Lose 10 pounds in 20 Days Says Dr. Oz Guest with Radical New Anti-Diet Plan
Are you finding that after eating right and exercising every day that your body is still gaining weight? Dr. Oz reveals a new weight loss diet that isn’t a diet that may be the answer to your weight gain woes.
“A new book challenges everything I ever told you about weight loss,” says Dr. Oz as he introduces nutritionist Lyn-Genet Recitas, author of a book titled “The Plan” that she says it’s not the calories that are making you fat, but your chemistry. In fact, according to her book, some healthy foods are actually the bane of many dieters’ weight loss woes. How is this possible? According to Ms. Recitas, some foods―even healthy ones―are toxic and can cause you to gain weight.
“That’s what I’ve always told my clients, ‘There’s no such thing as a healthy food,’” says Ms. Recitas. “All that matters is how your body digests the food that you eat…’The Plan’ teaches you how to be mindful of your reaction to specific foods.”
The basic idea behind Ms. Recitas’ theory about toxic healthy foods making people fat, is that depending upon a person’s unique chemistry, how their body reacts to the food can make the difference between losing weight and gaining weight. A weight-gaining response to a healthy food is in her view that of inflammation, which is associated with many medical problems including obesity.
Foods that cause an inflammatory response is what she refers to as “reactive” or “devil” foods that in one person may be perfectly fine and actually good for them, but in another person is toxic and causes weight gain.
“So, a healthy food like black beans can cause a huge inflammatory response, which causes immediate weight gain. We see this especially in women over the age of 35,” says Ms. Recitas who explains further that as we age, so does our body’s ability to digest some foods―what may have been relatively easy to digest in your 20s, could become a digestion problem in your 30s and over.
The origins of her anti-diet diet plan goes back to years of study of holistic medicine, herbology and Chinese medicine with a focus on our internal energy and the food we eat. Furthermore, what she learned outside of conventional medicine is what she sees in her practice consisting of thousands of patients who she observed were not reacting in the same way to foods that she would normally recommend as a nutritionist.
When Dr. Oz asked her how does a person know if a particular food is toxic to them, she states that after a person goes through a “cleanse” that their body will be sensitive to the foods they eat and that a toxic food is indicated when that person becomes gassy and bloated after eating a particular item and may even find that they are up to two pounds heavier the next day.
Dr. Oz tells viewers that one possible reason why Ms. Recitas’ theory about toxic foods may be real for some people is that the inflammatory response she talks about with reactive foods is happening in the digestive tract where large populations of different types of bacteria live—some good, and some bad—that play a role in how your body digests food and takes in nutrients.
He explains that eating one type of food may be okay with the bacteria, a little gas is generated, and digestion proceeds as it should. However, eating a food that is reactive to your chemistry could cause the bacteria to over-react and lead to a lot of gas, cramping, and prevent normal digestion from occurring.
For people who in spite of diet and exercise continue to gain weight rather than lose weight, Ms. Recitas believes that they can benefit from “The Plan” to see what foods their body may be reacting to that is responsible for their weight gain.
The first phase of “The Plan” is a body cleanse after which you are placed on a 2,000-plus calorie diet consisting of food that in Ms. Recitas’ experience are the least-reactive foods on a person’s digestive system. The second phase is where specific foods that an individual likes to eat are added one at a time to their diet while being monitored for evidence of an inflammatory response.
“If a food doesn’t work for you that causes gas, bloating or weight gain, then that is a food we would omit,” says Ms. Recitas.
The perk of her no-diet diet plan is that it allows people to eat the foods they normally eat and enjoy―after the reactive foods are discovered and omitted from future meals―and still lose weight.
“You are testing foods that you love, and most people eat just 30-40 of the same foods. So, when you figure out which foods work for you, and you cut out the 3 or 4 that don’t―you lose weight, you feel amazing, and you feel like you’re eating like you,” says Ms. Recitas.
According to Ms. Recitas, her 20-day plan typically results in a weight loss of 6% or about 10 pounds on average for her clients.
“Ten pounds in 20 days is about the normal… eating over 2,000 calories a day,” says Ms. Recitas.
A summary of the steps utilized in “The Plan” are listed below:
The Cleansing Phase—Days 1-3
1. Drink half your weight in ounces of water. To calculate how much water you should drink during the cleansing phase, divide your weight by 2, and then divide that number by 8 to give you the number of glasses of water per day you need.
2. Drink a detoxifying Dandelion root tea. Dandelion tea will improve liver health and function involving metabolism and hormone-related weight.
3. Eat only the foods in “The Cleanse.” Foods eaten during the cleansing phase are only those found to be the least reactive to most people’s bodies. Examples include for the first two days a flax cereal with blueberries for breakfast, soups and salads for lunch, and kale stew with a carrot and beet salad. On the third day, protein from chicken can be added to the dinner meal. One caveat is that no exercising is allowed during the cleanse phase as it can raise cortisol levels (inflammation), and actually prevents weight loss during this phase, states Ms. Recitas.
Experiment Phase: Days 4-20
Identify reactive foods that make you fat by adding specific foods every other day from the least potentially reactive to the most reactive and discovering which ones are reactive to your body.
Day 4: Goat cheese
Day 6: Pick a protein source like steak or fish
Day 8: Bread
Days 10-20: Add on increasingly reactive foods such as eggs, lentils, milk, pineapple, grapefruit, peppers, pasta, green beans, yogurt, bagels, salmon, black beans, turkey, shrimp, deli meats and sushi respectively.
For a complete list of reactive foods and how they rate relative to each other, you can find the “Reactive Foods List” at The Dr. Oz Show website.
For more information about how you can lose weight when diet and exercise fail, follow the links listed below to two Dr. Oz related articles on weight loss:
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Reference: The Dr. Oz Show— “The Anti-Diet Plan: Eliminating Reactive Foods”