Dr. Oz devoted his first show of the new season to losing belly fat after age 40. I watched, hoping like the rest of the universe, that there would be something new and exciting because it was, after all, Dr. Oz. But alas, I got nothing new out of this one, as he revealed his 5 tips to blast the belly fat. He suggests eating big breakfasts (carb load here–the good doc had a recipe for a breakfast noodle dish–I could wrap my arms around pasta at any time), smaller lunches and light (no carb) dinners. One small glass of red wine with dinner. Creating a daily fiber pack that has you eating 25 grams of fiber a day, half in the early part of the day to fill you–(3 of those fiber grams come from Metamucil, which doesn’t really make any sense to me because if you are eating enough fiber, why would you need just 3 more grams from that?) He also suggests muscle confusion–doing different exercises on different days. His exercises were exclusively for the abdominal muscles, which I understand to a point. If you lose the weight, you are going to want to see some muscle. But JUST in your abdomen? Huh? And his final tip, make a belly band–a 32 inch piece of tape that you use to measure inches lost until you hit the healthy 32″ or less spot. So the take away isn’t really new and exciting at all, but I still thought I would share since the doc thought it was worthy of his first show of the season. Eat bigger meals early in the day, and do the same with carbs. Drink a little bit of red wine with dinner. Mix up your daily exercise. Eat more fiber. Measure yourself. Trust me, if it were as simple as THIS, I WOULDN’T HAVE ANY BELLY FAT…but I do. And why do I think I do? Because I need to cut down on my calories. Because calories are the bottom line.
He then went on to suggest some foods that might help cut the belly fat more quickly. Goldenberries, miso and sauerkraut. I refuse to run to the health food store for goldenberries (he always manages to find some exotic foods that we have never heard of and have to go to a specialty store for). I can include more miso and definitely added a scoop of sauerkraut to my soy dog lunch. He suggests putting it on your sandwiches. Something to do with the bacteria in our gut and sauerkraut being a fermented food. Alicia Silverstone is also big into the raw sauerkraut.
Since another day has gone by and no miracle cure for belly fat has really been found, I am going to keep doing what it is I do, but I am going to INCREASE the amount of carbs and calories at breakfast starting today…pay even closer attention to my fiber intake…keep changing up my exercise as much as possible, and try, try, try my hardest to stick to one small glass of red wine. At the end of the day, however, I am going to work on decreasing my calorie intake, especially in the second half of the day. Though I may not have learned anything new watching this episode of Dr. Oz and was as disappointed as the next guy that there isn’t a new miracle cure for belly fat, I was inspired to try a little harder with the tried and true ways to lose that fat.
We will all be more inspired a week from tonight when season 12 of The Biggest Loser premiers. Even though Jillian is gone, I am as excited as ever for a new season of motivation and inspiration. Mark your calendars and set your dvrs!
Senior (it really is suitable for ALL ages) strength training at 11:30 today. Cardio/weights tonight at 6….Stress and stretch reduction at 7. If you are local, I hope to see you at one of those times today. Remember that if you contact me in advance, you are welcome to come be my guest. Wherever you are, find some time to take care of your fitness needs. Remember that if weight loss is your goal, CALORIES are the bottom line. That’s my story and I am sticking to it.
Before I sign off, I want to offer this quote as a gesture to a beautiful young lady and her unborn baby boy in New York who are doing their very best to hold on to life today. I am inspired by this family’s faith and know that while there may be no miracle cure for belly fat, real-life miracles do happen. Hang on like you have never held on before momma and baby. All over the world, we are pulling for you and know how strong you are!
“Life is not measured by the breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.”
- Sauerkraut is Easy to Make, Great for Your Gut [Kitchen] (lifehacker.com)
- You Can Find That You Have To Have Fiber To Lose Weight And For Your State Of Health (ronmedlin.com)