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Dr. Oz’s Metabolism Boosters in 7 Days?

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I was looking up info on how to increase your metabolism and ran across this on Dr. Oz’s website. So I thought I would post it here. So please look at it and tell me what you all think. I really want to know. Have you tried any of this stuff? Does it work?
7-Day Miracle Plan to Boost Your Metabolism

How many times have you started a diet on Monday only to throw in the towel by Tuesday? Too many diets can be frustrating and difficult to stick with. Try the 7-Day Miracle Plan to Boost Your Metabolism. It’ll help you melt stubborn fat and keep it off.

What Is Metabolism?

Metabolism is the process by which the body breaks down food to produce energy. When you’re young, muscle mass stores up energy, preventing weight gain. However, with age, we lost that muscle, which gives way to more body fat. By the time you hit 40, your metabolism starts to slow down 5% every decade, making weight loss particularly challenging.

The goods news is you can beat this metabolic slowdown. Follow Dr. Oz’s 7-Day Miracle Plan, and you’ll start burning calories faster than you thought possible.

Dr. Oz’s 7-Day Miracle Plan to Boost Your Metabolism

 Day 1: Check Your Metabolism

To begin, you need to figure out your metabolic rate based on your age, height, weight and activity level. This data will help determine how may calories your body can consume before you actually start putting on weight. Then you’ll learn how to adjust that number so you can boost your metabolism and start losing pounds. Click here for a Metabolism Calculator.

Day 2: Cut 100 Calories a Day

When you diet aggressively and make drastic cuts in your daily calorie intake, your body panics, signaling starvation mode; this actually slows metabolism. The best way to diet effectively is to cut 100 calories from what you normally would eat.

Rev Up Metabolism With Ice Cream

Rev your metabolism by still enjoying that bowl of ice cream after dinner. If you normally indulge in half a cup, eliminate 3 tablespoons from that amount, which equals 100 calories. By consuming this dairy-based treat, you’ll also be getting some calcium, which stimulates fat cells to break down fat.

Click here to learn how you can burn 100 calories in no time.

Day 3: Add Protein

If you want a faster metabolism, think protein. Here’s why: Your body burns twice as many calories by digesting proteins than it does when digesting carbs. Add more protein to your diet with two fish-based meals per week. Packed with protein, fish, such as halibut or salmon, also contains omega-3 fatty acids, which increase fat-burning enzymes in the body. Click here to learn the other benefits of including fish on your dish.

Day 4: Eat Every 3 Hours

Here’s a surprising fact about metabolism: If you eat more often, you’ll speed it up. Make sure to eat regularly, which means three meals a day, plus two healthy snacks. And remember to eat within an hour of waking up to keep your body from going into hunger overdrive. To keep your metabolism humming, adhere to this schedule:

  • 6-8 a.m.: Breakfast
  • 10 a.m.: Snack
  • 12-2 p.m.: Lunch
  • 3-5 p.m.: Snack
  • 5-7 p.m.: Dinner
  • Don’t eat after 8 p.m.

Don’t skip your snacks. Research has shown that people who snack on 250 calories three times per day eat less at regular meals and have higher metabolic rates. Click here to learn about the best time of day to fight fat.

Try Dr. Oz’s Metabolism-Booster Snack:

  • A small handful of pistachios. They’re loaded with protein and monounsaturated fatty acids to help burn fat.
  • A few dried apricots for fiber and some sweetness.

Day 5: Drink 3 Iced Drinks a Day: Iced Coffee, Green Tea or Water

Coffee and green tea contain caffeine, a substance that naturally steps up metabolism. Add ice and you’ll boost it even more. Iced drinks force your body to work to warm up, which burns more energy.

 Day 6: Take Zinc

Zinc reduces hunger by increasing your level of leptin, a key hormone that alerts the body when you’re full so you won’t keep eating when you’re no longer hungry. You can buy zinc in 15mg packets or simply get it from your multivitamin, which usually contains about 12mg of this essential mineral.

Day 7: Exercise in Short Bursts

When you exercise in short bursts, you wake up your muscles, causing them to immediately demand more calories and then burn them fast. A short dance or walking up a sudden hill are examples of such sudden bursts that can give your metabolism a boost.

 Do-It-Anytime Metabolism-boosting Exercise:

Start by sitting in a chair. Stand up but don’t use your arms. Instead use your quads and your glutes to get up. Repeat a few times for a burst that’ll build muscle and burn fat.

Work your arms, legs, butt, back and core in only five minutes. Click here for Dr. Oz’s Fit in Five workout series.

The 7-Day Miracle Plan is an excellent foundation which you can continue to build on. For even greater results, check out:

Dr. Oz’s 3 Breakthrough Metabolism Boosters for Under $20  

 1. White Bean Extract

White bean extract blocks starch and prevents carbs from being absorbed in the body. Studies show if you absorb fewer calories, you’ll lose fat and your metabolism will speed up. Take one tablet each day before a meal. Purchase vials of 120 tablets online for about $20.

 2. L-Arginine Supplement

L-Arginine is an amino acid that helps build muscles and revs metabolism. Take one capsule daily. You can buy 100-capsule bottles for about $10 at drug stores.

3. Pickled Peppers

These inexpensive treats pack a double punch at boosting your metabolism. First, the acid in the vinegar helps prevent fat storage in the body. Second, peppers contain capsaicin, the compound that makes them hot and also helps your body burn more energy. Eat pickled peppers in the morning – try mixing them into scrambled eggs – and they’ll provide a metabolism surge to carry you through the day.


November 25, 2012

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I haven’t been eating like I should and I haven’t cared. During the month I was sick I barely ate. It was a hard time and I was pretty week. I had something similar to pneumonia but I couldn’t take time off to heal. I finally am mostly well. Now I am just fighting allergies.

While I usually fight SAD at this time of year pretty hard, I have been pretty inspired in many areas of my life. I have been inspired in my writing, art and even weight loss. I know this is an odd time to be inspired, but I am. I know I have a potty mouth and potty fingers, but I have an amazing relationship with God. We had a long chat recently and it was just what I needed. It just kinda shifted my whole mindset and really moved my focus. I may not have eaten well today, but that doesn’t mean I can’t or won’t tomorrow!

I hope all the Americans out there had a great Thanksgiving. I hope everyone realizes all they have to be thankful for. We often forget what we really have. 🙂


November 20, 2012

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I have been so busy lately! It seems that I have been working non-stop! And then I come home and try to sleep and my leafblowing man is trying like mad to get rid of the leaves and I think he is fighting a losing battle and is depriving me of much needed sleep. Have you ever noticed that if you don’t sleep well that it really screws with the rest of your life? I mean if I don’t sleep well I am grouchy as a mean ol’ bear. Then I tend to be hungrier and of course I don’t eat the things that are good for me during those times because I am trying to usually raise my mood and what does that? Carbs usually! It’s like nature’s Prozac or something. Instant seratonin elevator. Then there is the crash! And there goes the mood again.

I was talking about moods and foods with a friend at work recently. We discussed how low blood sugar can really cause the grumps, too. Shove a piece of sugar in our mouths when we’re feeling that way and it is like an instant mood picker-upper.  Have you ever noticed that about yourself? Next time you’re feeling meaner than a snake, ask yourself when the last time you ate was. You might need to bring up your blood sugar levels.

I am wondering what people are doing for Thanksgiving. I will be working. Holidays are pretty much just another day for me. I mean, I celebrate them in my heart and stuff but as far as the work-week goes, I don’t get time off for them. Work is supposed to be getting us some food but I have no idea what. I asked and got a terse response that yes they would be getting food and that was it. Ok….Thanks. 🙂

Hope everyone is doing well. I am much more positive than I have been in a while. I think my creative streak kicked in and it’s been like nuts!


November 12, 2012

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I feel like all I do is complain here. I don’t want that to be the case at all. I don’t whine about everything. I really don’t. I have been sick for about 3 weeks with what the doctor first classified as something similar to a cold but I felt it was much more. I don’t go to doctors for a cold and this felt different. I had to be seen by whatever doctor in the practice would see me and this one didn’t know me well. I couldn’t articulate how run down and bad I felt I suppose. I dunno. I just know that I am finally feeling better for the first time in a month. I am not well at all. I am still wheezing a little and sniffly, but it sure beats unable to breathe, fever, and completely stuffed up nose.

When you’re sick like this it throws eating all out the window. I would eat some days and then others not. Some days I would be starving and then other days know that food was going to make me sick. You’d think I’d lose weight. Ha! Nope. My body said no way, fat girl! We’re not gonna make it that easy!

I have started craving food again, which I don’t know if that is a blessing or a curse. I want EVERYTHING! There is this place in North Carolina called Cook-Out that has every sinful food on the menu and I want them all! A coworker brought me a burger last week when I was finally able to hold food and it was the best burger in the world! I know I should be writing about eating healthy, but I nearly licked the paper on that thing! It was a burger with chili, slaw, mustard and onions. I am thinking there has to be a way to make something like this healthy because I fell in love! A lot of people around here call that a Carolina Classic. On their menu it is called Cook-Out Style. You can call it whatever you want, but I may be developing this recipe because it was like eating heaven.

I hope people have been doing well. I am getting better slowly. So grateful because I just couldn’t keep going at the rate I was.


Salmon Croquettes

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15 ounces canned salmon, bones removed
1 1/2 cups mashed potatoes
1 small onion, diced
1 large egg
1/2 teaspoon dillweed
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 cup bread crumbs

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In a bowl mix all ingredients except bread crumbs. Shape into 8 patties.

2. Place the breadcrumbs onto a plate and coat the patties with the crumbs.

3. Spray baking sheet with non-fat spray and place the patties on the sheet. Bake for 12 minutes, turning after 6 minutes.

Serves 4.

Per Serving (excluding unknown items): 267 Calories; 10g Fat (33.8% calories from fat); 25g Protein; 18g Carbohydrate; 2g Dietary Fiber; 113mg Cholesterol; 850mg Sodium.

1 Grain(Starch); 2 1/2 Lean Meat; 1/2 Vegetable; 1/2 Fat.


Southwest Lasagna

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3/4 pound ground turkey, `
1 medium onion, chopped
28 ounces tomatoes, canned, diced
3 ounces green chiles
1 cup mushrooms, sliced
28 ounces pinto beans, canned, drained
1 cup frozen corn kernels
1 package frozen spinach, thawed and drained
1 tablespoon chili powder
1 teaspoon cumin
2 cans enchilada sauce
12 each corn tortillas, cut into strips
2 1/2 cups cheddar cheese, lowfat, shredded
3/4 cup sour cream, light

1. Brown turkey with onion in non-stick skillet sprayed with nonstick spray.

2. In a large bowl, mix the turkey mixture with the tomatoes, green chiles, mushrooms, pinto beans, corn, spinach, chili powder, cumin, and enchilada sauce. Mix well.

3. Begin assembly in a 9×13 pan sprayed with nonstick spray. Put down a little of the mixture on bottom. Add a layer of corn tortillas. Top tortillas with turkey mixture. Top that with a layer of cheddar. Continue layering like this until you are out of these ingredients, making sure to end with cheddar. Cover with foil before baking.

4. Bake at 350 for 30 minutes. Allow to cool approximately 10-15 minutes before serving.

5. Top each serving with sour cream

Serves 8.

Per Serving (excluding unknown items): 419 Calories; 15g Fat (30.4% calories from fat); 27g Protein; 49g Carbohydrate; 9g Dietary Fiber; 61mg Cholesterol; 973mg Sodium.

Exchanges: 2 1/2 Grain(Starch); 2 1/2 Lean Meat; 2 Vegetable; 1 1/2 Fat; 0 Other Carbohydrates.

10 WW PP+

Note: You can definitely make this without the turkey and save 65 calories per serving and make it vegetarian. It also takes one of the meats out of the exchanges so this is something to consider!

Also, if you don’t have pinto beans, use black beans or kidney beans. They work, too!

Chicken and Wild Rice Casserole

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Casseroles are so good and easy in cooler weather. Here is something that is easy and tasty.

1 can cream of mushroom soup, condensed
6 ounces neufchatel cheese, herb flavored
1/2 cup evaporated skim milk
5 each brussels sprout, cut into strips
12 ounces cooked chicken breast half
1 cup wild rice, cooked
1/2 cup celery, chopped
1/2 cup carrot, chopped
4 ounces mushrooms, canned, drained and chopped
1 each shallot, diced
1/2 cup Italian bread crumbs
2 teaspoons dried parsley
butter flavor cooking spray

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a large bowl, whisk together cream of mushroom soup, cheese, and evaporated milk until smooth. Stir in brussels sprouts, chicken, wild rice, celery, carrot, mushrooms, and green onion. Spoon into a 2-quart casserole.

2. Bake, covered, for 30 minutes. Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, combine bread crumbs and dried parsley flakes; coat lightly with nonstick cooking spray. Toss gently; coat again with nonstick cooking spray. Sprinkle over the casserole. Bake, uncovered, for 20 to 25 minutes more or until filling is bubbly and topping is golden brown. Makes 6 (1-cup) servings.

Servings: 6
Yield: 1 cup

Notes: You can certainly make this without the chicken and add more mushrooms. If you don’t like brussels sprouts, pick a substitute!

Per Serving (excluding unknown items): 317 Calories; 15g Fat (41.3% calories from fat); 23g Protein; 24g Carbohydrate; 3g Dietary Fiber; 62mg Cholesterol; 946mg Sodium.

Exchanges: 1 Grain(Starch); 2 1/2 Lean Meat; 1 Vegetable; 0 Non-Fat Milk; 1 1/2 Fat.