The Dr. Oz diet we are doing has some restrictions. I wrote a few days ago about restrictions and their positive attributes to weight loss. If you know something is not good for you, then why eat it?
Tomorrow I will tell what another person on SparkPeople found out in her dieting adventure. It shows how various foods cause problems.
Here is Dr. Oz’s reasoning behind his selection of restrictions.
According to Dr. Oz, we are all guilty of eating foods that are making us sick and fat. To make matters worse, these foods are so addictive that we crave them! It turns out that it’s not our “lack of will-power” that is making us continue to eat the wrong things. Removing items from our diet that are causing negative health effects detoxifies the gut and gives us the control to make the right choices.
- Eliminating wheat, a food source that causes inflammation, helps to ease cravings.
- Eliminating artificial sweeteners and sugars, components that stimulate the brain to want more, helps to make us feel satisfied without sugars.
- Eliminating coffee, a beverage often consumed with sugar and cream, removes empty calories and fat. It also stops the snack trigger and hormonal shift noticed by many coffee drinkers.
- Eliminating dairy removes a common food allergen which is often the culprit of inflammation.
After the first two weeks we added coffee—usually decaf but occasionally regular. At home we put almond milk in it. Coffee does not seem to trigger any bad responses. I think if you get a headache when you stop drinking it, you have been relying on it too much.
Eliminating wheat causes a whole lot of eating problems. No hamburgers, sandwiches, pizza, etc., etc. But the problems are not insurmountable. Eliminating wheat does not necessarily mean gluten-free. Gluten free products have additional problems. The restriction is not gluten but wheat, which does just happen to have gluten.
We use a natural sweetener called Stevia. It does not seem to have caused us any problems.