Monday, April 27, 2009
Medical Reports: Food Fix - Tighter Tummy
We all try to cut back on food in order to stay thin, but when it comes to a perfect six pack, one celebrity doctor says you need to eat the right foods to get it. Today, Seven's Lynn Martinez is showing us the Food Fix for a Tighter Tummy.
WSVN -- Sit-ups, crunches, you have to sweat it out for a flat stomach, right? Maybe not. One doctor says what you need to do is eat your way to fab abs.
Dr. Oz Garcia: "There are foods that give you energy that increase your muscle, improve brain function, improve your immune system."
Doctor Oz Garcia works with a number of celebs. He teaches his clients which foods will help them reach their goals.
Dr. Oz Garcia: "Stay away from a lot of wheat, a lot of heavy starch, go to the high protein carbs."
Dr. Oz recommends quinoa. It's gaining popularity as a health food because it seems like a grain but, in reality, is a relative of spinach and Swiss chard.
Dr. Oz Garcia: "Quinoa is going to help you maintain a good, lean body overall."
Also on your shopping list, nuts.
Dr. Oz Garcia: "Nuts are really high in fiber, and they give you the essential protein that you need in order to build a good healthy, tight, flat stomach."
Lynn Martinez: "We all know we need to eat fruits and vegetables, but when it comes to keeping a trim tummy you have to stay away from ones high in sugar. Dr. Oz says apples are best.
Apples have five grams of fiber and are made up of mostly water, which makes you feel full without bloating.
Dr. Oz Garcia: "If you want to have a good, flat stomach, what you want are foods that keep everything firm, where you are not bloated, where you're not filling up with water."
That's why berries are also good for the belly.
Dr. Oz Garcia: "All berries are fantastic: blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, strawberries."
As for protein, there's good news for peanut butter lovers.
Dr. Oz Garcia: "Nut butters are also really rich, especially peanut butter, natural vitamin E. It's an antioxidant that you need in order to control inflammation."
Another option, a side of beans. They're a great source of iron, fiber and protein. For your main course, stick to lean cuts of meat.
Dr. Oz Garcia: "All lean protein, fish, poultry, chicken, turkey is going to work really well to building lean protein muscle mass."
And, as always, drink plenty of water to maintain a slim stomach. Erin Newberg says doctor Oz's food fixes have worked for her.
Erin Newberg: "When there's a will, there's a way, and all it takes is a little bit of willingness to feel better, to look better and it changes your whole attitude."
And Dr. Oz says will and attitude play a big part in your success.
Dr. Oz Garcia: "Nothing is going to happen automatically, whether you do it right or not. You need to earn your stomach, you need to earn your six pack."
Lynn Martinez: "Next week, on Food Fixes, we'll show you how the right foods can make your hair grow long and healthy."
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