What is waist management
you don’t need food, so you don’t have to feel
hungry? (One way to trigger this is by eating
six walnuts 20 minutes before your meal.)
Did you know that the fight against fat
doesn’t really come down to a battle between
your willpower and “death by chocolate,” but
rather a push-pull fight between two chemicals, leptin and ghrelin, that control whether
you feel hungry or satisfied? Did you know
that the genetic makeup of your tongue
might contribute to what kinds of foods you
tend to crave?
We’re lucky to be at the right place at
the right time, in that the scientific
community is now unlocking
some of the key secrets and
medical mysteries of why we
overeat, why we store fat
and what we can do about
it. By putting together
these insights in one
For more tips from Drs. Oz
and Roizen and to read an
excerpt from their book, You, On A Diet,
see the Online Edition. Go to costco.com
and click on “Costco Connection Magazine.”
They’re all heart:
Dr. Michael Roizen
(left) and Dr.
Mehmet Oz feel
that an intimate
how your body
works is the key
to better health.
place, we hope that you will become armed
with the understanding that allows you to do
the one thing that will make you successful in
your quest for lifelong waist management.
That is: Diet smart, not hard.
The only way to make a successful eating
and activity plan work is to understand how
your body works and then make systematic
changes in your life to help your body help
you lose weight (and inches from your waist).
In YOU: On a Diet we teach you the mar-tial-arts approach to dieting, where you leverage your understanding into powerful actions
that cut fat down in its tracks. You learn the
whys and implement the whats. And you
learn to diet without ever going hungry, without ever feeling denied, without ever feeling
guilty, without ever feeling as if dieting is
work. Because if you feel pain while dieting,
you won’t last.
Though it may be habit to rely on your
scale as the way to gauge whether you
have a fat problem, the truth is that
there’s a much better measuring tool:
the tape measure. Your waist size is
much more important than your weight.
That’s not just for buying dresses or
pants, but for assessing your health
and determining your risks associated
with obesity. One of the main
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reasons for this is that your
waist size measures the
amount of belly fat you have—
fat that’s much more dangerous to your
health than, say, thigh fat, because of
its proximity to your organs. We
encourage you to ditch your scale and
focus on the size of your waist.
Here’s a medical secret for you. The entire
obesity epidemic is about 100 calories a day.
That’s right. If you try to lose more, your
metabolism will slow down to keep up, so you
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.
You 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 prepares your body to build fat-burning muscle.
As a daily routine, walking is the psychological discipline that helps you stick with an
activity plan. In fact, it has the highest com-