Dr. Oz's Summer Slim-Down Secrets
According to Dr. Oz’s special guest Kristen Kirkpatrick, RD a wellness manager at Cleveland Clinic, summertime offers opportunity to defeat those stumbling blocks that prevent you from achieving a slimmer body that is bikini-ready for a day at the beach. Summertime, she says, is the best time for slimming down because it is the time of the year when healthy produce is in abundance and can be applied toward knocking-down three stumbling blocks she classifies under the categories: junk food junkie, stress eater and portion distortion.
Junk Food Junkie
“Junk food junkies are mindless eaters,” says Kirkpatrick. The problem she explains is that junk food junkies are not only eating junk food, but also eating throughout the day. One way around this type of eating is to substitute your junk food with a healthier choice. One example she offers is switching from potato chips to turnip chips. Turnip chips are preferable because they are much lower in their carbohydrate content in comparison to potato chips.
Another solution is to start your day the right way. “…basically, have one meal the same--every single solitary day,” advises Kirkpatrick. “Studies have shown that if you do this that you actually are more likely to lose weight.”
One example she gives is to start your day with a hard-boiled egg and a whole wheat English muffin with added black pepper for breakfast. Black pepper contains “piperine”—the primary alkaloid from black pepper that gives black pepper its characteristic flavor and has been found in studies to help stop the formation of new fat cells.
“You want to fuel your body, not your stress,” says Kirkpatrick. “Stress eaters are seeking foods that really affect those pleasurable effects that the brain gives us.” She advises stress eaters who are prone to emotional eating to try a combination of sweet potatoes and parsley that can be made into a hummus. Sweet potatoes she explains contains compounds that tap into the brain’s neurotransmitters that gives a person feelings of calmness.
Dr. Oz also points out that the added parsley acts as a natural diuretic, which will help with bloating.