Dr. Oz and Dr. Roizen want to help New Year’s dieters lose weight and inches off their waistlines, once and for all. The goal is to shrink the waist down to the ideal size—32 and a half inches for women and 35 inches for men—and make eating so easy, you’ll never realize you’re dieting!

Popular diet plans have always played musical food groups: no carbs, more protein, low fat, high carbs.

Today, having been there and done ’em all, Americans are heavier than ever, which is why the newest approaches are taking a different tack, claiming to manipulate the body in some way—say, by “flushing” fat or “revving” metabolism. The question is: Do they work? “The golden rule with weight loss is always ‘calories in versus calories out.’ No matter what the gimmick is, if fad diets lead to weight loss, they operate by making you take in fewer calories,” says Donald Hensrud, MD, associate professor of preventive medicine and nutrition at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.

The first step to getting on the path to better eating is to take stock of your pantry. Dr. Oz and Dr. Roizen say there are five ingredients that should be banned from your diet forever.The first ingredient to avoid is hydrogenated oil, which often masquerades as partially hydrogenated oil. Dr. Roizen says we should also eliminate sugar and high-fructose corn syrup from our foods. “We eat 63 pounds of [high fructose corn syrup] a year, which puts 33 pounds on the typical American,” he says.Enriched flour is the fourth ingredient to avoid. “[Enriched] means they took all the good stuff out and put a little back,” Dr. Roizen says.

The fifth offenders are white foods—including bleached flour The only white items you should have in your fridge are egg whites, cauliflower and fish, Dr. Roizen says.

After you’ve read the ingredients on the label, check out how much saturated fat and sugar is in your food. Dr. Roizen says you want to buy foods that contain less than four grams of saturated fat and less than four grams of sugar per serving.Keep in mind—polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats are good for you and help fight depression.Can’t seem to find any food that fits the bill? Dr. Oz says you should head over to the produce aisle and stock up on fresh fruits and vegetables. Packaged goods usually contain harmful, artificial ingredients because they’re designed to stay on the shelf for years, he says.

The supermarket shelves are filled with foods that seem healthy…but don’t be fooled. Dr. Oz and Dr. Roizen say that 50 percent of the sugar we eat comes from “fat free” foods like salad dressings and soft drinks.

In fact, young women get about half their daily calories from salad dressing! Dr. Oz suggests substituting olive oil and vinegar for a healthier alternative.





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