How great would it be if gently coaxing your body toward. wellness also happened to melt 1, 2, even 3 pounds a day? That’s exactly what Dr. Oz’s newest plan can do. Called System 20, “it’s a comprehensive science-based health overhaul you can actually live with,” he recently revealed.
The doc spent a year getting the guidelines real-world ready, and his efforts paid off. Folks using just a handful of System 20 strategies are able to enjoy cocktails and cheat days while reporting hefty losses (50, 75, 100 pounds!). They also improve mood, memory, energy, blood sugar, blood pressure and much more. As Dr. Oz put it, “It’s been the most successful plan we’ve ever rolled out!”
Here’s what a day on System 20 looks like: You wake up and enjoy coffee with special “creamer” (MCT oil) that boosts fat burn, kills appetite and jump-starts energy. Next, use the pep it delivers to do any fun, blood-pumping activity. You’ll wait until you’re hungry to eat, which means “every day is going to be brunch,” said Dr. Oz.
“Move over, breakfast!” Both brunch and dinner will be a mix of nutrient-dense, fat-fighting protein, beans, and greens; you can also have an optional cocktail plus low-carb snacks as needed before 7 pm, when you stop eating for the day. At night, look for little ways to relax and rejuvenate — and aim to hit the hay a bit early. “It’s super easy,” promised the doc. It’s also highly effective.
Smart keto hack According to Dr. Oz, eating your first meal later in the day and finishing your last bite by 7 pm is a simple way to practice intermittent fasting, a strategy he declared “the best way to lose weight, prevent disease, and even live longer.”
Turns out, eating your food in a smaller time window allows your
body to burn off all the blood sugar in your system — at which point it begins turning stored fat into ketones to use as fuel. “That’s what happens when people go on the keto diet,” Dr. Oz explained. But you get this keto benefit while still being able to enjoy carbs.
And as if that weren’t enough, National Institutes of Health and Johns Hopkins research also shows this style of eating makes cells stronger, providing a dramatic overall health boost. Secret-weapon carbs Dr. Oz gives his plan another leg up on keto by loading it with beans. Their starch nixes cravings caused by extreme carb cutting, plus they release metabolism-revving
compounds so powerful that, per University of Colorado
findings, a bean-rich diet spikes fat burn by 25 percent. The same compounds improve belly-fattening insulin by up to
Skeptical that beans beat keto? In a study at Loma Linda
University in California, folks who ate beans at every meal lost as if they were on a keto diet while consuming far more food, far more carbs and getting far more health benefits than their
From beans to cheat days (which Cornell researchers found actually shock our system and send metabolism soaring), the components of System 20 “are all based on hard science,” said Dr. Oz. “This is not about dieting. This is about having a system to live your best life.”
The System 20 Eating Plan
On System 20, eat between 11 AM and 7 PM daily. Meals are a palm-size serving of lean protein, 1⁄2 cup beans and 1 cup greens. (Plant-based option: tofu or extra beans as your protein.) Optional extras include herbs, spices, apple cider vinegar, more veggies and small amounts of healthy flavor-boosters like olive oil, cheese and nuts. Enjoy berries daily and a cheat day each
week. Always get a doctor’s okay to try any new plan.
Drinks — Freely sip water and unsweetened tea all day. Optional: Coffee with 1–2 Tbs. MCT oil pre-brunch and daily cocktail with 1 oz. clear alcohol, seltzer, and lime.
Brunch — Toss a bowl of greens with healthy dressing; add a serving cooked chicken, 1⁄2 cup chickpeas, and additional veggies and healthy extras to taste.
Snacks — Go for healthy low-carb options like olives, nuts, cheese, hard-cooked eggs and lean deli meat, nibbling just enough to control between-meal hunger.
Dinner — Enjoy a serving of homemade chili (any variety with
lean protein and beans), a leafy green side salad and berries for dessert.
This article originally appeared in our print magazine.