Anyone trying to get his or her weight under control needs a support team—doctor,
nutritionist, personal trainer and family and friends. You don’t have to go it alone.
you don’t need food, so you don’t have to feel of why we overeat, why we store fat and what
hungry? (One way to trigger them is by eat- we can do about it. By putting together these
ing six walnuts 20 minutes before your meal.) insights in one place, we hope that you will
Did you know that the fight against fat become armed with the understanding that
doesn’t really come down to a battle between allows you to do the one thing that will make
your willpower and “death by chocolate,” but you successful in your quest for lifelong waist
rather a push-pull fight between two chemi- management. That is: Diet smart, not hard.
cals, leptin and ghrelin, that control whether The only way to make a successful eating
you feel hungry or satisfied? Did you know and activity plan work is to understand how
that the genetic makeup of your tongue your body works and then make systematic
might contribute to what kinds of changes in your life to help your body help
foods you tend to crave? you lose weight (and inches from your waist).
We’re lucky to be at the In YOU: On a Diet we teach you the mar-
right place at the right time, in tial-arts approach to dieting, where you lever-
that the scientific commu- age your understanding into powerful actions
nity is now unlocking that cut fat down in its tracks. You learn the
some of the key secrets whys and implement the whats. And you
and medical mysteries learn to diet without ever going hungry, with-
out ever feeling denied, without ever feeling
guilty, without ever feeling as if dieting is
They’re all heart: work. Because if you feel pain while dieting,
Dr. Michael Roizen you won’t last.
(left) and Dr.
What is Waist Management
Mehmet Oz feel Countdown from 100
that an intimate Here’s a medical secret for you: The entire
understanding of obesity epidemic is about 100 calories a day.
how your body That’s right. If you try to lose more, your
works is the key metabolism will slow down to keep up, so you
to better health. will just feel more pain and frustration.
How do you teach your body to diet smart
and not hard? We detail the plan in YOU: On
a Diet, but these are some of the key points.
Provide the foundation for fitness.
We do it at the mall, around the house and
back and forth from the fridge to the
waterbed. But to achieve the best benefit, you
need to dedicate 30 total minutes a day to
walking (broken up into chunks of at least 10
continuous minutes if need be). Walking is
the foundation for all other exercise because
it not only increases your stamina, it also pre-
pares your body to build fat-burning muscle.
As a daily routine, walking is the psychologi-
cal discipline that helps you stick with an
activity plan. In fact, it has the highest com-
pliance rate of any exercise. Commit to walk-
Though it may be habit to rely on your with obesity. One of the main
scale as the way to gauge whether you reasons for this is that your
have a fat problem, the truth is that waist size measures the
there’s a much better measuring tool: amount of belly fat you have—
the tape measure. Your waist size is fat that’s much more dangerous to your
much more important than your weight. health than, say, thigh fat, because of
That’s not just for buying dresses or its proximity to your organs. We
pants, but for assessing your health encourage you to ditch your scale and
and determining your risks associated focus on the size of your waist.