar snap peas
  • Swiss chard
  • Tomato
  • Water chestnuts
  • Watercress
  • Zucchini
  • Cabbage (green, bok choy, Chinese)
  • Salad greens (chicory, endive, escarole, iceberg lettuce, romaine, spinach)
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