Doctor Oz gave an Ultimate Summer Diet Plan to help us get in shape for bathing suit season! Dr Oz must have been reading my mind, because I was just thinking this morning about how I need to get back on track with my diet for the summer season! If you are like me and 80% of the people who go on a diet as a New Year’s resolution, and have failed… have no fear, the great Doctor Oz has a plan for us. Most dieters give up, and only 1 in 5 people are still on a diet 6 months later. Some of the excuses we use for not keeping our diet are cost and convenience. On a diet, people often spend $130 a week on food, which is 150% more than what non-dieting people spend.
Doctor Oz’s Ultimate Summer Diet:
S – Seasonal Vegetables & Fruits
Seasonal produce is inexpensive, since it is in season and have tons of nutrients. Apricots have 1/5 the daily vitamin C that we need, and vitamin C helps us to metabolize fat. 1 cup of okra has only 130 calories and tons of folic acid. Cucumbers and peaches are other great summer season fruits and veggies.
P – Price
Doctor Oz found a list of items at the grocery that are great for a summer weight loss plan, but that are also not expensive. Each of these cost less than $1 per serving: green tea, snap peas, plain yogurt, quinoa (which has half the iron you need daily) and black beans (which are loaded with protein).
F – Fat Fighters
Dr Oz said that ideally, we want to have 25% less body fat. Exercise is a good way to burn calories, but to burn your fat most effectively, also try to eat these things:
1. Citrus Fruit like Grapefruit. Again, the Vitamin C in citrus fruits help you to metabolize fat. Perhaps this is why my neighbor has been eating a grapefruit after every meal!
2. Bison Meat has fewer calories, less saturated fat and lots of protein – so you feel satisfied and full for longer. If you are not hungry, you won’t eat as much.
3. Watermelon Gazpacho! Yum! Watermelon is a big bulky food, but does not have a lot of calories, so you can eat a lot more without a lot of calories. Soups are also better for losing weight than solid foods. Watermelon is seasonal, so it is not too pricey in the summer.