Dr. Oz’s Top Dieting Mistakes Every Girl Makes, Plus Tips to Fight Fat and Fatigue
Dr. Oz ventures out to where “no man has gone before” as he tries to help women stick to their diets, and fight fat & fatigue for good!
Dieting. It ain’t easy. Whatever is good for us (especially in today’s times) is usually very difficult to not only begin but also difficult to finish as well. In fact, we bet you’ve started more diets than you’ve actually completed. Right? You may even be a “two-weeker” (someone who gives up after two weeks of dieting if they don’t see the results they’re looking for). Fortunately, Dr. Oz reveals some of the top dieting mistakes that girls make when they’re trying to lose weight. Are you committing any of these mistakes? Find out below what these are, and if you are, pay heed to Dr. Oz’s tips!
Mistake #1: Mistaking “Gluten-Free” to Mean “Low-Calorie”
“Gluten-free” does NOT equate to “low-calorie.” With the big boom of gluten-free foods, they are now the “in” thing. As all trends go, companies and the products they sale will definitely take advantage of that trending label. Nowadays, those gluten-free foods we see at the supermarket may actually be full of sugars. Why? Well, when we strip grains like bread of wheats, high-calorie sugars and other oils are used to replace the gluten that was removed. Make sure to check the nutrition labels of gluten-free foods, (especially those that are processed) to see for yourself what you’re actually putting into your body. Dr. Oz prescribes that the best way to go gluten-free is the natural way. He suggests gluten-free whole foods like:
Mistake #2: You Are An “Over-Fruiter”
Yes, fruits are good for you. They’re rich in antioxidants, and are good sources of healthy sugars. BUT, like most everything in life and dieting, moderation is key. The key to finding out the best fruits to diet on is a fruit’s place on the glycemic index (the measurement of carbs in foods and its effect on our blood sugar levels) – the higher the GI rating of a fruit the higher your weight will be the more you eat it. Fruits high on the GI include melons, pineapples, and dried fruits. Fruits low in the GI are pears and apples. An apple a day keeps your blood sugar levels healthy all the way!
Mistake #3: Packing On Too Many Protein Bars
Yes (again), proteins are good for you. They help your body rebuild muscle as it burns fat from exercise, and proteins also help you keep feeling full. BUT (again), most of us already enough protein for our daily activities. As a result packing on extra protein bars into our diet may actually be doing more harm than good as these are usually also packed with extra sugars and fats that will not help our diets. If you gotta having something like a protein bar, Dr. Oz suggests “Beanitos.” These are bean chips that are low in calories, high in fiber (keeping you feeling full like a protein bar would), and actually tastes pretty good. (I personally hated the cardboard taste of protein bars.)
Mistake #3: Replacing Soda Pop with Juice
Soda is bad, real bad, because of all the sugars in it. Juice isn’t as bad as soda, but it’s still packed with sugars. If you’re on a diet, you’ll want to avoid as much sugar as possible. With juice, people tend to drink more than the recommended 8 ounce serving per day (that’s about 1 tall glass, PER DAY only). If you still gotta have a fruit drink, Dr. Oz suggests slicing up your fave fruit and mixing it in a glass of water. Better yet, why not try Herbal Tisane that Dr. Oz says to brew in a drink.
Now that we’ve learned from our mistakes, let’s learn a couple more lessons from Dr. Oz to fight fat and fatigue:
Tip #1: Got milk? Drink it up.
Fight fat with riboflavin, a.k.a., Vitamin B2. Dr. Oz shares that Vitamin B2 is the vitamin that helps all the other B vitamins do their job. Two percent milk is the best way to get your fill of riboflavin. Three eight ounce glasses of 2% milk will give your body the riboflavins it needs to burn fat.
Tip #2: Call on Calcium.
We all know calcium to be good for the bones. But how does it help a girl fight fat? Calcium will bind with the fats we eat from fatty foods. It’ll suck up all that fat, and eventually gets released from your body instead of staying on your belly or thighs. Dr. Oz suggest taking in one cup of turnip greens daily (saute it with salt and it’ll taste delicious). The calcium in turnip greens will help prevent your body from taking in fat.
Tip #3: Iron for Energy.
If you find yourself tired all the time, all day, then you might have a problem with iron. Iron helps the red blood cells carry the oxygen our body needs to liven up, so without that oxygen running throughout our body, the more tired we’ll feel. This is especially true for pre-menopausal women. In fact, iron deficiency is the most common deficiency we have in America. Now most people think we have to eat meat to balance out that deficiency, but if you’re on a diet that might not be what you want to eat all the time, all day to prevent fatigue. Dr. Oz suggests another good source of iron and that can be found in lentils. One cup of cooked lentils will provide your body with the iron it needs to help your cells to carry the oxygen it needs to produce the energy you need to get through the day. Quick tip: get plenty of vitamin C as it will help your body absorb more iron, too.
Tip #4: Corn for Energy.
Instead of grabbing an energy drink to perk you up, grab an ear of corn. An energy drink will put you on a high and low roller coaster ride of energy throughout the day (plus they pack a lot of calories). Dr. Oz suggests we eat up on corn instead specifically for the magnesium it provides. A cup and a half of corn a day will give you the right amount of magnesium that you’ll need to perk you up and feel less tired.
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