Dr. Oz’s devotees are taking the hottest diet trend of 2021 — a technique called time-restricted eating — to a whole new level. The secret? First, you consume all your food during the same eight-hour window each day, a strategy so good at transforming body chemistry, it’s “the best way to lose weight, prevent disease and even live longer,” according to Dr. Oz.
And here’s what’s new: To make the approach shockingly easy, pair it with lots of soup. “No other meal is better at controlling hunger and crazy cravings,” insists 70-pounds-slimmer Philadelphia mom Carolyn Wilson, 50, who has appeared on Dr. Oz’s show twice. And since soup also floods the body with slimming nutrients, it “helps you burn fat and elevate your metabolism,” per Dr. Oz. No wonder folks are suddenly dropping one, two, even three pounds a day!
One big reason time-restricted eating and soup speed off excess pounds: Eating for eight hours means not eating for 16 hours each day — a mini fast long enough that your body uses up all its blood sugar and must start burning your stored fat for fuel, Dr. Oz explains.
There’s more: Exciting new research from Japan’s Kyoto University has found that periods of not eating trigger the release of 42 different body chemicals, including compounds that make energy soar, fight diabetes, rev up immunity, and much more.
Basically, it’s the body’s way of quickly turbo charging health to help us survive and thrive during periods of scarcity, per lead scientist Takayuki Teruya, Ph.D. As a slimming bonus, a number of the compounds released are known to specifically target ab flab. “Your waist will shrink like crazy,” promises Carolyn. “I lost 14 inches from mine!”
Never Feel Hungry
Eat more soup, and you’ll lose weight faster, per Penn State findings. That’s partly because soup gives the body a break from sugar and processed foods while flooding it with easy-to-absorb nutrients. For example, soup helps you soak up more thylakoids, compounds in spinach and kale that act as fat blockers. And you’ll get more flavonoid antioxidants from foods like onions and broccoli; that’s great news since flavonoids improve blood-sugar control, speed metabolism and activate “skinny genes.”
On top of that, soup makes it a cinch to cash in on the magic of time-restricted eating. Studies show the suspension of solid food in liquid broth “hacks” mechanisms the body uses to turn off hunger, so you stay stuffed much longer than you would eating the same ingredients in any other form. Soup is basically Mother Nature’s appetite suppressant!
Dr. Oz suggests eating all meals and snacks between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. Meals — both soup and “fork-and-knife” options — should include 1 serving of protein, ½ cup of beans, and 1 cup of greens. Add natural seasonings, veggies, and small amounts of healthy flavor boosters like olive oil, cheese, and nuts. To amp results, aim for soup at least once a day. Outside your eating window, sip water or coffee/tea with an optional shot of hunger-killing MCT oil. Get a doctor’s okay to try any new plan.
Fat Burn Coffee — In vented blender, whip hot brewed coffee and 1 Tbs. MCT and/or coconut oil with optional cinnamon, nutmeg and stevia until frothy.
Lunch — Warm leftover protein, beans, greens, extra veggies (leftover or frozen) and seasoning to taste in broth; top with a little cheese, if desired.
Snack — Any small low-carb option, such as low-sugar fruit or low-carb crackers with 1 oz. cheese or a little guacamole or nut butter.
Dinner — Slice a serving of lean steak or salmon over a large mixed salad; spritz with lemon and serve with ⅓ cup hummus as dressing.
This article originally appeared in our print magazine.