The Fast Holiday Metabolism Plan

Rev up your metabolism and trick your body into burning calories faster with this plan.

The Fast Holiday Metabolism Plan

Avoid holiday weight gain without sacrificing the seasonal favorites you love. Dr. Oz teamed up with Haylie Pomroy, Chris Powell and Dr. Rovenia Brock to make holiday eating a cinch this year.

One Day a Week Is a Smart-Carb Day

These days are very low in fat. Make sure to eat one serving of healthy grains at every meal and two fruit snacks. These foods are all high fiber, which processes slower than other foods, stabilizes blood sugar and may inhibit fat absorption. Here's an example of what to eat on a slow-carb day:

Breakfast: Oatmeal and berries

Snack: Dried mangoes or figs

Lunch: Sandwich on whole-grain bread with bean salad for added fiber

Snack: Baked cinnamon apple (Cinnamon can help the body process sugar more efficiently.) Get the recipe.

Dinner: Whole-grain pasta with vegetables. Add red pepper flakes to your meal; the capsaicin can increase metabolic burn. Get the recipe.

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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