Dr Oz: Storing Fat Instead Of Burning It
Approximately 47 million Americans suffer from metabolic syndrome. Are you one of them? Mike Berland lost 70 pounds, but only after he figured out he was suffering from metabolism syndrome. Berland explained that, essentially, his body is designed to store fat instead of burn it and his cholesterol was through the roof. Once Berland understood he had metabolic syndrome, he began eating the right foods to help him burn more fat. That’s when he wrote “Fat Burning Machine.”
Symptoms of metabolic syndrome include a large waistline, high blood pressure, high blood sugar, and high cholesterol. Mike Woods, a meteorologist in New York, was thrilled to join Dr Oz to use weather as an analogy for metabolic syndrome. A combination of a few different factors, coming together as one is what makes for the perfect storm. The same things happens in your body.
With metabolic syndrome, you’re experiencing weight gain and a variety of other health problems, which then contribute to an inability to get the weight off.
Dr Oz: Recognizing Metabolic Syndrome
For Mike, the biggest sign of metabolic syndrome was the weight gain. He put on 1-2 pounds around his waist every year for twenty straight years. Additionally, his cholesterol was through the roof despite eating a healthy diet. He also noticed his blood sugar was high, even though he wasn’t eating sugary foods.
However, Mike wanted everyone to understand that it wasn’t just a matter of eating the right foods to solve the problem. He had to essentially re-train his body to burn the calories he was eating, as opposed to store it as fat. High intensity interval training was one of the most effective ways he managed to do that. Take the quiz on the next page to find out if you could be living with metabolic syndrome.
Dr Oz: Could You Have Metabolic Syndrome?
- Have you gone up a pant or dress size in recent years despite dieting?
- Do you crave sugary or high-carb foods after eating?
- Are you gaining weight in spit of exercising?
- Do you have a family history of diabetes or high blood pressure?
If you’ve checked at least two of those boxes, you could be suffering from metabolic syndrome.
Dr Oz: High-Intensity Interval Training
So if you think you do have metabolic syndrome, what can you do? You need to eat the right fat-burning foods and incorporate high intensity interval training into your regular routine. You can find a lot of those fat-burning foods on Dr Oz’s 21-Day Weight Loss Breakthrough.
As for the interval training, Dr Oz welcomed his personal trainer, Donovan Green, who claimed all you need is seven minutes. Yes, you can truly get results from a seven minute workout! Each movement is performed for just 60 seconds and you can take a 5-second breather when necessary, but the idea is to go as hard as you can for just that short period of time.
Dr Oz: 7-Minute Workout To Burn Fat
Start with jumping jacks and go for 60 seconds. For the next minute, reach down and touch your toes, then come back up and reach toward the sky. Think of it as the “Head, Shoulders, Knees, Toes” dance at a much faster rate. Next, try a combination move where you squat, then balance on one leg while you kick forward with the other leg, then squat and kick with the other leg. You’re effectively combining cardio and strength training into one quick workout!
For the fourth minute, grab something weighted and sit down. Perform an arm curl into an overhead press for 60 seconds straight. In the fifth minute, use those same weights to step side to side while you bring the weights in front of your face, keeping your arms at shoulder level. To make the move a little harder, bend your knees to feel the burn in your thighs and rear as you step side to side.
The 6th minute calls for a side bend and knee lift whole holding those weights up by your ears. Finally, the last minute should be 60 straight seconds of you bending slightly forward at the waist while you kick backward with one leg and punch forward with the opposite arm. Switch, then repeat!