2-Week Rapid Weight-Loss Plan: What to Eat & How

Lose weight fast with this easy meal program that focuses on low-glycemic vegetables and small protein portions.

2-Week Rapid Weight-Loss Plan: What to Eat & How

If you are looking to start a new weight-loss plan or continue the progress you've already made on your health, try Dr. Oz's two-week rapid weight-loss plan. By focusing on low-glycemic vegetables and small portions of protein, you can help curb your cravings and give your body the energy it needs. Plus, all of the meals can be automated and prepped ahead of time, so you can lose weight without wasting time in the kitchen and putting all your effort into prep.

What's Really Causing Your Obesity: Nature or Nurture?

It's more complex than too many calories and not enough physical activity.

The American Medical Association officially recognized obesity as a disease in 2013. But in the past 13 years, there's not been much of a shift in the understanding of what causes obesity — not in the general public, in people who contend with the condition or in the practice of medicine. Most people still think of obesity as a character flaw caused by too many calories and not enough physical activity. But it's much more complex than that.

A study analyzing National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) data found that even though US adults' BMI increased between 1988 and 2006, the amount of calories adults consumed and the energy they expended were unchanged. It also appears that the quality of calories consumed (low versus high glycemic index) is as important a consideration as the total quantity. And genetics only explains about 2.7% variation in people's weight, according to a study in Nature. That all adds up to this: The two most common explanations for obesity — calories in, calories out and family history — cannot, by themselves, explain the current epidemic.

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