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 to Eliminate

Here are the things to skip while on the plan:

• No wheat (except 1/2 cup brown rice)
• No artificial sweeteners (this includes all diet soda)
• No white sugar
• No alcohol
• No caffeine (only green tea)
• No dairy (except Greek yogurt)
• No additional exercise
• No meals between 8 p.m. to 8 a.m.

Q: I end up overeating because it makes me feel better and I never really get full. I'd like to lose weight but this makes it hard. Any suggestions?

A: Being persistently hungry can cause big trouble. So can overeating for comfort/pleasure. These two behaviors, say researchers from Baylor University's Children's Nutrition Research Center, are controlled deep within your brain by serotonin-producing neurons, but operate separately from each other — one in the hypothalamus, the other in the midbrain. They both can, however, end up fueling poor nutritional choices and obesity.

Eating for Hunger

When hunger is your motive for eating, the question is: "Does your body know when you've had enough?" Well, if you are overweight, obese or have diabetes you may develop leptin resistance and your "I am full" hormone, leptin, can't do its job. The hormone's signal to your hypothalamus is dampened, and you keep eating.

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