28-Day High School Reunion Weight-Loss Plan

Does the thought of your impending high school reunion send you into a tizzy? Dr. Oz’s 28-day plan will help you shed the pounds that have crept up over the years so you can confidently put your best self forward – and maybe even squeeze back into that old prom dress.

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It’s typical to gain one pound per year. This may not sound like a lot of weight, but multiply that figure by a couple of decades and by the time you’re ready for your 25th high school reunion, you may be 25 pounds heavier than you were on graduation day.

But don’t rip up that invitation. Dr. Oz’s 28-Day High School Reunion Weight-Loss Plan can help drop the weight so you can confidently face your old classmates and attend what many consider a happy, milestone event.

Here’s a plan that’s so easy to follow it’s impossible to flunk!

Week 1: Chemistry

This week, eliminate all added sugars. These substances actually act the same way as drugs do on your brain by making you crave more of them. Be sure to read packaged food labels and look for hidden sugars such as corn syrup and those ending in O-S-E, such as dextrose, fructose and sucrose.

To learn more about how sugar affects your appetite, click here.

Week 2: Geography

Amp up the flavor in your foods with spices from around the world. First, they’ll tantalize your taste buds so you wont crave simple sugars. These seasonings will also block the negative effects from fats. In fact, adding spices to a meal high in fat may reduce the amount of triglycerides produced by up to 30%.

These three spices from different parts of the world will add a new dimension to your diet:

Try mixing all three together with low-fat Greek yogurt and enjoy as a healthy dip for crudités. Or try this no-salt spice mix.

For more on the surprising health benefits of spices, click here.

Week 3: Art

Art is all about color, so develop a natural eye for it by eating the rainbow. Different colored fruits and vegetables provide a wealth of different life-sustaining nutrients, so choose a variety. Orange and yellow fruits and vegetables have carotenoids that may lower the risk of cancer. Dark-hued edibles such as grapes and blueberries have flavonoids, which have powerful antioxidant properties including protection for your heart.

Each brightly colored fruit and vegetable has its specific set of protective properties and antioxidants. To learn more about this, click here.

Week 4: Gym

Muscle mass declines with age. This starts to occur more rapidly in your 40s and at an even faster rate in your 50s. Recent studies suggest that at 40, women lose muscle mass twice a fast as men. You lose the most muscle mass on the body’s largest surface areas like the core muscles supporting your shoulders and belly, as well as your thighs. Magnesium-rich foods such as cashews help your muscles function correctly. Plus they make a great, healthy snack.

Most importantly, you need to build your muscles by moving them. Try this exercise: Stand up tall then lift your right foot up in the air as much as you can. Switch off and do the same with the left leg. This exercise builds core muscles.

For more core-strengthening exercises, click here.