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 High-Protein Days

This is a complete switch from the smart-carb day. These days you'll have no carbs and little fat. You'll eat three high-protein meals and two high-protein veggie snacks. This works your metabolism differently than the smart-carb day because protein boosts your metabolism since it takes the most energy to digest, which in turn burns calories. Here's an example of what to eat on a high-protein day:

Breakfast: Egg-white omelet with veggies like spinach and mushrooms

Snack: Cheese and cucumber stack

Lunch: Tuna salad on greens (Get the recipe)

Snack: Turkey pickle roll-ups

Dinner: Steak with veggies like asparagus and cauliflower

Remember, you're doing your high-protein days between your splurge days so you don't feel deprived.

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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