Dr. Oz's Super Diet

Check out the top 3 takeaways from America’s highest ranked diets!

Dr. Oz's Super Diet

Recently, the rankings for America’s top diets were released. The Dr. Oz Show’s medical team analyzed the best tips from the most successful plans and selected their top three. Combine them to get the greatest results.

The DASH Diet


DASH stands for Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension. This eating plan combines fruits and vegetables, low-fat or non-fat dairy, and whole grains to provide people with a high-fiber, low-fat diet that has been proven to lower blood pressure in just 14 days. One key to lowering blood pressure is to reduce sodium intake. The DASH Diet recommends using, instead of salt, flavor mixes like Italian seasoning, lemon-pepper mix or Chinese 5 spice, which comes in an array of mixtures – like ginger, coriander, cinnamon, cumin and orange peel. It works great on stir-fried meat or vegetables.

National Institute of Health’s TLC Diet to Lower Cholesterol

This diet recommends adding plant sterols to your diet. These plant compounds help block the absorption of cholesterol into your system. Plant sterols are found in a variety of foods, like tubs – not sticks – of margarine, wheat germ, sesame seeds and pistachio nuts. Some studies show that adding 2-3 grams of plant sterols to your daily diet can reduce your cholesterol by up to 15%. Try incorporating these foods into your life. It can be as simple as sprinkling sesame seeds on salads or soups, or having a handful of pistachios a few times a week. 

 

The Mediterranean Diet

One staple of the Mediterranean diet is the high healthy fat content, found in foods like olive oil, nuts  and oily fish – salmon, sardines and mackerel. These fats not only give you more energy, but satiate you so you’ll feel fuller for longer. To incorporate more good fat into your diet, try to eat three types of healthy fats, three times per week.

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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