Best and Worst of 2010: Your Guide

Do what’s right for your body – and your wallet. From dieting to dining out, Dr. Oz makes it easier for you to make the smartest decisions with his guide to the best and worst of 2010.

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Metabolism Boosters

Best: Cayenne Pepper

Cayenne pepper is proven to boost metabolism and burn through fat. By adding spices like cayenne pepper to your diet, you can burn up to 50 extra calories a day. To learn more about other calorie-burning spices, click here. For your guide to boosting your metabolism after 40, click here.

Worst: Energy Drinks

Loaded with sugar and caffeine, energy drinks only give you a temporary boost. Your body can quickly burn through the sugars, but these sugars are inflammatory and damage your cells.

Packaged Foods

Best: Whole Wheat Pasta

Whole wheat pasta is has more fiber than white pasta. It’s low in sodium and fat, and high in protein to keep you satiated. Protein and high-fiber foods pass through your system more slowly so you won’t be hungry for hours.

Worst: Frozen Diet Meals

While these frozen meals brand themselves as healthy, diet-friendly options, many can be high in fat, sodium, simple carbs and sugar – and they don’t give your body the nutrients it needs. Your body absorbs these foods more quickly, and before you know it, you’ll be hungry again.

If you are going to buy frozen meals, follow Dr. Oz's guidelines:

Fat: Less than 4g per serving

Sodium: Less than 500 mg per serving

Gravy: None

Cheese: None (Cheese has both fat and salt. You can add the cheese yourself – but practice portion control.)

Only One Compartment: Frozen meals with more than one dividing compartment usually means vegetables you won’t eat or an added dessert you shouldn’t eat!

No Bigger Than Your Hand: Keep your portions under control.

Click here to learn how to avoid fake health foods.