Dr Oz: Reset Your Fat-Loss Hormones
When cutting calories, exercising, or eating a low-fat diet doesn’t help you lose weight, what could be going wrong? Dr Oz said the answer could be found in your hormones, and you could unlock the key to shedding stubborn fat. Learn why you should add a fourth meal to your day and whether you should consider intermittent fasting.
Natasha Turner, author of The Supercharged Hormone Diet, joined Dr Oz to talk about why changing what you eat can make a difference. It’s not necessarily about eating less, a plan that did not work for her. She actually gained weight after cutting calories.
“When we cut our calories too much, or when we over-exercise, it raises the stress hormone Cortisol,” which is linked to belly fat, increased cravings, and Thyroid suppression.
Dr Oz: Hormonal Imbalance Symptoms
Turner’s advice was combining the right foods at the right times to get the desired result. What are some signs your hormones could be messing with you?
- Trouble getting out of bed
- Hungry soon after eating
- Breast tenderness
- Bloating after a meal
- Stubborn belly fat
“What’s worse is that they’re actually signs that your metabolism is not optimized,” she said.
Dr Oz: Add a Fourth Meal
Dr Oz unveiled Turner’s power plan for hormone reset. The typical schedule of three meals per day can wreak havoc on your insulin. Instead, Add a Fourth Meal to keep things in better balance.
Turner said that three meals a day is a thing of the past. Skipping meals or waiting too long between them lowers blood sugar due to stress. That leads to a vicious cycle, because you may overeat at mealtime.
Fat Cells can overreact if they think your body is starving and doesn’t know when it will get fed again. Eat breakfast within an hour of waking up so you can jump start your metabolism. “You have to eat at the same time every day to lower insulin and optimize fat metabolism,” Turner said.
Dr Oz: Eat One Starchy Carb After 4 p.m.
Starchy carbs set off a Serotonin response in the brain. But you can use this to your advantage by eating it at your last meal of the day. Eat one starchy carb after 4 p.m. This will help you burn fat while you sleep.
This advice might be surprising to some. But skipping carbs in the morning will shut down cravings throughout the day. The release of Serotonin will help you get better rest.
The bonus tip is to chase the day’s last meal with Tomato Juice. This will reduce the release of insulin, and thus less fat storage. Alternately, you could try drinking Apple Cider Vinegar before that last meal.
Dr Oz: When You Eat Fruit, Go Blue…For Blueberries
The hormone Adiponectin is released during exercise, burning fat and boosting your metabolism. You can boost this by eating blueberries. A study has found that Blueberries are proven to stimulate Adiponectin release.
That gives you the benefits of a workout without hitting the gym (or in addition), from just 1/2 cup Blueberries per day.
Dr Oz: Do a Hump Day Cleanse—Intermittent Fasting
Intermittent Fasting one day per week could boost your muscle-building hormone. Do a Hump Day Cleanse, Turner and Dr Oz said. However, this may not work for everyone. This should stimulate growth hormone and improve fat burning. Skip solid foods for one day per week. Drink four liters of a cleansing tea, such as:
- Ginger Tea
- Green Tea
- Dandelion Leaf Tea
- Hibiscus Tea
- Juniper Berry Tea
- Parsley Tea
If you must have food, try a boiled egg in the morning and/or nuts in the afternoon. Turner chose Wednesday because people are most likely to cheat on the weekend, and this gives you a couple days to recover.
What do you think of Turner’s approach? Would you give it a try?