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Shred the pounds

Updated on January 4, 2013

It's that time of the year again when people are off to a fresh start. New Year, new you. The beginning of the year is the time when people make their New Year's resolutions and break them within the next few months or weeks. One of the most popular resolutions is losing weight. I was watching The Dr. Oz show the other day and the author of the new book Shred: The Revolutionary Diet, Ian Smith explained how we can all lose weight in six weeks. He outlined the steps on how to go about the plan and believe it or not, the plan is as easy as 123. According to Smith, we should switch food from time to time. This means we should try different foods and not stick to the same menu everyday. Dr. Oz theorized that if we eat the same thing every day, the fat accumulates and nothing destabilizes your body. If you want to shed off some pounds, eat different meals and turn your body into see-saw to restart metabolism. Smith introduced a 6 Week Plan that will get you started. It all starts with meal spacing. This means we eat 4 meals a day and a choice of three snacks to start the "calorie roller coaster". During Week 1, increase your calorie intake. Then as you enter the second week, you consume less food. On the third and fourth week, eat plenty of calories. On the last 2 weeks, it's time to detox. Dr. Oz suggested that flaxseed and lemon water are good for detox. Hibiscus tea is rich in antioxidants and can release the toxins from the body. On week 6, people shouldn't consume alcohol. Drink cranberry juice instead. Once you hit your target weight, it will be easier for you to maintain a healthy diet. If not, repeat the cycle until your goals are achieved.

Losing weight is not just about proper diet. People should lead an active lifestyle to help them shed more pounds. Ian Smith recommended four exercise routines that you can do in less than 10 minutes. You can do the exercises while watching television.

1. Chair sit- Sit one inch above your chair and hold it for five seconds. This will strengthen your glutes and core.

2. Chair steps- Step up with one foot and and step up with the other foot. Then step down on one foot and step down with the other foot. Do four sets of this routine for a minute and a half.

3. Side straddle- Get down with your knees bent, then move sideways repetitively.

4. Jump rope- Use a jump rope and jump for at least 50 times. Another method is to lay the jump rope on the ground and jump above the rope back and forth.

These exercises pump up the blood and increase the heart rate. Dr. Oz debunked some weight loss myths that most people adhere to. These are the three myths people should avoid doing.

1. Wearing skinny jeans- These are hidden fat pants because jeans grow in size. After wearing the same jeans twice, wash it.

2. Eating while standing up- You gain 30% more weight when you are standing up because your tendency is to eat more.

3. Frozen dinners- These dinners are loaded with sodium and make you bloated. If you are going to eat frozen dinners, pick the ones that have only 600 mg of sodium, and have under 300 calories with 4 grams of fat.

The fitness instructors of the hit reality tv show The Biggest Loser were on the show today and provided helpful tips on how to lose weight. There are four easy steps and these are:

1. Get more fiber in your diet- Eat plenty of blueberries, blackberries, fruits and vegetables.

2. Do not drink calories- Avoid ordering mocha frappe and high sugary drinks. You may be working out, but you will gain pounds easily if you consume sugary drinks.

3. Eat good carbs- Avoid white rice and eat brown rice or quinoa instead. Eliminate white potatoes and try sweet potatoes.

4. Regulate your calorie intake- Women should consume 1200 calories a day while men should have at least 1600 calories.


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