Dr. Oz: Tips to get healthy, stay healthy in 2012

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by Catherine Holland

azfamily.com

Posted on January 3, 2012 at 11:50 AM

Updated Tuesday, Jan 3 at 12:01 PM

PHOENIX -- As 2012 gets under way, Dr. Mehmet Oz is focusing on ways to help you get healthy and stay healthy, as well as the latest new from the world of alternative medicine.

Many people make New Year's resolutions to get healthy and while not everybody sticks to them, Oz simply making them can be a good first step on the road to success.

"Make 'em. They do work," he said. "[You have ] a 10 times increased chance of succeeding if you do make the New Year's resolution. Make sure it's a concrete idea … and then tell your friends about it so they can support you."

On Tuesday, "The Dr. Oz Show" is focusing on Montel Williams' cutting-edge supplement to help you loses that dangerous belly fat -- an omega-6 fattty acid found in safflower oil. Does it really work? Not only does Williams swear by it, Oz says there's some good data behind it. Oz said sunflower seeds have the same oil in them.

"These will trick your body -- the belly fat in particular -- into burning itself off," he explained.

On Wednesday, Oz will sit down with an alternative medicine guru who says you should not trust your doctor.

Thursday is all about stomach cancer.

And then on Friday, our own fitness expert, Chris Powell, will join Oz to talk more about carb cycling, how to speed up your metabolism and how to avoid plateaus. It's not just about eating throughout the day, it's about what you eat, and in order to rev up your metabolism, you need to eat carbohydrates. Alternating low-carb and high-carb days keeps your metabolism running, allowing you to lose weight. Oz is a big fan of Powell's.

"What I love about Chris is that he's a trainer, but he knows his science," Oz said.

"The Dr. Oz Show" airs on 3TV weekdays at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m.

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