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.

Two Days a Week Are Healthy-Fat Days

Here you'll combine smart-carb and high-protein days, but you'll also add a healthy fat to every meal, plus two healthy fat snacks. Healthy fats can work by helping to burn fat you already have. Here's an example of what to eat on a healthy-fat day:

Breakfast: Eggs and whole-grain toast (The fat is in the yolk.0

Snack: Hummus and veggies

Lunch: Add avocado to your sandwich.

Snack: Apple with peanut butter or almond butter

Dinner: Salmon with potatoes and veggies

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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